Review: Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

by Anastasia Hopcus

Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 13th 2010


Details from Goodreads:

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.


After I saw it in booksale, well I didn’t think twice. Just bought it with so much delight and run toward my room.
I want to like it and I did. Every pages gets exciting, more mystery and darker however half way through it. It gets boring, confusing, annoying, nonsense and flap! It goes downward spiral.

The first pages held my attention. [Phe dreams about Zach before meeting him] Well A big one star for that. She deliver well the mystery with mr. creepiness and mrs. weirdness. And two more for the cover, plot and writing. The writing is pretty good and well descriptive that gives more focus on what she’s seeing. Though her perspective is kind of boring.
I feel like Shadow Hills barely scratched the surface of many of the mysteries Phe uncovered, and there are many more mysteries left to explore in the world Anastasia Hopcus has created.
Like I say It’s a good mystery. The author emphasis a big one however It didn’t grown to the story and another one grows and again it fails to bloom. In short the book fails to explain things that are more important and the nonsense one are suddenly pop up and give story line more shits.

I might give this another try. If theres a sequel of Shadow Hills but for now 2.5 over 5.

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