Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In Stores TODAY: Hourglass

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Watch out for: Some kissing and bad words but nothing R rated. Pretty clean.
Publisher: Egmont USASource: from Publisher
Summary (from Goodreads.com):
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.

My thoughts on Hourglass:
Based on the cover and the summary provided, you will never know what the book REALLY is about. They did such a good job on making this book as mysterious sounding as they could. As for the cover, there was not a single day in school (where I read it) that somebody didn't make a comment about the wicked cool cover on this book.

I honestly thought that this book was going to be about your typical teenager who starts seeing ghosts and gets thrown into a loony-bin called "Hourglass". But, no it wasn't. It was much more than that. Now, I am not going into full blown detail about it, so you can be as surprised as I was.

Emerson is a quirky teen girl who behind all that sarcasm hides a big secret: she can see things that are not there. Michael is the only one that can help her, he also sees the thing she sees, which might now make her as crazy as she thinks she is.

Emerson's mysteriously alluring story had me reading like a madwoman. Such an alluring and mysterious story plot with characters with such a good chemistry between each other. Well except for the bad guys, and lemme tell you, there is a fair amount of bad guys here. I mean, who doesn't love a little antagonism now and then? There is no good story plot without a bad guy.

Emerson and Michael are such a highly comedic couple, every word that Emerson said was sarcastically hilarious and Michael just had such an amusing reaction to everything Emerson had to say. Kaleb (possible love triangle alert!) was another character that was charming (at times) and he captivated my heat as soon as I read about him being drunk and naked on the couch (nothing to worry about, pretty hilarious scene).

The impossible romance that develops through the story, will have all the suckers for romance sighing and crying at times. I know I did plenty of both.

I see so much potential to learn about the other characters as the series develops and to read about all the craziness that Emerson get herself into. So that is why I am giving this story a little bit of leverage on the lack of explanation when it comes to some things, there are two more books coming so the story will probably develop much further then.

There is so much to cover about this book that I would probably make this post longer than it already is, so if you want to read a refreshing new plot story with some entertaining characters, then Hourglass is for you.

Hope you go check it out, Hourglass hits bookstores TODAY!

My rating:

4 Butterflies
Should be a 4.5 but don't have a butterfly for that! =(

What's Next?
Hourglass #2 is the title at the moment.
Set to be published 2012.

About the Author
Myra McEntire (Debut Author)

Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories infused with her love of music. Her young adult book, Hourglass, will debut on June 14, 2011.

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  1. Great review Alex! You have me hooked and dying to read it to find out what happens. I agree, that cover is really eye-catching and I'm glad that the book lives up to it.

    The Word Fiend

  2. Thank-you Shelagh! =D Following your blog, I really like it! Good luck!

    Yes I loved Hourglass, hope you like it too!


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