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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?

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Time Travel That I Get!
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I loved Hourglass! This book captivated me from the very first page. Before reading Hourglass, reading about time travel never seemed very interesting to me. Myra McEntire makes this story jump off the page and you instantly fall in love with her characters and the world she has created. Emerson, Michael, and Kaleb are quite the trio. I still can't decide; Michael, Kaleb, Michael, Kaleb...Kaleb...Michael. It's a tough decision, read it and you'll see why!

I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel. I'm hoping there are more scenes with Emerson's best friend, Lily. She is a great friend to Emerson and has her own special story as well. I'm also hoping for a lot more Kaleb and Michael. :)


If you've always thought (much like me) that a book on time travel couldn't be that much fun to read, PLEASE pick this one up. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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Hourglass is simply charming
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Hourglass ~ A MUST READ!
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(I originally read & reviewed this back in June 2011)

I picked up this book for a couple of reasons, 1) It was highly recommended and 2) The cover is pretty stinkin' cool! It has a nice color scheme but if you look closely, you see that the girl looks as if she's drawn/pulled (almost magnetically) to the wall/door she's in front of. *hint* *hint*

I normally don't get into the SciFi scene mainly because all that stuff is over my head and I wasn't sure I was going to like this story too much. I.was.wrong. My first impression was that it felt like a blend of Time Traveler's Wife, X-Men and The Sixth Sense (all good stuff) but the word that keeps coming to mind is "electric". This book was ELECTRIC!

The story centers around Emerson or "Em" and her special abilities. You can't help but feel for her and all she's been through up to this point. Her parents were killed in a horrific car accident four years prior, which she didn't handle well and you mix that with the fact that she has a tendency to see people who aren't exactly "alive" and it's just the right mix of "crazy". Once you get to know more of her story it's not hard to understand why she uses sarcasm as her defense mechanism. She's moved back to live with her brother Thomas and his wife, Dru to finish out her senior year and the only other person who loves and has stood by Em is her best friend Lilly. No one knows Em like they do, that is, until Michael shows up on the scene.

Michael (did I mention he's gorgeous?) works for The Hourglass, an organization set up to help Emerson and other people with abilities like hers. Thomas has contacted Michael in the hopes that he'll be able to help Emerson somehow, get back to normal again. Michael is not much older than Em and seems to understand her. He even sees the things that she does...the same things. To top it off, whenever they get close to each other there's this strange electricity that happens, like lights bursting, electricity. It's pretty cool, or hot, you know, however electricity is supposed to feel.

Michael also explains to Em that the world of time doesn't really work like she thinks it does and that time travel is possible. He tells her that her ability is actually a gift, one she can use to help other people. This knowledge opens up a whole new world for her, one that includes new people, like Kaleb (who is all kinds of yummy) and tough choices to make. One of those choices is one that might alter her future, benefiting just her or one that would benefit a greater group of people.

This book is full of good characters who would make nice "real" people too. Thomas, Dru and Lilly all love Emerson for who she is and have stuck by her even through her worst times.

Lilly is the epitome of a BFF as far as I'm concerned and when you read the cafeteria scene you'll understand why. She's got spunk too which is fun to read.

Kaleb, who happens to be Michael's best friend comes across as a bad boy bent on making those around him suffer as much as he has but you quickly see that it's his way of masking the hurt and pain of all he's been through. His own ability to take another's pain on as his own is enough to melt even the coldest of hearts. He's also pretty yummy which never hurts.

My only disappointment was when my "Trilodar" went off (my own supernatural ability to tell whether or not a book is part of a trilogy and/or series by page 5) and I realized I wasn't going to have my happy ending by the time I finished reading and would have to wait for the next installment. I guess I need to watch a Disney movie like Emerson does to get that happy ending. ;)

*This books deals with time travel, paranormal - empaths, clairvoyance, & seeing people who aren't exactly "alive" so if you have any objection to those, don't read the book. If you want to read an interesting, imaginative, heart racing story about friendship, family, love and an electrifying romance then you will LOVE this book! Enjoy!
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Michael & Kaleb.
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Electrifying Read!
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I'm not sure I can accurately express how much I adored Myra McEntire's Hourglass. It's one of those books I'll be happy to read over again, and I can't wait to see how Myra fleshes out the rest of the series.

