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Monday, April 16, 2012

SBT12: Guest Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire


Southern Book Tour 2012

Today, we welcome Katie from Magic is in Words with a review of Hourglass by Myra McEntire.  Thank you for stopping by today, Katie!

(If you’re interested in my thoughts, check out my review posted on Bending The Spine.)

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?

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

Hardcover, 394 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Egmont USA
ISBN: 1606841440 (ISBN13: 9781606841440)
series: Hourglass #1
setting: Ivy Springs, Tennessee


Ramblings: A good book should hook from the very last line and refuse to let go until a long time after the final word. That is exactly what this book did for me!

Characters: I absolutely loved Emerson! From her fierce name to her kick-butt attitude (literally!) I love that she is a brown belt in karate and can beat up everyone around her. She sticks up for herself and doesn't need anyone's protection--and she knows it! She is just the best female protagonist that I have read about in a really long time. And as for Michael... wow! I think I'm in love (;

Plot: This is such a new take on time travel, and I love the rips! Although I don't think I would ever want to meet one! This is such a fascinating book. The idea of time travel has always fascinated me, but teaming up to go to the past and the future?! Genius! I loved it!

Overall: This is such a great read and I'm disappointed that I hadn't read it sooner! You will seriously love this book, I know that I did!

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

(p.s. turn the cover 90 degrees! Blew my mind!)

Thanks for letting me participate on this book tour--it means a lot! This author is from Nashville.. lucky! I can't wait to read more from her. I hope that everyone has a really fantastic day! :D

What makes this Southern?

Myra McEntire is a Southern author.  She lives in Nashville, TN.  Hourglass is set in Ivy Springs, TN (a fictional town based on Franklin, TN).  Find out more about Ivy Springs here.

About the blogger:

I'm a high school student from a small town. With nothing to do in my town, I find my escape in books. I love reading and always keep a book with me wherever I go. My parents complain that I buy too many books and say that I should spend my money on other things, but hey! What are you gonna do? You can't break every habit(: You can always find me with my nose in a book and I spend more hours reading than I do probably anything else.
  You can find out more about Katie on her About Me page.

About the author:

Myra McEntire knows the words to every R and B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in the country music capital of America where her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated, she chose to channel her mad word skills into creating sultry Southern timeslip novels.
But if you catch her at a signing, she can probably be convinced to rap with you anyway.
(From Myra’s Website)

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