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ARC Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

19 Jun

Hour Glass by Myra McEntire

I received a free copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.  This book was released on June 14th.

From the back of the book:

Since the age of fourteen, Emerson Cole has seen strange things — dead things — swooning Southern Belles, soldiers, and other eerie apparitions of the past. She’s tried everything to get ride of the visions: medication, counseling, asylums. Nothings worked.

So when Emerson’s well-meaning brother calls in yet another consultant from a mysterious organizations called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to give one last try.

Michael Weaver is no ordinary consultant. He’s barely older than she is. He listens like no one she’s every met before, and he doesn’t make her feel he least bit crazy.  As Emerson ventures deeper into the world of the Hourglass she begins to learn the truth about her past, her future — and her very life.

A seductive time-slip novel that merges the very best of the paranormal and science fiction genres.

I can’t believe this is a debut novel. The wording, the plot, the characterizations all read like that of a master writer, which obviously McEntire is.

As a rule, I don’t like to give away much more than what is listed in general book summaries are on the back of the book.  However, this time I feel compelled to state that this is not a ghost story nor is it about a young teen girl experiencing extreme psychosis.  It is a wonderful combination of romance, sci fi, moving on after a hear wrenching loss.

What I liked about the book: Everything! The relationships between the characters are well developed with plenty of chemistry and interesting dialogue. The pacing works very well with the story. I didn’t want to put it down, and found myself getting irritated with all the constant interruptions while I was reading. Even though there were plenty of bad guys, there were no annoying characters. There was an air of mystery and though I figured out one little puzzle before the end one piece of the puzzle took me by surprise.

What I didn’t like about the book: The book ended too soon, but since it’s the first in a series, that’s not too much of a problem. I’d like to more about several of the characters and “what makes them what they are.”  However, it’s never a good idea to give away too much information in the first book and I expect that more information will be forthcoming in future books.

It’s a very clean read, no sex or blood/gore/violence. Even though Emerson is a teen (she’s 17) the other characters, except for Kaleb are older than she is.

Even though it’s billed as a young adult novel, I highly recommend this new author/series for anyone, teens and adults alike, who enjoy sci fi/paranormal stories.

 

If you’d like to know more about Myra McIntire you can her blog here or check out this interview with her over at Late Bloomer Online.

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