I kept waiting for the kiss that would happen to explain why Dante told Abby she was the one that taught him how to kiss her. But in the end I was disappointed and left with a sense of what should have been. In the end this was a forgettable and unremarkable series because I was not attached to any of the characters.
Aug 01, Cydnie rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading the final book of this series was like going on a long awaited vacation - you plan for it, you wait, you enjoy every minute it, and then when it's almost over [if you're like me I almost didn't want to finish the last few chapters because I didn't want it to be done - yeah, so I'm a dork!
I have enjoyed the development of the story over the course of the three books. One of my favorite characters is still Reading the final book of this series was like going on a long awaited vacation - you plan for it, you wait, you enjoy every minute it, and then when it's almost over [if you're like me One of my favorite characters is still Valerie - she is crazy, but 'sees' what others can't or don't. I am always amazed at authors who are able to weave storylines and characters throughout a series of books so well that while you are reading you keep saying, "What does that mean?
Why did they do that? I tend to read neurotically and have a hard time waiting for things to make sense. I actually wrote the author after The Hourglass Door and listed my questions. She was sweet enough to write back and basically say, "Be patient, they will be answered later. I still think that the second is my favorite, but I was glad that as The Forgotten Locket ended it felt finished.
Good Job, first time author, Lisa Mangum. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!! May 27, Hollie Robb rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok this needs to be 3. She didn't tie in everything. This book was action packed and it was a page turner. It had to be, it had to follow the first two books, or this last book would be boring and it was anything but that. Yes Abby and Dante saved the world along with family and friends but what happen to Leo, and Valerie? How did they moved on with their lives?
I felt like she changed some things like in the first book The Hourglass Door Dante said that he had a lover and her name was Sop Ok this needs to be 3. I felt like she changed some things like in the first book The Hourglass Door Dante said that he had a lover and her name was Sophie. Now in this book Sophie is the name of his daughter? That was a problem for me. Next who was this Giovanni that was mentioned in The Golden Spiral?
When did he go through the Time Machine? Was that part about how to developed photographs the old way was something she through in just to make The Golden Spiral a bigger book, there wasn't a real point to that, or did she deliberately changed some of her rules? I loved how she wrote Zo's character; brilliant. He is possibly the best antagonist that was ever written. Valerie's character was also brilliantly written. Showing her one way, then having her loose sanity.
Valerie's new character, her insane character was just brilliant! I didn't liked the love triangle. At the end of this book Mangum had a choice, she could have let Valerie stay with Leo in the past. Leo and Valerie was forming an attachment, but she chose to keep them friends, little disappointed there, but not much.
I also didn't understand why Dante and Abby would throw-a-way his heart. It was his heart, so why throw it in the river, that was just stupid. Nov 10, Gerie rated it liked it. Even though I liked the book. The constant reference to how confusing time can be - yeah, we get it, you are in multiple places at once.
If we can follow the story of several characters being doubled up, why can't they just follow their own? The fact that even though they looked down the river Dante's gift?? To be able to plan ahead like he did? And the ever obvious Why can't Dante also a Time Master? Couldn't Dante have just gone back to Zo's cell and killed him before he went into the machine?
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Then Abby could appear before Dante, he goes into the machine. But it seems many times authors never go for the obvious, maybe cause they don't see it. I still appreciate the story as a nice read and would recommend it. May 10, Darcy rated it it was ok. To be fair, I was interested enough in this book to read it pretty quickly.
However, I had to stifle my laughs and eye rolls as I read it. The writing attempts to be more important than the story warrants, with a staccato, poetry-like style that is difficult to get past. The constant metaphors for "darkness" and "pain" are distracting "as dark as eyes closed as midnight", or " Additionally, after reading the entire trilogy, I STILL don't understand all the business with the "river of time" and the "bank" and how some people are "tied to the bank" and others can't go through the "black door" again.
It's very convoluted, and never seems to be explained very well. And the things that Abby is able to do with time in this book? Let's just say that you'll really have to use your imagination to see how that is supposed to work. It's an interesting concept, but a disappointing read. Aug 17, Tanya rated it liked it Shelves: Lisa's a wonderful writer.
She can truly weave magic with words and, in many places both in this concluding volume and "The Golden Spiral" before, I enjoyed the poetry of her prose. However, I found the plot dragging in this volume, as well as in "The Golden Spiral," and sensed that she was grabbing to remain in control of the whole time travel element.
I would be very surprised if she outlined this whole series in advance, because it really began to seem as if she was making it up as she went a Lisa's a wonderful writer. I would be very surprised if she outlined this whole series in advance, because it really began to seem as if she was making it up as she went along It didn't seem as if she had all the rules down from the beginning for this "world.
