Review + Giveaway: Infinityglass (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire

July 23, 2013 Book Review, EgmontUSA, Giveaway, Hourglass, Infinityglass, Myra McEntire, Sci-fi, Science Fiction, time travel, Timepiece, YA, Young Adult 20

Title: Infinityglass (Hourglass #3)
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Date: August 6th 2013
Source: Hardcover from Publisher

From Goodreads:

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?

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Last year I was introduced to the wonderful Hourglass series! I fell in love with Michael and Emerson’s story in Hourglass (my review) and then once again with Kaleb and Lily’s turn in the sequel, Timepiece (my review). Infinityglass, the conclusion, takes a completely different turn with two POVs, one being from a completely new character!

I know the POV changes from book to book have been a subject of debate. I honestly had no problems with it from Hourglass to Timepiece. I loved Kaleb’s persona in the first book, his cocky attitude but sweet nature, and it carried over wonderfully the second time around. I completely understand why the decision was made to switch it up once again, but I must say I couldn’t help but feel the loss of my favorites from before.

Dune is someone we’ve already met. Though I honestly do not remember him (more on that later). He was very sweet and almost quiet with a sad past and an interesting ability to control the tides. He travels to New Orleans to continue his research on the infinityglass, which turns out to be a person, and our other POV, Hallie. Hallie makes up for his quietness. She’s confident and knows how to get what she wants, which may be partly due to being the daughter of a mobster. She has an extremely cool talent of mutating her appearance, a la Mystique from X-Men. Her father often sends her on dangerous missions involving theft due to that very ability but was extremely protective of her as well. That whole scenario confuzzled me, to be honest, but it led him to hire Dune to continue his research under the disguise of a new bodyguard for Hallie. These two were cute together, especially when Hallie would try to get a reaction out of Dune. I didn’t quite fall for them as a couple as much as with the previous books. It felt a little rushed, but I still enjoyed watching them fall in love.

As for the actual progression and conclusion of the storyline throughout the series, it seemed to have wrapped up nice, though I can’t help but wish the climax was a bit longer with a little more ‘oomph’ for a last book. The rips were pretty creepy this time around with our Hallie. Her powers are crazy strong and I almost wish we had more time to explore them, same with Dune. The epilogue though… brought crazy smiles to my face!

This is where I express my absolute wish that I re-read the first two books before the conclusion. I forgot A LOT of details on characters and what was actually going on with the rips and the ‘bad guys’. For instance, I didn’t remember Dune. I barely remembered Poe and Teague. Sure, pieces came back and the author was able to put a few details in to help remind me, but it wasn’t enough. And I think that is something you face with switching POVs around with each book. The new characters are going to relate to and have a different past and experience with the other characters. They will see them in a new way so it’s harder to place them after a whole year in between books. I’m not sure if it is just this last book or if it was just something I didn’t notice before because I read Hourglass and Timepiece back-to-back and had no problems. All I’m saying is, I highly recommend having the details and characters fresh in your mind before undertaking this last installment.

Having said all of that, this is one series I recommend! This is where my love of time travel novels stemmed from and I thank the author for this journey she took us through and the amazing characters she brought our way.

Thanks to the publisher and Media Masters Publicity, I have an awesome giveaway for you guys! One winner will receive a copy of Infinityglass as well as an Infinityglass poster!

Giveaway Rules:

1. Giveaway is US only.
2. Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
3. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
4. I am not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items. Prize will be shipped by Publisher.
5. Please follow the entry directions in the rafflecopter. (I do check and will delete entries that do not follow the directions. If you have any questions on how to enter, please ask!) 


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About Myra McEntire:

Myra McEntire has had her nose in a book since she could hold one. She was once caught reading in the shower (true story) and only stopped when her father disconnected the hot water heater. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two boys. You can visit her online at www.myramcentire.com or follow her on twitter at @MyraMcEntire.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

20 Responses to “Review + Giveaway: Infinityglass (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire”

  1. Tanja - Tanychy

    This is one of the series I keep seeing around but haven’t read it yet. I have actually heard some not-so-good things about the fist book and gave up on this series. I’m glad you enjoyed this one though. Great review Sara 🙂

  2. starryeyedjen

    I’ve only read the first book. I have the second one, but after hearing about the POV switch, I wasn’t as excited to read it, even after not really like Emerson’s character in Hourglass. Good to know that I should re-read both books before diving into this one. Great honest review, Sara!

