5.10.2011

Hourglass ARC Tour!

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Fire and Ice ARC Tours)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Supernatural, Science Fiction
Publication Date: 6.14.2011
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.

Loved this book! It has the perfect amount of mystery, romance, and suspense. A lot of people seem to think it is a ghost story, but that's not the case. It is more on the sci-fi side than the paranormal, but it is all blended together really well, and makes a great story. It is unique to most other plots I have read. For a while, I thought it would be something similar to The Time Traveler's Wife (a book I love), but McEntire took the story on a different course, which turned out to be full of unexpected twists.

I like the characters a lot, even both of the love interests. Yes, there is a love triangle present in this book, but I wasn't very bothered by it. It seemed natural, especially considering the circumstances behind each relationship. The sad part is that I once again (this seems to be a recurring problem of mine) fell for the guy who I obviously wasn't supposed to fall for. I like both love interests, but only one of them just happens to be my type! *Instant crush* Oh, the nonsense of loving fictional men.... :)

The main character, Emerson, is smart, sensible, snarky, and sarcastic; traits she no doubt developed from her rocky past. She was interesting to read about, because of everything that went through her mind. "Seing what isn't there" has taken a toll on her, and that really comes out in the story.

This book would have gotten a perfect rating from me, but for two things:
1.) One of the love interests is constantly pulling Emerson's sleeve to make her sit, lifting her to move her, pulling her towards him, grabbing her wrists to lead her, etc.. From the context of the actions, they were in no way meant in an abusive manner, but it still got on my nerves every time it happened. Just because she's a tiny girl, doesn't mean she should be manhandled!

2.) A choice Emerson makes towards the end, that I did not agree with at all. This is more of a personal thing for me though, and I don't expect a lot of other people to see this as a problem.

Overall, a quick, fun read, that is unique in its genre and has a compelling plot.


Read this if:
...you are just getting into science fiction, you want a quick read for the summer, and you are ready to be kept guessing!

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Some mild swearing, and a few slightly steamy scenes.}


Thank you Fire and Ice ARC Tours, for letting me participate! And a huge thank you to Egmont USA for providing the review copy! 

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good read. It's on my to-read list since I came across the cover and summary somewhere and I'm glad to hear it is good :)

    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

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  2. Nickey: Yes, it's a VERY good read! It's definitely worth checking out. :)

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  3. Oh, great! I'm glad you liked it. I've heard many wonderful things about this book and it sounds interesting :) Plus, the cover is SO cool. Thanks for the review!

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  4. I agree! The cover is one of the things I first noticed about it; it definitely stands out, in a good way. Thanks for stopping by!

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