Infinityglass (Edgmont, August 2013) is the third books of Myra McEntire's Hourglass trilogy--romantic suspense involving a power struggle over the control of paranormal abilities, including time travel. In a nutshell, the discovery that some people have genetically determined supranatural talents has led to a conflict between various powerful individuals over control and profit. And the teenagers who have the abilities, all drawn together by chance, or by the manipulation of their pasts, struggle to make sense of the secrets, lies, and plots that are shaping their lives, so as to make sure that the manipulation of time does not threaten their chance of a future.
Each book in the trilogy focuses on a different pair of teenagers, who must learn to work together and trust each other, while struggling to thwart dangers, ultimately falling into true love. In a sense, all the tensions of the larger plot (the murders, the various bad guy characters, the hopping in and out of time) are sort of a static-y surround for this romantic focus--I, at any rate, ended each book with a much clearer understanding of the characters' relationships than I did of what the heck was actually happening in the bigger picture (this could be my failing as a reader).
This third book focuses on Dune, protégée of the Hourglass Institute (the good guys), who can manipulate water with his mind. When he was a kid, he unwittingly used his ability to bring a tidal wave crashing into his Samoan island home...killing, among others, his own father. Now a geeky, handsome teenager, he stays as far from the ocean as possible, so going to New Orleans on a mission for the institute wasn't what he really wanted to do....But he is the one who knows the most about the Infinityglass, the legendary key to time travel, so off he goes.
The Infinityglass is no artifact, though--it's a living person. A teenaged-girl named Hallie, whose father is basically a mob boss getting rich from the time travel retrieval of priceless artifacts. Hallie is essentially imprisoned by her protective father (he has reason to keep her locked-up, as she is his one vulnerability, and plenty of people hate him), but now her powers as the Infinityglass are awakening...and her father's house can no longer hold her.
Dune has been installed as her bodyguard, though Hallie and her father both know why he's really there. Dune and Hallie, forced together by circumstances, fall in love while danger swirls around them.
Although no-one in Infinityglass deliberately travels through time, there's plenty of time slippiness. Ripples of the past, in the form of people and even whole scenes, spill into the world of those like Hallie who can see them. But Hallie is unique--she doesn't just see the ripples, she can step inside these shadow people from the past, and they can possess her. When the moments she lives with them are pleasant, it's not so bad, but this isn't always the case...
That is not all that sets her apart. As the Infinityglass, she can transfer one person's power to another, and this makes her a most desirable weapon. One the bad guys want, more than somewhat.
As I said before, the focus of this book, and the previous two, is the relationship between the two central characters. So this is a series I'd recommend to the reader who loves romance with a paranormal twist (things get quite steamy between Hallie and Dune), not so much one I'd recommend to the reader of Time Travel. That being said, the paranormal elements do add an intriguing backdrop for the romance, with pleasingly high stakes (even if I wasn't always sure I was remembering enough from book 1 to make sense of them).
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