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“Emerson Cole sees ghosts. Hallucinations, some say. Then again, she has been through a lot. Her parents died in an accident, she was hospitalized after concerns for her mental health, and she now lives with her brother and sister-in-law.
I liked her as a character, she was spunky, sarcastic, endearing and does not do drama, which I always appreciate. I also love that she is a tough girl (brown belt in karate)! However, I do think she spends a little too much time feeling sorry for herself, not in a dramatic kind of way, but in a low self-esteem kind of way. It's understandable of course, but as the book goes on, it gets a bit old. Also, so much emphasis was put on her height (really short apparently), that I couldn't help but imagine her as a midget, which was really annoying. I mean, I know a lot of short girls, but stressing on that specific point as much as McEntire did just made me visualize this child in place of this seventeen year old girl. It was kind of irritating.
So, after going through all the options they had to attempt getting rid of the ghosts, Thomas (Emerson's brother) finally meets Michael, who is part of an organization called the Hourglass. Michael claims he can help Emerson deal with her "gift", and seems quite sure of himself. He goes on to teach her about her abilities, and expands on the organisation and what it is they do exactly. Emerson soon realizes, that there is a lot more Michael is keeping from her, and decides to take things into her own hands.
Now, again, Michael is a likeable character. He is the perfect gentleman - quite rare, I must say - he is strong, tall, dark and handsome and of course, indescribably hot. Again, so hot that I had no clue how to imagine him. And predictably, Emerson is immediately drawn to him in ways that she cannot explain. In fact, every time they touch, sparks fly. Literally.
I felt their relationship as it progressed was a little too mature and serious for people their age. It seemed a little unrealistic. Then again, I kind of liked that aspect of it. And there are a lot of factors to take in, such as um, well let's see, there's time-traveling, seeing ghosts both of the past and the future, life and death situations and such...you know, things that don't happen in a normal person's day to day life. So, yeah, their relationship makes sense.
The secondary characters were all very interesting as well, including Emerson's brother and sister-in-law, who did not play a huge role in the story, but still made a significant contribution, in my opinion. In fact, I look forward to reading and finding out more about them. I have to say, I did form a little book-crush on Kaleb. He is the typical bad-boy that has been through a lot and is waiting for the right girl to reform his ways.
I will say, there is a lot of physics involved in the stories, which left a lot of questions unanswered. But, ultimately, the book has a very interesting premise, with even more interesting characters. I liked it well enough to have finished it really quickly. ”
“Not exceptional but pleasant enough YA fiction. Good enough to make me plan to read the next in the series.”Julia K wrote this review Saturday, March 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Original concept, gorgeous writing- loved it.
Nevertheless, I do think the solution was a bit too easy, and it didn't quite live up to the lovely build-up through the rest of the book. ”
“A different book an interesting twist.”mercedesme wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Myra McEntire delivers to her readers a well-researched and in-depth story that entices the reader in much the same way good Cuban coffee entices Emerson, the main character. Emerson is spunky, prone to getting herself into trouble she never intended to get herself into and likeable – a good quailty for a character when their story is in first person. The first-person narration is very well done by the author and doesn’t feel stilted, whiny or disjointed. You feel what Emerson feels, and experience what she experiences without wanting to throw something.
Suffice to says she loves to spar with her brother, who clearly loves his sister unconditionally, and tells things as she see them. In Em’s own words, her edit button is broken. Being seventeen she makes a few questionable decisions, although nothing too major, but it is this and her personality that make the story all that more enjoyable and believable. I have given this a romance tag, because there is a little bit of romance but nothing beyond a few smoochie at towards the end. Who is doing the smooching I won’t tell. There is only a little bit of sci-fi and that is pureply to do with the time-travel element, and if someone like me who really doesn’t like sci-fi very much can handle it, then you know it’s not too bad.”
“Appropriate for ages 12 and up”Danville Library wrote this review Monday, February 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved it! I mean, lately I haven't been really into romance but this wasn't too overwhelming. It was just the right mixture of sweet and action-y. One word :love”Maddie wrote this review Tuesday, January 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“outstanding, u just have to read this book!! u wont be able to put it down when u start! =)”raneem almallah wrote this review Wednesday, December 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great read! I loved the way all of the characters fit together somehow and the mystery of every at the Hourglass. The time travel element was a great twist and made for great suspense! Highly reccomend”Camille Kathleen wrote this review Wednesday, October 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No