Author: Anastasia Hopcus
Page Count: 400 pages
Genre: young adult, sci-fi/fantasy/romance
Copy for review provided by Around the World Tours in anticipation of an honest review
50 words or less: Persephone Archer enrolls at Devenish Prep to come to grips with her sister's death and her own creepy dreams. She meets a hottie, uncovers a mystery, risks death and destruction, and finds some answers, although not the ones she'd thought she'd find.
The buzz surrounding Shadow Hills is excellent, and upon finishing the book, I can say that I understand why people are raving. The story is unique, and while the standard elements of YA mystery and romance are all here in force, they serve as the backdrop for a puzzle that's engaging, a romance that's sweet, and the first strains of a series that will be a lot of fun to follow.
The students who live and study at Devenish Prep can best be described through the following audio visual aid:
Phe immediately meets Zach, a resident of the town of Shadow Hills and a student at the school and the attraction between them is intense, although they both do their best to deny or avoid it. Phe's feelings on the subject can pretty much be summed up as follows:
What took center stage for me, though, was the side plot regarding the epidemic, the mysterious powers manifesting themselves among the residents of the town, the murder mystery, the mysterious powers that Phe herself seems to be developing, the need for secrecy at all times, and so many other details it's impossible to note them all here. The ending leaves many questions unanswered, but at least Phe and Zach's relationship status is certain:
The door is wide open for a sequel and hopefully more time will be spent on the open issues at the end of this book. It's a good summer book and I highly recommend it to while away those hours on the beach, in the car, or stuck inside on a rainy day.
Overall Grade: B+