Release Date ~ 6/15/2011
Format ~ Hardcover
Series ~ Hourglass Trilogy, Book One
Publisher ~ Egmont USA
Source ~ Gifted
Purchase: The Book Depository
One hour to rewrite the past . . .Hourglass had been on my radar for a while. In fact, I think it was one of the fist books I heard of since I started blogging. Then why did I put off reading it for so long? I have NO idea myself!
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.
I'm not too big a fan of time travel stuff, movies like Back to the Future always bored me to tears, the whole sci-fi time machine didn't connect with me. But the thing I liked about Hourglass is it's more paranormal. There's no car, no contraption with buttons with various dates on it. Just one girl's power. That part really intrigued me.
I really loved the main character, Em. She had been labeled a "freak" by her piers since the first time she started having a conversation with a man no one else could see in the school cafeteria at age 13. She then went to a boarding school with a scholarship, but is forced to return to her old school when budgets are cut. Oh, and did I mention? Both her parents are dead. Yeah, she's traveled a tough road. But what was so endearing was that she sucked it up, and didn't act like a whiny brat, like many characters in YA lit.
And this book has a SUPER UNBELIEVABLY EPIC ENDING THAT WILL MAKE YOU GASP!! Seriously. It was something I could not see coming, and I'm pretty good at predicting stuff in books, if I do say so myself.
Hourglass was amazing! Why didn't I read this sooner? I have no clue! But it sure was worth it!
Cover Comments: That cover is freaky! I love the wallpaper and the way her hair is flowing!
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