Saturday, August 06, 2011

Review: Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

Title & Author: Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Series & Genre: Young Adult, (probably a trilogy)

Published on May 10, 2011 (reprint)
Trade paperback, 400 pages

Where did I get this book: Bought

Blurb: 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.

Review:  The book starts out with Phe having a vision/dream of herself in a graveyard, the same dream that she's been having ever since the death of her sister Athena. The story centers around Phe, and her search to find answers regarding her sister's death. While finding clues to why Athena mentioned Shadow Hills, Ma in her diary, she encounters Zach a gorgeous townie who is harboring secrets of his own and like everyone else in the town. 

I really enjoyed this young adult novel more than I expected. Ms. Hopcus is a very talented writer, and her descriptions/details are beautiful. I love Phe and Zach and all the supporting characters like Brody, and even Adriana. This is a fun and different young adult novels, not like what's currently out right now..vampires, werewolves or dystopians. 

Highly recommended to those who love to read YA or something fresh. 

Rating: ★★★★

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