Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum

Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 398 pg
Challenges: None
New-to-me author? Yes
Author's website

Simple Description
Abby is a senior in highschool. Things seem to be going well. She is the assistant director for the school play, she is dating Jason, her next door neighbor and long time friend, and she is getting ready to head off to college. But…the more she things about her boyfriend and their relationship, the more she realizes she just isn't that happy. She needs some spontaneity and he's a planner. Her best friend wants her to go to the same college, yet Abby has found a small private college that she thinks would be perfect for her – and she secretly applies.

Then things get interesting when Dante shows up. He is Italian and has all the girls going after him. However, he only has eyes for Abby. The more Abby is around him, the more she likes him and feels drawn to him, something she has never felt for her boyfriend. Sometimes when she is with Dante time seems to stop.

Soon Abby knows she has to break it off with Jason. As luck, if that's what you want to call it, happens, when the band Zero Hour plays at their dance people seem to be emotionally affected. One of the results is that Jason breaks up with her. So now she can spend more time with Dante. Yet Dante seems to disappear a lot. He can be gone for days at a time. Nobody seems to know where he is and his guardian, Leo, doesn't seem to be concerned either.

Soon Dante starts to tell Abby his secrets. These are secrets that she has to decide are true or just too outlandish. Abby does decide to trust Dante and believe he is telling the truth. Good thing too because the band members of Zero Hour have realized that there is something special about Abby. Abby might be able to help them survive the fate they were given in 1500, the fate that makes them alive today.

Why did I read this book?
I was offered this book for review and it sounded really good, so I couldn't pass it up. I picked it up the other day because I needed something light and fun after all the studying.

What I liked most:
I loved how the story flowed and how there were surprises and twists and turns throughout the story. I loved the idea of there being a time machine and that the time machine was used as punishment.

Was there something I didn't like?
Sometimes the author seemed to use more flowery words and descriptions than I thought necessary. But that could just be a matter of opinion too, you might love that. I didn't' dislike it, just thought it wasn't needed all the time.

Do I recommend the book?
Yes!!! This was a great young adult book. The ending leaves it open that there could be a sequel. Lucky me the last page in the book was an ad for The Golden Spiral, the continuation of this story! Woohoo! I then went to the author's website to see if there was a newsletter I could join so I would be notified when it was released and found that this is supposed to be the 1st in a trilogy! I can't wait! The ad said the second book is supposed to be released the summer of 2010. Oh..and somebody was kind enought to direct me here. You can sign-up for a newsletter from that website.

If you like young adult books and you like books that deal with things that are a bit paranormal, this one dealing with time travel, I think you will like this one.

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Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by……Kris


bermudaonion said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I may think about this one some - I haven't gotten into all the paranormal books, but a YA book might be a good way to introduce myself to it.

Kris said...

Bermudaonion - this one isn't too far fetched, in my opinion. There aren't any vampires or witches, etc. I just think of it as paranormal because some of the charactors were from the 1500 hundreds and went through a time machine to get to present day. So that wasn't normal and I didn't know what else to call it, so just calling it paranormal.

Holly said...

Great review. I've seen a mixed variety on this one. I'm still on the fence about it!

Kris said...

Holly - You'll have to let me know what you think if you decide to read it.