Hourglass by Myra Mcentire
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (June 14, 2011)
Challenge: Debut Author
ARC back cover synopsis: Since the age of fourteen, Emerson Cole has seen strange thing s- dead things – swooning Southern Belles, soldiers, and other eerie apparitions of the past. She’s tried everything to get rid of the visions: medication, counseling, asylums. Nothing’s worked.
So when Emerson’s well-meaning brother calls in yet another consultant from a mysterious organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to give it one last try.
Michael Weaver is no ordinary consultant. He’s barely older than she is, he listens like no one she’s ever met before, and he doesn’t make her feel the least bit crazy. As Emerson ventures deeper into the world of the Hourglass, she begins to learn the truth about her past, her future – and
her very life.
Hourglass by Myra Mcentire totally surprised me on how much I adored it and how amazing it was. The reason I believe I was so pleasantly surprised is because I went in believing this book was about a girl with the ability to see ghosts, nowadays a plot that isn't original, but I was nevertheless intrigued. So you can imagine my surprise that the concept of this book was something altogether different.
Hourglass is a story about Emerson Cole a teenage girl that has been plagued with ghostly apparitions shortly before her parents death in a tragic accident. Since then she has had a difficult time coping but after a stint in a mental institution and years away at boarding school she is back in town as her scholarship runs out. Luckily she has her older brother Thomas and his wife Dru that have become Em's anchor and support. It is Thomas who finds Micheal, a consultant from the Hourglass whom he hires to help Emerson with her "problem" and from that day on she is never the same again. Normal is so overrated anyway.
There are many aspects of this story that I enjoy and one of them is the strong adult presence in Emerson's life. Many times stories have absent parents and adult guidance but this story is not the case. It was refreshing to see Emerson confide in her brother Thomas and that they have such a special bond and that he doesn't treat her as if she is crazy and he truly looks out for her *sigh* so heartwarming. I also admire Dru for she is a great motherly influence that has an awesome sense of style and she gives Emerson that balance that she needs.
As for Emerson Cole she a kick ass protagonist and she has won a special place in my heart. Her wicked sarcasm is consistently hilarious. "Holy Hormones Batman" is one of my favorite Emisms and I totally admit to using it. Her interactions with Micheal are sizzling, fun and you just never know what is going to happen next between them but you know you want more of it. Micheal lends that mystery and intrigue to the story that keeps you on the edge and as you get to know and understand him you are already half in love with him. As with the another character Kabel, yowza talk about someone to get the blood pumping faster than a roller coaster ride. Whenever he made an appearance I would be left fanning myself, what a lady killer and I cannot wait to see happens with him in subsequent novels as with the other characters that also became endeared to me.
I admired the whole science fiction concept of this book and considering that I am totally not a sci-fi fan that is saying alot. The idea behind Hourglass is so very innovative that I was eager to know what it was all about from the very beginning. I was made a captive audience and I did not want to stop reading. Hourglass has so many amazing twists, and although I saw a few coming I was completely blind-sided by some of the others and I loved that about this book.
I cannot sing enough praises for Hourglass and I know that the YA genre of readers will devour it greedily and demand more because it is that engrossing and original of a novel and in this market of overused themes and characters, that says alot.
Favorite Quote "I’ve never touched alcohol – doesn’t mix too well with pharmaceuticals – but I knew at that moment what it must feel like to be drunk. Everything in my world shifted, and I knew I would trade every breath I’d ever taken for more of him. In a heartbeat."