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Monday, December 26, 2011

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

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?


I was captivated at the very first page. Hourglass is an absolutely fantastic debut from Myra McEntire. Emerson is an irresistible character, one that you love from the very beginning. She is hilarious and quirky and vulnerable and strong. She is fierce (think Gwen Frost or Evie). The story wouldn't have been as impressive with any other character: she truly makes the novel. 

Hourglass spins so many different plot twists, and is so surprising in so many ways that I don't even know where to begin without spoiling it for you, so the best advice I can give is: just dive in! It's definitely a must read.

Everything you look for in a good novel is easily found in this one: solid characters, realistic [and believable] romance, honest friendship, mystery, suspense . . . it's like the perfect burrito at Chipotle; you won't find one person who doesn't like it. 

Grade: A+


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