Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hourglass by Myra McEntire Review

By Myra McEntire

June 14, 2011
EgmontUSA, 400 pages
Source: Library

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.

— description

If you were to ask my mom, “What type of book do you like?” she’d probably say “anything with romance and time travel.” The woman loves her some time travel books. So when I saw what Hourglass was about, I was like, “Hey! Maybe it’s genetic, and this book is the book for me.”

Was it? Hmm. Hard to say. I think I'd prefer a classic time travel book about someone who travels back to a historic time period or into the future. Traveling back in time to six months ago just wasn't as thrilling for me.

Still, Hourglass was an intriguing book that I had no problem getting through. Those more interested in the theories and morals behind travel (as opposed to the historic aspect) might find it more appealing.

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. I loved the Magic Tree House books as a kid, so I've always enjoyed time travel books. And these days I really only like to read books with romance in them. I read and really liked Hourglass, but I agree that this time traveling wasn't as exciting as time traveling to a historic period. But I'm actually having trouble thinking of YA titles involving time traveling through history. Do you have any recommendations?

  2. I like the morals and implications, but I'm totally much more a fan of a modern person dropped in history and vice versa than the whole six months ago thing. ALTHOUGH, Tempest by Julie Cross does that sort of six months thing and it is EXCELLENT. Like, really, really good.

  3. Ahh well at least you found it pretty thrilling! I absolutely loved Hourglass!!!

  4. I dont usually comment on your blog but I do read it all the time! I was wondering about this book as I have it on my reader but havent gotten around to it. As a side note...I need you or someone in the blogiverse to review The Scorpio Races! I read it and I'm dying to read a bloggers point of view lol.

  5. @Mallory MALLORY! 1) Thank you for commenting! I'm glad you are a return visitor. Also: Scorpio Races review will be up Monday. HINT: LOVED.

  6. Sarah, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly was great! The "time travel" is back to Revolutionary era France, I liked it a lot!

  7. @The Millward Family

    Thanks for the recommendation! I actually have that one on my shelf and want to read it soon now :-)


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