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The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,661 Ratings  ·  1,730 Reviews
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. A
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published September 24th 2009 by Shadow Mountain (first published May 1st 2009)
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Oct 04, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth by: Kimberly
Average teen drawn to mysterious, beautiful, dangerous guy who just happens to be basically immortal ... sound familiar? This read very much like Twilight -- especially in the beginning -- but I was pleased to find that a) the characters weren't annoying (oops ... sorry Twilight fans) and b) the storyline was better, smarter (what do you expect with all the references to Shakespeare and Dante's Inferno?)

And it probably says something that I could hardly put this book down, even from the first p
Apr 04, 2009 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
While the plot was intriguing and kept me interested in reading to find out what happens, the character development was poor and I was not emotionally attached to any of the characters. I'm not even sure what the main character looked like really.
Aug 09, 2011 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be very honest with you all, I had to force my way through this book. The book just took too long to get going – I was more than halfway through it before I thought to myself “what is supposed to be happening here?” Here’s a breakdown of some of the good, the bad, and the ugly:

The Bad: * Like I said before, it took way too long to get going. For a paranormal/sci-fi book, there was too much time spent on our main character’s (Abby) normal life. I wanted to read a book about time travel, not a
Dec 11, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2011, 2012
I absolutely loved The Hourglass Door! This is, obviously, the first novel I've ever read by Lisa Mangum and I don't hesitate to say that she, along with many others, has a beautiful talent. Her writing it wonderful! Although she started the book with the writing style that I typically try to stay away from, I was instantly captivated. I had been told that this particular writing style could be quite effective when used correctly and add more emphasis to a story. This is the first time I've ever ...more
SECOND READ: 6/25/11
Re-reading before starting the last book in the trilogy. There was so much in this part of the story that I forgot about. And it was fun to catch little bits that I missed the first time around, especially now that I know a bit more about the story and can pick out hints and clues and understand things that Abby didn't yet. Now on to THE GOLDEN SPIRAL!

FIRST READ: 8/9/09
Wow! WOW! I really liked this book ... dare I say that I LOVED it? The beginning was a bit slow, so I gues
Kelli Cooper
I read this book incredibly fast, but unfortunately it was because I was taking the "quick like a band-aid" approach to finishing it. I thought the internal dialogue of the main character was juvenile and obnoxious. The plot was bizarre, and not even the romance was enough to keep me entertained. I'm usually very easy to please when it comes to wanting to read a "mindless entertainment" book, but this fell so short that I will not be reading the sequels.
Erica (daydreamer)
The Hourglass Door is a really amazing book. Mangum has a really beautiful way of writing, flowing like, with beautiful imagery and choice of words; it was magical. The plot is so intricate, every little detail thought out perfectly. Her plot and base to the story was well thought out. It just kind of befuddles me. Not her writing, but the concept itself. Time is interesting, and trying to explain what time is and how it works is a hard feat. But Lisa Mangum does so with an amazing ability. She ...more
Decent debut effort w/room for more

In Lisa Magnum's debut novel, The Hourglass Door, Abby is in her final year of high school with everything in place - a dependable boyfriend, two best friends, and an assistant director position for the school play. Inside, though, she's itching for more. After alluring Italian exchange student Dante walks into her life, things begin to change. Time stops, literally, when Abby is with Dante, and he has many secrets (days-long disappearances, gloves around his w
Okay, so I had been told that this one was going to be the next big “Twilight.” Please, please, please do not allow yourself to make comparisons if you want to enjoy this book. I am sure that particular spurious rumor originated from the coincidence that one of the main characters is a handsome seemingly 17 year old boy who is actually several hundred years old and immortal (oh, and by the way, he might harm the mortal girl he loves if he is not careful around her). I’ll admit, it sounds a littl ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Cami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya-fiction
This was a nice book. Interesting, but it didn't knock me out of the ball park.
The author almost lost me when I thought she was going to go for a predictable cliff-hanger, I think she made a good choice on the ending.
I like that there is an interesting plot. Mangum gives us good character development on Abby, her friends, her drama teacher, but ultimately I think she fails in truly charming us with Dante. I don't think she gave us enough time to bring us to the level of feeling that Abby claims
Jun 28, 2009 Jessie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I had my review for this book written in my head about 1/3 of the way through it, but I kept reading in hopes of changing that review the minute the story started looking up. Ugh, more hope wasted on a book that just was not worth the 400 pages! This story had no exceptional draw, no believable romance, and WAY too much teen lingo from a few decades ago! For pity's sake, the main charcter at one point teases her friends and warns them not to "muss" her hair...are you kidding? I am well ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Hmmm …Cool. Over all, pretty good. The plot was interesting, although not entirely original. The writing was decent. The characters were likable. I wasn't crazy about it, but I did enjoy it and I look forward to reading the sequel to find out what happens! The ending was a cliffhanger …

