“Give yourself time to read them because once you begin, you won't be able to stop!” — Holly Newton, Meridian Magazine
“Move over Edward; Dante is bound to eclipse you!” — Emily Watts, bestselling author
In a time when copycats abound, Mangum has created a unique story with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. And because “Hourglass” centers on relationships, fantastical elements feel believable rather than, well, fantastical. — Deseret News
His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time?
Abby's senior year of high school is textbook perfect: She has a handsome and attentive boyfriend, good friends, good grades, and plans to attend college next year. But when she meets Dante Alexander, a foreign-exchange student from Italy, her life suddenly takes a different turn. 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. Time behaves differently when they are together — traveling too fast or too slow or sometimes seeming to stop altogether.
When the band Zero Hour performs at the local hangout, Abby realizes that there's something dangerous about the lead singer, Zo, and his band mates, Tony and V. Oddly, the three of them are also from Italy and have a strange relationship to Dante. They also hold a bizarre influence over their audience when performing. And Abby's best friend, Valerie, is caught in their snare.
Dante tells Abby the truth of his past: he once worked for Leonardo Da Vinci, helping to design and build a time machine. When Dante was falsely implicated as a traitor to his country, he was sent through the machine more than five hundred years into the future as punishment.
As the past and the present collide, Abby learns that she holds a special power over the flow of time itself. She and Dante must stop Zo from opening the time machine's door and endangering everyone's future. More than one life is at stake and Abby's choice could change everything.
“The Hourglass Door has everything: a heroine who is genuine, strong, and lovable; an interesting and compelling love story; gorgeous language, fast pacing, and an intricate and exciting plot. For readers who have been waiting for the next book to sweep them off their feet — this is it.” — Allyson Braithwaite Condie, author of the Yearbook trilogy
|Audiobook Narrator||Lisa Mangum|
I enjoyed this book so much! I could barely stop reading, so eager was I for the story to unfold!
I originally got this book at a Ladies Night, because I always get a new book and the book summary intrigued me. It very quickly captured my attention! The epic love story of Dante and Abby, the way the concept of time travel is seen, the dynamics of friends and family and leading a normal life in the midst of chaos. It is all so original and so creative! I tell everyone about this book, and I've read the series several times and it still excites me every time I read it. Great for teens and young adults!
Love Lisa Mangum’s writing style. Well done! When someone said, “Move over Edward,” they weren’t kidding. Dante is a compelling character. I can’t wait to read more about him and Abby. Golden Spiral, here I come.
I listened to the audio recording, read by the author. She spoke well and clearly, with good inflection. The writing was interesting and I was left wanting to find out what happens in the next book. I would have liked to see a little more depth to Abby's character - she seemed to be a pretty typical teenager, so what made her different? Even if I wanted more from the character, the writing itself was interesting enough to keep my attention and make me curious about what will happen next.
As a person who is well passed her teenage years, I just finished reading all three books in this series and have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed them! They are well-written and the storyline is captivating from the minute you pick them up! I loved them every bit as much as I did the Twilight series. They are wholesome and not offensive in any way and just a fun read! I recommend them to teenagers and "old folk" alike!
Where do I start -- this is pretty much the worst book series I have ever read. I read the entire series because I kept hoping for the plot to start to make sense. Unfortunately, things just got weirder and more unexplained as time went on and I was left unfulfilled and a little angry. The characters are stupid, the plot is unbelievable and the language is overly flowery and trite. The author introduces items like a time machine and ancient punishment for a group of Italian traitors, but she never explains anything to us completely. She then over uses and cheapens phrases like "I Promise", "Trust Me", "I'll take care of it" and "Almost". When the characters are asked what to do their standard answer is "I don't know" and they really don't know. Of course the only character who can take any action is the heroine Abby, but her love, Dante, is constantly injured and incapacitated by the villain and Abby must rescue him. Whenever something can't be explained, it isn't and a strange plot twist is thrown in to distract the reader. By the end of the book series I was hoping that everyone would die and the villain would triumph. Somehow Abby is able to make wishes that come true, but we're never told why that is. The first book had some potential, but in book 2 and especially in book 3 the story became a statement of female superiority that was never explained. The prose was distractingly flowery with drawn out similies in groups of three that seemed to have no other purpose than to add to the word count. Save yourself a lot of aggravation and don't start this series.
