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?
Design – Alison Chamberlain Photo – Lissy Elle Laricchia Rating – 5/5
My love for this cover stems mostly from the delightfully strange photograph. It’s unique and a bit surreal – definitely memorable. I like the simplicity of the title. What I don’t like is the giant paragraph of a blurb at the top, the shadow behind the author’s name, and the acidic yellow of the model’s hair. Overall, the photo and the calm color scheme win out.
Oh, Hourglass, I adore you. The time travel, the intelligent and sexy boy, the headstrong heroine…sigh. This is my 2nd time reading Hourglass because I felt the need to reread it to refresh before starting the sequel, Timepiece. It was just as great the 2nd time around. It’s exciting, has great characters, and completely sucks you in. I think time travel is my new favorite YA book trend.
- family – Emerson’s parents are absent, but this is a big part of her backstory and becomes very important in the sequels. However, Emerson does have a loving and concerned family at home in her significantly older brother and his wife. Thomas and Dru are not the type of young people who are absorbed in their own lives. They always know where Emerson is and what she’s doing. They aren’t perfect but they do their best to support Emerson, keep up with her life, and find her the right kind of help.
- Michael – Michael is smart and serious about wanting to help Emerson understand that she’s not going insane. It’s very clear, from the beginning, that Michael is holding back a lot of information. While that’s frustrating for Emerson, and also a little dangerous, I love that Michael doesn’t hold back the fact that he knows she is not crazy and that he believes her. Michael, despite everything he knows about what’s going to happen, has the utmost respect for Thomas’ rule about not getting romantically involved with Emerson. He’s also willing to face any consequences that come with breaking that rule – it’s not Michael trying to smash that security camera. Michael is level-headed and extremely intelligent. He thinks everything through, even when he ends up sacrificing something huge, he goes in knowing the facts.
- time travel – The time travel in this book is super sciencey and complicated, which I loved. Yes, you have to have a certain gene to time travel, but you also need duronium and a time bridge, and if that doesn’t sound complicated to you, then wow. Also, there’s some messed up time travel manipulation going on that I won’t spoil for you. Everything is really high stakes and complex, with everything Emerson and Michael do in the past changing the present.
- love triangle – Ok. First of all, I really respect Kaleb for pulling back in a certain situation with Emerson, and for unselfishly doing whatever he can to comfort her in another situation. Second, I’m so happy that the love triangle drama is short-lived and takes a backseat to everything else going on. However, I just want to shut it down completely and pretend it never happened because it’s completely unneeded. No, Emerson shouldn’t feel like she’s bound to Michael for life when she barely knows him, but on the other hand she shouldn’t be letting strangers touch her just because they’re cute.
- ripple Jack – I like Emerson and generally think of her as a strong character. However, when a creepy grown man ghost appears to you only when you’re alone in your bedroom, you should probably tell someone. Her reason for not telling anyone is that she liked the attention. Emerson, seriously. Michael obviously adores you and how could you not even tell him when you discovered that Jack was a semi-solid ripple? Ack.
“What if I don’t think anything’s wrong with me?” Not anything I expected him to be able to fix, anyway.
“I didn’t say there was.”
“Offering to help me implies I’m in distress. I’m not currently.”
“What about ten minutes ago when you tried to put your drink on a piano that wasn’t there?”
“That wasn’t distress. That was…” I sucked wind.
He saw the piano. – Emerson + Michael Loc. 481
“You almost kissed me!”
Michael backed up into the wrought-iron fence. “No, I didn’t.”
He didn’t mean it. I took a step closer and spoke in a whisper. “Liar.”
Running his hand over his face, he groaned in defeat. In one movement he turned so I was the one with my back pressed against the cold metal. – Emerson + Michael Loc. 1639
Acquired: bought (ebook)