Sunday, September 22, 2013

Series Sunday: The Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire

Titles: Hourglass, Timepiece, Infinityglass
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont
Number of Books: Three
Review: Five Stars

I liked this series. It wasn't my favorite, but I liked it. As far as each book went, Hourglass was definitely my favorite. Why? Because Em was the main character. All the other characters didn't really make me tick, but Em did. Infinityglass pulls up in second place, not because I loved the characters (though Hallie was pretty cool), but because it had a fast-paced, fun plot. And lastly comes Timepiece. Timepiece seemed to fall into the second book slump. Meaning, I liked the characters, but found them dull at times and I had to slog
my way through the book due to plot issues. Overall, I really liked the series and I can't wait to see what Myra has in store for us next!

I feel like the over-arching main character is Em. While each book has their own, Em was the original and is in each. Em's parents died about a year previous to the book. She is fun, spunky, and quirky.  Em has an awesome sense of humor that I can't get enough of. She's also a brown (black?) belt in karate. It's super funny to imagine the looks on her friends faces when she shows them exactly how well she can take care of herself. Her character has the biggest arc, simply because we have the most time with her. That time gives Em time to change slowly as well as the things surrounding her. Em's boyfriend is Michael. I find him swoon-worthy at times (so much so that I need to reread the
first book soon), but he also drives me crazy. Michael treats just about everyone like they need-to-know less than him. He withholds information until, eventually, someone gets hurt. Lily is Em's best friend and female protagonist of book two. She's a cool chick and I love her snark. Kaleb is the male protagonist of Timepiece, and gah! Kaleb turns out okay, but for the longest time, he drives me crazy with his neediness and weakness. Hallie is the main character of Infinityglass and plays a pivotal role in the story. That being said, I don't believe readers get enough of her backstory. So while I love her character, I can't feel for her because we don't have enough info. Dune is the male protagonist of Infinityglass and again, while I really love his character, I have a couple issues with it. We get enough of his backstory, but Dune himself is never resolved. What he can do and how exactly he does it is still up in the air at the end of Infinityglass.

The end of the series? Pure perfection. I laughed out loud so many times at that last line. It is funny and well, just go read the books. It doesn't make sense out of context, but it is endlessly funny to the reader. And this is in the epilogue by the way. The writing of these books was superb. Even when the plot was in a slump, the writing was still fun. There is some content in here for older readers, especially in book two. The overall plot arch is well-done. It stretches from page one of Hourglass to page whatever of Infinityglass. I find myself reminiscing about the series already, and can't wait until I have the time to reread it! I give these books four stars.

Author Bio:
Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories.

She’s an avid Doctor Who fan and will argue passionately about which incarnation is the best.

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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?

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