Friday, May 14, 2010

YA review: Shadow Hills

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.  (summary from Barnes and Noble)

Follow this link to read an excerpt from Shadow Hills. 

My thoughts...This was a fantastic book!  Shadow Hills is an unexpected tale of mystery, magic, and love.  This unique paranormal plot is free of the usual vampires and werewolves.  It immediately grabbed me and sucked me right in to the suspenseful storyline.  The action is continuous, leaving readers guessing what is going to happen next.  I was even a bit spooked during parts of the book.  The scenes were very well written with a lot of vivid descriptions.  I felt like I was there, running through a cemetery with the main character.   The heroine, Phe, finds herself in several situations that would leave most of us with nightmares for a week. 

Phe's dreams and her deceased sister's diary lead her to a prep school in the creepy town of Shadow Hills.  Here we meet other characters, including some suspicious townspeople, some dorm friends, and the town hottie, Zach.  In enjoyed all of the characters in the book, especially Phe.  Her character had her flaws which made her feel believable.  There was some serious chemistry between several of the couples.  It was well written with just the right amount of angst. 

This well written, YA paranormal book is a hit debut for author Anastasia Hopcus.  Her creative writing style infuses various sub-plots in a way that keeps the reader entertained without confusing them.  This original storyline will appeal to YA fans of all ages.  I will be watching for another Shadow Hills books.  I have a feeling we can expect more great things from this author. 

Enjoy the trailer...

*Shadow Hills will be released in July, 2010.  Preorder your copy from booksellers such as Barnes and Noble or Borders
*For more information, visit Anastasia Hopcus at her website.

*This ARC was provided by the author/publisher for my honest opinion. 


Book Crazy Jenn said...

I totally agree, fantastic - wonderful review! :)

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

Loved your review! This book is a fabulous read.

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