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Hourglass Paperback – May 8, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 274 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Hourglass Series

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"Buffy for the time-traveling set." -- Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

School Library Journal -   McEntire's paranormal fantasy, peppered with romance, is a compelling story that is difficult to put down.--Elizabeth C. Johnson, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, WA

Romantic Times - A perfectly well-rounded book with paranormal, action and love triangles, this will keep you guessing until the surprising end. If you're a paranormal lover, you do not want to miss this one!

"Em is an entertainingly cheeky narrator and appealingly resilient heroine ... first-time author McEntire deftly juggles plot, characters and dialogue; her portrait of grief is particularly poignant.--Kirkus Reviews

"Doctor Who in a YA package." -- MTV's Hollywood Crush

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 www.myramcentire.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hourglass (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606843842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606843840
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Adlam TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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The cover of this book is so neat looking. It is unlike anything I have ever seen. I believe that the description gives a good idea of what the book is about. With maybe some things left out. But, that doesn't take away from the book but adds to it.

This book started out so well! With witty banter and wonderful characters.

Yet as it went on it just got boring. It lost my attention and didn't do anything to grab it back. It just kept dragging on and on.

I did finish the book and towards the end it started pulling me back in.

I was disappointed a little that the book just went on and on and on. I don't like books that drag. Authors/Editors could cut it down and take out some of the nonessential crap and make such a better book with fewer pages.

I did enjoy the ending of the book. I think it ended with a somewhat cliff hanger but not such a big one that you would be pulling your hair out until book 2 came out. So thats very good.

There are so many books out there about time travel. I LOVE that in this book it takes more than one person to do it. I have never liked that books like Tempest, and tv shows like the Time Travelers Wife. Where they can travel alone without help. It never set very right with me. (I don't know why- Maybe I was a traveler in another life)

This book again is about Time Travel but also toward the end it turns into a love trio. I think that could have been skipped all together. With the connection that Em and Michael have trying to add another person to that love is just plain stupid if you ask me. I understand why it was added. But it could have been ended before the next book. It added an extra element that it just didn't need.

Ok Characters! I LOVE EM! She is awesome!
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