The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door Trilogy Series #1)

The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door Trilogy Series #1)

by Lisa Mangum

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ISBN-13: 9781606410936
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 05/13/2009
Series: Hourglass Door Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 831,271
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.46(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author


Lisa Mangum has worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. She has worked in the publishing industry since 1997. In 2014 she was named the Editorial Manager for Shadow Mountain.

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Dante caught my eyes with his and I felt that same strange sensation of time slowing down between us. He seemed relaxed, but in that one drawn-out moment I could see how tense he was in the way he held his body, how carefully he kept his hands from touching anyone. I could see the strain of maintaining his control reflected in the frost-white rims of his eyes.

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Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door Trilogy Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Tawni More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This. Book. Is. AMAZING!!
thebookwormsorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
books_ofa_feather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abby (never Abigail) lives a normal and well . . . boring life. She is ready for her next step in life to be anything, but what¿s expected. Little does she realize that the moment Dante enters her life things will never be normal again. Time may very well stop.I picked this book up last year while in Indianapolis, near midnight in a Barnes and Noble. Tired and ready for a good book to jump off the shelf, this book, The Hourglass Door, caught my eye. Ever the book cover judge, I was ultimately intrigued by its award status, ForeWord Reviews¿ Book of the Year Award Winner. I¿m never one to pay close attention to awards, in a sense it doesn¿t make or break whether I read it. However, this impressed me as The Hourglass Door is Lisa Mangum¿s first book.At times the book is very evidently a first book; what with character¿s banter back and forth and predictability. I am, though, somewhat of a dialogue junky and can be quite picky. Lisa Mangum has a great gift for writing poetic like analogies. She won me over with her descriptions of feelings and settings. I would have liked a better balance between the maturity of the mental musings of Abby and the overall story. She seemed misplaced for the world around her. I don¿t believe that was intentional, but I could be wrong.It is very refreshing to read a YA novel that is not drowning in sexual overdrive. There is romance, but it fits with the story, as well as the characters themselves. To make a sort of intentional nonsense comment ¿It is nice to read a `nice¿ book.¿I will be reading her other books. I look forward to following her career in the writing world.
DeeDee10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I loved Abby and Dante and how time is discussed. I loved the romance aspect of the story and the problems that Zo causes. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Abby is a normal girl who has just went with the flow of things and never worried about changing things until she sees Dante and realizes that she can have more and do more things in her life.
AmieG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well written, fast paced, inventive story line. Good read.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the beginning I really struggled to relate to the relationship between Abby and her long-time boyfriend. While I understand that teenagers can fixate on their young love, I was a bit nauseated at times by the seemingly over the top romantic elements of the story. Having spoken to some of my students who have read the novel though, they loved it and felt it tapped into ways they felt, so it must just be my age and experience (yes, and even my job as a teacher of teens) that gets in the way. Abby isn't a totally helpless character, but she definitely has the "damsel in distress" element going for her, as the male characters play into the hero portion of the story. Once the story hits about the mid point, it really picks up speed. There is a time-travel element to it that is intriguing, as well as references to classical literature that kept me on my toes. Because of the unique twists in the story, it's hard to know exactly where the story is going, which is nice. Yes, it has a love story. Yes, a problem (a BIG problem) pops up to try to separate the couple. However, you can't really predict what is going to happen, at least not completely. In fact, the ending is so surprising in a way, that I'm glad I don't have to wait for the next book to be published to find out more!Overall, this is a fun book to read and consider. While it had it's slow opening, and sometimes frustrating character interactions, it had a unique set of circumstances that kept me reading. As a teen novel, I can say from experience with my students that they really liked it and felt connected to the story, which is a great thing when you're wanting to captivate young readers!
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. I started this book with excitement thinking it was going to be another good love story from the back of the cover and some of the reviews I've read on it. I was let down big time! This is a really SLOW book and I was waiting for the moment where I would be pulled into the book 100%, but that moment never came. The author takes way to long to explain what exactly is Dante and where he is from. The chemistry between Dante and Abby was just not there. I found them very boring and plain. When I finally reached the part (at about page 200 or so) where Dante decides to tell Abby everything about himself, I had already lost interest. I did not understand at all exactly how everything worked and what Dante was. I began to skip pages after that. Honestly, I gave up and did not even finish the book. :-( Nothing in the book stuck out to me, nor did any of the characters.
