The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum, is the first in a trilogy for young adults.
Abby’s senior year is going well with college plans, good friends, and a perfect boyfriend. But something seems to be missing. And when a mysterious Italian foreign-exchange student shows up during play practice, Abby begins to feel things she’s never felt before. But there is something strange about Dante. Time seems to behave strangely when Abby is with him. And Abby must discover a centuries old mystery in order to save her friends and stop a dangerous traitor.
Abby is a smart and well-adjusted girl with a bright future. She has a mature relationship with her boyfriend, though Abby realizes that something is missing. Jason is the perfect guy – sweet, thoughtful, and patient. But there’s a lack of chemistry and spontaneity that Abby begins to miss. Then Dante shows up. With his steamy looks and Italian accent, Abby is immediately attracted to him. But in getting to know him, even when strange occurrences happen, Abby finds it easy to trust him and begins to fall for this boy with an extraordinary secret.
The Hourglass Door is fun, exciting, and wonderfully surprising. Fans of the Twilight series should appreciate this trilogy. Combining time travel and romance, this novel geared towards young adults is captivating and refreshingly age-appropriate. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to any teen who’s into light romance and science fiction. I read this over the course of just a few hours and wasn’t able to put it down till I finished.
The Hourglass Door releases from Shadow Mountain on May 13, 2009.