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The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door #1)

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His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time?
Abby's senior year of high school is textbook perfect, until she meets Dante Alexander, a foreign-exchange student from Italy. Time behaves differently when they are together - too fast or slow or seeming to stop.

When the band Zero Hour performs at the local hangout, they have a bizarre influence over their audien
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 13th 2009 by Shadow Mountain (first published May 1st 2009)
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Aug 06, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Rebecca McNutt
I'm not a big romance fan, but this sci-fi/fantasy story of two teenage lovers caught up in the tangled web of time travel, was totally far out. Although there were few plot gaps, I loved this novel all the same.
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jan 03, 2010 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
Kelli Cooper
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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
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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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“Be sure of your heart before you speak.” 84 likes
“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.
All is forgotten, all is lost,
All but forgiveness
And the memory of her kiss.”
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