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?
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Publication Date: 14th June 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Age Group: Young Adult
In McEntire's debut novel Hourglass time isn't as straight forward as it has always seemed, especially not to Emerson Cole who can see what we can't: the ghosts time lost. When Emerson meets Michael Weaver she is introduced to a world where time no longer has boundaries and Emerson has the power to irrevocably change the world.
What I Liked: Hourglass is a highly imaginative and well framed narratie with complex ideas and characters. There is something very new about the idea that keeps your head in your (e)book, eager to taste the thrilling conclusion.
Emerson is a workable heroine, she has a tragic history, a loving pair of guardians, a reliable and quirky best friend, and eventually a sexy and mysterious romantic interest just beyond our reach. She has the required curiosity and impulsiveness that a good hero needs to ferret out any information being kept from her.
As for the plot itself, it unravels unexpectedly and can leave you close to tears as it navigates the doors of time.
I appreciated a sci-fi read that kept me in the loop without moving into complicated scientific mumbo-jumbo.
What I Didn't Like: This felt like another case of 'meet, greet and go' where our heroine is a stranger to the major players but still agrees to play within 72 hours of meeting them. Even though I appreciated the sparks that flew between Emerson and Michael, it all happened a little too quickly.
The sequel Timepiece is due out June 12, 2012.