Review: Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus


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. (Source:Goodreads)

My Review:

When I first started the book, I was intrigued but wary. There were a few times I had my doubts – the dialogue was awkward and stilted sometimes. But by the time I finished, I was 100% hooked and I am now foaming at the mouth in anticipation of the sequel. This is going to be one fantastic series!

The plot is so unique, the way Anastasia Hopcus is weaving the supernatural side of the story is very original and captivating. The way it is blended somehow with genetics and ancestry makes a great mystery and I can’t wait to see what turn the series will take next.

Phe is a fun and engaging character, whether she is with Zach and surrounded by relationship intensity or with her friends Toy and Adriana and consumed with girly things. Her part of the magical mystery the town is steeped in is not fully developed yet, and I can’t wait to see what happens next with her character either!

So, even though the book isn’t perfect, this is a brilliant start to a series and I am absolutely going to be reading the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on it.

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  • Jenny July 14, 2010, 8:51 pm

    I'm seeing this book everywhere! It's nice to know it started a little slow for you but left you hooked. I always like to know that upfront so I stick with it through the less intriguing moments and make it to the real content.

    I'll be checking this one out:)


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