Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 16/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 20/20
Overall: 91/100 or A
Source: Publisher
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 and also because it is the last piece of mail that her sisters gets.
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 and finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.
I could relate to Phe a lot through out the book. I lost a sister and the grief, while intense was perfectly mastered in this book. I love that Phe was curious about Shadow Hills and wanted to uncover what was happening there. I liked that she was brave and would go against what was safe. I also love Zach. He was so sweet to Phe and also cared about his family and friends. I love that there was humor in this book, even though it is a mystery. Hopcus crafts the story as she weaves it into a story that will keep you guessing and turning the page. I hope that there will be a sequel for Shadow Hills, because I have so many questions left about this book. I felt that this book has it cliches and could have been more original, but the town and there secrets did make for some interesting and unique book. Hopcus is an awesome writer that created a fantastic book that kept me guessing. I recommend Shadow Hills to fans of Paranormal Romance.

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