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“I really, really enjoyed this story. Time travel is one of my favorite book/movie/tv show subjects because anything can happen. Things become much less predictable when you can mess with the future or the past.
That being said, I think this is the most complicated time travel I've heard of. The only (small) problem I really had with the book was the many completely different (and relatively useless) abilities these people had. Or maybe it was just that so many of them had to work together to accomplish anything. There seemed to be extra people just thrown in for the fun of it. I'm guessing that things will be made much clearer in the next books.
I really enjoyed the building romances and think the storyline is going to get really interesting. It was overall pretty much what I've come to expect of a first book in a series.”
17 year old Emerson Cole has always seen images and people that aren't actually there. Always people from the past. Since her parents died, she has just wanted the visions to stop so she could be normal for once. But then her brother brings in a consultant from a mysterious organization called Hourglass, and everything seems to make sense. Why she can see people from the past, and who they are. This book had 400 pages.”
“Emerson Cole has seen phantoms since her parents died. She sees southern bells, soldiers long forgotten, and jazz trios playing the piano. When her kind-hearted brother, Thomas, brings in a company called Hourglass Emerson meets Micheal. When Emerson tells Micheal about what she sees he doesn't act like she is crazy he believes her. But who is Micheal and should she really trust him.”Rachel H wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was really good. The premise was really unique and even though the romance felt a bit familiar, I really enjoyed it. It was refreshing to read something in this genre where the heroine wasn't a. constantly being rescued and b. where the character showed some development from the beginning of the story. I also appreciated that the book wasn't too gory or gross. It was nice that they weren't beating the main characters up on every other page. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.”Lovelypenny wrote this review Wednesday, August 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fast-moving, making it easy to blow through. Great if you like romances with a paranormal plot!”Chloé wrote this review Saturday, July 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Like many of my YA reads, the cover was what initially drew me to Hourglass. I absolutely love the color combination, and her hair blowing around crazily in front of her face intrigued me further. While I had no expectations going into this, I’m glad I decided to read it, as it was pretty fun.
The biggest aspect of this book centered around paranormal abilities. I’m really drawn to books that have paranormal plot devices, and Hourglass certainly delivered. Emerson had the ability to see ghosts and impressions from the past, and it was fun to see everything through her eyes as she was seeing things. When her visions became more intense, she began to worry a bit, which seemed like a believable reaction if one was faced with these circumstances.
Similarly, time travel was also a crucial element to Hourglass’ plot. This component caused philosophical questions to be raised for both the reader and the characters as they struggled to figure out what they should do. Do they go to the past and alter a tragic event, in hopes that it doesn’t affect anything else, or do they leave it alone and accept what has happened?
As far as the characters go, I felt pretty meh about our narrator, Emerson. While I thought her abilities were really cool, I also thought that many of her decisions were absolutely terrible. This is especially poignant as it relates to her feelings regarding certain characters within the story. It seemed like as soon as one love interest turned his back, she was all over another possible love interest. I understand that it’s possible to be attracted to more than one person at a time, but really? Your feelings are that fleeting?
Ah, the romance. There was a love triangle very similar to the one that can be found in Twilight, and while I know love triangles exist in real life, I wasn’t really buying this one. This could be because crazy things would happen at just the slightest touch with one of Emerson’s love interests, so it didn’t really make any sense to me that she would be going after another guy when said things were happening. Also, what was with best friends going after the same girl? I’m sure that happens, too, but one would hope that when Emerson has clearly showed interest in one of the friends, the other would back off so they don’t ruin their friendship. Why was the best friend always trying to get the girl his friend liked whenever his friend left the room? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Much like romantic relationships were a crucial component of this book, familial relationships were just as important. Emerson was living with her older brother, Thomas, after their parents’ death. I really liked how Thomas was constantly trying to help Emerson overcome the problems she faced. He even went so far as to hire someone that she could talk to to try to work out what was wrong, and I thought that was awesome. It was easy to see how much they cared for one another
While Hourglass was a bit uneven for me, overall, it was an enjoyable read. If you like paranormal stories, give it a try! ”
“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. ”