I sort of had issues with the plot. While I thought the time-travel aspect was cool, the rest of it felt like a billion other books I've read. It followed the common Twilight-esque premise: Smart girl lives in a s
Mar 02, 2010 Nana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Original Review - Here!

When I read the synopsis of this book I just knew that I wanted to have it. The premise sounds unique and captivating. After reading the story I knew for sure that it is all of this and more. I would say that aside the pretty well done romantic story, I was hooked by the major theme of the story: “time traveling”. The way the author manages to create the world in present time with the complicated themes that surrounded the story is just exquisite. The mayor complimen
Jennifer Wardrip
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Abby is enjoying her senior year of high school. She has a cute boyfriend, great friends, and the possibility of a college education. But everything in her world changes when Dante Alexander, a foreign exchange student from Italy, walks into the auditorium during play rehearsal.

Abby is drawn to Dante and, before she knows it, their lives are intertwined. But Dante isn't who Abby thinks he is, and she is drawn into a mystery reaching all the way back
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Wow, this book was awesome.
I'd definitely recommend this to all YA lovers and fantasy enthusiasts. A very original plot, well-rounded and likable characters (always a plus) and quite a bit of action/romance along the way. Very nice! :D

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to start the sequel, The Golden Spiral. First of all, I have to mention the cover design. It's beautiful, especially for a first-time author (honest to goodness, sometimes I think debut authors get jipped on cover art
Mar 15, 2010 Arya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dante Alexander . . . exchange student? I don’t think so.
Weird things happen around Dante Alexander, the new exchange student from Italy, and Abby Edmunds has been sucked into the backlash. What she doesn't know is his disturbing history. There is much more to Dante than meets the eye - and what meets the eye is not unimpressive!
Abby Edmunds leads a charmed life. The perfect boyfriend, sweet friends, good grades, ok social life . . . it is not enough. All that she wants is a little spontaneity,
May 30, 2011 Zulfiya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book two stars only because the author explored some literary topics of Shakespeare, Virgil, and Dante. Otherwise it is smarmy schlock!!!!!! It is painfully obvious that it is written by a Mormon, and her true literary values, if they ever existed in the first place, have been overshadowed by preposterous ideas of pristinely 'clean' books.
Why can't people write decent Christian fiction like Gilead or Silas Marner?????!!!!!
I understand and fully admit that this is not a review, but a
Sep 13, 2009 Diana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At work, I heard this book described as being like 'Twilight but much better.' Riiiight. Now, most people are familiar with my strong opinions on Stephenie Meyer's writing skills (or lack thereof). Yet from what I've read, 'The Hourglass Door' is, if at all possible, much much worse. I made it fifty pages before feeling like I'd be poisoned by cheese if forced to continue. If in the right mood, gorgeous Dante (yes, that's right: Dante) and his stylish peacoat might actually be a source of amusem ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Apzmarshl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: joey
Recommended to Apzmarshl by: tracy
Young adult, easy, entertaining.

Abby is leading a predictable the neighbor boy Jason, applying to state college with her best friend in hopes of rooming together and getting matching dogs.
Then Dante shows up out of no, mysterious, and Italian. Soon Abby is living without limits. She and Jason break up and Abby and Dante are desperately smitten with each other. Abby finds that Dante may be more than hot, he might also be dangerous. Dante confesses that he has come here
May 09, 2009 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I guess Stephenie Meyer has inspired some writers to invent new fantasy-romance conundrums. In The Hourglass Door, instead of a species conflict (human/vampire or mortal/immortal), we simply have a moment-in-time problem. I wished I had spent my moment in time reading something else, as The Hourglass Door doesn't begin to come near the inventive mind and expressive pen of the Twilight Series. I know it is unfair to compare, but what else can I do when so clearly this novel does nothing but in ...more
I freely admit that reading this book while stranded at the Dallas airport for hours due to an end-of-the-world lightning storm that was rattling the windows fully affected my opinion of this book. The prose seemed like it was trying too hard to be pretty, or maybe that was just my grumpy mood speaking.

