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Hourglass [Kindle Edition]

Myra McEntire
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


*"Doctor Who in a YA package." -- MTV's Hollywood Crush
*" ... the story centers itself in Emerson's voice--by turns sardonic, world weary, ardent, and hopeful."  --Publisher's Weekly
*"Buffy for the time-traveling set." -- Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

About the 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. Hourglass is her first novel. You can visit her online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WMSQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Premise [3.5 Stars] May 3, 2011
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At thirteen, Emerson "Em" Cole began seeing ghosts. Or, at least, she *thought* those people she saw were ghosts. Shortly after, her parents died in a tragic accident.

Four years later, while living with her older brother Thomas and his wife Dru, Em is introduced to Michael Weaver, who Em believes is just another con artist hired by her brother to help her with her visions. But, it turns out that Michael understands Em, and her "gift", better than she ever expected.

This is one of those stories which could easily be spoiled with too much information, so I'll only mention that there's more sci-fi than supernatural--a nice break from the genre--and it had a definite X-Men vibe. In fact, I truly loved the premise; it was dripping with potential, but beleaguered by unnecessary melodrama and uneven pacing.

Em, who narrates, would be easy to empathize with because of her lot in life: deceased parents, feeling like a burden in her brother's and sister-in-law's lives, and on top of that, seeing things which aren't there to the point of needing heavy medication. However, she spends a good chunk of the book painting herself as a gritty badass, but not actually supporting it. Her character felt forced and other characters, with the exceptions of Lily and Kaleb, felt one-dimensional with little subtlety or nuance.

Also, every single woman had 10-mile-long legs and was gorgeous compared to Em's tiny stature (of which she reminded us constantly), and every single man was traffic-stopping in his hotness. As icing on the cake, all of these men shirked the tall beauties to fawn over Em, much to her surprise. Unfortunately, the instalove romance and weak love-triangle steals some oomph from the amazing premise.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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It's not too often that I'm surprised by a book, but Hourglass did just that. Pleasantly so.
I admit that I was initially intrigued purely by the cover and title. I've been burned by that rational when reading many times so I usually guard against such things but that cover kept calling to me. The ARC popped up as a selection on Amazon Vine - I caved and picked it for review.
The summary led me to believe that Emerson sees dead people. Not so much. This is a time slip/romance novel. Something I usually don't enjoy. I find that this premise is used mainly to manipulate the characters and the plot making for an anything goes - nothing is real - type of story. Not with Hourglass. McEntire has laid out a very well planned mythology for this time travel series.
Emerson starts seeing what she believes to be ghosts shortly before her parents death in a horrific car accident. Since their death, she has been sent to a mental institution where they basically drugged her into a stupor and then to a boarding school. After a while, Em doesn't stop seeing these "ghosts" but she does become better at hiding the fact so she can appear normal. She has lost all but one friend, Lily, after her public displays of craziness.
After losing a scholarship to the boarding school she goes home to live with her brother Thomas and his wife Dru. Her brother has tried to find help for her with various experts, but mostly they are quacks. Em takes this in stride to pacify her brother because he means well and gives him one more shot when Thomas mentions a boy named Michael who belongs to an organization called the Hourglass. After meeting Michael everything changes for Em. Michael gets it. He truly believes her and he may have the answers she's been looking for.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the time-slips May 8, 2011
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Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Egmont, 2011
397 pages
YA; Time-Travel; Paranormal; Romance
4/5 stars

Source: Received an ARC through Amazon's Vine Program.

I was intrigued to receive this book as I hadn't heard much about it beforehand. The mention of "time-slips" caught my attention because I love time travel and it's my not-so-secret dream to someday travel back in time (that's why I'm a history major and I read a good deal of historical fiction). And I loved those aspects, even if the time-travel was significantly different than I had anticipated.

See, Emerson has long been seeing people who no one else can see. This combined with the death of her parents resulted in her institutionalization for a period of time. However she feels that she maybe has a grip on the visions. Until she meets Michael who has the same ability except he sees people from the future while Em sees them from the past. Together they have extraordinary power that enables them to move through time (to my disappointment they only go back in time about six months rather than to the late nineteenth-century).

And in fact, I really enjoyed all of these paranormal aspects. Michael was hired by her brother from an organization called Hourglass, which has been involved in exploring and researching such abilities that deal with manipulating time. Everything about this was fascinating from the other characters introduced including the villainous Jonathan Landers and his associates to the only barely glimpsed powers of the other people. I'll admit that sometimes the explanations confused me but re-reading them cut through the fog. I still have questions but I'm content to wait for the next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Hourglass
I didn’t really connect to the story. I picked this book for its time travel theme, but it doesn’t have as much time traveling as I would have expected from the way the story was... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sofia Lazaridou
4.0 out of 5 stars [edit] I did not think I was going to like this book

I did not think I was going to like this book. In fact, I thought I might end up writing a huge rant on all the issues I had with it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zoey Talbon
5.0 out of 5 stars I was fascinated with ‘Hourglass’ from the get-go.
Unfortunately I didn't get decent chunks of time to read this in a couple of sittings like I wanted to – moving across country had me consuming sometimes single pages at a time... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Casey Carlisle
1.0 out of 5 stars Had potential, but turned out like every other cardboard YA romance
I tried the free sample, first, and was intrigued by the fresh take on the "I see dead people" theme. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lady of Shallot
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by RP
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan...
Not a fan, but the typical teenager will enjoy it. I admit I picked this book for its cover and the beginning was very promising. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BookButter
2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't get into this book: ( The guy ...
I couldn't get into this book :( The guy was too unrealistic, and the chemistry between Emerson and Michael was cheesy.
Published 4 months ago by J. Paris
3.0 out of 5 stars if you like time traveling stories …
…Aimed at teenaged girls , this might be it. As everything is not solved, a follow up book likely follows.
Published 7 months ago by M. Crockett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic and refreshing.
Published 8 months ago by Flor Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the series
I read all three books in this series and I must say I really enjoyed reading them. The characters were very complex and the plot was really good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brittney
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Myra McEntire lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two sons. You can visit her online at

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