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Posted July 6, 2011
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!
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Posted July 1, 2009
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.
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Posted December 8, 2013
I read this book a couple months after he broke up with me. Yeah i had emotional swings. It was terrible. I suggest not reading this after someone broke up with you.
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Posted March 20, 2009
This is a compelling young adult fiction novel written by a new author. It is a love story mixed with science fiction, humor and even classic literature. I am always interested in how people can explain time-travel and their ideas of what "time" really is. I enjoyed the connection that Dante (the mysterious and handsome foreign-exchange student from Italy) had with Leonardo da Vinci. I laughed at Abby (the intelligent and creative high school senior) as she watched her little sister play her homemade A&B Clue (Austen and Bronte). The classic writings from Dante, Shakespeare, Virgil and poet W. H. Auden are woven throughout the story, creating connections with the past to the present. The mysteries of the book are not revealed early in the story, creating a can't-put-it-down read.
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Posted September 10, 2012
This book was really interesting. The characters were well built a very good plot. I loved this series but warning to those who don't have a lot of patience it is somewhat slow but worth the read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 23, 2012
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Posted June 9, 2012
A normal gril with ever thing she need has a spin with time. But when foreing-exchange student Dante Alexsander comes every thing changes. Abby finds out that Dante has been the one for her. But is her love doomed or may i say lost in time. Follow Abby and Dante as they strugle with friend , family and past. But beside strugle things get wierd and she get to trust more and gets to find out stuff out of the box .
Honestly best book ever couldn't put it down has ever thing a great book need action,love, drama and mistery. :)
Posted April 14, 2012
This book is amazing! I love it soo much! Theres no confusion, plenty of details, and Dante seems HOT! (: if youre looking for a good read, its your lucky day!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 23, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 20, 2011
I liked the Hourglass Door. It's an interesting story but still was kind of confused. Even when the things I questioned were answered I still felt like they werent fully answered. I wish that the main character was stronger-she seems to depend on the guys in her life to give her a voice. The ending was a pretty good cliffhanger. Looking forward to reading the next one but not in a hurry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2011
I absolutely loved The Hourglass Door! This is, obviously, the first novel I've ever read by Lisa Mangum and I don't hesitate to say that she, along with many others, has a beautiful talent. Her writing it wonderful! Although she started the book with the writing style that I typically try to stay away from, I was instantly captivated. I had been told that this particular writing style could be quite effective when used correctly and add more emphasis to a story. This is the first time I've ever found that to be true.
Lisa Mangum has crafted a beautifully, unforgettable novel full of love and mystery.
This is easily one of my favorite books. The plot was wonderfully balanced between action, mystery, and love. There were times when she'd begin to reveal something and you'd be able to guess exactly what it was, but only moments before you read the revelation a few lines later. I found that so....smart. Instead of leaving the reader wondering the whole time, she'd bring something up and just as you guess what the answer is, boom. You read it. I don't know if she did that to play to her strengths or not but I think it was smart.
I really enjoyed reading how Abby and Dante fall in love. For the first 200 pages or so, he comes so close but pulls away from Abby. You can literally feel how close they are to falling in love. The final moment is kept tantalizingly close yet so far at the same time. It was beautifully done. This is possibly by far, the best romance novel I've ever read.
Posted February 22, 2011
Follow Abby during her senior year as she meets Dante. A mysterious fellow student who brings charm, and romance and a secret. Discover how Leonardo DaVinci plays into this most fascinating twist of a tale. And if you are like me you will finish it and be running out to get book #2!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2010
I am in the middle of this book now and I am having a hard time putting it down for classes and homework! This book is amazing and is definatly one of my favorite books out of all the books I have read (which is a lot)! Dante is easy to fall in love with! I highly highly recomend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2010
I fell in love with Dante somwhere in this book. Who can't? He's an amazing, mysterious, Italian speaking,time traveler! It's a good love story with a really thrilling back story that makes it different from most teen romances. If you're a sucker for dreamy Italians then this is the book for you, and if not, you'll still love it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 21, 2010
I'm a lover of literature. This book however brought about emotions deep within, that no book has ever done before. I tried my hardest to savor every word, every page, to make it last.
Eloquently written, I finished it tonight at 1:33 a.m and I will purchase The Golden Spiral tomorrow afternoon.
Posted September 15, 2010
This is totally the best book ever. This is definitly an all nighter book, which is a total bummer if you have school in the morning. The characters are so real. You can't help but fall in love with the characters, especially Dante:) The plot line is amazing. The plot line is constantly changing and twisting. If you are a Twilight fan then this book is a must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2010
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The Hourglass Door was fantastic.
The book may seem long, but I breezed through it in just a few hours. I loved the relationship between Abby and Dante, it was very different and confusing; in a good way.
Abby's quickly drawn into something that she isn't use to: her current relationship with her boyfriend is safe, normal, and not-so-exciting. But when she meets Dante, her world turns into something fun and crazy, experiencing things she's never even dreamed of.
On top of all of the romance there is something building, something that Abby never new existed. As the description says, she's thrown into a whirlwind of unusual things and secrets that may affect her future and the ones she loves.
There are a few Italian phrases that Dante says that the book doesn't translate, so if you do not know Italian, I suggest you find a translator online, because some of the things that Dante says to Abby without her knowing what they mean are so darn sweet.
At some parts I was smiling like crazy, and a few times I may have even shed a few tears. I can't wait to pick up the sequel, The Golden Spiral.
This is a book that draws you in from the first page, and keeps you attached to your seat until the shocking conclusion.