P.S. A drama teacher SOOOO could not get away with what "Dave" did. Not ever. That was just...strange.

P.P.S. Does a heroine named Abby make anyone else think of a toddler? That name only came into
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It kept thinking that the author was trying too hard to recreate a "Twilight" type of book-- she came up short in my opinion! I thought the writing was a little over the top, it really put me off rather than drew me in. It was entertaining though and I will probably read the sequels just to find out what happens.
I would probably give this a 3 but because I couldn't put the book down, I have to give it that extra 1/2 star for a 3.5.

I have been waiting with anticipation for this book to finally arrive at the library so maybe my expectations were a little high for this one.

Mangum gives a very unique description and idea of time and of time travel, of the balance that needs to be made with time. I liked the way she described time (view spoiler). It's is a new way of looking at ti
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Jun 06, 2011 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiona
Let me start by saying if you’re looking for a new paranormal series to obsess over, you should probably read The Hourglass Door. Personally, I’m usually a series kind of girl. I like following characters I’m invested in over a long period of time. But lately, a lot of series just seem to drag or get repetitive. The Hourglass Door is the first series I’ve begun in awhile that provides a completely new world and unique premise.

The story begins normally enough. Abby is a seemingly ordinary girl wh
Aug 15, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
i didn't think i would like this book much when i started it, but it pulled me in. in the beginning it seems to have a lot of parallels to twilight, but i honestly liked this better. it cuts out the 100-200 unnecessary pages of whining. (sorry twihards)

from my friend graham's review:

"Lisa Mangum's debut novel shows the efforts of a meticulous editor-turned-author. Tailored to the Twilight audience, The Hourglass Door is a teen romance with characters that are actually competent and capable, whil
Oct 18, 2009 Kandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by a girl my husband works with. Turns out they work with the authors husband Tracy!! The author is a Salt Lake native and it was fun reading her bio and recognizing the little references to the Salt Lake area. Guess it wouldn't be too hard to get a signed copy now would it! ;)

I agree with some of the other reviews I've read on here. It started out slow, but it really does suck you right in! The first bit has to get the story and characters set up, but after that
Sep 07, 2011 Frygirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All YA readers - 5th grade & up
It is honestly a 3 & 3/4 star rating from me - mainly I'm holding back that last quarter because its a series. Sure this is a good 400 pages, but it is too obviously set up into a series format & I'm tired of cliffhanger endings and being forced into buying the next one to get to the ending - give me one 1500 page book or seriously add some meat to each book to make it worth my $10.

This is a great YA book that wasn't too YA, there was high school with only enough "High School" that I did
Jul 22, 2009 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My opinion of this book changed constantly. After the first 30 or so pages, I thought "Oh no. This is going to be an even worse version of Twilight." I still hold to my opinion that this book is incredibly similar to Twilight, but I felt some parts of The Hourglass Door were better than Twilight and others were worse.
The Hourglass Door is about a 17-year-old high-school girl, who meets a mysterious stranger, falls in love with him and then finds out he has a deep dark secret that endangers her l
Jul 07, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Apr 19, 2009 Tristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh, wait - a book review is supposed to be longer than that.

Okay ...


If that's not enough to make you dash out to preorder, I guess I'll have to work a little harder to convince you.

Abby is a seventeen-year-old who believes she has a perfect life. Her boyfriend sees to her every need, she's the assistant director of the school play, she's getting ready to apply for college, and everything seems in balance until the new foreign exchange student comes to school. His name is Dant
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Lisa Mangum has loved and worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. Her first paying job was shelving books at the Sandy Library. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, she has worked in the publishing department ...more
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“In the darkness of night,
Demons strut, taunting, goading.
In the light of day,
Angels sing glorious songs.
In the time in between,
We live our lives alone and searching.
And sometimes, softly,
You understand damnation.
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