The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum

Posted July 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Hourglass Door by Lisa MangumThe Hourglass Door
Author: Lisa Mangum
Series: Hourglass Door #1
Published by: Shadow Mountain
Publication Date: September 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Source: Won

His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time?

Abby's senior year of high school is going according to plan: good friends, cute boyfriend, and college applications in the mail. But when Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student from Italy, steps into her life, he turns it upside down. He's mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she's ever met before. Abby can't deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery whose roots reach into sixteenth-century Florence, and she uncovers a dangerous truth that threatens not only her future but the lives of those she loves.

I’m going to start off by giving a brief description of The Hourglass Door and then I’ll go into my thoughts on it.  Abby Edmunds is a senior in high school who has everything going right in her life.  She has a boyfriend who knows everything about her and is completely reliable, great friends, and plans for college.  However, Abby feels like she may be just settling, and not really extending herself to live more.  That is, until Dante walks into her life and changes everything.

Let me say that I  love time travel stories.  A lot.  I had very high expectations for this book, but it just didn’t engage me like I had hoped.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a good book, but the story didn’t grab me and pull me in enough.  I didn’t feel a strong emotional connection to any of the characters or situations.  The concept of the story is interesting, but there was a lack of certain details that bugged me.  This book is part of a trilogy, and since I already have all three, I’ll continue reading them.

I feel like all I’ve done is criticize the book, and I feel kind of bad because it wasn’t bad.  Overall, it actually is a good book.


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