Deliciously Beautiful: A Review of HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) 
Myra McEntire
387 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: June 14th, 2011
Source: Hardcover Gift
Rating: LOVED

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 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?

   Deliciously beautiful, Hourglass is as exciting as it is enthralling. From the undeniably gorgeous cover to its equally gorgeous exterior, Hourglass is a must-read and must-have.

   Emerson Cole is an average seventeen year old – who sees ghosts. At least, that’s what she thinks. Her brother is constantly finding people who he thinks will help her get rid of her problem, and the latest is a breathtaking member of Hourglass, a shady society no one knows much about.

   Em’s life is about to change. If she allows it. Pretty soon, she’s swept beneath the time-travelling dynamics in a world she finally belongs in, with people just like her. She finally feels sane.

   But the Hourglass needs her. For something that could change the world forever.

   Myra McEntire spins a tale of love and hope within the pages of her debut. Humorous at times and even tear-jerking at others, Hourglass has something for everyone. The prose is vivid, easy to follow, driving you inside the story, to experience her world first-hand.

   Hourglass is an unputdownable must-read. The characters, the plot, the world – everything is admirable, incredible. I read it in a matter of hours, unable to put it down for a break. There were times when I couldn’t stop from snorting in laughter. And a scene so heartbreaking, the letters blurred before my eyes. There’s a lot of hype surrounding the debut, and I went in having my doubts. But I’ll tell you: if you haven’t read Hourglass, do.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

July 12, 2012



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    July 13, 2012

    Great review! I have this on my nook and haven't had a chance to get to it yet, but it sounds really good.

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    July 13, 2012

    Can you believe that one is a debut? Love how she used time travel in this–so creative!

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    Giselle from Book Nerd

    July 14, 2012

    It was a great read! I loved the plot and the time traveling. I just disliked the characters! I'm reading Timepiece right now so I'm excited to see what happens next

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    Vyki @ On The Shelf

    July 14, 2012

    I read this book pretty quickly, but I wasn't in love with it. I think I am one of the very few who didn't absolutely love it lol, but I did like it. I look forward to readind the next one, but it isn't at the top of my list. Great review!

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    Katie @ BlookGirl

    July 15, 2012

    Great review, Hafsah! I bought Hourglass this week as a Nook Book and I'm looking forward to diving in and experiencing the hype for myself. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Your review makes me want to read it even more now! :-) Thanks for sharing your thoughts <3

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    Christina K.

    October 3, 2012

    I LOVED this book! I thought it was a fresh concept, with great characters:)

    Great review:)

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    November 2, 2012

    I really really liked this book. It had the right kind of flair I was looking for at the time. I'm behind on reading Timepiece, but I cannot wait to do so!