[Clickey the lovely cover for Goodreads!] Title: Hourglass (Hourglass #1) Author: Myra McEntire Publication: 2011, Egmont USA
Summary:One hour to rewrite the past . . .
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....read more
Review: This spunky time-travel read is fabricated on an imaginative backdrop and topped off with engaging characters and overall, a great and driven plotline. Emerson is a girl scarred with tragedy who sees shades of the past all around her and is bothered and an outcast because of that specialty. Her caring brother does everything he could to find persons who might be able to help cure Emerson of her visions, and that is ultimately how she meets the man who opens a whole new world to her: one that she can belong in.
Emerson Cole: a strong and sometimes even overwhelming protagonist that made this debut novel take on a bold and often sarcastic tone. She starts out a broken and insecure soul but soon allows herself to accept her abilities of time and to contribute to the conflict of the story. Emerson is an admirably brave and stoic character and I really enjoyed her snarky attitude and dripping sarcasm and to be honest, it was what won me over to her side in the beginning. However, as the book rolled on, the act became a bit old and I felt that it didn't have the same powerful effect in the last quarter. Unfortunately, she lost me a bit somewhere in the second half. The other solid characters surrounding Emerson, including the dashing and handsome Michael of course, made up for that and overall, this book's entire cast is vibrant and well-rounded. The way Ms. McEntire formed the concept of time travel was unique and interesting, complete with fragments of different time periods appearing here and there. Emerson's special ability is well adapted into the diction and I felt the experienced incidents vividly alongside her. Everything about "Hourglass" felt wonderfully realistic and close by to me as a reader and I really enjoyed that. This book was fast-paced starting after Emerson clicks with the main conflict of the plot and everything afterwards flows nicely. There were fantastic twists that had me completely fooled and absolutely shocked once and the final climax was emotionally intense and thrilling. In the end, "Hourglass" was an entertaining and quick-paced ride with a great new outlook at sci-fi time manipulation and a gripping, well thought-out story.
A Favourite Moment:"When I finally regained control, I gave him a sweet smile and reached
out to shake. Then I flipped him over my shoulder. As he lay on the
ground panting, I walked to stand over him, looking down, my smile still
in place. "So I'll see you later?" He blinked once. I took that as a
yes....I felt great. The sass was back. It's amazing what flipping a grown man over her shoulder does for a girl." Rating:✰✰✰ 3.5 Rippling Hoots
Final Notes:I think I went into reading this book with way too high of an expectation which probably became reason #1 that I didn't enjoy it as much as a 4-star-and-up book. Reason #2 would sadly be that I'm not one to really enjoy science fiction of any form, including time travel.
With that being said, if you do like time travel, this is definitely a fantastic novel to read! It's different, fun, hilarious, and romantic in all the right places. Thanks for reading! ♡ Vivian
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