Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release date: June 14, 2011
Summary: Emerson has grown up thinking she’s certifiably insane. But when her older brother brings in someone to help her with her hallucinations, Emerson discovers that she might not be as crazy as she thinks. What she sees are “rips”—bits of the past seeping into the present. Emerson must learn to harness her ability quickly, because it seems like the rips in time are expanding—and that’s not a good thing.
My thoughts: Hourglass has everything you’d ever want in a YA novel—humor, action, suspense, and romance. Even better is the fact that all these elements are put together and executed very, very well. Hourglass is an expertly crafted, thoroughly enjoyable read that is literally impossible to put down (I read it in one sitting!).
Readers will easily fall in love with and look up to Emerson, Hourglass’s protagonist and narrator. Her sass, sarcasm, and confidence make her incredibly fun to read about. Emerson is awesome, and she knows it. She’s not without insecurities, though—Emerson frequently refers to herself as “crazy”, a reminder of her rocky childhood in a mental institution. She also notes her lack of an “edit button”, or a lack of thinking before she speaks, which often makes her dialogue very entertaining (not to mention honest).
Myra McEntire nails the time slip concept—paradoxes and all—in Hourglass. It’s interesting, exciting, and quite well developed. However, the supernatural element is second string in comparison to the fantastic romance Hourglass brings to the table. The tension between Emerson and her love interest is almost palpable—steam rises off the pages of the novel. A second love interest is introduced later in the story, and he is just as lovable—if not more—than his rival.
Hourglass will win your heart from the very beginning—it sure won mine. Myra McEntire has crafted a hilarious, hot, supernatural story that will make you wish you had a sequel, like, yesterday. Highly recommended for fans of strong, snarky female characters, steamy romance, and original concepts.
If you’re looking for a book to put you right on the edge of your seat, it is a perfect choice.
It will win over the hearts of all readers with its creative concept, lovable characters, and thrilling storyline.
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