However, I'll be the first to admit that romance is just not my thing and that I'm probably in the minority among women when it comes to that. Still, I loved the fact that we finally got to go to Italy, even if it didn't seem to be for very long. And I look forward to her next project because, as I said, she can really write! Jun 26, Kamilla rated it liked it.
I'm not even sure how I feel about this book. I read it because I was interested in seeing how it all panned out and in hopes that things made sense to me at the end. There is all this talk about closing the loop and preserving time but in the end they actually had to do this far flung thing to do it that made no sense. I know this has something to do with being a "master of time" but that also didn't make sense to me.
In the end because this book deals with time and time travel I just don't think there were any rules laid out and things could change from one moment to the next. And since I don't believe any of the characters understood what was happening everyone was just making things up as they go. Jul 23, Kelly Ha rated it it was amazing. O lol usually i dont do reviews on here a lot unless i really really like the book Aug 29, Karen rated it liked it Shelves: I think the author actually wanted to be a poet.
But I struggle with poetry. This whole book, I was suffocating. I was waiting to burst through the top of the smoke into reality where the story would actually start. My head was filled with clouds or spider webs and I was digging my way through, wondering when I could breathe fresh air again. What in the world are they actually trying to accomplish? Is there a plan? I liked the series in general.
But, it just all got a little too May 31, Amy rated it liked it. More like a 3. I enjoyed the book and probably would have enjoyed it more if I had reread the second book before starting this one. The book was action packed and it did tie back to many of the things from the first 2 books. However, keeping all of the time traveling stuff straight did get confusing at times. Also, I didn't like how the story ended or didn't end for Orlando. He obviously fell in love with Abby and was then forced to wait years for his brother to show up so that Orlando c More like a 3.
He obviously fell in love with Abby and was then forced to wait years for his brother to show up so that Orlando could watch them fall in love - LAME! And then, once he is no longer tied to the bank, you don't hear anything more about him. Dec 12, Amber rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love it when everything works out in the end. I wasn't positive that it all would end up ok.
Our hero was in peril for most of this book, and it seemed that the villain had the upper hand. At one point she looked at all of the work ahead of her to defeat the bad guy and put everything to rights, and she broke down. She lost faith for a minute because it seemed to be an insurmountable mountain to climb, but the consequences of her giving A happy ending!
She lost faith for a minute because it seemed to be an insurmountable mountain to climb, but the consequences of her giving up were too much to pay.
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I thought that it was a really great life lesson. Even though this is a work of fiction, and I doubt that anyone will ever have to hunt down a bad guy that is intent on destroying time, I think it is definitely something worth teaching. No matter how dull the immediate future looks, no matter how much work it's going to take, it will be worth it in the end. You have to put in the work to make your future better. Great lesson, and great story! Five out of five stars to The Forgotten Locket! Jul 23, Shelby rated it really liked it Shelves: For the record, I'm rating this a 3. Read below to see why.
As the last of the Hourglass trilogy, The Forgotten Locket does much to satisfy the readers as well as it can. It starts immediately after Abby steps through the door in The Golden Spiral. She lands in Italy right at the moment where Orlando steps onto the bank the very first time. However, in this book, Dante is back. Despite how much I love toe-curling romantic scenes clean but still sweet between the two, I'd gotten used to reading Abby the solo protagonist.
I actually prefer it that way. Also, to be nitpicky, view spoiler [ the beginning of the book was hard to read. As I mentioned before, I really like the Abby who is strong and capable. But right of the bat, she loses her memory of And for a good several chapters, she is clueless and frustrating to read about. I wanted to facepalm, but at least I kept reading for the sake of knowing how everything would turn out hide spoiler ]. Actually, the end was a little difficult to swallow, but I think that was just me being a fangirl. I think the ending was, in a way, satisfying to end this trilogy but also bittersweet.
I'm betting that anyone who reads this book wanted it to be the other way around with Abby and Dante both becoming Masters of Time. Oh well, I'll settle for this. The Forgotten Locket was better than The Hourglass Door but not as good as to warrant a 4 star rating. I liked the setting here. For the most part, the entire book was placed in Italy during the time of beautiful paintings, courtly romances, and Leonardo da Vinci. I loved the development of Orlando, who eventually becomes Leo five hundred years later. We finally learn the secret behind his enigmatic behavior in the present and why he calls Abby his "lady of the light.
We also got a lot more of the bank and the door and how everything was going to pieces. Zo was the perfect villain; you wanted to shoot his face every time he was in the picture, but you also found his parts in the book to be the most interesting, where the most action and adventure takes place. I still have a hard time imagining the bank and the river, but I think that's just my tendency to gloss over important details. Overall, it was a nice ending to the trilogy.
