First, I love this cover – it’s absolutely beautiful and what initially drew me to this book!
Hourglass gives us 17 year old Emerson Cole. Her world is a bit different than the typical teen, in that she sees things that aren’t really there…people and things from the past like soldiers or more recently a jazz trio at her brothers restaurant. All she wants is to be “normal” and her brother is determined to help her. His latest effort brings Michael into her life. He’s a consultant from Hourglass and barely older than her. They have an instant connection… one that she can’t explain, and he won’t.
I really enjoyed the time travel aspect of this book and that is what really kept me interested.
To be honest, I wasn’t as hooked on the characters as I had hoped I would be. Let’s start with Emerson. For as much as this girl had gone through in her life, we barely got any kind of emotion from her aside from her infatuation with Michael. I wanted more… I needed more… and I hope that we get it in the next book – (I haven’t read it yet) Once she met Michael, everything she cared about and did revolved around him, and her friend best friend Lily and her brother were practically non-existent for her. Next comes Michael. Good lord I wanted to like him… no I wanted to love him. And I did, for the first part of the book. He was mysterious, sexy and sweet – everything I love – but the redundant response of “I can’t tell you for your own good and to protect you’ made me want to punch him in the throat.
I think if maybe he would have confided and explained a bit more to her in the beginning a lot of her need to sneak around and do things he didn’t want her to do would have been avoided. AND some of his reactions literally made me angry. (view spoiler)
There was one exception as far as characters went. I loved Kaleb. I thought he had wonderful layers and would have liked to have more of him and hope we get a lot more in the next books.
The first 1/3 of the book moved rather slow for me but as soon as we as a reader, and Emerson started getting a few answers the pace picked up and by the last 1/3 where we moved into the time travel part of the book I was totally intrigued.
I love a book that can give a story I love and characters I love and feel for and connect with, because for me that’s where my emotions fall… Did I love these characters? no – but I did like them. There is so much promise with this series and I hope that we get more from the characters in the coming books!
If you’re into sci-fi and time travel this is a must read… I’ll let you know my verdict on the next in the series soon!