Here are just a few of the reasons why I wouldn't mind snuggling up to Hourglass again and again:

Emerson - Even though Em knows martial arts and has a tough skin due to her past, she's not afraid to be a girl. It seems (at least to me) a lot of stereotypical kick-butt heroines shun makeup, dressing up, or anything deemed "girly," as though those things would make them less tough. But not Em. I found it refreshing that she was comfortable in her own skin, comfortable being feminine, and comfortable kicking some butt along the way.

Em's bff, Lily - Thank you, Myra McEntire, for ditching the cliched "ugly" or overweight best friend who's really only there to serve as comedic relief. Lily has her own life outside being Em's bestie, which makes her character all the more believable. And another refreshing reason to love Lily and Em's relationship? They don't spend their time quibbling over boys. They have real, meaningful conversations. They love each other and have stuck by each other through the worst of times. I came out loving Lily just as much as Em does.

Michael - He's not your token YA bad boy. He's an amazing friend, mature, intelligent, and loyal to the core. He doesn't for one second feel entitled to Em or act obsessive over her. His relationship with Em is an unconventional one, to say the least, but there's a reason for everything he says and does. Trust me. Just keep reading!

Em's family - Through it all, Em's brother, Thomas, and sister-in-law, Dru, have stuck by her. They believe in her and are committed to doing whatever it takes to help Em lead a normal life. Em couldn't have a better support group, and I loved immersing myself in their healthy, hilarious, and at times heart-breaking family dynamic.

Simplicity - Yes, Hourglass is a sci-fi, time travel novel (with a bit of paranormal and romance mixed in), but you don't have to have a degree in quantum physics to understand how Em's world works. McEntire takes actual scientific theory and explains it in a way that's both easy to grasp and fun to explore. Hourglass isn't just for sci-fi or time travel fans.

Southern wit - I've read too many novels set in the South that focus so much on the culture and the sayings that it just feels fake. I start to wonder, has this author ever even been to the South? But Myra McEntire is a true Southern girl, which makes Em's voice authentic and addictive. And the humor! If not for anything else, pick this book up for the wit. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the entire novel, as well as shedding a few tears.

The voice - McEntire's writing voice is effortless to read. From the very first hook, she holds readers safely in her grasp so we can just sit back and enjoy the ride. No tripping over awkward prose, no going back to reread paragraphs. In fact, you might want to have some caffeine ready if you start this one late in the day. Plan on staying up until it's finished!

I can't recommend Hourglass enough. It's clean, fun, deep, witty, and downright charming. When you mix humor, spunk, and Southern attitude with unexpected twists and turns, electric characters, and hot romance, you know you've got a hit.
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Quirk Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire
(Updated: January 10, 2014)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Hourglass was one of those books I knew I would love. The reasons? First, the author, Myra McEntire, is hilarious on her Twitter feed and blog, as well as being generally awesome and generous. Second, Myra lives in Tennessee, and she set Hourglass in Tennessee. I love my home state, so yeah. Third, did you read the summary? I did. Possibly unstable girl due to tragedy + caring brother + mysterious guy + mystery to solve = right up my alley!

There was quite a lot of hype surrounding Hourglass, not just because of the story but LOOK at that cover. So normally I would be wary, but any worries were unfounded. Hourglass is simply a great, and unique, story.

McEntire writes in such a way as to make every description feel crisp and real without being flowery. All of her writing is that way, clean and clear so that I could picture every scene, every character. The neatness of the writing didn't take away from the emotional aspect either and I never felt like I needed more or that elements were undeveloped or incomplete.

