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Review: The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Abby’s life is safe and predictable. She’s known her boyfriend all her life, she’s planning on going to college with her best friend, and she spends her time as the assistant director of her high school’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. When curly-haired, glove-wearing Italian exchange student Dante Alexander shows up to drama practice, Abby meets with him to help him get up to speed on his part in the play. To Abby, there’s something mysterious and alluring about this boy, but weird things start occurring. A rock band’s music starts having a strange effect on the high school crowd, not to mention that time seems to flow differently when Abby is around Dante…

Review:  Girl has boring life. Girl meets mysterious, supernatural boy. Epic romance and as well as epic danger ensues…we’ve seen this before, haven’t we? It’s sort of the hot paranormal romance formula right now, first made popular with…Twilight…*shudders*. The Hourglass Door definitely sticks to this formula, but Abby isn’t  Bella Swan at least. It’s easy to identify with Abby’s college application angst, as well as her general insecurities. Then we come to Dante. He’s described as having dark curly-hair and he usually wears a dark peacoat. Coincidentally, there is a guy who fits that exact description who lives in my building. He’s usually seen involved in some sort of PDA with his girlfriend, though I doubt her name is Abby. Back to the review –   Dante’s a bit too good to be true. Don’t get me wrong – I like sweet guys who act like gentlemen. However Dante – and Abby – felt slightly bland, as did some of the supporting characters.

As for their romance…I liked that it was sweet and clean, and that the focus of it seemed to be on “light” rather than “the darker the better.” All this was appreciated. Here comes the “but”: I think it was the writing style that bothered me.  It was drippingly saccharine or flowery enough to make me roll my eyes: “[His eyes] were changeling gray – one moment they shimmered with the moon-white of reflected sunlight, the next they held the almost-blue edge of melting ice crystals, then they hardened to the shadowed gray of wet river stones.” And this is only on page 35…

In short: It’s a clean but relatively bland read loaded with too much purple prose. I’m not jumping up and down to read the sequels.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Something better: River of Time: Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

Cover & Title: Not very exciting, much like the book. The title does fit the story though.

Where I got the book: Used bookstore. I’m glad I didn’t pay more than $3 for it.


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This entry was posted on December 26, 2011 by in 2.5 Stars, Books, High School, Ratings, Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult and tagged , , , , , .
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