Hourglass (Book 1 of Hourglass)
Author: Myra McEntire
Publish Date: June 14, 2011
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. (From Goodreads)
There’s probably nothing worse than seeing the past repeatedly… in various forms. The very concept of it was enough to take the book off the shelf. What can the past tell us that we don’t already possibly know?
For Em, seeing the past means being crazy. She doesn’t believe it to be rational, but she’s trying so hard to keep her life together she plays pretend, often. This action alone is enough to prove Em is a strong willed, independent individual. The added fact that she’s a brown belt in karate and can flip a grown man over her shoulder is only an additional plus. Add her sarcasm and whit and she’s my new best friend.
Then enter Michael, who witnesses her reaction to one of her phantoms. He’s gorgeous and stunning and everything a girl wants. He has a hero complex as big as the grand canyon and a self sacrificing gene just as large. This only makes him a more likeable character. While sometimes he can seem aloof and uncaring it’s very clear his feelings for Em are genuine.
The plot was surprising. There were twists and turns that weren’t expected. It had felt pretty basic at first even normal. Then the world shatters all over again with each new additional piece of information. This was certainly riveting and enough to make every interruption from the book and aggravating nuance. Hopefully, the second in the series will be coming soon. The suspense is just as aggravating. ^_^