Saturday, March 13, 2010

Shadow Hills

Shadow Hills
by Anastasia Hopcus

Summary (from Goodreads):
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 backdrop of this book is so well done, that you get sucked straight into what is going on. When Phe starts noticing that her crush Zach has some serious abnormalities - she starts to wonder what is going on and why Shadow Hills is the place her sister wanted to go to before she died. What she discovers is a genetic phenomenon that took place in the 1700s after a epidemic that left only certain townies alive.

The divide between the students from town and the student who are boarding at the school is so definite. They don't consort or befriend - but Phe cannot help but keep attracting the attention of Zach and they become more than just classmates as the book progresses.

I really liked the setup of this book, the reason behind which Phe leaves for Shadow Hills, the lurking mystery behind the town, and the interesting characters. After this book, I need more and I hope Hopcus has a few more books in store for us.

5/5 Roses

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Book provided for by Around the World Book Tours.


  1. This book looks so good! ALSO, please kick my butt so I remember to upload those pictures!

  2. Great review, Kristen! I've read the first chapter, which was pretty awesome, and I'm glad the rest of the book was great as well. The plot sounds intriguing, and I can't wait to get my hands on Shadow Hills! :D

  3. Great review!
    I have read a few rave reviews on this book. That is a dead hint I need to get a copy!

  4. This sounds like an intriguing, creepy novel. :-) You definitely piqued my curiosity.

  5. I'm so happy that you enjoyed Shadow Hills. Thanks for the informative and well-written review!

  6. I want this book so bad. I think I've filled out for every contest giving it away lol. It looks so good. Thanks for the review :)


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