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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blake and Deidra Co-Review Infinityglass

Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: 6 August 2013
Format: Hardback
Series: Hourglass #3
Source: Publisher
Pages: 336
Summary:  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?

Deidra’s Thoughts: 
For me, I knew I had to read this book.  This was actually the first book I ever requested a physical ARC for.  I was thrilled to get the final copy in the mail.  It was definitely a thrill.  Since I received it the day I finally got in town for good after about six weeks of being a "gypsy" all over Texas, I actually read it that day.  It was just what I needed.  Laying in bed and reading was just what was called for after so much busy.  The book?  I loved it.  I adored it.  I'd marry the book if it was possible.  Of course, I expected nothing less after how much I loved the previous two books in the series.

For me, I wasn't super sure about Dune at first.  I mean, for me he wasn't a huge player in the previous books.  Ok, maybe a tad, but I had to refresh my memory.  But then, suddenly something happened.  Dune, with his super attractive intellect, became a hunk.  I mean I probably should never meet a "Dune" in real life because I would probably get to some unfortunate drool on his shirt.  Dune is one of the most perfect guy characters.  That's totally my opinion, but I'm super attracted to the hot nerd type.

Then you have Hallie who is also a super awesome character.  She is full of sass and spunk and "I'll kick your butt if you even get close".  I really admired her as a character because as the novel progresses, you get a lot of background on her life.  It's been a little rough.  Which is kind of like saying Channing Tatum is just nice-looking.  Super understatement.  Either way, I think readers will really appreciate her and the humor she brings to the book.

The setting takes place in the history-soaked New Orleans which is a great atmosphere for this type of book where they see "rips" in time.  It was nice to see the history come alive in the story.  And of course it was nice to reunite with the rest of the Hourglass crew.  Blake is going to kill me for making this so long!  Anyways, you must read the series and this book!!

Blake’s Thoughts: 
I don't think any killing will be necessary! My review will be just as long, if not longer. I also want to apologize for taking so long to get my half of this typed! 

I was unsure about this series when I found out the different books were going to be told from different perspectives. I loved the first book so much, and I didn't want other people with different personalities to come in and change that. I like consistency, especially when it's amazing! However, I was not disappointed by the second book, or the third for that matter. Myra McEntire has continuously engaged me in her books, and in the lives of her characters. I really enjoyed learning about all the other characters and getting an in-depth look at their individual backgrounds. 

Like Deidra, I was unsure about Dune. I didn't remember much about him when I started this, but my worries were easily dismissed when I started reading. He really is nerdy-hot. A person's brain can be so sexy, especially when it is paired with his body. I mean, the guy stays in shape, so obviously... Even Hallie had trouble keeping her eyes on his face. Dune was just a very, ah, well-rounded character. I also loved the connection the two of them shared. Hallie is stubborn and rebellious, and dune is quiet and thoughtful. They were able to bounce off one another with relative ease from the beginning. Insta-connection!

I was a bit concerned about how the author was going to wind the story down. It's hard with time travel, since so much can happen at any given moment, and people with supernatural abilities keep popping up unexpectedly. My concern was unnecessary because the story tied up beautifully. I got to see some of my old-but-still-favorite characters, and see how they were doing. I wish I had gotten more, but then I'm sure that would require more books. Overall, this was a phenomenal series. I would highly recommend that you read them back-to-back, because the time travel can be a little confusing if you don't. A lot happens!


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