Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum


"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." - From Goodreads.com

Overall: 4/5

I didn't reallyknow what to expect with this one, but it blew me away. It was such an incredible story and I really enjoyed just about every aspect. The idea itself was just so original and, while the plot was a little predictable at points, there were just enough surprises thrown into the mix that I didn't care. The characers, the writing, the story...all of it was beautiful and I applaud Mangum for managing to pull it off with such grace.

The only part I can complain about (and even this, I can't really complain because of course the reader's frustration and anticipation is the whole reason that they do it) was the completely cliff-hanger ending! I con't wait for The Golden Spiral, the next on the series, to come out. I'm not even sure when exactly that is, except for that it's sometime the summer.

Character: 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Writing: 5/5

Ending: 4/5

Cover: 3/5

Thisis Lisa Mangum's first book

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