In fact, I don't remember a single aspect of this book that was underdeveloped. The characters were all distinct and interesting. I knew exactly who Emerson was and loved her personality. I also loved that she had reasons for being the way she was and you could see that from her story. I also loved her brother and sister-in-law. Myra portrayed a family dealing with issues of the mental variety in a pretty realistic way.

Michael, the main love interest, had literal chemistry with Em and I loved it. He was definitely the good guy and I loved the back and forth between he and Emerson. Every moment between them felt right. He was the kind of book-boyfriend I wouldn't want for myself because he and Emerson belong together. Kaleb on the other hand...Kaleb was your good bad-boy. I adore Kaleb. He has that tough exterior/soft interior thing going on and I thought he was dreamy. Between him and Michael, there is a lot to swoon over in thi book.

The other characters, the members of The Hourglass and Emerson's best friend, Lily, were distinct as well, though they didn't show up as much as the rest of the cast. But, I love that they all had individual gifts, and what happens with Lily makes me excited and hopeful that she will be included more later in the series.

Something else I'm looking forward to is the continued timeslip element that revolves around Emerson and Michael's shared gift. That made this a very unique story, as time travel is not something that has really trended in YA yet (time travel does appear occasionally, as in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but not usually as the main focus). I also loved how science came into it, but McEntire didn't drag it down with heavy terminology and kept it pretty understandable.

Overall, Hourglass has the familiar elements of teen romance and self-discovery while weaving a unique story about a unique girl and what she chooses to do with the power she has. This is a definite must-read. I loved it (and Myra McEntire) so much that I bought a copy for my friend Meg (of Myth-illogical) for her birthday and got both of our copies signed! If you ever get the chance to meet Myra or hear her speak, go do it because she is approachable and funny and so gracious.

*10/10*
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Emerson Cole. Amazing female protagonist!
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Someone please pinch me. I'm pretty sure I've died and gone to book heaven and, if Hourglass is what I can look forward to, I'm not coming back! Wow, just wow. I apologize in advance for all the rambling that will ensue. This book is so fantastic, so amazing, that I just cannot seem to express exactly how much I loved it. I'll try though, for you.

First of all, there are the characters. Emerson Cole takes her rightful place among my all time favorite female characters. She's sassy, she's fiery, and the best part is that Emerson isn't taken in by bedroom eyes and vivid smiles. Oh sure, she might notice them. However if you want to be a part of Emerson's life, you'd better be prepared to hold your own on the battleground of wit. The snark that comes out her mouth so naturally cracked me up, and I loved the chemistry between her and the other characters. Then there is Michael. Smooth, put together, and off limits for Emerson. The tension between them just crackles deliciously. Finally, and my favorite, the beautifully broken bad boy, Kaleb. This boy is a mess, but wow does he own it. In this humble reader's opinion, he is the only person who can stand their own next to Miss Emerson Cole.

The Science Fiction portion of Hourglass comes into play in Emerson's unique ability. She can see ripples from the past, and it's not doing her any favors in the normalcy department. I could definitely see that Myra McEntire had done her research on time travel. Everything that is presented is completely plausible, and as a regular reader of Science Fiction I found that amazing. In fact, this whole story is blended together so perfectly, so seamlessly, that I could almost believe I'd be walking down the street and come face to face with Emerson, or any one of her unwanted guests. Truth be told, the web that is woven in Hourglass is one that I wasn't able to pull out of, and I really didn't want to.

I know I'm rambling now, so I'll finish off with a last thought. I have read over 100 books so far this year, and sometimes they start to blend together. However, after finishing Hourglass, I am reminded that there are gems out there that stand out. Myra McEntire has written a stunner of a novel. Complete with realistic characters, gorgeously blended science fiction and paranormal elements, and one heck of a story line, this is a book that you need to read. Buy it.
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Worth your time, intriguing and witty
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I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but in the end I was a happy reader. Myra does a great job of catching your attention right from the start with Emerson and her power. At first, you think it’s just a girl who can see ghosts, no biggie, but as the story progresses, you understand what Emerson’s power truly is and you get to meet some other awesome characters with strange powers, too.

