I just realized that I haven’t reviewed a book in ages. Shame on me! I apologize and offer you this review:
Hourglass by Myra McEntire 2011
Four years ago, shortly before the death of her parents, Emerson Cole began seeing ghosts from the past. Institutionalization and medication helped for a while, but once she stopped taking the drugs that left her in a fog the images returned. Resigned to being crazy, Emerson is skeptical when her brother Thomas hires a young man who claims to be able to help. Michael Weaver works for a mysterious organization called The Hourglass. While the attraction between Michael and Emerson is immediate and electric, his refusal to answer questions makes him more infuriating than helpful. Once Michael begins to open up, Emerson finds herself caught up in world that is seemingly unbelievable yet frighteningly real and dangerous.
This debut science fiction novel is a refreshing break from all the gritty dystopian novels that are out there in the post-Hunger Gamesworld of teen books. The plot is smart and seamless, the characters are realistic and perfectly flawed, and the twists, turns, and surprises will keep you on the edge of your seat frantically turning pages. The tension between Emerson and Michael is palpable, but never becomes inappropriate for teen readers. I also love the positive support network that Emerson has in her brother, sister-in-law, and best friend.This is not your typical teen-has-a-secret-power-and-will-deal-with-all-the-problems-by-herself-because-she-doesn’t-need-anyone-but-the-hot-guy stories. She confides in the people who care about her and in return they help her. Shocking, I know! I highly recommend this amazing book and eagerly await the sequel, Timepiece, which isn’t due out until June…sigh.
Pair this book with Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier and Forgotten by Cat Patrick