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The Golden Spiral [Mass Market Paperback]

Lisa Mangum
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 19 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gold Star Award Winner!

In this sequel to THE HOURGLASS DOOR, Dante has gone back in time to hunt down Zo, Tony, and V before they destroy time. When Dante doesn't come back, Abby realizes something must have gone wrong. Now, things in her life are changing . . . literally.

Zo is using the river to change her timeline. Friendships are destroyed, family members are erased, but Abby is left with the heartache of remembering how things used to be. Her past, present, and future are in danger of being destroyed if she can't find a way to stop Zo.

Using Dante's blueprints, Abby builds a new hourglass door in the hopes she can save Dante and find a way to keep her life from spiraling out of control before it's too late.

If she doesn't stop Zo, it won't just be her life he destroys.

I loved Mangum's first book, THE HOURGLASS DOOR, and the fast pace and excitement of THE GOLDEN SPIRAL kept me twisting and turning as I wound my way through the book. I loved Abby, Dante, and the other characters even more as I got further insight into their lives. The ending left me hanging and I can't wait to read the final book in this trilogy.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too June 19 2010
Format:Hardcover
In this sequel to THE HOURGLASS DOOR, Dante has gone back in time to hunt down Zo, Tony, and V before they destroy time. When Dante doesn't come back, Abby realizes something must have gone wrong. Now, things in her life are changing . . . literally.

Zo is using the river to change her timeline. Friendships are destroyed, family members are erased, but Abby is left with the heartache of remembering how things used to be. Her past, present, and future are in danger of being destroyed if she can't find a way to stop Zo.

Using Dante's blueprints, Abby builds a new hourglass door in the hopes she can save Dante and find a way to keep her life from spiraling out of control before it's too late.

If she doesn't stop Zo, it won't just be her life he destroys.

I loved Mangum's first book, THE HOURGLASS DOOR, and the fast pace and excitement of THE GOLDEN SPIRAL kept me twisting and turning as I wound my way through the book. I loved Abby, Dante, and the other characters even more as I got further insight into their lives. The ending left me hanging and I can't wait to read the final book in this trilogy.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Sequel May 13 2010
By Stephanie N - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found The Golden Spiral to be a thoughtful and engaging sequel to The Hourglass Door. Although The Hourglass Door began somewhat slowly in order to set up the action and the characters, The Golden Spiral picked up right where The Hourglass Door ended and took off from there. Assumptions were made that you had read the first book, that you were familiar with the characters and the storyline, and that you knew exactly what was going on. This is definitely not a stand-alone book; you must read the first book in order to understand the events in this book.

Dante is stuck behind the Door and Abby must built a new one in order to get him back, but she needs help to do and must trust someone she never thought she would. In the meantime, Zo is now more powerful than ever before and is wreaking havoc on her life, changing her past timeline, shifting her past, altering it so that people and family she knew and loved are no longer in her present. Abby has to work hard and fast to prevent Zo from altering any more of her past, to prevent the barriers of time from breaking down further. What I found absolutely fascinating in all this were the philosophical discussions surrounding the past and how one choice from your past can alter your future course so drastically. Abby asks Dante at one point, why can't he just go back and fix her past and he answers, he doesn't know what choice it was that her parents made that altered the future so drastically and he was afraid that if he changed one thing, it would alter the future even more. It really made me think about all of my choices I've made in the past, good and bad, and how if I would have changed one thing, how different my life right now would have been. It boggles the mind to think of the paradoxes that creates.

The world that is created in this novel is highly imaginative and unique. The river, the bank, the hourglass door, the time paradoxes and the time travelling allows for a lot of suspense and mystery. The action moves more quickly in this novel than in the first, with many plot twists and turns. You barely had time to breathe before something else happened. Ms. Mangum's writing style is fresh and creative, drawing the reader into her characters, allowing us to really see what they are thinking and feeling. I really enjoyed how Valerie's character developed, and how secrets were revealed through the use of pictures and stories; I was never sure of Valerie's loyalty and this kept me interested and intrigued all the way through this novel. She is such a fascinating character.

