Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
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My Thoughts...The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.
The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time travelers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.
With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.
But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?
This is the last of the 3 Hourglass books and while I didn't review the first 2, I did enjoy them immensely and I will probably talk about them a little in this review. I want to make this totally clear as well, this is NOT a standalone book you absolutely need to read the first 2 books before you pick this one up. Also, I am not planning on any spoilers for this book, but if you haven't read the previous books there will be some spoilers for those books. There is no way to avoid that so if you plan to read them you may want to skip this review until you have read them all! I will say this first though, if you like YA Paranormal Romance, time travel, Sci-fi, characters with extraordinary powers, etc...then you need to read this series. It's very well written, it's a finished series now and I blazed through these 3 books in no time at all.
So, the first book is written from Emerson's Point of view, first person. Then the 2nd book is written in first person from Kaleb's POV, which I must say, I enjoyed reading a YA book from the male perspective. Now, this one is also in first person with the POV being split between Dune and Hallie. I know that when you see that synopsis you automatically think that this book is going to be from Lily's POV and that's totally misleading! I thought the same thing, but it's not the case. I am so glad that we get the split POV in this one because getting to know Dune better was a pleasure there is no doubt about that!
Hallie's dad is the head of Chronos which is locate in New Orleans. He is a businessman and runs Chronos accordingly. It's not at all like The Hourglass where everyone is like family. He barely acknowledges that Hallie is his daughter most of the time. Hallie has been sheltered all her life and while there is a reason for that he not lenient with her in the slightest. She is schooled at home and even has her own dance studio with a private teacher coming in to teach dance. She is only "let out" to do jobs for Chronos. More surprisingly her work partner is Poe! With all this she has become quite adept at sneaking out and it helps that her particular ability is being able to change her appearance at will.
We already know that Dune's ability is related to water and tides, but we find out so much more about him in this book. He is the big Samoan boy with dreads and big brains in the other books, but he changes pretty dramatically in this book when he is assigned to help protect Hallie. Dune was the one who was able to crack open the Skroll and he knows more about the Infinityglass than anyone else in either Chronos or The Hourglass. There are two things that he never banked on though. One is that the Infinityglass is a person and not an object he needs to go on a quest to find and two, that he would fall in love with her.
When Hallie is accidentally "activated" things start to happen really quickly. She starts to learn things about herself and her family that she never expects. Dune is there to help her deal with and process all this new information. He is also her saving grace when the "rips" start to affect her differently than they do everyone else. He brings the rest of The Hourglass crew to NOLA to help finish this once and for all. Once they are all together Teague and Jack make their move to use the Infinityglass to their own gain.
The ending of this story was nicely wrapped up which is a nice thing these days. There were really no loose ends left "just in case". I was a little disappointed in the ending, just a tiny bit. There was so much build up in all the books and it just seemed to be over really quickly. I didn't dislike the ending, it just seemed a little abrupt after all they had been through.
Like I said, this is a really well written series and I enjoyed it so much. I am looking forward to see what Ms. McEntire has up her sleeve for us next!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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