Friday, June 5, 2009

The Hourglass Door

All-american gal meets time-warped dangerously handsome and irresistible Italian boy. Lives entwine. Mystery abounds. Time itself seems to stand still. But despite the drama, it's actually a decent read. Admittedly, as a teen romance, it is sometimes a bit gushy, but in that slightly thrilling way that gives you butterflies and not the oh-my-gosh-I-want-to-be-sick overdone-ness of many a Twilight-esque teen romance.

Granted, it's foundation is in the classic romantic cliche - despite the steady, reliable boyfriend she's known her whole life she's suddenly - almost inexplicably - swept off her feet by the mysteriously dark foreign stranger who shows up at school, complete with dangerous rumors and oddly inexplicable behavior. Still, it also has a lot of original quirks - like her descriptions of and her characters' dealings with time and timelessness: most intriguing.

The plot is has some great twists and was certainly engaging enough to keep turning pages (all day in fact - I finished it in one Sunday: 1 baby nap time + a few hours after baby's bedtime). All said, I enjoyed it. Enough that I'll look forward to the sequel next summer.

One caveat - her Italian seems lovely, but a good editor. Teeny tiny detail, I know. But still.

GrahamChops posted a great review (he had an advance copy, thank you publishing connections)

Rachel - this is a great beach read. So next time you're in Hawaii...

*Find it here.

1 comment:

  1. Ohh! Sounds good. Thanks for the tip. Maybe I will save it to read next year. I really am going through Hawaii withdrawals. It's bad.