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The Hourglass Door Review and Giveaway

23 Apr, 2010 by in Shadow Mountain 29 comments

published May 13th 2009 by Shadow Mountain
details Hardcover, 416 pages
characters Abagail Beatrice Edmunds, Dante Alexander
isbn 1606410938
5 stars
“Move over Edward – Dante is bound to eclipse you!” – Emily Watts, bestselling author

Synopsis from Goodreads… “In a time when copycats abound, Mangum has created a unique story with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. And because ‘Hourglass’ centers on relationships, fantastical elements feel believable rather than, well, fantastical.” – Deseret News

His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time?

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 has everything: a heroine who is genuine, strong, and lovable; an interesting and compelling love story; gorgeous language, fast pacing, and an intricate and exciting plot. For readers who have been waiting for the next book to sweep them off their feet – this is it.” – Allyson Braithwaite Condie, author of the Yearbook trilogy

I read this book back in May 2009 after I was finished with the Twilight Series and was looking for another strong book to fill the void. I’d never heard of it before but picked it up at Costco while grocery shopping and that was that! It was an incredible book, one of my top ten reads of 2009. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet this is one you will want to add to your list.
Hourglass Door is a time slip romance that made me curious about Leonardo Da Vinci and helped me to savor my interactions with those I love. This novel teaches you to relish each moment, and take your time in life all while sweeping you way in the arms of a dark handsome Italian boy. This book is one that left an impression on me, open the portals of my imagination and ignited my love for reading again. It’s a must have in my opinion and you are in luck because Shadow Mountian sent us an extra copy!
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Bright Blue Miracle

08 Jan, 2010 by in Shadow Mountain, YA fiction Leave a comment

“Seventeen-year-old Leigh Mason is not sure she’s ready to share her mom, her bedroom, and her little sisters with her new stepsister, Betsy. And she’s definitely not ready to share her best friend, who happens to be a boy!

Coping with a blended family is not easy for either Leigh or Betsy, especially during their senior year in high school. Each step brings them nearer to a crisis that will either send them running in different directions or bind them firmly together (which, let’s face it, would take a miracle).

Bright Blue Miracle is a new young adult novel that has everything a girl wants: a hero (more specifically, a really cute boy), a villain (who happens to be a stepsister), comedy, despair, pedicures, ice cream, love, hate, tennis, revenge, and, of course, a couple of surprises that might send you for some tissues.”

This was a fun-loving realistic look at how it would feel to combine families and share a room with what seems to be a “perfect” step-sister. Blending two households with teenagers is never an easy task! But Gamma makes it easier with her pedicures and hook ups. It’s a great book for teens with lessons of sharing your guy friends with their girlfriends. Jeremy handles things as every girl wishes he would and you’ll find your heart strings tugged. I give it a three out of five stars.