Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Hourglass by Myra McIntyre

Published: EgmontUSA (June 14, 2011)
Pages: 397
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 1
Source: I purchased this book.
GoodReads Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: Before you read Hourglass, please take the opportunity to properly caress the cover. It has one of THOSE covers that is as fun as petting a kitten. Also, try not to cock your head in one of those "wtf" manners when looking at the girl on there. WHAT IS SHE DOING?

That being said, I am thoroughly impressed by Hourglass. Myra McIntyre has some much deserved hype surrounding her debut novel and I, for one, am on board with anything she wants to write. I heard all this fuss about Michael. And more about him later.

Emerson, besides having an awesome name, is totally brilliant. She and everyone around her may think she's all sorts of cuckoo bananas, but it just turns out she's EXTRA SPECIAL. Normally this would be where I'd roll my eyes, but hear me out: extra special, when done exceptionally well, is actually REALLY AWESOME. I've heard the argument that it's overdone, but if I had the choice between writing about someone boring and someone who may have an affinity for time travel, I think the choice is obvious. Emerson's quirky, but not obnoxiously so. (As she said: "her edit button is broken." LOVE!) She's smart and self-sufficient. She has a voice that I totally loved; the retort pistol consistently locked & loaded. And she can see people from 200 years ago just hanging around on corners and in coffee shops. This is interesting stuff, people.

Along comes Michael, in all his full-mouthed, suited-up business man glory. There was a smidgeon of insta-love, but these characters could relate on such a level that it didn't feel contrived, like the author just threw them together and demanded matrimony. It was really, really sweet. Personally, I prefer Kaleb, the inked up master chef guy with exceptional skills in tension. I think I would've liked Michael more if he was more assertive in his pursuit of Emerson. I wanted to shout at him to man up and go get his girl if that's what he wants.

The suspense was introduced early in the book and I found myself flipping through the pages, begging for a clue or an answer to be on the next page. I love it when a book has me freaking out about "where is this going?!" or "when are we going to hear from ____ again?!" Hourglass has this suspense factor. Color me suspensed. Or is it suspended? Whatever.

This story has so much potential. I cannot wait to find out where McIntyre takes us next.


  1. I admittedly read this one based on that amazing cover but the story more than lives up to it.
    It was really fresh and original.

  2. This has been one of those books that draws me in because of the cover, but I've been afraid I'd be let down. It looks like it might live up to the cover so I should probably give it a chance. I also love that frantic feeling of flipping through a book looking for answers! Thanks for the review!

  3. I hadn't heard of this but I'm so intrigued by your review that it's going on my to-read list!

  4. Great review! I was actually first drawn to it because of the cover itself, just because it's so unique! Floor for a wall and all that... Definitely makes you wonder! After having read more about it I'm even more curious though. I really need to get myself a copy soon. :)

    Kindle Fever

  5. Phew! I bought this book, then the day after, my friend told it was bad. Glad to know it is not, in fact, bad! I love the cover too. :)

  6. OMG, I loved this book too Jen!

  7. I agree 100% with your review. I really enjoyed the story that Myra McEntire told in Hourglass. It was so good. I really liked Kaleb too, he can cook has tats. Oh come on. Well I guess I'll have to wait and see what happens next. Plus time travel sounds good to me.

  8. your first paragraph made me laugh! I love your reviews!

  9. I can't believe I haven't read this one yet. I've been meaning and I've been hearing awesome things, but there's that ever present problem of new books coming out all the time :P Thanks for the little nudge reminder to read it :]

  10. I marked this book as to-read but never thought about it again, but you've made me reconsider it! Seems really good and I can't wait to go pick it up :)

  11. This book has me utterly intrigued, especially after reading reviews like yours. Thanks! :)