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October 21, 2013

THE HOURGLASS DOOR by Lisa Mangum, 2009

Abby's senior year of high school is going according to plan: good friends, cute boyfriend, and college applications in the mail. But when Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student from Italy, steps into her life, he turns it upside down. He's mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she's ever met before. Abby can't deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery whose roots reach into sixteenth-century Florence, and she uncovers a dangerous truth that threatens not only her future but the lives of those she loves. (Amazon)

Reviewed by Francesca - high school graduate and huge book worm
Normally when a girl meets a gorgeous new guy and instantly starts to like him, I am a bit wary of the book, but this one surprised me. The author did a good job on making Dante (the gorgeous, foreign guy) really sweet and lovable so you wanted the main character to be with him. 

I also liked how the author was able to show you that you shouldn't let everyone else make decisions about your own life. It is your life and you need to decide what you want to do with it. Even though the book had a cliffhanger and I am not a huge fan of those, I found THE HOURGLASS DOOR very interesting and I kinda found it hard to put it down. It is the first in a trilogy.

Market: Young Adult
Language: very mild
Sensuality: the worst you are going to get is kissing
Violence: There is a bit of fighting but nothing super gory
Mature themes: *spoiler alert* her best friend turns on her, it deals with time travel

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