Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review: Hourglass (Hourglass #1) by Myra McEntire

Did Not Finish Hourglass (Hourglass book 1) by Myra McEntire.

The story has a great start with untold potential to be had on revelations about the unknowns, mainly the supernatural and paranormal. Unfortunately, the plot fizzles out after a couple of chapters and it turns out to be yet another mediocre Young Adult romance with superficial, cardboard characters.

I can understand all too well why the author tries to retain an air of secrecy over her story by holding back information and disclosure. Which author doesn't? Do it well and the book will be a blast. Sadly, in this case, it backfires on the author. If you ask me, she puts in too many secrets and then proceeds to drag out the truths way too slowly such that reading the story feels like having a constipation and is a pain in the a**.

To say that I am disappointed with Hourglass is an understatement since this book comes highly recommended by one of my favourite authors and instinctively I set my hopes high to enjoy the first in a trilogy. In the end, I find myself struggling hard against abandoning the book at a quarter way through only to let it meet an early death in my hands at the halfway mark.

On a fair note, the author does a good job with the writing which is smooth and flows relatively well. It is just that I cannot stand the story content. Or perhaps it is just me; the jaded me in this age bracket where tolerance for aforementioned writing style for a Young Adult romance is almost non-existent.

This book is for you only if you are a young adult looking for a time travel read with a hint of supernatural element thrown in with a good measure of romance. If not, save yourself the trouble and forget about this Hourglass trilogy.

On a separate note..

Try as I may to steer clear of writing a review to free up more of my time for subsequent readings, I find myself constantly fighting an internal battle and grappling with the want to justify my star ratings with a review. Long story short, I feel weird. I hope with time, I will get used to it - the 'it' being not writing book reviews - and spend more time to read more books.

Publisher: EgmontUSA; Reprint edition
Publication date: 8 May 2012


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 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 have happened?

*Blurb from FantasticFiction*

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