Book Review by Elizabeth Marsh
In Lisa Mangum's debut novel, we meet Abby Edwards, a vivacious girl who has started to tire of her safe, predicable life. She is dating the perfect boyfriend -- her next door neighbor and the boy her parents have wanted her to marry since their introduction at four years old. Her college plans, but not her dreams, coincide nicely with what her best friends have decided to do. Underneath it all, however, she longs to live a "Life without Limits".
When Dante Alexander, a foreign exchange student from Italy, shows up unexpectedly, Abby's world is shaken. Not only is she drawn to the mysterious Dante, but she starts to notice that time seems to shift around him. Dante is soon joined by Zero Hour, a popular band that is somehow connected to Dante and whom disaster follows. Abby is shaken to realize that History lives among us, and that Time may be more fluid than she ever thought possible.
Lisa Mangum did a good job with her first novel. The characters are somewhat reminiscent of the Twilight characters, but Abby has more spunk, Dante has a more innocuous secret, and the villains are more terrifying in their own way. While the book itself is a little adjective-heavy, it's a quick, engaging read. Mangum has announced that The Hourglass Door is one of three in the series, and the characters are all engaging enough to warrant continuing with the series.
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