Jun 28, 2010

Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

Shadow Hills
Author:  Anastasia Hopcus
Publisher:  Egmont USA
Release Date:  July 13th

From Goodreads: 

His love captivated her... his secrets might kill her.

Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.


The one word that comes to my head when trying to describe Shadow Hills is different.  It was refreshing to read.

I loved how the town was incorporated and infact a huge part of the mystery. The town of Shadow Hills is creepy, and very interesting.  I was immediately taken in by how creepy and odd the town was.  I wanted to know more.  The history of Shadow Hills with the plague, and quarantine was to me the best part of Shadow Hills

Phe is a good character, but has that character trait most female protogonist have in young adults book, the lack of common sense.   Constantly going out of her way to put herself in unsafe situations sometimes left me sighing.  Zach is silent, but drop dead gorgeous.  Umm, I bet you didn't see that coming. ; ) I would really love to see a romance in a young adult that isn't quickly formed.  Usually there is some unexplainable connection and immediate feelings, and poof, it's love...Shadow Hills didn't sway from the norm.  

I really enjoy the secret mystery Shadow Hills was hiding, but I didn't feel that immediate danger that the author was trying to put out there.  The why, and how really felt like it was lacking.  Shadow Hills is a decent enjoyable read, though not a favorite. 

1 comment:

  1. It sounds great. I need to try it. I love that it has mystery elements.


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