Author: Myra McEntire
Pub. Date: 6.14.2011
Genre: Paranormal YA
Keywords: Time Travel, Romance, Mystery, Paranormal
Description (from Goodreads):
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.
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.
I fell in love with the cover of HOURGLASS the first time I saw it and thought there was a good chance I’d like the novel, but I was entirely unprepared for just how much I would love it.
Myra McEntire’s debut novel is absolutely fantastic. I haven’t read all the many time travel novels other than HOURGLASS, but, if other authors can do it half as well as McEntire, I feel I should make this a priority.
Time travel is such a crazy, whimsical idea and I’m pretty confident that most people have had time travel fantasies, so a novel in which a character, who has experienced great tragedy in her life, discovers that it isn’t impossible to jump back in time – and perhaps even change the past – is a very, very good idea. The entire premise is incredibly seductive.
One of the best things about this novel? The romance. Hands down. At times, the whole ‘we’re ridiculously drawn to one another but are forbidden to actually pursue out feelings’ thing can be annoying, but I really enjoyed it in HOURGLASS. I think it helped that Emerson and Michael weren’t kept apart just because Michael had some deep, dark secret, but also for normal, teenage reasons – like Emerson’s brother/guardian insisting she and Michael keep their relationship professional.
Plus, this novel is twisty. It has an epic air about it and just as soon as the reader gets comfortable, McEntire throws in a totally unexpected element. Readers won’t sit back and casually enjoy the ride with this one – this author keeps you on your toes.
Sometimes I feel like I need a break from paranormal YA, but then I pick up one like this and I remember just why this genre is so wonderful!