theokester on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The "back of the book" summary of this sounded interesting but to a degree it felt "done before" as though it was playing off the recent "Twilight" hype and digging into the teenage supernatural romance thing. At the same time, it sounded different enough that I wanted to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised.The writing was smooth and easy, accessible to teenagers and younger readers while still being smart, playful and keeping just enough secret to be intriguing while letting enough slip to keep me interested. Most of the peripheral characters and settings felt moderately bland and fairly stereotypical 'teen romance novel', but there was intriguing depth to some of the characters, particularly Dante, to keep me engaged and wondering where things were going. Abby too was well fleshed out and felt "real" to me. The general high school, home and date scenes were fairly normal but I really liked the juxtaposition of the stage/theatre for the school play and the teenage bar/club ("the Dungeon") for after hours activities. These two settings were unique enough to be interesting and also felt like natural gather points for the story.The story itself was engaging as well. Abby's immediate draw to Dante seemed a little cheesy at first (although, since all the girls were swooning at him, it worked) and so I liked the mental and emotional debate that Abby had with herself about even thinking about liking him. I liked the deterioration in Abby & Jason's relationship, the growth of Abby & Dante's relationship and the strange development in the other relationships around the school¿particularly with the introduction of the band Zero Hour.More interesting to me was Dante's almost immediate interest in Abby. It seems that this was one of those things that was never fully explained. He had a connection with her from the first moment they meet. Is there something else going on here? Was she the girl from the prologue? Is he connected to her for some other reason? That question was never explicitly answered.Which brings me to my biggest complaint(s) with the book. There were a lot of intriguing story arcs that existed peripheral to the main story. As such, there were a lot of questions that were exposed¿but, to my recollection, many/most of these were never appropriately answered. Did the author know that this would be a series and planned to address these loose threads in a future book? Did she just not have a good answer for them yet but wanted to leave them in to provide some added tension/intrigue? Or are we, the readers, supposed to assume our answers are correct based on the limited knowledge we have?Some of the questions left unanswered for me (Potential Spoilers): who was the girl Dante saw in the prologue? why did Dante feel an immediate connection to Abby when he met her at rehearsal? why did Dante give Abby the plans for the Hourglass door rather than just planning to rebuild it himself? what was the purposes of the robberies (purportedly done by Zero Hour)? was Veronica affected by "out of time" situations like Abby was? why did Leo forbid Dante to drive (just seemed like a silly rule)? why is Dante such a fast healer (this explanation never worked for me¿he's "out of time", ok¿but why does this cause his body to heal/regenerate faster)? assuming the answer to Dante's healing has to do with being "out of time", then why has Leo aged/deteriorated so much rather than staying the same (maybe it just slows things down, but then shouldn't healing slow down too)? potential paradox questions¿?Anyway, I really loved the creativity in the use of the door and the way the time portal worked out and the use of the River analogy for time. I enjoyed the relationship between Abby and Dante¿particularly the tension between them and the way they dealt with that and grew together naturally.I am definitely curious to see what happens in the next book (due out this summer). I'm intrigued to see how
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite their contradictions, I have a soft-spot for time-travel tales, and I found this one very enjoyable. I liked Abby's character and found her a believable high school senior. Though she is falling in love with a boy who has "secrets" she maintains her relationships with her family and other trusted adults, which makes her smart. She's caught up in a fantastical world and her efforts to reconcile it with "reality" seem very real. I also liked the exploration of the pros and cons of being stuck outside of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!
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I loved this book. It broughtbme into tears.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spoiler alert. Loved when Dave kissed Abby hilarious... yet awkward
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To those anon people... you most definently do not know a good book. This is a great book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :)
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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!
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Shoot_The_Moon More than 1 year ago
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.
bobbles918 More than 1 year ago
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.
AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
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.