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? – Goodreads
THIS BOOK. I love it so much!! I could read about Emerson and Michael and Kaleb all day, all the time, constantly. I love the characters and the weirdness that is their world very much! If I could, I would insert myself into it, that’s how much I love it.
Emerson’s story is really sad – she’s lonely and no one really understands her. I love that her brother and sister-in-law care so much though, and truly just want her to be her own person and come to terms with things. She also has a really good best friend that stays by her side through everything (though I would’ve loved to learn more about her).
I will admit that there are a few parts of the story that get confusing, but that comes with the territory that is the topic of this story (I couldn’t be more vague right? Don’t want to give away anything though!). I also didn’t like that it’s SO obvious who is going to end up with who from the very beginning. I really think that if McEntire would have ran with the plot twist she threw in there, it would have been a much more intriguing and less-obvious story. But, she didn’t and here we are.
After all is said and done, I rated Hourglass 4/5 on Goodreads – I love it but I could live without it. I’m also super disappointed that the sequels don’t pick up where the story left off or with the same main characters.