The Silver Lining | Bookanistas Review: Hourglass


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.


Wow! There’s so much to love about this book I don’t even know where to begin. The writing is gorgeous, very visual with a unique voice that made me want to savor individual sentences.

The plot itself kept me riveted, and the twists and turns didn’t disappoint. I feverishly turned pages to find out what would happen, not knowing who I could trust or even who would survive. Several times I gasped at the awesome surprises that I didn’t see coming. I love an unpredictable book that keeps me on my toes!

But I think the best part of all were the characters. I’m not just talking about Emerson and Michael, but every single character in this book felt fully realized. Lily, Emerson’s best friend, was so full of life she stole every scene she was in. Same with Emerson’s brother and his wife. Usually I could care less about adults in stories, but I adored these too, I wanted them to be happy, I even wanted more of them on the page! I thought the relationship Emerson had with Dru was unique, something I don’t normally see in YA, and that was refreshing.

And oh, then there’s Kaleb. Oh my! He made me smile with every word out of his mouth. This is a love triangle that left me completely torn when usually I vastly prefer one love interest over the other.

Michael was dreamy and mysterious and just like Emerson, I fell for him immediately. I loved the way their relationship sprang to life so easily, and I was fully invested in it from the start.

Emerson has to be one of my favorite protagonists. She’s vulnerable yet feisty, strong yet sympathetic. She’s the kind of girl I would want as a friend, the kind of girl I love spending hundreds of pages inside the head of. I cared a lot about her by the end and didn’t want the book to end because of that.

Lastly, the time travel aspects in this book were awesome! I loved the twist on the usual time travel stories I see. Time slips, seeing remnants from the past, I loved it. And I especially loved how essential it was to the plot.


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