Publishing Date: June 14th, 2011
Pages: 397 pgs
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Summary from GoodReads:
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?
Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put this down because the idea behind this book was just so interesting. At first glance this book seems to be about a girl who can see ghosts but in the end it is about much more than this. I loved Emerson's character because she stays herself throughout the entire book and grows from her experiences. I wasn't so sure about the romance in this novel at first but by the end of the book I liked the relationship between Emerson and Michael. I also really liked the secondary characters in this novel. Emerson's brother and sister-in-law were written quite well. McEntire is able to demonstrate their struggle in trying to be Emerson's guardian and at the same time trying to give her room to learn and grow. I don't have any complaints about this novel and you should definitely go out and get this book. I can't wait for the next novel in this series!