Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Review: Shadow Hills ARC by Anastasia Hopcus

Shadow Hills
Title: Shadow Hills
Author: Anastasia Hopcus
Hardcover: 400 pages
Published: July 2010
Reading Level: YA
My Copy: Book it Forward ARC Tours
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 wicked hearts

Blurb (from

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. 

My quick wicked thoughts...A unique and enthralling spooky romance that will keep you hooked until the end.

Why I was tempted to read this...I had read a few reviews and just the blurb about it made it sound different and fun.

Cover thoughts...It's doesn't blow me away.

Romance meter...heck yes! The intense attraction between Phe and Zach is just perfectly written.  As much as they try to deny it, they have some major sparks going on!

Characters and plot...I really loved the characters in this book.  Phe was interesting and engaging, she is a girl who isnt afraid to go out there and get what she wants!  Zach of course is the unobtainable hot guy that just a nice guy too.  I didn't want to kick him upside the head like I do a lot of guys ha ha.  The mystery of the dreams with town secrets are mixed together perfectly to keep you flipping pages until the end.  As Phe starts to realize that she might be tied into this town and it's future, she is also determining she might have powers she didn't know about.

The was very satisfying but there are still some unanswered questions.  Can't find much on news of a sequel but her blog does say she is working on it, yay!!
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