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The Golden Spiral (Hourglass Door #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  6,361 Ratings  ·  737 Reviews
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. When Zo targets Abby's past, she begins building a new time machine "door". With each new change that ripples into her present, Abby's life
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published May 10th 2010 by Shadow Mountain (first published May 4th 2010)
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Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Remember when Bella thought she lost Edward?

Well, Abby really did lose Dante. But rather than pawing at the hole where her heart used to be, Abby got up and did something about it. I always love a woman of action.

Without spoiling the end of The Hourglass Door, Abby and Dante's solution for saving time (and it has nothing to do with brushing your teeth in the shower) created more problems than they anticipated. Abby uses her own unique gifts to fight Zo and protect the whole freaking world and
Jul 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-hate
Why do I do these things to myself? The first one was bad enough. This second is worse. I get seduced and confused by books with little labels on them boasting awards having been won. Who awards these so-called, awards? Dante and Abby are so corny, mushy and unreal. I even found myself acting like the teenagers they are by rolling my eyes. Any book that actually, in all seriousness uses lines like, "I will love you, always...and forever," needs to seriously rethink their dialogue taste. Who talk ...more
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Erica (daydreamer)
Whoa. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Mangum’s story just drips with passion and promises and beauty. Her words flow together seamlessly. Her use of similes whenever she describes something might seem like it could get annoying, but it doesn’t for me. I love the way her use of similies weaves images and beauty in my mind, making the story and the characters magical.

The characters were absolutely amazing. They all have so much depth and are so real. What they do in situations and what they say, how
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This is book 2 in the Hourglass Door Trilogy. I felt that this book was a typical book #2, more of just a bridge to #3. The story kept me turning pages, but there were so many things I didn't like that I think I would probably give this book 2.5 stars.

I was disappointed to discover that Lisa Mangum didn't seem to grow as an author with this second book. I still felt the lack of connection with the characters. At times I skimmed the pages because I felt she was too long winded with her descriptio
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This book was a lot like The Hourglass Door for me. Interesting enough to finish, but never so compelling that I was dying to get back to it. The relationship between Abby and Dante never felt authentic to me, and the time travel elements--the bank, river, barrier, etc, were just confusing for no good reason. I'll definitely read the final book in the trilogy when it comes out next year, but I don't mind waiting for it:) 2 1/2 stars.
After reading the sequel, I have to say that for me, this series is about right there in the middle: It's okay, and there are some entertaining characters (Zo and Valerie) and climatic scenes but overall, I wish it could have been better.

The plot was interesting and what happens to Dante as he goes through the door is unexpected. (And it was a nice change to see Abby as the heroine instead of reading about another male saving her and everyone else.)

When Zo returns to the river, he makes changes
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I found The Golden Spiral to be a thoughtful and engaging sequel to The Hourglass Door. Although The Hourglass Door began somewhat slowly in order to set up the action and the characters, The Golden Spiral picked up right where The Hourglass Door ended and took off from there. Assumptions were made that you had read the first book, that you were familiar with the characters and the storyline, and that you knew exactly what was going on. This is definitely not a stand-alone book; you must read th ...more
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Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiona
The Golden Spiral picks up right where The Hourglass Door left off. Many of the characters return in this intricately planned sequel – but some return only to be erased from Abby’s life by Zo. With Dante gone for the time-being, Abby finds herself facing off against Zo alone as he’s determined to completely unravel her life and, possibly, the world.

Lisa Magnum is a master at story-crafting. Her lyrical descriptions at times border on poetry and her plot is so unique, full of twists and turns. Wh
At first, I rated this book 4 stars, but I liked it SO much better than the first one (which I rated 4 stars) that I had to change it to 5 stars.

In this installment of the trilogy, Abby is desperately trying to build a new door in order to bring Dante back. But he did not end up where he was supposed to, and to make things more difficult, Zo is messing with Abby's past, which is changing her present. I was hooked right from the beginning and read this one in 2 days. There was nothing that really
Michelle Griep
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
All right. True confession time. I read the last page of this book before I started the story. Stop your groaning. If you read the first installment of this trilogy - The Hourglass Door - then you'll totally understand my need to know if Dante and Abby end up together or not. they? Unh-unh, not telling. You'll have to read The Golden Spiral to find out.

All that to say that The Golden Spiral is an absolute must read. Yes, the love story between Dante and Abby manages to deepen. Sure, the
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I can count on one hand the number of times the second book in a series is as good or better then the first. The Fablehaven series is the first example of improvement as the books go along that I can think of. Those books just kept getting better. This is one second book that is almost better then the first book (I'm willing to say it WAS better).

So what does this book have that many second books don't? First of all the characters keep developing. This may seem like it should be simple, but ther
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is the sequel to The Hourglass Door, and I thought it was okay. In Hourglass, I felt like the dialogue was a little forced and corny at times and that maybe since it was her first book, she would get better with this one. Not so.

Also, maybe this just indicates something that is broken within me, but I like to read about the whole angsty, emotional, rollercoaster of the beginnings of a relationship a whole lot more than I do the mature, never-ending, lovey-dovey relationship. Okay, I ge
Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Hmm… Not sure what I think about this one—-and I’ve been thinking about it for days. Maybe 3.5?? But, probably just 3. I had some pre-conceived ideas about where this series needed to go, so I think I was doomed before I even read this, because it would be impossible for it to go just how I thought it should.

