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 no only her future but the lives of those she loves.
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I've never read a review for The Hourglass Door, so I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. The story follows Abby Edmunds, a high school senior with everything in the world going for her, despite the fact that she feels stifled and trapped by the monotony of her life. Her boyfriend, Jason, is the epitome of kind and caring, but she feels her life and relationships lack spontaneity. Enter Dante Alexander, a mysterious, quiet, and brooding stranger that she feels oddly drawn to. As she grows closer to him and further from her friends and everyday life, Abby realizes Dante's secrets expand the reach of time...literally...and she has one shot to save him and maintain the balance of time forever.
I'll admit, I was a bit wary of The Hourglass Door because it sounded almost formulaic on the back - hot bad-boy, girl-next-door, big BIG trouble. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I found Abby's character to be extremely accessible and relatable. What teenager (or adult, for that matter) hasn't felt stifled, or trapped, or lost before? She had everything going for her, but she needed something more. Dante was much more reserved. I felt like I didn't really get to know his character until the main action started but, in this case, I think this works. I will also say that I felt Abby and Dante's relationship seemed quite rushed and a bit hasty at points.
Now, I have to be nit-picky. The prologue put me off a little bit because, frankly, I hadn't read the reviews, so I had no idea it had anything to do with a time machine until it was brought into play. I assume that's my fault, but nevertheless, I was confused. The Hourglass Door presents an original idea, and I have to say that the greatest strength of this book is Lisa Mangum's amazing descriptions. The way she described time being a fluid, everlasting element was beautiful and one of the highlights of The Hourglass Door for me.
The Hourglass Door is beautifully written, and I love the style of Lisa Mangum. She offers enough twists, turns, and beautiful prose to set this book apart from otherwise similar novels. While a few parts were confusing to me (apparently I'm not that smart about the fundamentals of time travel), I enjoyed this book as a whole. I give it a 4 out of 5, and I would recommend it to all YA fans, especially those who love sci-fi and fantasy. The sequel, The Golden Spiral, is in stores now.
P.S. I'm going to a book signing for Lisa Mangum this weekend, and I have a surprise for all of you, so stay tuned!