March 9, 2012


Hourglass by Myra McEntire
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 . . .

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.
    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!

    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!

 This book counts in the following reading challenges:
TBR Reading Challenge: 7
Time Travel Reading Challenge: 1
1st in a Series Reading Challenge: 11


  1. I did exactly the same as you - it's one of the first books that came up on my blogger radar, but I've never picked it up, despite that being nearly a year ago!

    Thanks for the review - hopefully it'll inspire me to get round to it soon :)

  2. I haven't this one yet, but because of your review, I'm going to add it on my TBR pile. I still have a lot to go through!

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Super excited to read this myself. I just found it a few months ago and I still haven't got my hands on it, but I can't wait to read it! I'm hoping to buy it soon. I actually need a really good book read, so maybe I'll buy it sooner!! I esp. like how you say she doesn't act whiny like a lot of other YA characters. It's definitely one of the reasons I want to read this. I'm so sick of whiny characters in YA, it's really off putting me from the whole genre...I'll be sure to remember this next time I go to the bookstore!

  4. Yay! I'm so glad you really loved it too! I love time travel but this one was just so unique and different and I didn't have a clue there was time travel involved when I started it so I loved the surprise!

  5. I loved this book too! The ending was amazing and I in no way saw it coming. Reading your review makes me want to re-read Hourglass and I can't wait for Timepiece to come out. I want to know what happens next!!

    You didn't talk about any of the guys :(

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  7. This one's also been on my radar for so long, but I haven't gotten down to reading it for some reason. Your review's just made m want to grab a copy now and start reading. I wonder if it's true that it's been optioned for a movie... Thanks for the lovely review!:)

    Sarah Bibi Setar

    1. same here
      known it 4 a while/maybe i read it soon

  8. I'm so glad you picked it up! It's one of my favorites. I had no desire to read it either because I honestly picked it up and saw "Emerson sees ghosts" and was like, ok I'm out. But I had it sitting on my desk practically beckoning to me so I finally just picked it up and oh my goodness it's amazing! Timepiece is every bit as epic as well =))

  9. Wow, great review. I can't believe I have yet to read this. It sounds amazing!!!

  10. Awesome review! I'm glad you liked it :) I did too.

  11. I haven't read this book yet, but your awesome review really caught my eyes! I love it! I think I'm going to read this book now :)

  12. This is an incredible book! One of the top books I've read in 2011 and I can't wait for the sequel. I agree, it has an EPIC ENDING! Great review btw :)

  13. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review. I especially love the cover of this one. Gorgeous. =)

  14. Thank you for taking the time to review this book :) From your description it sounds like a great book :)

  15. I got this book about a month ago and I totally loved it! It's definitely one of my favourites so far and I can't wait for the sequel!

  16. Thanks for this great review. I haven't read this book yet. It's on my TBR list. I have read great reviews and now with this review I can't wait to read it.
    -Maritza R

  17. AWWW! I've been wanting to read this too! I haven't seen too many reviews on it though. Ok, I guess I better go get it now. Thanks for the review!

  18. Ooh, crazy ending + a non-whiny heroine. I want to read thisssss!

  19. Interesting....

  20. Great review! I really enjoyed this book, and I am excited to read the next one.

  21. I am currently doing the same thing with this book. It was one of the first books i heard about when i started blogging, anticipated the release date, went out and bought it and now it just sits on myself. I keep saying i will get to it, but havent yet. But i am going to try really hard now lol. Thanks for the review, inspired me to try harder to read it soon!

  22. I hadn't heard a lot about this book but it does sound interesting. I do enjoy time travel books so I don't think the different times will bother me. I will definitely put this one on my wish list.

  23. This book sounds interesting! I also like that the time travel is not through a machine or something. I would be interesting in reading this one!


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