Hourglass by Myra McEntire: A Review

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Published by EgmontUSA

Out June 14, 2011

It’s so nice to pick up a YA novel and it not be exactly like all the other titles that are out there in the genre.  Sure Hourglass contains the typical romance aspect that is in many YA novels but it deals with an interesting topic that I feel many YA authors do not attempt which is time travel.  Myra McEntire’s debut does a decent job of creating a world where time travel exists and opens the door for others to follow suit.

Emerson is a girl from a small southern town in Tennessee with a strange yet unique ability-she can see those from the past.  When Emerson meets Michael, the boy that was hired to help her with her ability, she finds that she is not crazy like she once thought and that there are others in the world with unique abilities too.  Emerson and Michael must work together to undo the past to create a safer future and many obstacles occur leaving an opening for a possible sequel.

McEntire does create a unique world with magic and time travel.  It’s great that McEntire strayed away from the general paranormal romance that seems to engulf a lot of the YA reads.  A lot of those are fine reads as well and very creative, but it is certainly refreshing to read about something other than the preternatural.  McEntire writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading.  Her style and character development excel in a lot of ways.  She makes it easy for you to identify with many of the characters and also to make you laugh out loud, as the protagonist can be cute and funny at times.

Overall I would say this is a decent read.  The book was published in June 2011 so I am sure many people have read and liked it, having said that, I think that those who have not read Hourglass and enjoy a lot of YA will enjoy this one as well. When McEntire publishes another title it will be another one I read.

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