- Series: Hourglass Door Trilogy (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609070178
- ISBN-13: 978-1609070175
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Forgotten Locket (Hourglass Door Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – May 8, 2012
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About the Author
Lisa Mangum attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, Lisa has worked in a number of editorial roles within the publishing industry. She lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.
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Dante has been a weak-sauce male character throughout the series, but this book.......oh my heck. He get's captured every other chapter i SWEAR. And if he is NOT captured, he IS mortally wounded. The plot keeps repeating itself over and over, Dante is a weak male, and Abby has to come save him. over. and over. and over. and over. It was cute the first time, but it gets annoying/old after the 3rd time. I feel that the author had really nothing else to write about in her story, and so she kept writing the same "rescue Dante" bit, and was just adding fluff so she could fill pages. I honestly kept closing the book to see if i was more than halfway through yet because it got SO OLD. And Zo is also captured, and breaks free a million times, and it's irritating. Yes, i enjoy a good, strong, female lead character, but this... it just made me hate Dante. He only got one good punch in (literally, one punch), and isn't good for anything in this book except for being bait for Abby. SUPER sappy, and repetitive. Speaking of repetitive, is there ANY OTHER way to express affection other than "he cupped my face in his hands"?!? Make your characters do something else. something sexy, and different. Make me WANT to root for them. Also, I was disappointed because usually the characters develop in a conclusion, but Dante just got weaker. And the writing was a bit confusing, when they had a solution for a problem they had, the answer "just clicked" for the character, and the reader is left to wonder.. what...?? what clicked? i don't get it. On a good note, It DOES wrap everything up and tie up all the loose ends, but muscling your way through all the fluff is tough.
How often do we really think about the things we do and the decisions we make and how they will affect our future? The whole focus of The Forgotten Locket are those itsy bitsy decisions that change the entire course of a lifetime: One small word, one seemingly insignificant look, changing your mind about where to go to lunch... It all matters and it can change everything!
I enjoyed following through with Abby and Dante. There were definitely a lot of interesting twists and turns in this final installment! My favorite character has to be Valerie (turned Oracle), as she just adds almost a comic relief to most of the story. Abby and Dante's relationship doesn't change, even as they are fighting for their families and friends through time. I enjoyed the unfolding story and loved the back and forth through time and meeting of so many new characters.
I had very high expectations for this book (I really loved the first two!), but I felt like it fell a little short. The writing is very different this time: there were a lot of big problems arising individually, then 20 pages later we hit a climax and resolution, and then we start all over again with a new big problem, climax, and resolution. This goes through memory loss, insanity, love triangles, blindness, broken hearts, etc. At times, it almost felt like a lot of mini stories on the lives and travels of Abby and Dante, but it worked. I wondered if perhaps it was written this way on purpose--almost as a symbol of the river of time that was being diverted, polluted, frayed, and destroyed. Everything was spiraling out of control bit by bit, one piece at a time.
On the whole, The Forgotten Locket provides a satisfying, albeit predictable, ending to The Hourglass Door Trilogy. It makes you think twice about ever wanting to go back in time and change something... and one can only hope that time travel will never be achieved! Overall rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
PROFANITY: One moderate instance
VIOLENCE: Mild to Moderate throughout
SEXUAL CONTENT: A few mild instances
MATURE THEMES: Mild to Moderate
RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 16+
There is one instance of profanity where a character tells others where to go.
All the sexual content is mild and includes some kissing and mild tension (with phrases like "She leaned against him and her body was a perfect fit").
There is a great deal of violence and some of it became a bit more graphic, mostly to show the intensity of the feelings and the situations. There is more description of the branding with chains around the wrists, and a lot of reviewing past violence from the previous novels (stabbings, deaths, etc.). There is an evil and dangerous character who wreaks havoc wherever he goes and delights in it. He steals away family members, threatens everyone (and follows through), constantly desires revenge and destruction of those opposing him, and wishes to destroy all time. A character stabs another through the heart. A character attacks using fingernails to claw at another's face and draws blood (this happens multiple times). There is a moderate fight between two characters that include fist-fighting, punching in the face, and stepping on fingers repeatedly in order to break them (and there is description of the state of the broken fingers and the mutilated face many times after). Two characters break objects that are important to each other in order to incapacitate the other. A character melts (not unlike the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz) very slowly.
The mature themes are mostly mild, such as time travel, dealing with memory loss, overcoming odds, and realizing the importance of friends and family. Some of the moderate themes deal with the evil nature of one of the characters: the overwhelming desire for revenge, destruction and death.
The Forgotten Locket is recommended for ages 16+.
This review was written by Emily
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I really enjoyed this last installment of the Hourglass Door Trilogy, but it did rank slightly less than the prior two books for me. Although there are some exciting nail-biting moments of solid action scenes and fantastic character growth and development, I felt the pacing was a bit off here and there throughout, slowing the story down a bit more then I would have liked. But other than that, THE FORGOTTEN LOCKET is truly a great read and terrific end to a favorite series. Oh and Kudos to Mangum for the Epilogue, which was especially appreciated to truly give a sense of completion to this intricate story.