The Golden Spiral Review

Saturday, October 30, 2010

His eyes. His touch. His kiss. Dante was unlike anyone Abby had ever met. Now he’s gone, and Abby will do anything to get him back…

The hourglass door has closed behind Dante, sending him back in time to hunt down Zo, Tony, and V. Abby knows that Dante, as a Master of Time, is the only one who can stop them from destroying time itself. She also knows that he will need her help. But almost immediately, things start to change and Abby’s worst fears are realized when Zo begins targeting her past specifically.

Taken from GoodReads.

The Golden Spiral is the second book in The Hourglass Door trilogy, following Abby's life in the wake of losing Dante to the mysteries of time. Sent back to find Zo, Tony, and V, Dante must desperately work to stop the destruction of time and restore the balance in the fluidity of time. Abby has two choices - she can roll over and accept that she's lost the guy she truly loves, or she can discover, accept, and utilize her own unique gifts to help save the days.

I was actually really impressed with The Golden Spiral. I remember feeling that parts of The Hourglass Door were a bit too formulaic, but I was overall pleased with the fact that the teenagers in the book were realistic. In a sea of YA books where teens are always binge drinking, throwing down and doing it, and generally being raucous, I enjoyed that this series presented teens who were normal despite the paranormal elements in the story. Furthermore, I really enjoy Lisa Mangum's writing style. It's clear, fluid, and flows really well, keeping the pace up and the story line going throughout.

I think my favourite aspect of The Golden Spiral is Abby's reaction to losing Dante. Rather than curling up in a ball and spiraling into depression like another female MC you might have heard mentioned (cough...Bella...cough), Abby springs into action. Determined not to accept defeat, she finds another route to saving the boy she loves. The Golden Spiral essentially created a strong female protagonist, giving me someone to cheer for and empathize with. While Abby continues to lose people she knows through The Golden Spiral, she stays strong and steadfast. The only thing I really disliked about this book was the abrupt ending, but I think it will set the third and final installment up well.

All in all, I really enjoyed The Golden Spiral - far more even than its predecessor. I think it a very strong 4 out of 5, and I would recommend it to all YA fans of paranormal and sci-fi books. The third installment, The Forgotten Locket, is due out in Summer 2011.


  1. Yeah Abby avoiding the teenage girl spiral of doom! Love that:) She sounds like a heroine I can really relate to, I just love when they take action instead of reducing themselves to an "o woe is me" mindset. Great review as usual Melissa, these books are on my TBR list for sure:)

  2. I wonder why I haven't heard more about this series.

  3. I don't think I've ever heard of this book or trilogy before, but it sounds really good! Love your review of it! I know I'll be adding this one to my reading list. :)

  4. This is the first I have heard of this series,but based on your review it sounds like one I would enjoy. I love the cover of this one. Thanks for the terrific review.

  5. *coughs* No idea who you are talking about there ;)

    Anyway great to hear that she doesn't take that road, instead she does something about it

  6. I really enjoyed book 1 and really need to get around to reading this one. My wife read it and said it was pretty good although she was kind of upset at the ending.

    Hopefully I'll get to it soon.


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