Genre: paranormal, science fiction, romance
Published: June 14, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Rating: 4/5 Stars
"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 also 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?" - Goodreads
Set in a little Southern town after the untimely deaths of Emerson's parents , Hourglass, is the perfect mix of sad, spooky and fun. Emerson isn't crazy, but everyone thinks she is and maybe she's beginning to believe that too. Her ability to see ghosts has been disrupting her life for four years and her brother is willing to do anything necessary to help her. But Emerson is tired and suspicious of the endless stream of specialists she is sent to. That is until she meets Michael and becomes part of The Hourglass.
There are so many wonderful things about this book: the plot line is gripping, the character development is fantastic and, did I mention, GHOSTS! Emereson's character is great. She is so funny and quirky even while she is trying to come to grips with the fact that she may be losing her mind. Her narration is very realistic while somehow being whimsical and strange as well. The romance in this book is also a lot of fun. While there isn't insta-love (yay!) there is an immediate attraction between Em and Michael which develops over time into a relationship. Their love isn't perfect, they argue and yell, they feel unsure about their futures together and they know they have issues that need to be worked out. That being said, they are great as a couple and a ton of fun to read!
As far as cons go, there aren't many. First, I wasn't 100% happy about the time-travel aspect at first, I would have liked to have seen more ghosts, but it grew on me. Now if I could just wrap my head around theoretical physics we'd be in business. Mostly though, I'm just a little concerned that the next book is going to turn Em and Michael's relationship into a love triangle. The introduction of Kaleb and his forwardness near the middle/end of this book do not bode well for book 2, and I really don't like love triangles.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed this one. It was so much fun to get into and I really felt and attachment to the characters. I can't wait to read Timepiece.