What a wonderful read, I was able to read it with both of my sisters and all three of us were immediate fans. The story was well constructed and written, with an author that has more experience in the field of writing and editing than most first time authors. Readers will be taken on an action/adventure/time traveling/romance that only gets better with every turn of the page. I appreciated her characterization of the central characters as well as her imagery. I actually felt as though I was in Dante and Abby's world. This series is much better than a certain vampire series. I found them absolutely grand.
The Hourglass Door is a fun story with deep underlying meaning. The writing is a bit wordy for my taste. Way too many adjectives. However, the allusions to classical literature and the underlying religious themes reminded me of C.S. Lewis. The book made me stop and ponder.
It was a good book that my granddaughter and I read together. What fun! We are looking forward to the next one.
This book is sooooo good!! I couldn't put it down! she did such a good job writing it! My daughter and I both read it and loved it! It is kind of "twilightish" but the main character isn't a vampire. You get the feel of the mystery of Dante. I really got a good feel for the characters, and got somewhat attached to Abby and Dante. We loved this book!! Also can't believe that we have to wait until next summer for the next book to come out!! We are telling all our friends about it!
This book is amazing!
I can't believe how amazingly good this book is.
Lisa did an excellent job! And I am counting down the days until the next book comes out!
Holy mangled metaphors, Batman! It was verbose and overly descriptive. As a mother, I am surprised someone at Deseret Book did not show some concern over the scene where the drama teacher, who liked to be called by his first name, kissed a student, Abby, our main character, to show the romantic leads how it should be done. The only fallout from this was her disappointment that her first kiss was with her drama teacher. Where did Abby's parents disappear to once she started running with the time travelers? Were they not concerned when a fifty-ish man shows up to visit their daughter when she had the flu? I would like to stay tuned for the answers to these and other bat questions, but I doubt there will be any.
This is a great book for anyone wanting to read about 'that perfect kiss'. I certainly don't feel the book is appropriate for those with higher standards for themselves or their children. I had to tell my 11-year old that the copy I bought is headed out the door to the local library as a donation.
The boy is too good to be true and the heroine just isn't who I could picture with him. She has some good attributes but her lack of overall intelligence doesn't shine through if it really is there. The time machine portion of the story was not well developed.
Finally, a young adult heroine that I actually like! Abby is imperfect and smart and devoted. She's believable as a 17-year-old, but one you want to cheer for. The book is an excellent introduction to the characters and to the rest of the series. Once Dante took us into his secret world, I couldn't put it down until I knew the end--it was captivating and original. A really fun summer read.
I read the book in two days. I was interested from the very beginning. Loved the plot twists and the ending. Now Lisa has me anxiously awaiting the next book. Thanks for a clean great read.
This book just drags. I will pick up a book and read until it is finished in a few hours---this just took forever to get through. Save your money and purchase something else. There are great books out there but sadly this is not one of them.
This was a great, clean read. The romance was appropriate, not graphic (thanks Lisa!!). The plot was interesting and well developed. The heroine was relatable and likeable. Our hero was masculine and a gentleman. I couldn't put it down. Great for any age! Can't wait for book 2 next summer. I'll be watching for it!! And I will definitely be following this author.
I got started reading this book while on a trip. My plane was delayed and at first I was irritated, but then I pulled out The Hourglass Door. The 2 hour delay went by in a flash as I was absorbed in the book. Lisa Mangum has done an excellent job. Others have given good descriptions of the plot, so I won't do that here; but let me just say that my only gripe is that I have to wait another year for the story to continue! Definitely recommended!
This was a fun adventure to go on.
Set during Abby's Senior year of high school. She is looking forward to college and little does she realize a mysterious boy will come in to her life and turn it upside down.
I particularly enjoyed the writing and found the dialogue easy and natural. This book definitely left you wanting more.
This book was a-maz-ing! I started it 1 day ago and I'm already finished because it was SO good! It definitely is one of my most favorite books- up there with the Twilight series!(which is saying something) I can't wait for the next one!