Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum

Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy/Sci-fi, Romance
Published: May 2009, 400 pp, Shadow Mountain
Source: Publisher
Review:  3.5/5 stars

Brief Summary: Abby's life is turned upside down when foreign exchange student, Dante, comes to school.  Even though she has a boyfriend whom she's been best friends with since they were kids, Abby can't help being drawn to the new guy.  Strange things happen when she's around him and she soon finds out why. 

My Thoughts:  The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum is a fun read with plenty of romance, action, drama, and mystery.  It has a very interesting premise that I don't want to really give away but time is involved and that always makes for a twisting, turning, surprising plot line.  The teenager emotions were a little much at times but I'm sure a real teenager (not a 37 year-old, stay-at-home mom) would appreciate their authenticity.  My daughter--11 going on 16--loved this book.  Abby and Dante are likable and I can imagine a few book crushes on Dante might be formed while reading this book.

Recommendations:  I think this book would appeal to anyone 12 and up looking for a clean romance.

Ratings: 1.2.1  Plenty of kissing and affection but not really inappropriate.  There is some violence--fisticuffs, etc.  No profanity that I remember.

Thanks for reading!


alisonwonderland said...

I enjoyed this one - although I think it's definitely targeted at teens. I enjoyed the second one too, and I'm looking forward to reading the third this summer.

Laura H said...

I really tried with this one. I just could not get into it. I ended up stopping after 50+ pages.

Jenny said...

I had a hard time with this one. It was fine, I guess but I have no desire to read the rest. I see that you're reading White Cat. I'll be interested in what you think of it. I loved it!

Laura Fabiani said...

This one's on my list of books to read. I enjoyed your review of it.

Suey said...

I liked this first one, but had problems with the second one. Now I'm on to see what I think of the third one!

How's your summer going? :)

Kathryn (clean teen fiction) said...

I'm a new follower! I know I found your blog a few months ago but must have forgot to become a follower! Glad to have found your blog again. =) I really want to read this book. Sounds good.
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Anonymous said...

VERY GOOD BOOK!!! Yes, the second one is a bit slow but it's worth it to read the third one!!! I absolutely adored these books!