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Thursday, September 16, 2010

REVIEW: Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

His love captivated her... his secrets might kill her.

Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.

Book: Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Shadow Hills, #1
Free or Purchased: Library
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucket (2 Zombies)

I don't know quite what it was about them, but the characters in Shadow Hills just weren't very likable. They didn't annoy me or anything, I just didn't care what happened to them. Well, except for the main character Phe's friends Adriana and Brody. They were just adorable, and I'll probably get the second book in the series when it comes out solely because of these two characters. Nothing besides them in the entire book interested me, but they were so made of awesome that they (somewhat) redeemed it.

The MC, Persephone "Phe" Archer was a bit too self-absorbed for my tastes, and bordered on obsessive with her relationship with local hottie Zach who had absolutely zero personality past cool and "mysterious." She cried about her dead sister every once in a while, but never though of her longer than was necessary to remind the reader that she had, in fact, lost her sister. It was, to be honest, annoying, since she didn't seem to care unless she was sobbing. Also, the supposed Cali best friend, Ariel, was called once and texted once. Seriously, if I moved away, I would be calling/texting/emailing/IMing my BFF all the time, not just ignoring her existence!

Another annoying thing (only for SoCal people) is that the author completely killed LA in her description. Where are the supposed kids selling star maps at every street corner? Since when is preppy not in everywhere on earth? Does every single person in SoCal suddenly have an irrational love of surfing and indie music? If you're going to go into any detail about LA, you need to know that it isn't full of happy tourists and celebrity wannabes. It's all poor people, gangsters, and lost tourists because the on ramp mysteriously changes location every 5.8 seconds. It's nothing like what you see on television, and is nowhere near any beaches. RESEARCH, people!

Okay, sorry about that, back to the important stuff. The writing was actually pretty good, so I could dislike the book without wanting to IMMEDIATELY put it down and go watch bad romantic comedies until I went into a coma. Good thing, right?

Then there were the two good things in this book: Brody and Adriana. Brody was cute and sullen and a pot-head and just totally awesome! I felt so bad for him, but he was definitely the best character in the book. I just wanna give him a big hug :) Adriana was one of those funny spoiled Southern chicks, and I loved her for it. At first I though I would hate her, but when she pulled out the booze, I knew we would be friends.

Overall, it wasn't a very good book, but worthy of buying the sequel when it comes out to hear more about the awesome side characters that we didn't get enough of in this book. Also, I need to find out how Hekate and BVs are related. If you've read the book, you'll know exactly what I mean, and if you haven't I spoiled nothing. Win, win, right? Right.


Savannah said...

I'm so sorry you didn't like it. HOpefully next time around will be better for you. I enjoyed the book. Nice review and very cool in being honest.

Inspired Kathy said...

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Stray said...

hi im a new follower through FF! have a great weekend!


Jennifer said...

Hi Cade. Dropping by on follow friday. New follower. I have considered Shadow Hills several times but always put it back on the shelf...maybe that was a good thing.


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