27 June 2011

{Book Review} Hourglass

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 June 2011 at 11:17 AM | | | | |


Hourglass #1
Author: Myra McEntire
Format: eBook
Pages: 397
Published: June 14th, 2011
Rating: 2.5 Birds

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.

Being the cover snob I am, I want to start with that. It’s amazing. If you look closely, you will notice that Emerson is actually walking down the wall towards the floor – and I think it is perfect for this story of time travel! While I am sure most if it is photo shopped (hair, dress falling) I would really like to know how this photo shoot went, and HOW! Love this cover, *round of applause*

Onto the book itself. Sadly I can not scream praises for what lies under it’s amazing cover. This book was built up so much and I felt it just didn’t meet my expectations.

Emerson, to be perfectly honest, is rather annoying and I especially had a hard time with all her internally spoken side comments. They portrayed her as indecisive and wishy - washy. It was frustrating to me because she had such a solid foundation and fantastic backstory it felt wasteful for her to wind up as she did.

You will get some romance in this book, but I wouldn't compare it to a “Love triangle” as others have. The third person who fills out the triangle is just like blip on the screen compared to the main love interest. It felt like he was added as an after thought almost, he’s there, and then he’s not. Very dissatisfying. Also a lot went unanswered in this, and in some cases things were mentioned dozens of times but never explained or even hinted at an explanation would eventually come.

The plot and concept were amazing. Another factor that makes me so upset that the ingredients to this were lacking so much. We have time-travel, romance, suspense, “ghosts” so to speak, it was just a really neat concept. Hourglass is part of a series that I will admit that I will read the next in but mostly because I am in love with Michael, one of Emerson’s love interests.

Wrapping up, it was alright. It felt all over the place to me at times. I feel it was overrated and the hype behind it doesn’t stand up to the actual novel. Like mentioned before I will read at least book 2, see if things get any better but if there’s more after that and I struggle through it like I did the first one I will cease reading any more Hourglass books.

2.5 birds

amber copy


  1. ahh man! i'm sad you didn't enjoy it! i'm fixing to start reading this one, so I hope I will feel differently. I totally agree...amazing cover!!

  2. Ooh, this is the only negative review I've seen for Hourglass! I'm not a fan of wishy-washy protags either so I'll have to see how I get on with this. Thanks for the honest review!

  3. Booo! I LOVED this book! Sorry you didn't like it though! Its no fun to read a book you're not enjoying. Do you think if it wasn't so hyped you would've liked it more? I'm posting my review on this tomorrow.


  4. @Amy, I don't know - possibly? I was honestly irritated off the bat with those side comments, they just made conversation feel so artificial. The concept was amazing as was Michael (yum-o man!Can you put him on a stick for your blog???) but I just coulnd't get into it.

    Sad too, I was so excited.

  5. what?! you didn't like it?! Well, I understand all the points you made, but still loved it...hehehehe =DDDDDDDDDD

  6. I didn't look closely at the cover until now. I have to agree with you...it's pretty cool.

  7. I agree with you so much. I did not like this book at all! It was too slow paced and boring for me. :/

  8. Awh I'm really sad you didn't like this, I loved it! I actually really liked Emerson, but I guess I can see how she'd be annoying. I'm just a fan of that sort of narrator. I hope book 2 is better for you =[

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