Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Book Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 394
Date Published: June 14, 2011
Source: Library
Rating: 3/5

Summary: 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. (from goodreads)

My Thoughts:
I really, really enjoyed this book. I am usually apprehensive about paranormal romances. If it gets too fluffy, I lose interest. Definitely not the case with this book. There were very few moments when I found myself wondering what the point of the book was or where the plot was going. Time Travel! I dig it, I really do. It is different (finally!) and quirky and just works. A bit confusing, but I sometimes like it that way. Emerson is likable. I don't find myself always agreeing with her, but it never made me dislike her as a character. I really think this series will become better following this first book. The details were definitely smoothed out as the story went along. The writing, on the other hand, occasionally reeks of drinking the Twilight/Paranormal Romance Cliche koolaid. 

In Short, The Good:
  • Time Travel
  • Hot Guys
  • The Cover
In Short, The Bad
  • Occasional Symptoms of Bad Paranormal Romance
  • Not So Smooth a Read
  • Everyone is Attractive Syndrome

 And a peek at the next book in the series, Timepiece, coming out in June! Another yummy cover =]

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