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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.

The Hourglass Door

by Lisa Mangum

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The Hourglass Door is engrossing from page one.  The tension of crushes and spats with friends send you traveling back to your days in high school!  It’s a perfect read for young adults—the average soon-to-graduate-from-high school girl meets a mysterious and over-the-top attractive young man, they fall madly in love, and then something totally crazy happens.  I suppose some of the dialogue is a bit clichéd and some of the plot seems slightly familiar, but it is written with pizzazz!  Lisa Mangum knows how to keep up the tension and keep you guessing! 

As I read this book, I thought, “Hey, I was an average girl in high school—why didn’t I have something amazing like this happen?”  Maybe I didn't have my own Dante enter my high school classroom, but despite that, I enjoyed every page of this novel!  If you're a fan of the Twilight series, and you're looking for something written with the same intensity and style (but without the vampires or werewolves this time), then this is for you!  I’m ready to delve into the next book in the series!

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There was one moderate exclamation of profanity (telling someone where to go).  There were also some words used to describe some of the horrible places or situations they are in and in relation to Dante’s Inferno. They weren’t used as exclamations or in a profane way, but they are there (about 5 or 6).

There is some violence, but it is mostly mild.  There is some slapping and anger.  A character cuts another with a knife.  One character is evil and hurts others.  Some characters are branded with chains around their wrists.  Nothing is ever overly descriptive, but there is a lot of tension.

As far as sexual content, there is some kissing and thoughts of kissing.  For being a romance, there wasn’t that much!  There is a great strain of romantic tension that is upheld throughout the story, without anything ever going over the edge--especially since most of the time the main characters are not really allowed to touch.

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Mature themes would include dealing with relationships (mostly of the girlfriend/boyfriend variety) and the effects of time travel.  Some of the moderate occurrences: There is a character who is driven mad from going somewhere they shouldn’t have gone, which was sad, and there is a very evil character to deal with.  The favorite hangout of many characters is at a place called the Dungeon which is somewhat like a bar setting.  There are different 'drinks' made there , but none of them are alcoholic.  Mostly, there is a great deal of tension!

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Reviewed By Emily
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