“Hourglass” by Myra McEnite
4 out of 5 stars
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 also 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’ve happened?
“Hourglass” by Myra McEntire is a fabulous fantasy/time travel book. The characters are all really dynamic and interesting to read about. I especially liked Emerson. She is super spunky and funny, and she is one of the few female characters that I enjoyed being inside of; her head was a funny place.
Myra McEntire is such an awesome writer, and who has a knack for making even the backdrop characters come to life. I felt like everyone belonged to this story even though it was mostly about Emerson, and I really liked that. One of the more “minor” characters in this book that I really liked was Kaleb Ballard. He is the epitome of the good-looking bad boy, but I was so surprised by how much was beneath the surface. He had massive layers to him, and I ended up liking him instead of Michael who is the main guy character in “Hourglass.” Don’t get me wrong, Michael is a great guy, but I just LOVED Kaleb’s character for some reason; I loved the kind of depth he had despite the rough edges.
Another thing I love about this book and trilogy is the time travel aspect. Mrs. McEntire does an amazing job of creating a real, yet, unreal world in “Hourglass.” She is so good and creating the “science” that backs her book(s) that I could imagine time travel was possible even though I know it’s completely made up. I admire Myra greatly for how fantastic the science of her book is, and that is one of the many reasons that made the “Hourglass Trilogy” so great, in my opinion.
Overall, Myra McEntire has created an amazing book with dynamic, intelligent, and seemingly real characters who are so enjoyable to follow. Great Science Fiction read!