Title/Author: Hourglass (Hourglass #1) by Myra McEntire
Publisher/Date published: Egmont USA, June 14th 2011
How I got this book: own a copy
Goodreads 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?"
Sometimes you read a book and then you kick yourself for not reading it sooner because it's just that good and people have been telling you how awesome it is. Hourglass falls right into that category!
I was really excited to start Hourglass and then I noticed how many of my friends on Goodreads had given it high ratings and the excitement kicked up a notch! I LOVE starting a book that my friends have loved cause it usually means I will at least enjoy it very much as well. Though I did kind of worry about getting my hopes up only to be disappointed by the actual novel.
But I shouldn't have worried, Myra McEntire's writing gripped me from page 1 and it never once faltered for me throughout the whole novel! I adore the voice she gave Emerson and anyone that can manage to fit in a Gone With the Wind reference on the first page is a winner to me! I loved that I felt like I was right there experiencing everything along with Emerson!
Emerson was such a compelling main character! She's been through a lot and it's made her put up a wall so she won't get hurt again. I loved seeing how she grows as a character and learns to let people in. Also, I love that she can kick some butt! I loved the chemistry she had with Michael. And Kaleb.
To be honest, I'm partial to Kaleb, he's just *sigh*. That's it. I don't have words for it. He's that *sigh*-worthy.
I loved learning everything about Emerson's ability right along with her and was fascinated by all of it! There were laugh out loud funny moments and the tension between Michael and Em brought tears to my eyes, it was amazing! Also, there's a whole set of other characters for me to love, especially Kaleb! *sigh* He's narrating Timepiece, the second book in the series, so I just know I'll love that as well.
I've completely fallen in love with Myra McEntire's writing and recommend Hourglass for anyone who likes a good YA paranormal romance, to me it ranks among the best in the genre!
My rating: 5 stars