Review: The Golden Spiral by Lisa Mangum

12 Jun

The Golden Spiral by Lisa Mangum
Shadow Mountain (May 2010)
Hardback: $18.99; Mass Market: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-60641-635-8

Favorite Lines: “I hated this horrible double vision. I hated looking at something but seeing something else. I hated not knowing what to expect, what to remember. I hated not knowing the truth.” (p. 70)

His eyes. His touch. His kiss. Dante was unlike anyone Abby had ever met. Now he’s gone, and Abby will do anything to get him back . . .

The hourglass door has closed behind Dante, sending him back in time to hunt down Zo, Tony, and V. Abby knows that Dante, as a Master of Time, is the only one who can stop them from destroying time itself. She also knows that he will need her help. But almost immediately, things start to change, and Abby’s worst fears are realized when Zo begins targeting her past specifically.

As Abby’s world fractures around her, she must face a terrible truth: either Dante didn’t make it through the door, or he is lost forever. So with Dante’s blueprints in hand, she begins construction on a new door, a new time machine that will either save Dante—or doom him.

With each new change that ripples into her present, Abby s life continues to spiral out of control. Her relationships with Jason, Natalie, and even her family are threatened to the breaking point—and beyond. Zo’s power is greater than Abby ever imagined, but as she struggles to free Dante, she receives help from an unexpected—and unlikely—ally.

The Golden Spiral is book two in Lisa Mangum’s young adult Hourglass Door trilogy. It picks up shortly after the events of book one, The Hourglass Door. If you haven’t read book one, do not attempt to start the trilogy with The Golden Spiral as it builds upon everything introduced in the first book.

Once I started reading the book, I was sucked in. I’m not a huge fan of time travel, but this book is different. The heroine isn’t going back in time. She’s trying to survive while a time traveler wrecks havoc on her past. That time traveler is changing things and only Abby know’s what should have been. The changes have an effect on Abby’s family, friends and future, but nothing will make her forget or give up on helping Dante find his way home.

The Golden Spiral is a problem solving book. The entire purpose of the story is to find an answer to the issues which began in the first book and equip the heroine with the tools she will need to bring the trilogy to a satisfactory conclusion in The Forgotten Locket.

The story focuses on Abby and her reactions to the change, but also tells about the events taking place inside the time machine/door. Those moments were my least favorite aspects of the book, but they are excellent foreshadowing tools.

Read this young adult book or avoid it? Read it! Well, after you read The Hourglass Door. The heroine is graduating from high school in this installment, so she’s not a 14-year-old girl falling in lust for the first time. The light romance is heart warming and the intrigue is well written. I’ve got The Forgotten Locket sitting on my desk and I’m looking forward to cracking it open.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Golden Spiral by Lisa Mangum”

  1. Ellen Cote June 12, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    I was glad to receive your email. I read and read. Love paranormal, science fiction,drama, time travel, and romance. This just my cup of tea. Love to read about the unexplained and UFO’s. Keeps the mind with very vivid thoughts. One has the ability for imagination. When I was young I was visited by a ghost of a young girl who had drowned in the lake where the summer camp was. Weird or What.

  2. scooper June 12, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    There’s another book soon to be released, Ruby Red that tackles time travel. If you haven’t signed up for the book giveaway be sure to enter.

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