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Hourglass by Myra McEntire

hourglassFor 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?

Favorite Quote:  “I love you-broken in pieces, whole, however.”

First, I’ve never liked time travel books.  The stories always sounded great but I could never get through them.  This is not the case with Hourglass.  WOW.  I don’t know what else to say. . . I LOVED THIS BOOK.  I loved it so much you shouldn’t even finish reading, just go and BUY THIS BOOK.  NOW.

BUUUUTTT in case you stick around and read this let me tell you a little about this awesome book.  😛  Emerson is a 17 year old girl living with her older brother and his wife since returning from her boarding school.  She lost her parents in a tragic accident when she was younger and has a hard time of it since.  See her parents died while on vacation . . .  a vacation they took hoping it would help Emerson since she started having visions of dead people.  Now orphaned, once committed, and medication free she is back with her brother and back seeing dead people.

Worried about starting school locally and that the visions have returned her brother hires Michael, an employee of the secretive company called Hourglass.  Michael makes her feel not as much of a “freak” as he can see people as well.  As Michael starts to explain her abilities as well as his own she learns she is actually able to travel back in time and Michael can travel to the future.  They make a balanced set and can therefore go into the past and the future together.  He asks for her help in returning to the past to undo a murder of the creator of Hourglass in order to help the group.

I loved Emerson.  Anyone who reads a lot of YA knows the leading females are generally all knowing (like most teenagers can be) and annoying as crap.  That is so not Emerson.  She is strong and not annoying at any point during the story.  She stands up for herself and demands to be treated as a capable ally.  And Michael?  AWESOME.  Maybe I just have a thing for characters named Michael??  I really like how the book focused more on the actual story with the romance still there but not drama filled.

This is a completely original story that I don’t feel like I’ve read 10 times this year.  My conclusion from reading this book:  I simply have to make Myra McEntire my new BFF with hopes that she will drop a few hints to the next book!  I totally have a girl crush!  This book was beyond fabulous.

Pecans: 5/5

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