Review: Infinityglass

 Infinityglass by Myra McEntire

Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3)

Publication date: August 6th 2013

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Number of pages: 293

Series: Hourglass (3#)

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Time-travel

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

No time like the present.
No time in the present.
No time left.


From the moment the Hourglass group violated the rules of the space time continuum to rescue a murdered loved one, time has been in flux. People from other centuries slide into our time, intruding into our space, threatening our world.

Frantically seeking a way to turn back this tide, the Hourglass begins a search for the legendary Infinityglass, tracking it to the city of New Orleans, a place where the past rests easily with the present.

Quiet, reliable Dune, the group’s favourite geek, is selected to travel to the Crescent City and somehow retrieve the renowned object.

But there’s a problem.

Because the Infinityglass is not an object, it’s a person.

A beautiful, headstrong dancer named Hallie, a girl so enticing Dune can’t take his eyes off her.

And time is not on her side.

 

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 Review:

And, sigh, that’s the end of another series.

But what a great ending it was.

It was a total awwww ending, one that fills you with happiness. Sometimes we just need those endings that make you feel happy where everything works out. It was just great, I love it when final books have an epilogue because it wraps everything up and let’s you know what happens in the future. I felt that the ending to Infinityglass was ideal – all the loose knots were tied up well.

I was very surprised that the story was told from a new character’s point of view, Hallie, and Dune. In the other two books, very little was shared about Dune, so he was the last person I thought would be a narrator. I was even more surprised that there were two points of view. One of the things I love about these books, is that even though the narrator of the story changes, we still see plenty of the other characters that we have grown attached to.

I was kind of hoping that there would be some time-travel in Infinityglass but I had no such luck. Hallie’s transmutations and the brief rip scenes didn’t really count. Still, I was able to look past that because Infinityglass still was a great book.

Perhaps Hallie is one of my favourite characters. I mean, Kaleb will always reign supreme, but Hallie wasn’t that far from him. Really, all the characters were fantastic. I feel like I know them all really well and I love how they have all (well almost all of them) have been paired off.

The Hourglass trilogy must be pretty good if I can read them all back to back without feeling washed out or bored. That has happened to me a fair few times before, so it must say something if I’m interested in the series the whole time. I think that each book in the series gets better and better, the first book took me a while to get into, I was straight into the second book and I don’t think I really left the third book while reading it.

Myra McEntire creates excellent imagery in her writing. I could always picture her scenes and once again, that doesn’t always happen with me.

I think that the Hourglass trilogy was excellent and Infinityglass certainly met my expectations as a series conclusion. If you need a little YA sci-fi in your life, look no further.

4/5 comets!
A meteor shower. A great show.

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Review: Timepiece

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Timepiece (Hourglass, #2)

Publication date: June 12th 2012

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Number of pages: 325

Series: Hourglass (2#)

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Time-travel

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…

Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples – cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?

In the wake of Landers’ return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered – with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…

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 Review:

What can I say apart from KALEB! If you have read my review of Hourglass, you will know that Kaleb is my favourite character in this series. So I was pretty much ecstatic to find he would be narrating this story.

But I was a little disappointed that there was no love triangle (well, not really) between Emerson, Kaleb and Michael because poor old Kaleb didn’t stand a chace. But then he meets Lily and they hit it off, so I suppose that’s ok. Sometimes everyone needs a happy ending (ok, including Michael).

I was definitely really looking forward to Timepiece. I read another book between Timepiece and Hourglass and I could barely contain myself before starting Timepiece.

My major critique is that I wish there was more time-travel. They don’t actually seem to really travel in time (except for one little bit in this book) and that is really the reason I was attracted to this series. It definitely made up for it in other ways but I feel as though this series could be near perfect, if not perfect, with a little time-travel thrown in.

The thing I found most curious was that when someone had to tell someone else that they were a time-traveller, no one cared! The people who were told were just like yeah whatever, and the other time-travellers who were supposed to be keeping it a secret didn’t seem to mind much. This isn’t a critique, I just thought it was interesting because usually in most books the paranormal person throws a hissy fit when someone tells someone else about their secret.

I love the covers. I know of a few people who aren’t as keen, but I really like them and think they are quite clever. I mean, each book ties in with the title, but they are also very attention-grabbbing. If you are in a book store, do you go for the run-of-the-mill girl in a pretty dress, or do you go for the girl in the dress in a gravity defying position? Me, the latter.

I love all the characters, and really they are what make these books for me. I love Emerson, Michael (just not as much as Kaleb), Kaleb, Lily, Kaleb, Dune, Kaleb, Nate, Liam and Kaleb! They all have their quirks and I like the way that the books from the different perspectives give you, well, different perspectives. I’m not a hundred percent sure on my thoughts on Lily, but I think I like her, even if she isn’t Emerson.

To all book lovers looking for a YA sci-fi read that isn’t very hardcore, I think I’ve found you a book.

4/5 comets!
A meteor shower. A great show.

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Review: Hourglass

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)

Pubication date: June 14th 2011

Publisher: Egmont USA

Number of pages: 390

Series: Hourglass (1#)

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Time-travel

 Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.

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 Goodreads synopsis:

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 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’ve happened?

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 Review:

Please, if you can time-travel, can you and tell me during the first half of this book that I really don’t want to DNF it? Because I came dangerously close.

Why, you ask? It looks like you really enjoyed it – I mean you gave it four stars! Well my curious reader, it’s because of the pacing. I’d say about the first half of the book had very slow pacing and I was getting bored. I was reading a book about time-travel and the main character really wasn’t even close to time-travelling yet.

My other intial problem, was with the main character Emerson. Sure, I could swear she was me in book form, but that’s a worry, considering how annoyed I got with her. I thought her personality was endearing at first, but then it just got plain annoying.

Luckily as the book went on, it got a lot better. Emerson’s personality stayed endearing and the pacing picked up. I’d say the real turning point is when she meets Kaleb, because he was more interesting than Michael. Yep, at that point the story definitely got engrossing.

Speaking of Kaleb, I never would have picked a love triangle for this book if I had just read the beginning. I mean, Michael seemed great and I thought the story would be about Michael defying the rules and falling in love with Emerson. But nope, Kaleb came on to the scene and I suddenly became all “forget Michael, marry Kaleb!”. But that’s not entirely true, actually. As much as I’d love Kaleb and Emerson to be together, Michael and Emerson are meant to be together.

The other thing I liked, was the take on time-travellers. It was definitely an interesting concept, particularly the part with the “rips”. If you think you have read all the time-travel books already, please read Hourglass.

I really loved the second half of the book. I sat down to read about fifty and ended up reading about 200. Yeah, it was that good.

I had been really wanting to read this trilogy for a while and will definitely be continuing on with it. I have a fairly high bar set for the sequel.

 4/5 comets!
A meteor shower. A great show.

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