Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Hourglass by Myra McEntire from The Figment Reviewby Victoria Testa

This title will be released on June 14, 2011.

Truly, it was love at first sight when I saw the cover of Hourglass. Committing one of the most punishable offenses a reader can make, I judged this book by its cover. Although it wasn’t flashy or zany, the quiet mystery of this girl on the cover drew me in. As I became more and more intrigued by the cover, I instantly feared that the text would not live up to such hype. However, I faced no such disappointment as Hourglass exceeded my expectations.

The story follows Emerson Cole, a teenager gripped with visions of people from the past. After years of therapy and medication, Emerson is close to giving up. Yet, her well-meaning brother forces her to try one more counselor. One last shot at a “normal” existence.

Michael Weaver, her new consultant, is anything but “normal.” Michael is kind, intelligent, and hot enough to melt butter, and Emerson is eager to see what tricks he has up his sleeve. Can Michael really be the key to curing this curse? Or are Emerson’s visions really a blessing in disguise?

Myra McEntire bursts into the young adult scene with Hourglass. She captivates the reader instantly with her wit, charm, and spunk. Her unique voice can make you roll on the floor with laughter. However, it is the dark undertones of the novel that add the most mystery. Similar to the feeling of reading Harry Potter or Twilight, Myra McEntire’s voice sucks you into the story with such force that you never want to leave. Hence, I was up until 2 A.M. finishing it, because it was simply too good to put down.

I fell in love with the characters in Hourglass instantly. Emerson is one of my new favorite heroines because she refuses to back down. Although she battles with inner-turmoil, she deflects her distress with sarcasm and confidence. Emerson’s strong-willed, but tender, personality is admirable and extremely entertaining to experience.

I absolutely adored the chemistry between Michael and Emerson. Their personalities complement each other perfectly. Their dialogue is ingenious and hilarious as they bicker like an old married couple. Yet, despite these arguments, there is a spark between them that is always burning. Truly, the chemistry between them is electrifying.

For me, Hourglass was a beginning. It was the beginning of a new obsession in science fiction. A beginning of re-reading, and re-reading again, like it’s the first time I laid eyes on it. A beginning of waiting for a sequel, which I hope will happen (fingers crossed!) With Hourglass, I am beginning my ascent into what feels like a strange, new, and wonderful world that I never want to leave.

Victoria Testa lives in New York City but is a beach bum at heart. When not writing or reading, she can be found surfing, swimming, and singing!

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