Publisher: Egmont USA.
Release Date: July 13th 2010.
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.
Shadow Hills stands alone as a new kid on the paranormal playground. It’s different supernatural elements and plot twists that swing back into earlier centuries contributed to it’s uniqueness and, fortunately, it’s awesomeness.
I think I had prepared myself for either vampires or werewolves, so I was flabbergasted when neither of them made appearances in the book. Instead, Anastasia Hopcus uses a new, unexplored and fascinating kind of supernaturalism that was so enthralling to read since it was all new to me. Match that with the swoon-worthy romance between Phe, the protagonist and Zach, the mysterious and handsome love interest who is fiercely protective of Phe, and you get a novel that will appeal to all readers of the paranormal spectrum.
There were a few little things that I didn’t enjoy so much; Phe’s knack for putting herself into dangerous situations got to be a bit much after awhile and sometimes it felt like the plot was kind of just thrown at me. But other than that, Shadow Hills ended on a positive note.
And the ending .. One of the most intense, on-the-edge-of-your-freaking-seat endings I have ever read. I gasped and cried and it somehow managed to awaken my adrenaline, which isn’t very common when it comes to reading books.
Overall, Shadow Hills is a fantastic debut from Anastasia Hopcus. The writing is simple yet smooth at the same time. The plot is different but edgy and very engaging. And the ending will leave you wanting more and more. I certainly hope that there is going to be a follow-up because I’m dying to see where the plot twists will take Phe and Zach next!