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Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

July 23rd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Publication Date: July 13, 2010

Publisher: EgmontUSA

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from After her sister Athena’s tragic death, it’s obvious that grief-stricken Persephone “Phe” Archer no longer belongs in Los Angeles. Hoping to make sense of her sister’s sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA — a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.

Once there, Phe quickly realizes that something is deeply amiss in her new town. Not only does Shadow Hills’ history boast an unexplained epidemic that decimated hundreds of its citizens in the 1700s, but its modern townies also seem eerily psychic, with the bizarre ability to bend metal. Even Zach — the gorgeous stranger Phe meets and immediately begins to lust after — seems as if he is hiding something serious. Phe is determined to get to the bottom of it. The longer she stays there, the more she suspects that her sister’s untimely death and her own destiny are intricately linked to those who reside in Shadow Hills.

This book sounded amazing reading the book blurb and I was curious what type of paranormal creatures the townies were going to turn out to be.  It was nice change to find out that they are not your stereotypical paranormal creatures that have been all the rage lately.  Overall the characters were great.   I wish we had seen more background of Phe’s sister’s interest in Shadow Hills as it seemed a little glossed over why Phe felt the need to enroll in Devenish Prepatory just because her sister receives something from them after her death.  Phe’s friend Adriana was a crack up.  At first it seems she’s going to be a spoiled rich girl who is the opposite of Phe and possibly her adversary but they end up being close friends.   I even liked Corinne, the sister of Zach, the gorgeous guy Phe falls for.  She initially seems to be just a b*!ch but as the story goes on you start to see different sides to her personality and why she seems to hate Phe so much.   I hate to admit that the only character I disliked was Zach.  I felt like his character fell flat.  He was handsome, sweet and protective of Phe but there was nothing about him that reaches out and grabs the reader.  He just seems to be a placeholder as the stereotypical hot guy that the main character needs to fall for.

Still the story had me engrossed and I could not put the book down.  The history of the townies was intriguing and I cannot wait to find out more about The Banished and what their larger plans are for Phe.  This is definitely a great book to pick up for a summer read.

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One Response

  1. Michelle

    Yay for 4 out of 5 stars. I’m not going to read the entirety of this review because this book is actually one of the next that I have in my pole to read and I don’t want to be spoiled :)

    I’m glad you enjoyed it so much.

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