Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Review: Hourglass - Myra McEntire

Where I got it: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating: 4.5 stars (Super creepy, the book isn't as creepy as a girl walking on the wall might imply. The colors are great and the font for the title is perfect.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Page Count: 400 p.

Right before Emerson's parents died, she started seeing ghosts, or at least what she thought were ghosts. No one else could see them and it caused her a lot of grief and even got her institutionalized. Now she's out and living with her older brother, Thomas and his wife Dru. She has slowly weened herself off the meds, without telling anyone, even though it makes the visions come back. Her brother is very understanding and always trying to find someone to help Emerson. That's when she meets Michael. He's from a company called Hourglass, that helps people with abilities like Emerson's in coping adn using their abilities. If Emerson can start belieing that she has a gift rather than a curse, she may be able to help save lives. Michael wants her help, and she can't deny the connection between them, but the more she finds out about everything, the crazier it all begins to sound.

This book was very awesome. I loved Emerson. Some may find her too catty, but it's all a defense mechanism, because she feels alone in her ability to see things that aren't really there. This story sort of reminded me of X-Men in some ways, just because a bunch of misfits end up coming together and finding each other through the Hourglass, that was made by someone like them for people like them. I loved the dialogue in this story; the back and forth between the characters was wholly realistic and awesomely cutting. Michael was also quite swoon-worthy, so that helps. The dynamic between Emerson and Michael showed that they were connected by something bigger than themselves, the tension and electricity between them was tangible within the words. I am very interested to see more with Lily, Emerson's best friend, in the next book. The town that Emerson lives in sounds really fantastic, even if there is something evil lurking in the background. This book was wonderful on it's own, but I am excited to continue with the characters in book two. I appreciate a book that can wrap up it's story in one, but then still leave enough for a sequel (or two). Myra McEntire made a stunning debut that you would be a fool not to pick up.

First Line:
"My small Southern hometown is beautiful in the haunting way an aging debutante is beautiful."

Favorite Line:
"Not only is this woman a saint, but she makes killer Cuban espresso and apple empanadas that taste so good they'd make a nun cuss."


  1. Love that opening line!! Sounds like a fantastic read - can't wait to pick this one up myself - thanks!

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

  2. If I hadn't wanted to read this before (I did), your review and favorite line would have made me want to. Now, I just want to read it even more. And even though this is a series (or just has a sequel?) I'm happy that it works as a standalone as well. Those are my favorite kinds of books in a series.

  3. I really enjoyed your review of this book :) I can't wait to read it.

  4. Love both of those lines! I'm glad this is already on order, but you know I didn't realize she was walking on a wall. Glad you pointed that out.
    I do wish there were more stand alone books though. I'm so tired of trilogies and beyond. Waiting three years to complete a series is really annoying. So many times I have to reread and if the book is long..I just don't have the time. Sorry, I know you have no say in this.

    Great review. You make me want to read it even more than I did. Now if I could only go without sleep for about six weeks to finish all the others you've recommended!

    Loved Ruby Red!! Thanks for that great review.

  5. i love the opening line too. this sounds unique and compelling (and yours is the first review i have read! you've hooked me, haha)

    x Nomes


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