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But something just seemed a little off to me. I was left a little disappointed by the end. However, the series itself, IMO, is still an underrated fantasy series. If anything, I would recommend it for a person not looking to seriously commit to a series but still wants to be entertained. Aug 19, Ruth rated it liked it. I gave this book three stars, not because it wasn't great, but because I began to have a seriously problem with the unraveling and turning of the plotline.
Personal taste, totally subjective, but again, I am a logically-driven person. If it's too far away from anything resembling logic this was then I have trouble thoroughly enjoying it.
I hope she stays in fantasy as she is fabulous, but this book, well, I felt like I gave this book three stars, not because it wasn't great, but because I began to have a seriously problem with the unraveling and turning of the plotline. It felt so stagnant, even though plenty happened. I think the whole story was extremely ambitious for a first-time writer and I applaud her efforts. The other thing that put a huge damper on my ability to enjoy this book, was the way she resolved it in the end.
I'm sorry, but I just couldn't appreciate the "all-magical mysterious time power" of Abby's that magically fixed everything in the end. There are about other ways that I could have thought to fix the story that didn't involve inventing something pinch-hit-like at the end. To name a few: If he can kill Dante back in time, why can't Abby do the same to Zo's past? This was the 1 obvious choice on fixing the timeline.
This was still never EVER logically explained away. Why it was better to have him GO through the door. I mean, come on, if you're going to write a time book, what is the point of a time travel story if you CAN'T go back in time and change anything. Change Dante getting blinded, Change V getting killed by Zo Yes they went back in time, but they changed things by accident and as the opportunity arose--not due to intention.
I can't express enough my disappointment. I really wish she would have explained better how one determines WHEN in time one travels when going through the door. It was implied that this was done through the Roman Numeral tattoos on the wrists. But Abby never had those tattoos. Perhaps that was why she went to the beginning of when the door was built, but she didn't exactly, she only went as far back as when Orlando RETURNED through the door--how he did that we never found out either. In the end, I found this a very engaging, interesting read, but the 2nd two books were so irritating to me that I don't intend to read them again.
I think I will quite enjoy reading Book 1 again now that I know the entire story. Extremely creative no doubt, but time travel suggests logical puzzles that CAN'T be solved. I should've known better. Has absolutely nothing to do with the mass of the book. Feb 26, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: The Hourglass Door Trilogy has slowly become one of those series I couldn't wait to read the next book in. I loved the characters and the plot but there were some elements, mainly the time traveling and river, that left me a little confused.
Jump ahead to the second book, The Golden Spiral, and things really picked up. There was action, adventure, and the characters continued to grow and develop right before my eyes. Th The Hourglass Door Trilogy has slowly become one of those series I couldn't wait to read the next book in. It ended in a cliffhanger and like every fantasy reader cliffhangers just make me want to read the next book immediately. So now, we've come to the end of the Hourglass Door Trilogy and I have to say that The Forgotten Locket is the perfect ending to a wonderful and amazing series.
Lisa Mangum absolutely knows how to take a story, develop it right before your eyes and wrap it up with no loose ends. Everything that I loved about the previous two books, mainly the characterizations and plot line, continued throughout The Forgotten Locket.
Abby, Dante, Zo and Valerie continued to become fleshed out characters that are multi-dimensional. So many authors get wrapped up in ending the series that they forget to let the characters continue to grow. Luckily for readers, Lisa Mangum seized the opportunity to let her characters grow while finishing the series. The Forgotten Locket is just as much a page turner as the previous books in the series.
However, I did start to feel the novel drag a little towards the end but this could be because things were wrapping up and the plot was starting to come full circle. One of the elements that I was still a little confused about, the river of time, really did come together in the end. After reading all three books it makes sense.
It still might be a little confusing if you just take it at face value in the first or second book, but when you put all three together it just fits. While I really enjoyed the characters and plot development, what I absolutely loved about The Forgotten Locket was the way that Lisa Mangum tied everything together. Little clues that were dropped in previous novels are brought back and explained in further detail. I thought this was a nice touch and a great way to acknowledge the previous novels without rehashing everything for the readers.
Overall, I thought this was a perfect way to end the series. In fact, I couldn't think of a better way to end it if I had written it. There was just the right blend of sweet romance between Abby and Dante, and heart pounding action between Dante, Zo and Abby. Lisa Mangum is an amazingly gifted author who really hit the fantasy scene with an outstanding debut. While the door for this series comes to a close, I really can't wait to see what new door opens for Lisa Mangum as I am almost certain that this will not be the last we hear from her.
Jun 28, Christy LoveOfBooks rated it liked it. Instead of having to wait a year between each book, I was able to read all three in the span of three months, so my memory of the books were still fresh. After reading The Spiral Staircase book two , I was hoping the Author would pull everything together in this one, and she pretty much did. I don't think I could say that I liked this book better than the first two.
