Friday, August 6, 2010

Shadow Hills By Anastasia Hopcus

Barnes&Noble Syn
opsis: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.

Upon reading, I knew from the first three pages that I was going to enjoy the plot. Situations present themselves, and I knew it was going to be a nail biting mystery. Phe is not just some ordinary girl who rolls over and plays dead, she is a force to be reckoned with, and doesn't back down from any challenge. She is in Shadow Hills for a reason, and she's not going to stop turning over rocks until she finds out what that reason is.
Zach's character is interesting, not only because of his secrets, but his familiarity to Phe.
Things began happening, and not knowing who to trust, who's bad or who's good? made this book even more tasty. Once you think you solved it, BAM! just like that people aren't what they seem, and things are only going to get weirder. If you like a mystery with twists and turns, lust and betrayal, Anastasia Hocus's "Shadow Hills" is for you.