Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Book Review #238 - Shadow Hills (Shadow Hills #1) by Anastasia Hopcus

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 Rating: 4/5
This book was unlike anything I had previously read before. The plot was entirely unique and the paranormal aspect was the most intriguing part.
The characters were all likeable. I didn't absolutely love any of them but they were well developed and relatable.
I really liked the idea of Phe's sister's diary having clues about Shadow Hills but I just thought that a lot more could have been done with it.
There were a lot of questions left unanswered at the end of the book and so I can't wait to read the next book. I am also interested in the Phe's powers that she developed at the end of this book.

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