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. Abby can't deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery whose roots reach into sixteenth-century Florence, and she uncovers a dangerous truth that threatens not only her future but the lives of those she loves.
The Hourglass Door (The Hourglass Door #1)
From page 1 I was hooked. The prologue is both terrifying and leaves the reader wanting more. From the very first chapter I felt exactly what Abby was feeling. Ms. Mangum does a beautiful job of making the reader feel like they are the characters. That is a tough thing to do! I was bored like Abby, I wanted more out of life like Abby, the writing was so real. Abby is a typical senior in high school. She is wondering what the future holds for her, where she will go to college, how her relationship with her boyfriend, Jason, will progress, and she dearly loves her friends. However, she is bored. She wants more out of life. Her day to day life is so mundane. Enter Dante. Dante is mysterious, intelligent and has his eyes on Abby. The question is why is he so enamored with Abby? And where did he come from? And why does time to see slow down and speed up when he is around? When three more mysterious boys come into town, Zo, V and Tony, things start to get even more weird. Abby must figure out what is happening to her friends and put a stop to it before things get more out of control. The only issue I had was I found myself a bit confused by the time travel. But I think that was only because I was getting to excited about finding out what happens next, I read too fast.
I loved this book because it was so unique and well written. As soon as I finished it, I could not wait to pick up the second book of the series. A strong ? stars for this one.
Lisa Mangum has crafted a beautifully, unforgettable novel full of love and mystery.
This is easily one of my favorite books. The plot was wonderfully balanced between action, mystery, and love. There were times when she'd begin to reveal something and you'd be able to guess exactly what it was, but only moments before you read the revelation a few lines later. I found that so....smart. Instead of leaving the reader wondering the whole time, she'd bring something up and just as you guess what the answer is, boom. You read it. I don't know if she did that to play to her strengths or not but I think it was smart.
I really enjoyed reading how Abby and Dante fall in love. For the first 200 pages or so, he comes so close but pulls away from Abby. You can literally feel how close they are to falling in love. The final moment is kept tantalizingly close yet so far at the same time. It was beautifully done. This is possibly by far, the best romance novel I've ever read.