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The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door Trilogy) Hardcover – May 13, 2009
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I was sent an ARC of this blockbuster of a book two months ago to review and it totally blew me away!!! This is the first of a trilogy, of which I am excited about. This series is going to be HUGE!!! Abby Beatrice Edmunds is starting her senior year of high school, is wanting no limits in her already set life, with a boyfriend who's always got things planned. In walks Dante Alexander, a foreign exchange student from Italy, to turn her life upside down. He disappears for days, strange things happen when he's around. Abby finds herself drawn to Dante and the mystery that seems to go back to sixteenth century Florence that could be dangerous for her and her loved ones. If you love time travel stories, this is a very must read!!!! Don't be left out when this spellbinding novel comes out on 13 May!!!
This is a great book!, May 11, 2009
Ok, so . . . I'm a guy. And guys aren't supposed to LIKE, let alone READ this kind of fiction book. Well, I haven't read TWILIGHT, but I did see the movie. However, I DID read THE HOURGLASS DOOR by Lisa Mangum. This is really a wonderfully creative story, and you really feel like to get to know and relate to the characters. Abby and Dante feel like real people, and I really cared about them and their growing relationship. I'm WAY out of high school age, but reading this story took me back to the emotions and experiences of that time. Lisa Mangum is a brilliant new writer, and I'm sharing this book . . . and her future books . . . with three of my daughters who love to read, and who love romantic fiction. I cannot tell you how MUCH I loved this book. Bravo, Lisa! I can't wait to read the next one!
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Magnum's writing was easily readable, and the story centers on an original concept for a paranormal romance that includes historical and inventive components (no wolves, vampires, zombies, or fallen angels here). The story arc was interesting, and pacing was pretty good. The first half of the book depicts a strong net of family and supportive characters for the main character, Abby, which is often not seen in other books.
However, character development wasn't nearly as strong. The two main characters, Abby and Dante, were likeable, but I didn't love them or their romance. The familiar set-up of a good girl being drawn to a threatening guy was similar to almost all other paranormal romances. Side characters seemed like caricatures after the first half of the book, and character inconsistencies in behavior cropped up. In the writing, some phrases and descriptions became noticeably repetitive. Though the language and actions in the book were very clean, which many people may like, the characters' dialogue sometimes suffered for it by seeming fake.Read more ›
Abby is enjoying her senior year of high school. She has a cute boyfriend, great friends, and the possibility of a college education. But everything in her world changes when Dante Alexander, a foreign exchange student from Italy, walks into the auditorium during play rehearsal.
Abby is drawn to Dante and, before she knows it, their lives are intertwined. But Dante isn't who Abby thinks he is, and she is drawn into a mystery reaching all the way back into sixteenth-century Florence.
Everything she's worked so hard for, everything she thought she wanted, is threatened by the dangerous truth of Dante's past. Only Abby can make things right, but is she strong enough to open THE HOURGLASS DOOR?
The premise of the book sounded interesting, but I never imagined the adventure I'd find when I opened THE HOURGLASS DOOR. Abby and Dante's world is intoxicating and I didn't want to leave.
Though the beginning was a bit rough for me, the rest of Mangum's book flowed smoothly and effortlessly and led me through a tale I'll not soon forget.
Abby and Dante are characters I look forward to meeting again in the upcoming continuation of THE GOLDEN SPIRAL. Its release date can't come soon enough for me!
Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
As I read this book, I thought, "Hey, I was an average girl in high school--why didn't I have something amazing like this happen?" Maybe I didn't have my own Dante enter my high school classroom, but despite that, I enjoyed every page of this novel! If you're a fan of the Twilight series, and you're looking for something written with the same intensity and style (but without the vampires or werewolves this time), then this is for you! I'm ready to delve into the next book in the series! Overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars!
PROFANITY: One moderate instance and a few very mild instances
VIOLENCE: Some mild instances
SEXUAL CONTENT: Some mild instances
MATURE THEMES: Mild to Moderate
RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 16+
There was one moderate exclamation of profanity (telling someone where to go). There were also some words used to describe some of the horrible places or situations they are in and in relation to Dante's Inferno. They weren't used as exclamations or in a profane way, but they are there (about 5 or 6).
There is some violence, but it is mostly mild. There is some slapping and anger.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the first two thirds of the book but did not particularly like the ending. I liked Abby as a character. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Cindy Winget
Fantastic Trilogy!!!! Every book! This is a brilliant story weaved masterfully. I loved those characters! Lisa has a wonderful grasp of vocabulary, clever poetry, awesome imagry. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Johnson
This series is amazing. Make sue you have Kleenex thoughPublished 12 months ago by nathalie espinal
I enjoy philosophies about time travel in YA fiction, so was curious about how this story line would go. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jennifer Reid
This Is my absolute favorite book of all time (excluding the classics) I read it a few years ago and my copy got ruined and my boyfriend bought me the series for Christmas and i... Read morePublished 18 months ago by elizabeth wilson
Can I just say WOW?
Even though the story was about teens, the only thing that made it YA for me was when school activities were mentioned. Read more