HourglassWritten by Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Published by EgmontUSA
*Arc provided by AmazonVine in exchange for an honest review
Summary from Goodreads:"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."
My Thoughts:Hourglass was such interesting book! It was a little slow to start but after a few chapters I was hooked! The cover is to die for and I have been in cover lust since I first laid eyes on it. I started reading the book unsure of what it was really about. The summary on the book jacket doesn't really let on to the theme and I have to say that I enjoyed the surprise (So I won't spoil it for you either!). I will say that the plot was full of unexpected twists and Myra McEntire did a fabulous job keeping the reader guessing. The characters in the book where developed nicely and all of them (minus her brother and sister-in-law) had secrets and hidden layers. The secrets came to light as the story progressed but there are still many that have yet to be revealed (hello book two!). The main protagonist Emerson was really cool. She seemed like someone that I would like to be friends with. She carried a ton of emotional baggage due to tragedies in her past. She also struggled to come to terms with her 'gift' and her total lack of knowledge as to what it was and what all of it meant. Even through all of that she still pushed forward. She was really strong and tried so hard to do what was best for all of those around her. When she meets Michael her world does a complete 180! Ahhh.... Michael!! The gorgeous, caring, chivalrous knight in shining armor! He had all of the answers to the burning questions Emerson has been searching for. The answers, however, do not come easy. Michael is complicated and also very hard to read, but Emerson is inexplicably drawn to him (as he is to her). Once the two of them meet she is thrust into one seriously crazy power struggle with consequences that are more far-reaching than you can imagine! I had no idea how the book was going to end until I actually read the ending- and I love that! There was a surprise plot twist every time I thought I had it figured out. I was satisfied with how everything was left, but it has me seriously pining for the next book! I recommend this book to EVERYONE! If you love a good story, interesting plot, great characters, and a surprise around every corner then this book is the book for you!! An absolutely stunning debut from Myra McEntire!!