Summary from GoodReads:
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?
Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.
This book was definitely a bit outside my comfort zone, but I am so glad I read it. I originally thought this might be a sort of ghost story (I love ghost stories!), but the visions Emerson sees aren’t ghosts. I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t say what her visions are.
I liked Emerson as an MC. She really had a rough few years, with the death of her parents, seeing the visions, and being committed into a mental health institution. But she is finally off her medication, and back home living with her brother and sister-in-law. She is definitely a tough cookie, but at the same time very vulnerable. Emerson also does what’s right. I admire her for that.
Michael was a great character, too. As well as Lily, Thomas, Dru, and Kaleb. Michael was very protective of Emerson, but sometimes I really wished he would just come out and tell her everything.
The plot was really interesting. The explanation of what the visions were, and what that meant for Emerson, surprised me. I also really liked learning about the other kids with special abilities.
Somethings bothered me a bit. I didn’t really like all the short chapters. Often it felt like McEntire was trying to end every chapter with some sort of cliffhanger, but then I just had to turn the page to see what happened. I also felt like there were a lot of one word sentences. “Michael.” “Kaleb.” Etc. These are minor complaints, though.
Overall, I did like this book. I thought the story was really interesting, the characters were well-developed, and the pacing good. I even recommended it to a teen patron at the library. I think she will like.