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The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door Trilogy Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Awesome journey and romance

I was excited to jump into The Hourglass Door after hearing many good things about it! I didn't figure it would be such an adventure and a truly unique story. Lisa Mangum created a whole new world where time and balance is everything. The Hourglass Door was the perfect ...
I was excited to jump into The Hourglass Door after hearing many good things about it! I didn't figure it would be such an adventure and a truly unique story. Lisa Mangum created a whole new world where time and balance is everything. The Hourglass Door was the perfect beginning to a promising series. I dove into with high expectations and it definitely didn't let me down.

Abby's life is on track. Her senior year is going well and her plans after high school seems to be unfolding in her favor. But when she meets Dante Alexander everything gets flipped around. She's drawn to Dante, as he is to her, but she's always noticed something was just not right. Especially when time seems to slow down when he's around.

Abby is a strong-willed girl. She's got everything going for her and she doesn't take advantage of that. I appreciated that she was such a normal girl worrying about theater, hurting her boring boyfriend and her school plans. It was easy for me to connect to her. I loved that I was able to make an early connection to her, because it threw me into the story. After a while I was hooked (but I think Dante may have had something to do with that).

Dante the gorgeous Italian exchange student. What more must I say? Well, he's sweet and caring and has a shocking past that the reader won't expect.really. He was such a puzzle to me. I couldn't figure him out, but I never wanted to give up trying to! It was easy to fall for Dante as well as other supporting characters in the book.

Lisa Mangum has such a unique style of writing that it was just a foot in the door of fantasy. Well, actually it is a complete fantastical world seamlessly intertwined with the a normal girl's life. How much more can we ask for? The Hourglass Door was an amazing beginning to what seems to be a journey like no other.

I suggest this book to anyone who loves a fantasy and romance story. It is everything and more that I look for in a great read. Definitely a book to add to your lists!

posted by Tawni on July 6, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Twilight "light"?

Lisa Mangum's first book feels strangely familiar. I'm not sure if it's because I'm reading a lot of supernatural romances lately or what. High school senior, Abby, meets a mysterious new student, Dante. Enter the gorgeous, sexy, strong, supernatural male character. Wha...
Lisa Mangum's first book feels strangely familiar. I'm not sure if it's because I'm reading a lot of supernatural romances lately or what. High school senior, Abby, meets a mysterious new student, Dante. Enter the gorgeous, sexy, strong, supernatural male character. What is he? Vampire? no. Warewolf? no. Shapeshifter? no. We spend the whole book answering not who is he, but what is he.

To read the rest of my review, and others, please visit: www.alisons-bookmarks.blogspot.com

posted by alisons-bookmarks on July 1, 2009

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

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    Twilight "light"?

    Lisa Mangum's first book feels strangely familiar. I'm not sure if it's because I'm reading a lot of supernatural romances lately or what. High school senior, Abby, meets a mysterious new student, Dante. Enter the gorgeous, sexy, strong, supernatural male character. What is he? Vampire? no. Warewolf? no. Shapeshifter? no. We spend the whole book answering not who is he, but what is he.

    To read the rest of my review, and others, please visit: www.alisons-bookmarks.blogspot.com

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Extremely Underwhelmed

    Lisa Mangum had an interesting concept; time travel is cool, and I love the tie in she made with Leonardo Da Vinci. I also really liked the classic literature references (except for Dante's Inferno; Mangum tried to make it seem like it was about a love story between Dante and Beatrice, and it wasn't at all. She clearly didn't read Dante's Inferno). But unfortunately she ruined her book with a really boring romance. I hate when books have the potential to be awesome and then the author ruins their awesome idea with romance. I can't even explain how dull Dante and Abby were as a couple. There was no chemistry between them at all. The author spent more time telling us why they were a cute couple, instead of SHOWING us why they were cute. There was never a moment where I understood why they liked eachother. From what I read the only reason Abby liked Dante was becease he was Italian, sexy, and mysterious. And he liked her because.....she was special? I don't know. This book was filled with two dementional characters, lazy character development, and a boring and slow plot (not that there was much of a plot). If you like stories where the romance is the main plot, then you might like this. But, if you prefer romance to be a subplot, then this deffinitely isn't for you.

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