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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?

AVG Goodreads Rating: 3.88 out of 5 (may change at any moment)

RACHEL HAWKINS AND BETH REVIS REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK, AND I REALLY LOVE THEM AS AUTHORS, SO THIS BOOK HAD TO BE GOOD RIGHT?
RIGHT?
RIGHT?
right?

THE PLOT

It took a while for me to get into the plot, but when I did, I could not put this book down at all. In all honesty though, I think the reason why I continued on with this book was because of the really interesting plot.
I haven’t been exposed to many time traveling books, but usually the overall concept is the same: don’t mess with the past or you’ll screw up the present and future. This book definitely enforced that rule, but there were other unique things and rules that the time travelers in this book had to keep in mind at all times. In most time traveling books, the main character(s) can practically time travel at any time and can freely do things in the past/future if they know for certain that it won’t affect the time/space continuum. The main characters in this book, however, are tied by rules of their organization AND time and cannot freely time travel, as they need some things on hand before they can do it. I really liked that they needed to get some things before they could though because something like time traveling should have SOME boundaries, which some books do not show. The time travelers are also equipped with some other special abilities, besides time traveling of course.
But back to the plot.
Like I said, it took me a while to get into it like 150 pages in  but when I did, I was completely enticed. It was interesting to learn about all of the rules of their organization, time traveling, and the supernatural world itself (the majority of this book is mostly learning about things) and towards the end, when the plot picked up, I was definitely on the edge of my seat, anticipating the events to come.
I also liked how the book addressed some serious and dark issues, like depression, which I was not expecting at all.  It made having the ability to time travel (as well as the ability that comes along with it) seem more like a curse, and it made the events to come more darker and serious.
If I had one bad thing to say about the plot though, it would be the fact that the actual event that the characters were preparing for happened very late in the story, which I did not like at all.

THE CHARACTERS

To me, the characters of a book can make or break a book, and in this case, the characters broke it the plot brought up the rating though so it’s okay
I didn’t really care for the characters that much except one  and I sympathized with them a lot, as all of the characters each went through their own personal hell, but I wasn’t that invested in them.

Emerson: 

I have so many things to say about her that I don’t even know where to start.
She had that many negatives.
Firstly, her decision making was terrible. She rushed into things and didn’t really think things through, which I hated. Oh,but, I guess that she had an excuse, since she was just pressed for time, except that, oh wait, she DID have time on her hands to decide.
Secondly, she was so quick to get angry at Michael every time he was like, “I can’t tell you right now, but I will soon, when the time’s right. It’s for your own good.” THERE’S A REASON WHY HE’S NOT TELLING YOU.
Thirdly, whenever somebody told her not to do something, of course, sHE HAD TO GO AND DO IT.
It went something like this –
“Oh, you shouldn’t get too close to the cliff, Emerson. You could accidentally fall and die.”
“YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO. I’M MY OWN PERSON. I COULD GET CLOSE TO THE CLIFF AND DIE IF I WANT TO.” Then she goes close to the cliff and dies.
Fourthly, she kept thinking about how hot Michael was and how she wanted to get it on with him, which quickly got annoying. Especially when she lusted after him like a dog after a bone the day after she MET HIM.
I get that he’s, as Emerson says, “really hot”, but you just met the guy.
On the upside, she had a lot of internal struggles and conflicts which I was very pleased to see, and that gave her character more depth. I also sympathized with her a lot, and her breakdowns were very heart-gripping and made me sympathize with her.

Michael: 

Here’s the thing with me and Michael. He’s a great character. He’s strong, willing to sacrifice, has struggles of his own, has hidden depths, and is very able to fulfill his duty. In other words, he’s a great character. Despite this, I can’t bring myself to like him. I mean, he does have some cringe-worthy romantic lines, but I highly doubt that’s the problem.
But maybe it really is because of his cringe-worthy lines.

Kaleb:

I really like Kaleb. He’s kind of a cliche, but he’s also kind of not. I feel like he’s based around a cliche but is more, if that makes sense. He was very fun to read about and his struggles were also heartbreaking to see. I also enjoyed seeing new aspects of his personality in each page. I know I shouldn’t compare, but, in a way, he kind of reminds me of Roar from Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night. That might’ve contributed to my like for him.
I think he was too quick to fall for Emerson, though. I know they had this connection, but, hey, Roar and Aria from Under the Never Sky did too, and they ended up being best friends and not lovers so

THE ROMANCE

I felt like Emerson and Michael’s love for each other was too quick and that it could’ve progressed better. In all honesty though, I didn’t care for their romance. I wanted their romantic scenes to move on so the plot could continue into something else. I felt that their romantic relationship also felt a bit unrealistic and the lines that Michael gave to Emerson proclaiming how he felt about her was so cringe-worthy I almost died.

Rate: 7.5 out of 10

any more insta-love and i will throw up and die


I just updated my Top 5’s page with a new section. I also added in descriptions for each character/book I named explaining why I chose them/that.