I love when Emerson meets Michael for the first time. The thoughts that go through her head are hilarious and their relationship, along with Emerson’s personality, adds light and humor to an otherwise serious story.

There’s definitely a lot of interesting characters in this book and the mystery and intrigue is enough to have you flipping through the pages until the very end. Of course, the funny and steamy (teasingly few) scenes between Em and Michael are every bit as good too.
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Interesting twist on the time travel trope
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4.0
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I can't believe it took me so long to read this one! I will admit it is completely my own fault, and a case of judging a book by its cover. I saw so many reviews of this when it first came out, but I took one look at that cover and said "Oh it's one of those really heavy contemporary books, I might read it eventually, but it's gonna be hard." WRONG! The cover totally doesn't match what I thought it would be! What this book REALLY is about, is time travel, one of my favorite topics.

Time travel is a very difficult topic to deal with, and I felt McEntire did a very good job of knowing what her rules are. Every time she introduced a new event, she was careful to place it in perspective with the rest of the events. She made the changes in timeline make sense, on a level that even those unfamiliar with theories of time travel should be able to follow it.

My main complaint (and it's not much of one) is that the love story seemed a little too pat. I'm not a big one for the "love at first sight" angle, nor the "I'm so in love after 1 week I can't live without you" thing. It just feels too unreal for me. But, that said, McEntire makes a point of explaining the attraction beyond that, at least a little. I am curious what would happen if one of them lost their ability. Would they lose their connection? Would they lose their entire relationship? (Probably not - YA authors aren't nearly as callous as that!)

So, bottom line: Don't judge this one by its cover! Give it a chance!
Good Points
Fun twist on time travel
Easy to understand explanations of the scientific stuff
Enjoyable, quick read
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Engaging time-travel teen romance, with superpowers as a bonus
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4.3
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I love me a good time travel story, and this had all the trappings of a great one. I liked Emerson. In spite of her 17-year-old-girl-ness (a plague among YA heroines, considering they are inevitably 17-year-old girls), she was likable. She was obviously attractive yet a bit insecure, but not one of those narrators who's constantly lamenting her ugliness while every guy around her proceeds to walk into telephone poles as they are stunned by her beauty. She had a quick wit and dry sense of humor that I enjoyed. She actually used her brain a good chunk of the time (not all the time, but I dare you to name a main protagonist who always makes well-informed and fully considered decisions).

I also liked the sci-fi elements of the story. I liked the premise and the structure. I liked that a "scientific" explanation was given for how all their crazy abilities worked individually, and how they worked in tandem. And of course, a major sticking point for me is always if the "rules" of the world made sense. In this case, I think they did.

We drifted a bit into X-Men territory for a little while, but I forgive Ms. McEntire for those small similarities. I kind of think X-Men has such a large scope that it's kind of hard not to call it to mind when writing anything about people with powers. Also, like with almost any time-travel book, there were scenes reminiscent of other time-travel stories (the one that came instantly to my mind was Back to the Future II). But again, it's hard to have a time-travel story without talk of paradoxes and the space-time continuum. There was no mention of flux capacitors, so I'm good.

The love story between Emerson and Michael was a bit heavy-handed at parts. It was obvious that was where the story was headed from the first moment they laid eyes on each other. But I honestly mean it was only a bit heavy-handed, and only in parts. She talked about his superhuman gorgeousness a little too often for my liking (although it was probably toned down for what an actual teenage girl would have been thinking). Her descriptions of her reactions around him were occasionally a tad over the top. But overall, I enjoyed their chemistry and their interaction.

I will also give Emerson credit for not turning into a complete pile of mush, a la Bella Swan, every time he was around. He may be super-pretty and she may have a tummy full of butterflies, but at least she still spoke her mind and stuck to her guns. She even got annoyed with him on occasion. That was refreshing.

The secondary characters were mostly well-developed. I loved Thomas and his wife Dru, and their sweet relationship with each other and with Emerson.

