Series: Hourglass #1
Publisher: Egmont USA on June 14, 2011
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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 also 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've happened?
“‘I have to go away for a day or two. I thought if we were both buckled in, I could have an actual conversation with you before I left. It’s important. So don’t touch me.’ He made a noise that resembled a growl. ‘I mean, again.'”
“‘Aren’t you just a knight in shining armor? … Wherever do you keep your horse? And who scoops up the crap it leaves behind?'”
Favorite Character: Emerson because she was a very strong female character, and I can definitely look up to her.
“My small Southern hometown is beautiful in the haunting way an aging debutante is beautiful.”
My Musings: Very interesting story! I haven’t read many books about kids with gifts–the only one that comes to mind is the Gifted series. This novel was very exceptional–although not astounding, it was interesting. The writing was great, the characters were great, and the romance was great. Everything was great!
I liked that the novel was written in Emerson’s point of view. It gave a great prospective of the main character and allowed me to become one with Emerson. Seeing everything as she saw it made me feel a familiarity with her as well as the other characters in the book. The writing was moderately descriptive, with a fast paced plot that kept my nose in the book. It took me a bit to warm up to the concept of the character’s gifts and well as the background on who killed who, who was evil, and all the like, but once I did, the book became that much better.
Emerson was by far my favorite character. Although small in size, she shows that females can be strong characters. She was your typical female heroine, and I loved that she is stubborn and determined to do what was right. Michael also appealed to me. For once, I just love the name. Anyways, Michael’s feelings for Emerson were adorable; I wish I had a guy that felt that way about me. He was determined to keep her safe, keep his best friend Kaleb safe, and to keep Kaleb’s father safe. I loved seeing all the characters interact and form bonds, even though Kaleb kept trying to get in the way of my favorite couple!
Overall, the book was a great, interesting, quicker read. It showed you that trust shouldn’t just be given; however, it also shows that love and determination can yield great results. This was a great read, and for those of you who like unique paranormal books, this is the one for you!