by Anastasia Hopcus
Book Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.
Shadow Hills by the wonderful, spectacular, amazing, author, Anastasia Hopcus!
I went to Austin Teen Book Festival and was able to meet Anastasia and shortly after she left early, was able to get an ARC of Shadow Hills! YAY!
I read it in one day.
I loved it.
This book was able to put you into a modern yet out of touch world that will send very creepy vibes your way.
On the back it states this is a Thriller (yes, I had a brief flash of MJ too). This book is a thriller. And, I have to say, Anastasia KNOWS how to write some fight scenes! Whoa.
The whole time a fight went one, specifically one I am referring too close to ending, I knew exactly what was going on, who was hurt, and who had the upper hand.
Shadow Hills gave a blend of Scientific Fantasy, Romance, and Wich Fantasy at the same time.
I give it a A++!