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Yummy YA must-read: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

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With young love, great passion is born. In fact, the potency of something so new and awakened fuels near invincibility – as it gives the bearer and receiver something to fight for. Perhaps Lao Tzu said it best, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” This sentiment is written to life in Myra McEntire’s paramount YA debut, Hourglass.

Emerson Cole lives somewhere inside the shadows. Loss at an early age, a supernatural ability that inspires awkwardness over accessibility, and a sheltered past keep Emerson removed from most typical teenage scenes. Charming, naïve and snarky, Em does her best and tries not to take life too personally…or the afterlife for that matter – as she mostly ignores the ghosts that haunt and dog her footsteps. Until Michael Weaver, a consultant for the Hourglass, shows up with a perfect pout and answers to all her well-kept secrets.

[Book Description]

"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."

McEntire brings readers a bewitching coming of age novel cloaked in time travel and topped off with a sizzling love triangle. Hourglass is impossible to put down and so scrumptious readers will find themselves travelling back to the world of Emerson again and again.

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