Published June 14th 2011 by Egmont USA
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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?
I did not think I was going to like this book. In fact, I thought I might end up writing a huge rant on all the issues I had with it.
But that didn't happen.
I actually enjoyed Hourglass. I had plenty of issues with it, but they were all so little compared to the good things.
I'm still iffy on Emerson, the main character and narrator. Sometimes I liked her; she handled her situation very realistically. Emerson has spent the past few years thinking she's crazy, and like any normal person, when she finds out she's not, she takes some time to adjust. She doesn't just throw herself right into it. I also like that she doesn't do the opposite and spend all her time whining about it. She can be a very strong and brave character, but at the same time she's realistic because she worries about what's happening, like any sane person would.
The times I disliked her the most were when she was around Michael and Kaleb, the two . . . love interests, I suppose. To be honest, I don't believe Hourglass is a real love triangle - it's fairly obvious that her feelings for one boy are a lot stronger than her feelings for the other. But around either boys, Emerson seemed a lot weaker and too much like a stereotypical lovesick teenage girl to me.
Kaleb is definitely my favorite character - no surprise there. I'm so excited for Timepiece since it's in his point of view *-* Kaleb is the flirty boy - but he's also broken and trying to find a way to get through the loss of both of his parents. Michael, on the other hand, I found slightly boring. Him and Emerson have a lot of chemistry together, but as a character himself, I wasn't very interested.
The plotline, however, is amazing, and the ending completely surprised me. I didn't see it coming at all, but it wasn't a surprise in a disconcerting way. The way Myra McEntire portrays time travel is very unique and explained in a way that's easy to understand. (Read: It doesn't make my brain want to explode.) I loved learning bits and pieces about throughout the book as more information was revealed.
Overall: I was surprised by this book. Hourglass is the story of a girl on a mission - to go back and change the future, sure, but she's also redefining herself. Emerson changes from the girl who thinks she's crazy into a strong character who risks everything. While I'm almost positive I'll enjoy Timepiece even more, Hourglass is a unique and compelling read. 4 stars.