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?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Emerson (Em) Cole lives with her older brother following the death of her parents in an accident. Other than coping with her grief though, she also has to deal with a very special gift – she can see people from the past.
Often when she is in an ‘old’ place, she sees people who are actually from the past rather than the present. She’s the only one who can see them though, which lead to a very embarrassing event in her high school cafeteria when she had an argument with someone that no-one else could see.
Weaning herself off the anti-psychotics, Em now just tries to deal with her odd sightings, something that her brother tries to help her with by hiring often weird people to help her deal.
Her brother’s latest hire is a boy called Michael, who is different from anyone that he has hired before, because Michael sees these people from the past too.
Michael needs Em’s help though, in a way she never would have guessed, and lives may depend on whether the pair of them together can do what they need to do.
Why does Em see these people from the past though? How is Michael able to see them too? And can they change the past without creating a paradox?
This was part time-travel, part paranormal, part mystery, and part romance, and was surprisingly done really well!
Em was a great character. I loved her spark, and I loved the way she learned to cope with seeing these odd apparitions of people from the past, and I liked how she didn’t trust people just because they told her too.
The other characters in this book were also really good, and I loved Michael and Kaleb, and Thomas and Dru were great too.
The storyline was a really interesting mix of genres, and although I’m usually a bit wary of time-travel books (because I hate the usually humongous plot-holes), this book gave thought to these possible plot-holes, and took time to side-step and fill them, and I honestly cannot complain at all! This is possibly the first time travel story where I haven’t had a huge list of complaints. This author surely did research and took the time to not bend the laws of physics with this one, which is real dedication and really appreciated!
I really liked the romance side of things in this story too. It didn’t overshadow the main storyline, but it was still important, and I thought that Em and Michael made a great couple.
There were some twists and turns in this that I didn’t see coming, and after a shock event at about 80% of the way through I couldn’t believe what had happened and couldn’t put this one down!
The ending thankfully was pretty good and satisfying, and didn’t let the rest of the book down at all. I now have high hopes for this series, and I’m really intrigued to find out what will happen in book 2!
Overall; a great YA time-travel story, that doesn’t throw the laws of physics out the window.
8 out of 10.