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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  18,889 ratings  ·  2,440 reviews
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 wh
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Egmont USA
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Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)
WARNING: This review will not be coherent and most definitely a rage as I am pissed. That is all.

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 was pushe

May 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of "that" book
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Read
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Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal fanatics
Yes, I was one of the people slobbering over the cover and didn't pay too much attention of what the book was really about. Then I heard two words, time travel and I had no choice but to read it of course. I'm confused with my feelings for this one. The "feelings" I have are too all over the place. I loved some of things and some things really bothered me, but I will definitely be reading the sequel Timepiece.

Emerson is a 17 year old living with her older brother and his wife. When we meet her
This book is all kinds of fucked up. and also my rant/review

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
Victoria Schwab
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Review to come, but oh my can Myra write.

I have said and will say, I always want to be friends with her characters. Add to that the positively YUMMY boys, and a killer plot, and you have a WINNER.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
I caught myself rolling my eyes at how hot she found him. Throughout the book, Emerson could not get over how good Michael looked. She was all, “His classic looks, his lips, his clothes, even his muscles (even saying his muscles have muscles!)” So, yes, there were plenty eye roll, head-meet-table moments. Then I realized I was being too critical and actually expecting it to suck. Once I recognized these, let go of some of my expectations, things got a little better. Yes, there’s a lot of the sam ...more
Favourite quote: "Most of what I say is complete truth. My edit button is broken."

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
Feb 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
'I'd never been as honest with anyone as I'd been with Michael.He made me feel safe, like I could be real - shattered and fragmented and wholly imperfect - even though he was the polar opposite. Intact, complete, fully perfect.'

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
YA Reads Book Reviews
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiona
Originally featured on, reviewed by Kiona

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
Jodi Meadows
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I shamelessly traded a pair of fingerless mitts for this ARC, and I'm really, really glad I did.

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
10 stars? Maybe 20 stars?
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hourglass is the kind of book that took me by surprise, I hoped that I would enjoy it, but I never thought I'd love it the way I did.

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
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-favs
This book was like Back to the Future meets Twilight meets X-Men. Loved it!! Full review to come soon!

Full review added 6/28/11. See my blog !

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
Whitley Birks
Aug 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013, dnf
See my other reviews at Whitley Reads

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
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I could not stop reading Hourglass until I got to the last page. This book is a mix of romance, plot twists, and wicked mystery. I was so into this book I may have forgotten to go to sleep. So I stumbled upon this book and read the description and I was like what is this book about. It feel like the cover, book title, and book description is all a mystery of what the contents of this book contains. I was curious, so I had to crack open the book and once the book was open I could not close it.

Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of shows like Heroes
Shelves: read-in-2011
Emerson Cole began to see people that weren't actually there right before her parents passed away. Relying heavily on the ghostly visitors attire to discern if they were real or an unwelcome "blast from the past". Emerson's condition caused numerous embarrassing situations, as well as her eventual admittance to a mental hospital.

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
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I absolutely love this mix of southern hospitality, snark, romance, plot twists, and mystery. Hourglass's fresh voice adds something new to the YA/Paranormal genre. I WANT 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
Limited character development & stereotypical romance disappoint

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 her
Amy Plum
This book sucked me right in and didn't let me out until the last page. (And even then, I wanted to linger with it for a while longer.) I love McEntire's sense of humor, and really connected with Em. And Michael and Kaleb...well, although they're both dreamy I always go for the bad boy. In books, of course. Thanks Myra McEntire for a fabulous read. I can't wait until Book 2! ...more
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, arc, own
Hourglass by Myra Mcentire totally surprised me on how much I adored it and how amazing it was. The reason I believe I was so pleasantly surprised is because I went in believing this book was about a girl with the ability to see ghosts, nowadays a plot that isn't original, but I was nevertheless intrigued. So you can imagine my surprise that the concept of this book was something altogether different.

Hourglass is a story about Emerson Cole a teenage girl that has been plagued with ghostly appari
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Addictive and refreshing, this time-traveling romance had me glued to its pages right down to the very last. HOURGLASS was a delightful surprise. I got so much more than what I expected - I was utterly captivated.

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
I am a wreck. A complete and total wreck. This book has left me a jumbled mess and I spent a good 10 min willing more words to appear on the blank pages. This book is so f***ing unbelievable. Put it on your don't want to miss it!!! Because 5 stars isn't a high enough rating...

(full review to come)
I'm not entirely sure what I want to say to you about this one.  It had its high and low points, as all books do, and in the end it left me feeling a little middle of the road.  I think a few years ago, I may have loved this, but now I feel so used to this story (even though I hadn't read it) that it didn't leave much of an impression.

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
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, bookers, ebook-own
Hourglass was fun, interesting and very well thought out. I anticipated reading this book and I'm so glad I jumped on it.It started a little slow at first but I think it is partly due to interuptions. The writing is easy to follow and the timeline of events is precise, well executed.

Quote:(PAGE 8,e-book)
"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
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-i-own
Full review plus Hourglass ARC, jewelry and ring giveway at ends 4/18/11

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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
2.5 stars. If more of the book had been like the last few chapters, I might have gone a full 3 or higher. Unfortunately, so much of this book was painful to read. The characters felt very one note, I ended up liking a character who turned out to be evil (sheesh), and I was very frustrated at the fact that the main female and male character had a connection that I had to be "told" about and not shown. There was nothing in the story that made their love feel believable to me. All we knew is that t ...more
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Book 20 for 2010. There are so many awesome things about this book. Like time travel (that's really been logically thought out). And romance (that kept me on the edge of the page). And readability (I poured through it in 2 quick nights). This book is what happens when time travel meets the X-men, complete with Wolverine, Jean Gray, Cyclops, and Professor Xavier. And seeing as how I LOVE X-Men and how I love time travel, well...this book was right my virtual alley. Aside from one of the best cove ...more
Seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole has spent the last four years believing herself crazy. She sees ghosts from the past, lifelike images that pop and disappear as soon as she touches them. After the death of her parents, her spiralling depression and increased craziness get her committed to a mental health institute for treatment, drugs and supervision. After that, she went to a girls' boarding school and, now that her scholarship has run out, she's returned to Ivy Springs to live with her much-old ...more
Imo (Omnom Books)
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay, i finally got around to writing the review, hope you enjoy :D

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
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“Hey, bro, do you think you can put Shorty back on her chain?"

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."

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