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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review Of Shadow Hills By Anastasia Hopcus

Author: Anastasia Hopcus
Pages: 400
Publisher: Egmont
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
Source: Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Hills-Anastasia-Hopcus/dp/1606840835 ) (also link to BUY THIS BOOK)

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.

, I was hooked from the first page. For a debut novel Anastasia writes herself a wonderful story. I love the character of Persephone "Phe" Archer (Phe is pronounced like Fee). She is one of those character's that you wish you had as a friend. Her love interest Zach is a guy you would want to date yourself. They have this instant chemistry that is just undeniable. The supporting character's of Graham, Adriana, Toy, and Brody are the perfect contrast to Zach and Phe. They compliment as well as make you want to know their behind the scenes stories. the characters Trent and Corinne are what you would consider to be the mean boy/girl. They really are characters you love to hate and give a b*tch to. I fell so hard for Zach and Phe's plight that I felt I had a vested interest in what happened to them. This was a great roller coaster ride of intrigue and who done it. I loved the whole us vs them aspect as well. It was basically Zach and Phe against the town of Shadow Hills or more accurately the council of Shadow Hill. If you love a good what is up with the town story as well as a who did it mystery than Shadow Hills is the book for you. It has a little Greek God and Goddess' history intertwined with good strong story telling. I really could not put this book down. I am praying there is going to be another book to make this a series. On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 20. Yes, I know it is off the scale but it is that good. Anastasia is the second debut novelist that I have fallen in love with. Her and Alice Clayton have such an amazing talent when it comes to story telling that I can't wait to read more from them. Anastasia is simply a fantastic author that everyone should be looking out for in the future. EVERYONE NEEDS TO PICK UP A COPY OF SHADOW HILLS. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY.



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