Verdict
The Golden Spiral is a fun, compelling, and engaging sequel to The Hourglass Door. The characters continue to be well-developed and intriguing, with many dark and interesting secrets, secrets that make them unsure whom they should trust. I am definitely looking forward to book 3, The Forgotten Locket, when it is released in summer 2011.

The Golden Spiral was provided to me by Shadow Mountain as an advanced reader's edition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!! Oct. 27 2010
By M. M. Griep - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
All right. True confession time. I read the last page of this book before I started the story. Stop your groaning. If you read the first installment of this trilogy - The Hourglass Door - then you'll totally understand my need to know if Dante and Abby end up together or not. So...do they? Unh-unh, not telling. You'll have to read The Golden Spiral to find out.

All that to say that The Golden Spiral is an absolute must read. Yes, the love story between Dante and Abby manages to deepen. Sure, the action is non-stop. And of course there are more mind-bending time travel concepts to consider. But what amazed me most is the stunning writing that author Lisa Mangum cranks out for her sophomore novel.

Frequently the second book in a series turns into a yawner. An author has a truckload of time to put into a debut novel but the second is usually written under a deadline. That can make for mediocre writing. Not so for Mangum. Snappy turns of phrases. Depth of emotion. A plot that twists more than the river of time. Mangum pulls off all this and more.

My only grump is that now I have to wait until Summer 2011 for the third and final installment in The Hourglass Trilogy. When it finally hits the market, I will be the customer with my face mashed against the bookstore door waiting for it to open. And if you read The Golden Spiral, as I highly recommend, I'm sure I'll see you there too.

Just don't get in my way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Spiral Aug. 30 2010
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Interesting, well-written story. I would strongly suggest reading The Hourglass Door before picking the second installment in this trilogy. It took me quite a few chapters to get back into the swing of the story and even then I was still lost on a few details.
I felt like either I was missing something important with the whole time river idea or I was making it harder to understand than it was.
I didn't feel like I connected with character except the crazy ones. I had no sympathy for their plight.
The romance didn't make my heart thump. I actually liked Zo and his creepiness. He seemed to have more depth than Dante.
I'm debating if I want to read the last book. But in most trilogies, it seems the second book is the weakest. So maybe I should give the third a chance??

Rating: PG 13
V: Some
L: No
S: No
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd in the Hourglass Door Trilogy May 11 2010
By SciFiChick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Danta is stuck behind the hourglass door of time, and Abby must build a new one to get him back. Time is running out for Dante. But Abby's present reality keeps changing around her. College acceptances, boyfriends, and even her family have been shifting realities. And only Abby seems to remember. And to make matters worse, the barriers of time are breaking down, threatening chaos. Help is offered to Abby from unlikely allies, but she's not sure who she can trust.

It's been over a year since I read the first installment, so it took me a while to remember what was going on and who all the characters were. A summary of what happened before would have been nice. Otherwise, I recommend waiting to read these back-to-back. After a while, the characters and story began to make sense. And I was able to jump back in and got pulled into the story.

Mangum has created a truly unique world where time and reality can be controlled. And the vindictive Zo has a destructive agenda. Suspense and drama build throughout the course of the book to a climactic ending. And a wonderful mystery revolving around Abby's friend and a former conspirator of Zo's, kept me drawn in and wondering. Young adult readers will find this a satisfying continuation of a science fiction drama, slowly unfolding. This sequel leaves off in a cliffhanger that will leave readers eager for the third and final installment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sequel June 13 2010
By Sonya S. Bria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The only beef I have with this sequel is the limited writing about Dante. The first third of the book is only a short conversation or two with him. I get what the author was trying to do, but I sped through the 1st half and was only interested in the second half. What a second half it was, it made getting through the beginning worth it :). Can't wait for book 3.
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