Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shadow Hills

Author: Anastasia Hopcus
 Rating: 4.37
 Summary: 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. (From

I'm FINALLY done with this book! I don't think I've ever taken so long to read a book. And I really liked it. It reminded me soooo much of Fallen by Lauren Kate. Even their writing style was similar. I think this book was a mix of Pretty Little Liars and Fallen. It had the mystery and suspense of Pretty Little Liars, bu the Gothic boarding school and love of Fallen. I was really smitten by this book, and until about 5/6 through the book I could put it down. It was a real page-turner. And although at times the romance between Zach and Phe was extremely annoying because it was so mushy, I really liked Phe. She was curious to learn about everything, and she went about it in a smart way.
    Also, maybe it was the way I dragged out the ending, but the end of the book was the worst part. The climax was really quick, and left me feeling like "that's it?".  I got into a state of mind where I was not caring what was happening.
    But, I really did like this book. But from the ending, I might be hesitant to read the sequel if there is one. I wouldn't mind continuing to read about Phe, but she and Zach were not romantic, they were ridiculous. But If you like that extremely mushy romance, with mystery and a little paranormalcy mixed in, then you'll love this book.

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