The Hourglass Door

(A great series for anyone suffering Twilight withdrawl)

Hourglass Door Trilogy: Book 1 Author: Lisa Mangum
My recommended age: 13 and up
Grade level recommendation: 9-12

It seems that there are only bright skies ahead of 17 year old Abby Edmunds. She is about to graduate from high school, happens to be dating "the cute boy next door", and plans to attend college with her best friend. What more could she want? Still, Abby is unsatisfied and longs for something other than the well scripted life laid out before her. Enter Dante, a dashingly handsome Italian boy who seems to have a mysterious excitement that Abby is drawn too. Yet there is danger too, and as their relationship grows Abby finds she must choose between keeping Dante with her or giving him up in order to save time itself.

I got this book for my 15 year old on the recommendation of a clerk at the bookstore. It is most definitely written for all of the Twilight junkies out there. While there are no vampires or werewolves, the premise is the same. Cute girl who has it all together, drop dead handsome boy who is head over heels for her, and teenagers who know what they want for eternity at the ripe old age of 17.  While romantic fiction is a cliche these days, I'm so glad that my teenager is reading a clean version of it.  I found the story idea creative and enjoyed reading it; although, the river of time theory was kinda weird, but I'm sure that is just a personal problem. There wasn't anything immoral or offensive in the book. Several characters kiss, but nothing beyond that. There is also some "emotional manipulation" which leaves the students with an "emotional hangover", but this only causes them to be in a bad mood for a few days.


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