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text 2013-09-22 20:11
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The Hourglass Door (The Hourglass Door Trilogy) - Lisa Mangum

I'm still getting used to this site. If I want to update my status do I just make a post text and add the book??? It seems kind of tedious but I really need to talk about this horrid brown dress her boyfriend bought her.  Men - you are not allowed to buy women clothes. Especially in the color brown. FOR A DANCE. The end.

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review 2013-07-08 00:00
The Golden Spiral - Lisa Mangum 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 anything.
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review 2012-09-22 00:00
The Hourglass Door - Lisa Mangum It was better than Twilight; Evermore; Hush, Hush; Lament; Nightshade and a dozen other brainless YA books I've read. The main character wasn't as selfish and obnoxious as some, although she was still annoying to me. Dante was too perfect - too perfect - and of course he was a possessive creep, but he was still better than most of the losers in the books I mentioned above. At least he occasionally did give Abby her space.

The romance wasn't as insta-lovey as I've seen. It was still too fast, and still too much lust/not enough love in the romance, but again it was a slight improvement.

I could go on like this all day, about how it was slightly better than most YA books on the shelves...but I think you get the point. Also, it did have some serious problems that none of the above had.

The River made no sense. It was kind of cool in a way, and a really weird take on time travel, but the kiss thing? WHY? And the no-air thing anyway was silly - either you can breathe on the banks or you can't. And the double-directional-passageway Godhood thing was really annoying because - naturally - it made no sense.

Too many why's. Not enough answers. And way too much nonsense about Shakespeare, Dante's Inferno, and high school in general. Too much wandering around aimlessly.

The side characters were predictably bland throwaways, I can't think of one whom I actually liked. The villains were...nice? I mean nice, like "Oh, he helped me get my cat down out of a tree! Yay!" kind of nice. They were altogether too friendly and helpful.

None of the time travel/pockets of time/leftover time/glimpses of the future/headaches/paradoxes made any sense. And I know time travel NEVER makes sense, but it made less sense than usual.

I don't know. I think Magnum can write fairly well and she did a better job than most YA PNR authors, but she still has no originality. Maybe I'm just jaded. Maybe I'd have enjoyed this book if I read it as the first of its genre...
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review 2012-07-04 00:00
The Forgotten Locket - Lisa Mangum The perfect ending to the best romance novels' trilogy I've ever read.

The Forgotten Locket was amazing! I'm not quite sure what to say about it. It revealed a lot about Dante's family and Leo or Orlando. We also learn a very interesting fact about Orlando and Abby. And I do mean Orlando, not Leo. I know, they're the same person but Orlando is used more as Leo's younger self.

Right from the very beginning, questions are answered. For example, the reason why Leo calls Abby his "lady of light". I know right! It's in the first or second chapter; I can't remember. And right at the end of the book we finally learn who Sofia is. Trust me when I say, you won't be able to guess who it is. Or at least, it's not who you're thinking it is right now.

The characters grew in this book. We have close call after close call with the river of time and Dante. All of the characters remain true to themselves which was great.

I have to say, there is a point where if you find out Abby can't travel back to her own time, (and if Dante dies), I was okay with her staying in the past as long as she ended up with Orlando. Yes, Leo's younger self is even more charming than you already know him as. Dante is a lot like Leo when he was younger, which was cool. But he wasn't so a like that they were like the same people. There were just a lot of similarities.

Lisa Mangum delivered a most spectacular romance novel and is the best romance novelist I've ever read. She's very talented and I'm looking forward to her next novel!
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review 2012-02-27 00:00
The Hourglass Door (The Hourglass Door Trilogy) - Lisa Mangum I absolutely loved The Hourglass Door! This is, obviously, the first novel I've ever read by Lisa Mangum and I don't hesitate to say that she, along with many others, has a beautiful talent. Her writing it wonderful! Although she started the book with the writing style that I typically try to stay away from, I was instantly captivated. I had been told that this particular writing style could be quite effective when used correctly and add more emphasis to a story. This is the first time I've ever found that to be true.

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.
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