Author: Myra McEntire
Genres: romance, sci-fi, time travel, young adult
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
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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.
Myra McEntire delivers to her readers a well-researched and in-depth story that entices the reader in much the same way good Cuban coffee entices Emerson, the main character. Emerson is spunky, prone to getting herself into trouble she never intended to get herself into and likeable – a good quailty for a character when their story is in first person. The first-person narration is very well done by the author and doesn’t feel stilted, whiny or disjointed. You feel what Emerson feels, and experience what she experiences without wanting to throw something.
Suffice to says she loves to spar with her brother, who clearly loves his sister unconditionally, and tells things as she see them. In Em’s own words, her edit button is broken. Being seventeen she makes a few questionable decisions, although nothing too major, but it is this and her personality that make the story all that more enjoyable and believable. I have given this a romance tag, because there is a little bit of romance but nothing beyond a few smoochie at towards the end. Who is doing the smooching I won’t tell. There is only a little bit of sci-fi and that is purely to do with the time-travel element, and if someone like me who really doesn’t like sci-fi very much can handle it, then you know it’s not too bad.