Emerson's quintessential gorgeous BFF Lily was also fun. She wasn't ridiculous and annoying like gorgeous BFFs so often are in YA lit. She was actually loyal and funny and I could understand why she and Emerson were friends. Plus, her character had some intriguing twists that I hope and expect to see developed in the sequel(s).

Michael also had a likable best friend, which is something I find a little rare in these types of books. Normally the male love interest either has no friends or his best friend is a jerk. But I really enjoyed Kaleb. He was charming and interesting, and the more I found out about him, the more intrigued I became.

I guess that's a good thing, since Timepiece is all about Kaleb.

Another bonus: for once, there was a twist at the end that took me completely by surprise. I am very rarely taken by surprise in a YA book, and when I am, I even more rarely feel that the book really earned the ending. Sometimes I feel like a twist ending is dropped in simply for the sake of a twist, with nothing else in the book backing it up. It feels forced and awkward. This one I totally didn't see coming, but it also didn't feel random just for the sake of having a twist.

Anyway, this review has gone on long enough. Bottom line: I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, exciting read that put its own spin on the special powers/time travel theme.
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Stop Time and Read
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Seriously, what's not to love about Hourglass. Fantastic characters, incredible settings and a refreshing plot all wind together to create a book I couldn't put down. If you haven't experienced Emerson, you are missing out.
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loved it!!
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I shamelessly traded a pair of fingerless mitts for this ARC, and I'm really, really glad I did.

Here's a secret: I think about time travel a lot. Probably more than the average girl. (Probably not as much as Myra or her characters.) When it comes to time travel in books and movies, I can drive myself insane finding paradoxes and getting annoyed by characters who don't consider the consequences of their actions or use their ability to its potential.

Not so with HOURGLASS.

HOURGLASS fully lived up to what I hoped it would be. Strong, sweet, intriguing, and completely unique.

There were a lot of things I loved about this book, starting with Emerson and her voice, on to the depiction of the Southern town, and to the romance. Emerson was a tough character with a rough past, but she never let it slow her down. She was strong, loyal, and the kind of person you'd want on your side if time were slipping.

I loved the Southern atmosphere. The way Myra captured it reminded me a lot of where I grew up: definitely Southern, but not stereotypically Southern. It felt like a real place, somewhere I'd like to visit.

And the romance-- If you like kissing books, this is for you. (And I'm not going to say anything else about that because I don't want to spoil you.)

What really impressed me is how well information is seeded, how cleverly hints are given, so reveals at the end are surprising, but not too surprising. You know there's something coming out of Myra's literary hat, but it's probably not a rabbit.

HOURGLASS is a strong debut novel written in a clean, enjoyable style. The pace never flags, the plot is solid, and the premise is unique. If you've been looking for a time travel story that's not your typical time travel, this is it.

Also, check out that beautiful cover. Now tilt your head to the left. (I know, right?)
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Tantalizing timeslip...totally
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So I splurged and hit Books-a-Million the other day. Please do not rat on me to DH that I bought more books without prior authorization. I had to, it is morally imperative to my sanity to keep a healthy supply of reading material.

Anyway, among the books bought was a copy of Hourglass from Myra McEntire. I had been following her on Twitter and heard a lot of rather boastful reviews of the book. I have to admit I was intrigued. It certainly did not hurt that she was a fellow Tennessean.

From the very beginning I was drawn in. Hourglass starts off with a slap in the face of weirdness and keeps slapping. You don't really know what is going on other than Emerson sees dead people, but let's keep the Sixth Sense goofball references to a minimum.

Myra is a fantastic debut author. I have heard the rigamarole about the greatness of this novel and I was not disappointed. As I said the book had me from the beginning. By the time I reached mid-story I had fallen, quite willingly, for Michael and totally wanted Emerson as my BFF. Hourglass was absolutely hilarious with Emerson's wit and general semi-cynical outlook on life, which I am a huge fan of.

