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Preview — Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Hourglass (Hourglass #1)
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 ...more
Emerson: A short poem I have composed and to be sung to the tune of ‘Georie Peorgie,’ the first half and at the second half, to ‘Humpty Dumpty’ lies below. The rest of the verse is purely improvised. Mostly.
“Emerson, Emerson, barely foot five
Tried to be spunky and made the kids cry
She terrorized the readers and made them beg, “Emerson, be gone, fowl beast! Stay away!”
Until one day she fell
Emerson is a 17 year old living with her older brother and his wife. When we meet her ...more
Holy crap, I could not put down Hourglass! I downloaded the sample on my iPad and read the first three chapters twice before getting the book. (I really wanted a hardcover for this book. :P) When I started reading it, at chapter four, I got annoyed when anybody interrupted me while reading it. I was interrupted a lot because it was cleaning + moving horses day. Thus why it took me all fracking day to finish this story.
So, read Hourglass when your d ...more
I was excited to read Hourglass. I mean how could you not be with such an intriguing synopsis and gorgeous cover. And while I ended up really enjoying Hourglass I did struggled at the beginning.
The start was a bit slow for me. It lacked that something special that makes you get caught up in the story and care about what is happening. But half way through things changed and there was action, plot twists and chemis ...more
This book blew me away – probably because I wasn’t expecting to fall so thoroughly in love with it. I went in thinking it was a ghost story, due to the summary on the back cover, but I was completely wrong. It’s a fantastic blend of paranormal and science fiction, at times reminding me of elements of Harry Potter and X-Men, both of which I love. Hourglass has so many great twists, some I saw coming and some that completely blind-sided me in th ...more
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 ...more
Myra McEntire's writing is fierce and sassy, one of my favorite combo's. She gives such delicious flavor to the voices she's created and her time-travel concept was absolutely fascinating. She did a stunning job of making the plot really standout in a fresh, unique and mysterious way, only fueling my need for the second installment that much quicker.
I actually jus ...more
And this is how she feels after a day. Uh-huh. Those types of lines was everything I found wrong with the book. A girl who sees ghosts from the past? Sign me up. Except what I got was a typical teenage girl who falls head over heels for some guy and CAN'T TALK ABOUT ANYTH ...more
Full review added 6/28/11. See my blog www.fictitiousdelicious.com !
I love storylines that are new and different, not to mention AMAZING, and HOURGLASS definitely fits into those categories! This book was at once fun, captivating, romantic, suspenseful, and hilarious. I love, love LOVE Emerson. I love that she can kick butt, I love her awesome ability (and the fact that it scares the crap out of ...more
It takes quite a bit for me to DNF a book once I get past the first chapter. A merely bad book won’t do it; no, the book has to actively piss me off before I’ll put it down halfway through.
Hourglass pissed me off.
It was an accumulation of things, really. A line here, a subplot there, a logic hole over yonder. Each by itself would have made the boom mediocre, but as they all piled up, my patience wore thinner and thinner until seething rage just boiled over. I ...more
Hourglass was an incredibly impressive debut.
I was captivated from the very first page. Emerson is an irresistible character, I loved everything about her. Her snark, stubbornness, selflessness.... vulnerabilities. She was a very likable character, and I don't think the story would have been that impressive without her. Her relationship with Michael was heartfelt and warm, it just felt natural, no insta-love for these two.
There were aspects of the novel that I didn't anticipate at all! And I don ...more
The Emerson we meet in Hourglass has come a long way since she was a ghost seeing patient at the local loony bin. She seems like any other teen girl, but really she has ...more
*review to come*
Full review- 6/20/11
What a fabulous debut! I absolutely love this mix of southern hospitality, snark, romance, plot twists, and mystery. Hourglass's fresh paranormal voice adds something new to the YA genre and left me wanting more.
I enjoyed getting to know each of Hourglass's characters, especially the ma ...more
What's not to love about Emerson? This girl is a fighter. She's had to endure so much since seeing her so called ghosts. Coping with the death of loved ones, being committed into an institution, and now she must face the fact that maybe she's not crazy after all. With aid from gorgeous ...more
Hourglass is a story about Emerson Cole a teenage girl that has been plagued with ghostly appari ...more
Here's the thing: I find the ideas behind the book really interesting. I like timeslip novels conceptually because I find the whole thing fascinating. It's then down ...more
Here's the deal, I'm going to let off my steam right now. So, this rant will be incoherent and flat out rude (well, not really rude, but very vulgar).
Hell, I might be very annoying. Read at your own risk; when I'm cooled off, I will write another review that's mature... deal? OK.
I honestly don't understand why authors feel the need to write insta-love, angst-y, and/or novels with a love triangle. I fucking don't. Why? Why? Why? Why? Wh ...more
(full review to come)
In Myra McEntire's debut novel, Hourglass, seventeen-year-old Emerson has been haunted with apparitions of people from the past since right before her parents' deaths. When her well-meaning older brother brings in yet another "expert," Emerson expects another failed attempt to help her. Instead, she gets Michael, a gorgeous young man who believes her and thinks the visions are real. When Michael proposes that Emerson can harness ...more
I have been anticipating this book since I very first heard author Myra McEntire announce it on twitter, and can I just say what is there not to love about Hourglass? It is a-ma-zing. From the cover to the first page which contains my favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, to the end which left me reeling with a mind full of impossible possibilities.
Snarky, sarcastic Emerson has just moved ...more
"You know, Scarlett, Rhett didn't give a damn, and frankly, I don't either."
I loved that quote, reminding me of one of my favorite childhood movies. It was relevant due to the fact that Emerson ...more
Extreme anticipation and hype for Hourglass came undoubtably with good reason. Myra McEntire's writing combined both paranormal and science fiction aspects, to form something quite unique that I believe will stick with the YA genre. Out with vampires and werewolves, and in with genetically blessed superheroes!
Even though Hourglass was a bit slow moving for me, the addictive plot and witty characters helped me see past it. A lot of time was spent ...more
Hourglass was a heart-stopping, adrenaline filled read that captivated me from start to finish. Though Myra Mcentire is only a debutant her work shows effortless writing and iconic wit that will make her books an insta-buy in my local store.
Ever since the horrific accident that claimed her parents, Emerson has been able to see the phantoms or ‘rips’ of those who lived before her time. After multiple stints in therapy and endless ...more
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I stepped forward with my hands on my hips, only slightly intimidated to find Kaleb almost eye level with me when he was seated and I was standing.
"First of all, no one is the boss of me but me. Secondly, if you ever reference my 'chain' again, I will kick your ass." I jabbed him hard in the chest with my finger. Possibly breaking it. "And thirdly, don't call me Shorty."
Kaleb sat silently for a second, his eyes wide as he looked at Michael. "Where did you get her? Can you get me one?"
I blew out a loud, frustrated sigh and dropped down beside Michael, who didn't even try to hide his smile. "You should probably apologize to Emerson."
"I am sorry." Kaleb grinned at me. "Sorry I didn't meet you first.”