The beginning was very slow and hard to get through, but it picked up as it neared the middle and serious changes started happening. I think I would have benefited from rereading the first
Andrea Brown
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of The Golden Spiral. I was SO excited to get it and to read it because I had really enjoyed the adventure in The Hourglass Door. I liked the characters and the time travel, I liked the writing style and the pace. So I was very thrilled to be able to get this advance reading copy. I am not done with the book, but am about 2/3 done. It isn't moving along as quickly as I would like it to, in fact it is dragging in places. Perhaps we were meant to feel the torture Abby is going th ...more
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, series
In The Golden Spiral, book two of the Hourglass Door trilogy, Abby’s life has made a 180 degree turn. Her boyfriend, Dante, has disappeared through a time portal, stuck in a between place that’s impossible to reach without the hourglass door. But the door has been destroyed, and Abby has only a small amount of time to create new one.

Problem is, the reality around her continues to change as Zo manipulates time, drastically altering Abby’s life. First it’s her friend, Justin, then her college scho
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oh...My...Word!!! I thought that I liked The Hourglass Door, but this one was so much better! I read it in two days!
My friends may remember my review of The Hourglass Door, and the nitpicky things that bugged me -sorry, but I read neurotically and errors just sort of jump out at me and make me pause in my reading- but this time I only paused twice. Once, when I read over a section too quickly, and second when I would have used a different description. I must say that the proof-readers on this
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, time-travel
RATING: 4 out of 5

Still a good and intriguing story. It kept up the suspense and curiosity the first book had.

Zo is back and he has big plans in mind for Abby. Zo is much more powerful now and now has the power to change the past. He removes some of Abbys memories and it is up to Abby to try and get them back and the man of her dreams; Dante: who is stuck in limbo and is waiting for her to find him and bring him back.

The ending is a good one and i am very interested to find out what is going to
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Graham Bradley
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
More perks of working at the bookstore :-) I got to read an ARC of this. I'm very satisfied with this book as a follow-up to the first, which stands out as a compelling story in a well-built world in the genre of YA romance.

The cool thing about it was that all the characters progressed--even and especially the bad guys. Mangum was consistent with the theme and feel of the first book while advancing it into something more intense. So you can tell it's still an Hourglass Door story but it's far f
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book gets going right from the start and doesn't stop. Since we all know the caracters from the first book, she doesn't need to spend alot of time introducing them to us again. Which means she there is more story and less regurgitation. I can easily relate to Abby and like her. One of the things I like best about her is that she is strong, brave and uses her brain. When times get tough she doesnt sit around and feel sorry for herself, she does something about it unlike other heroins of this ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Still great characters. Mangum's writing has really grown in this book and it was just as great as the first book. I really liked the scenes with Valerie I thought they were very amazing and I could feel the emotion and just truely gifted writing. However, there were parts that seemed to drag. It was a quick read but it just has so much longing and teenage love/angst that it started to drag. I found that it went fast then slowed really slow then picked up speed the last 100 pages. If that's my o ...more
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, sci-fi, young-adult
I would rate this a two because the book was just ok. I gave it a three because it did keep my attention. I didn't have to put the book down for awhile, give it some breathing room then come back to it.

This book felt tense. It picked up exactly where the first left off, but until the last five pages the characters didn't go anywhere. They didn't have any real growth and the story didn't progress very far. I feel like I could have read the last ten pages moved onto the third book and not missed
Julie Nielson
oh. my. goodness. lisa is a genius!
this sequel did not disappoint, and while i cannot wait for the third book to come out (please hurry lisa!), i am so extremely sad for the journey with abby and dante to be over :( i, dare i say, think that i enjoyed "the golden spiral" more than "the hourglass door" because the basis of the characters and their background had already been set up, so you really could focus on the story and what was happening between the characters. it was amazing, and really, a
Katie W
Mar 02, 2010 rated it liked it
While I did really enjoy this book, it wasn't quite as good (for me) as Book 1 ("The Hourglass Door") in the series.

Abby has to find a way to build a door for her time-traveling boyfriend to return through. An enemy has the power to change her past, therefore changing her future, and she has to find ways to thwart him.

I feel that trilogies often have that middle book syndrome--the 2nd book isn't quite as good as the 1st or 3rd, but it has to be there to tie everything together---kind of a brid
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fine second book in a trilogy. Mangum delivers more romance, intrigue and action, picking up right where The Hourglass Door left off. Only drawbacks were that it is a middle book, and I have found middle books tend to be the least enjoyable in trilogies (my opinion), by their very nature (open-endedness, more problems added and not many resolved), and sometimes the time logic lost me a little. But I enjoyed it a great deal and look forward to the third one.
Candi Stephenson
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
I like this series, but the ins and outs of looking at time travel from Mangum's angle is hard to get used to.

Abby was okay in this one - they keep referring to her as brave, etc. and I'd like to see her be a bit more spectacular. Boy. I'm sounding really nit-picky, huh?

Still love Dante.

Excited for my questions to be answered in the next one.
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I 'devoured' this book as my husband would say. I really like the author's writing style. I get intrigued and sucked into the plot. I liked how she had the prologue told from an outsiders (bad guy's) point of view - I certainly was not expecting that. I am really looking forward to the last book!
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Ashlin by: Haley Ducharme
I really liked this book! The fantasy was awesome! The only reason I rated it 4 stars is because of the romance in it. Everything in the book was clean. I loved how I could understand the river and stuff. Really good book!
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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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