I am not familiar with time-slip/time-travel novels, but I didn't feel that anyone had to be in order to follow the plot. Miss Myra unravels this idea slowly through Emerson's discovery of what she can do and I never felt there was a data drop of crazy time travel philosophies that one would need a PhD to understand. Hourglass was perfectly balanced for amateur time related novel readers.

The main characters, Michael and Emerson, were fantastically written. Michael plays the part of the 'I want to do what is right' sort of drive and Emerson is clever, although a bit closed off after a less than favorable childhood, and just all around cool chick. I have to admit I was mentally fist bumping Emerson after she threw Michael over her shoulder pseudo-mini-ninja style. WOOT! But I digress...

Hourglass was a fast-paced read (finished in three days of obsessive cannot-put-it-down while making dinner bouts) and I was thoroughly entertained. The chemistry between Michael and Emerson was very pant worthy and I often giggled in true girly-girl fashion. The humor kept things sort of edgy when it could very well become oppressive with Emerson's tragic past. The concept may not be completely original, but I like the subtle twists Miss Myra plugs in. She just make me a Dr. Who fan after all...

The only thing remotely negative I can say about Hourglass is I felt sort of teased by Lily, Emerson's long-standing and patient best friend. We are given a super quick peek at some other twisting happening with Lily, but Miss Myra never indulges on this in Hourglass. It just makes me wonder what Miss Myra has in store for the next installment.

So do yourself a favor and pick up this read from Myra McEntire. She has a great voice and clever wit that translates well into her characters. Hourglass was fun, flirty, and a truly great read.

Did it rock my world? Yes, I give Hourglass an 8.5 on my Richter scale.
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Characters are fantastic. Plot was well done. Fast-paced read that you cannot put down.
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Love, love, love.
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You don't know Jack.

No, seriously. You don't know him. Not until you pick up this book. And you might want to know him. Or you might not. I'm not giving anything away. Well, okay, I will give ONE thing away (sike, it's not really a spoiler, I promise)--you DO want to know Emerson. The main character of Hourglass. She's southern and spunky and kick-ass, despite having come from a heartbreaking past. If she were real? She'd be my best friend. Which means her other best friend, Lily, would have to step aside. Which I doubt she'd do. Which means there might be an old-fashioned duel. Or at least the ripple of one.

Hourglass is twisty and turny and it's hard to give it a proper review without spoiling anything, so I'll just say this: Read it. Intriguing girls. Yummy boys. Fun and original plot.

What else could you ask for?

Well, *I* could ask for the next book to hurry up and get here. I can't wait to see where these characters go next
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Time Travel at Its Best
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5.0
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5.0
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When I first read the cover leaf for Hourglass I wasn’t impressed and thought it sounded like it belonged primarily in the paranormal category. Did I really want to go there? No. No, I did not. However, after a great recommendation and a comforting “don’t judge it by the cover” comment I decided I’d try it out. I am, after all, a huge Doctor Who fan and there is a time travel element. Make that a HUGE time travel element. Needless to say, I was hooked by the first chapter.

Hourglass is the story of seventeen year old Emerson Cole and her discovery of what her visions from the past mean for her future. It is also a story that examines opportunities to right the wrongs of life, as well as the choices we make and their consequences. Hourglass comes complete with a cute older guy, secret organizations, and a cheeky tone. Heaving with romance, I caught myself blushing and giggling all the way through, which I think might have been more so than my entire teenage life. (Not to worry, moms, there is nothing too over the top. Promise.) My only complaint is that the story features another petite heroine who likes to run. Really?! Who in their right mind likes to run?! I keep holding out for an average build, average motivation heroine. That could work, right?

Hourglass will leave you breathless and wondering what would happen if someone screwed with the space time continuum of your life. The downside is that this obsession, I mean symptom, will probably last until the sequel comes out, maybe longer. I recommend a healthy dose of Doctor Who to tide you over, preferably featuring David Tennant as the tenth Doctor, the supreme Doctor.
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