  3. Becca

    Wow, I learned so much about the series! I didn’t really know what it was about, but that’s so cool that there’s a girl in this one who’s like Mystique. The different POVs from book to book sound really interesting too. I’m glad it didn’t hinder or worsen the series for you. I’m going to put this one on my wishlist!

  4. Jasprit

    Your review has reminded me that this is another series that I need to start soon! I’m so glad that this series continued on strong for you Sara with Infinity Glass. I alwsys hate it when I’m unable to remember things from previous books. I hardly have time to re-read so usually rely on the author to give us a decent recap, but now I know for sure to read all three books together. Thanks for the heads up and the lovely review! 🙂

  5. Nick

    I’ve mentioned this in a review before, but I think all books in a series should have a mini introduction talking about the major characters and events of the previous book. I always seem to forget important details when it comes to series, so it frustrates me sometimes.
    This isn’t a series I have started yet, but you’ve definitely got me intrigued with the story being told in different POVs in different books. It must help you get to know the characters on a more personal level.
    I’m glad that you enjoyed this series overall although it did seem to have a special spark missing.
    Lovely review, Sara!

  6. Sam (Realm of Fiction)

    I rarely re-read books before I pick up the sequels, so I tend to rely heavily on author recapping. My memory is awful! I enjoyed the first book in this series, but I can’t say I’ve been too interested in continuing. Still, I’m glad to hear you would recommend this despite the slight problems you had. Lovely review, Sara! 🙂

  7. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    I actually really like companions series, BUT they are very tricky when the overarching plot is complicated and sci-fi heavy. The transition from Emerson to Kaleb in the first two books in this series was actually tough for me. Partially, as you mentioned, because I didn’t re-read and the concepts of time travel in this series are very complicated. It was also a little jarring to get used to a new person and story, while still wanting to hang on to Emerson and Michael. But thankfully, Kaleb was a favorite already and we knew Lily, and it was nice not to drag out the drama of the first couple. However, I’m very worried about this book being from a set of characters that I barely know at all, along with re-learing all the time traveling info. PLUS beloved characters are in a scary situation when the last book ended, so I want to know what’s going on with them! I was really hoping that everything would be well tied together, but now I’m feeling very disappointed about this series. Perhaps a re-read would change that, but if I’m honest, I’m not going to do one b/c I have so many other books to read.

  8. Jessica Leigh

    *dances around* Thanks for the giveaway Sara! I have been dying for this book! But I hope we get to see some Michael/Emerson and Lily/Kaleb action. Because I loved the crap out of them together! 😀

  9. Maji Bookshelf

    I actually really LOVED Hourglass.. however I was one of those people that weren’t happy with the complete change in POV.. I preferred the characters from Hourglass but I still enjoyed Timepiece.. mostly because Kaleb was a guy we already knew in Hourglass.. and now two completely NEW characters? I don’t know how I feel about that to be honest. I personally don’t have time to reread two 300+ books for this one and I’m worried about me forgetting everything.

    Great review,
    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  10. Lauren Elizabeth

    Ooh reading your review, now I’m thinking I should try to re-read the first two books before I dive into this. I’m afraid I won’t be ready otherwise. Glad you enjoyed the new POV’s even if you did miss familiar voices. Lovely review! 🙂

  11. Rachel

    I enjoyed the first two books in this series as well, Sara, but I can barely remember either one of them now. This is the bad thing about waiting a year in between books. I find I’m less motivated to pick up the last installments when that happens because I forget why I actually care. Great review. 🙂

  12. Sierra

    Thanks for the review! This series is a really cool time traveling series and while I didn’t like the second book as much as the first I was looking forward to this book a lot 🙂 The POVs sound interesting and I’ll definitely take you on your suggestion and refresh the series and previous books before reading this book. That happens a lot with a series :/ Lot’s of rereading haha. I love the covers for this series as well 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway too!

  13. Aman

    This is one of the series that I’ve admired from afar because at that time, time travel didn’t really work for me. I do want to give this series a try soon because it sounds amazing. I like how every book is narrator by different character, though I would wish for a little recap in the beginning. I don’t reread ever, I’d rather go and read the spoilers somewhere 😀 Great review!

  14. Sharon ObsessionwithBooks

    This is a series I need to play catch-up with, I enjoyed the first book, started on the second book but put it down for something else & never picked it up again :0 I’m glad to see you have enjoyed this series overall.

    A great review Sara!

  15. Vivien

    I’ll definitely consider a re-read before tackling this one. So often, I fall victim to lack of memory and it ruins that initial reaction. I can’t wait to read it!

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