Honestly, the second book is the best in the trilogy, in my opini The Forgotten Locket is the final book in The Hourglass Trilogy. Honestly, the second book is the best in the trilogy, in my opinion. Mangum writes beautifully, and I love the use of songs and poems in the book, but it seemed like the majority of the book was filler. It just kept going on and on with Dante and Abby saving each other - back and forth. It wasn't until maybe the last 6 or 7 chapters that it actually got to the point of why they were there I won't say exactly where.
Even though everything connected to the first and second book, there was something that was never really explained. I wanted to know who Sofia was so badly, because she was mentioned a few times mysteriously in the first two books. When she was mentioned in this book, I thought finally it will be explained, but no AND if it's who they kind of suggested it could be, then that doesn't even make sense with what was said in the first two books. That kind of stuff annoys me. Something I really liked about the book was how all the characters who went through the hourglass door had their own unique abilities.
For instance Abby could speak the language of time, Dante could see the future in the river of time, and Valerie had the ability to see how peoples' stories would play out depending on the choices they make. Valerie was my favorite character - what can I say, I like them a little crazy. I also love how Orlando refuses to make wishes because he feels like they are just reminders of what you don't have. I liked the book because it ended the story and brought closer to the first two books, except for the blasted Sofia issue. As for the trilogy, overall I'm glad I read them.
Dec 20, Cindy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have loved this story from the first book. It just keeps getting better and better with each book, if that's possible. I love the premise of the story, time travel through a time machine made by Da Vinci, brilliant! The world that Mrs. Mangum creates on the bank of the river and the river it's self was wonderful.
I could picture this amazing river, flowing and rumbling with the pictures of time. Now however the river of time is in danger and Abby, and Dante need to heal it Absolutely amazing!! Now however the river of time is in danger and Abby, and Dante need to heal it and close the circle of time. From the first page I was riveted and so anxious this story just plows through were it left off. I love Abby and Dante's love and caring nature for each other, the author does a great job showing us how much they love and care for each other.
Abby is still that strong and vivacious, girl willing to do what ever to save those she loves. Dante is strong, confident, amazing, and gentle with Abby so swoon worthy. They have the love that dreams are made of. Orlando was great in this story too, and some things are revealed to help round out his character and fill in the lope holes or questions I had about him. Great description throughout story as well felt like I was there for all these wonderful and anxious moments that happend.
I am actually sad to leave these characters that I enjoyed so much! I loved how it all ended,it was wonderful! Thanks Lisa for such an amazing journey through the Hourglass Door! Jul 12, Michelle Christensen rated it it was ok Shelves: As with most series I have been reading lately, I feel the last one isn't nearly as good as the first. There were some major problems for me in this book, though. First, I felt like she did some foreshadowing in the first two books that were never answer in the final book.
For instance, why spend so much time and heavy emphasis on taking pictures to preserve time in the second book when it barely receives one or two lines of attention in the 3rd book. Also, she kept mentioning Sofia int he first As with most series I have been reading lately, I feel the last one isn't nearly as good as the first. Also, she kept mentioning Sofia int he first two books. All that came out of that is a one-liner that indicates Sofia is a future daughter. Because these books were so different, I really felt like I was reading after-thought sequels rather than one compelling story that was broken into three different books.
The books had the same characters and kind of the same story, but the plots were so vastly different. It seems to me that she thought up the stories as she went along rather than knowing the whole plot line at the beginning. That leads to very disjointed work.
If authors insist on writing sequels, they still need to do the work of making one complete story line before they ever publish the first book. Oct 12, Beth rated it did not like it. This book had so much wrong with it, I'm not sure where to start. But I feel that a one-star rating deserves some explanation, so here are a few of the lowlights: I can only understand your rating if I assume that it's been so long since you read a good book you've forgotten what it's like.
Please take the time to read something wonderful, and then you'll stop hating me for this review. May 27, Mariah Gerlach rated it liked it. Pretty good wrap-up of the trilogy, though I definitely liked The Hourglass Door the best.
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I was glad for a couple of scenes that through off the predictability of the storyline. The premise behind the locket itself was pretty interesting, though I would have liked to have had more explanation on several things. Like how exactly the locket was Dante's heart, and how music and the river were connected. The idea of gifts given through those that went through the door was also interesting, but I Pretty good wrap-up of the trilogy, though I definitely liked The Hourglass Door the best. The idea of gifts given through those that went through the door was also interesting, but I would have liked to understand that better as well.
Not a stand-alone book. A lot of what happens in the first two is very important. I feel like I might have understood it a little better had I read those more recently. It really is a great wrap-up for the trilogy. People who bought this also bought. The Golden Spiral Lisa Mangum. The Hourglass Door Lisa Mangum. Michael Vey 7 Richard Paul Evans. King's Cage Victoria Aveyard. China Rich Girlfriend Kevin Kwan. Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty. A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness.
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