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Shadow Hills (Shadow Hills #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,428 Ratings  ·  459 Reviews
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 i ...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Egmont USA
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Anastasia Hopcus
Oct 02, 2009 Anastasia Hopcus rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wasn't going to rate my own book, but then a friend pointed out that even a presidential candidate gets to vote for themselves. So hooray for my book-baby!
Loved it. I would have never guessed that this is Anastasia Hopcus debut novel. She is an extraordinary writer. Original, addictive and wonderfully descriptive. It is a fast paced and gripping read that had me constantly guessing. When one mystery was solved another would arise. One scene also had my heart pumping and gave me chills. I also loved the paranormal element in this story is refreshingly different from other books out there. A mix of science, magic and mythology.

Phe, the main charact
Apr 19, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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Shelves: favorites, para-other
Shadow Hills was so engrossing, I couldn't put it down. I found myself almost frantic, needing to know what was going to happen next. The story is a compelling mystery with an amazing mix of science and magic. I don't think I have ever read a book like this before. I loved every scene, no, every single word of this novel. I can say, without a doubt, Shadow Hills is going to be one of my top picks of 2010, as it has already been added to my short list of favorite books of all time.

After the death
Jul 15, 2010 daisychainbooks rated it really liked it
Shadow Hills has been a hotly anticipated 2010 release around the blogosphere, and now I know why! Anastasia Hopcus has delivered a great story combining elements of gothic mystery with Greek mythology, shady town secrets, great characters, and one of the hottest YA romances I’ve read in a while. If you’ve been getting a little tired of the same old paranormal romance, then this book is for you. I can guarantee you won’t have read anything quite like it before! I raced through this book in one s ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
Shadow Hills is an intriguing mix of Greek mythology, mystery, romance, and a hint of suspense. From page one, readers will be sucked in to the captivating world that Hopcus has created. It is vibrant, full of life, and descriptions.

The premise of Shadow Hills is completely engaging. You enter into the novel believing that Phe is mainly wanting to find answers about her sister's life. But what you get is so much more. This is really a story within a story. And I have to applaud Hopcus for being
Jul 15, 2010 Meaghan rated it it was amazing
This is a book I have been really excited about, I saw it at BEA and was pining after it but could not manage to get a copy. But when I got to ALA and saw it again I was lucky enough to get a copy and I think I even did a little happy dance when I did. This is another book that I started and finished in one day, even though it is almost 400 pages, but I am on vacation so reading is taking priority right now :)

One of the things I like about this book is that the "paranormal" element is not what y
Dec 09, 2009 Emilee rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

The back story of Shadow Hills is so deep and well developed that you can’t help but suspect everyone right off the bat, even though you’re not sure what exactly you are suspecting them of. The first chapter is a fabulous opening. It’s informative, visual, and suspenseful. You get a small dose of everything the book has to offer.

The characters all have a unique personality that doesn’t get lost, no matter how many twists and turns Anastasia puts them through. Phe is ballsy and headst
Sep 16, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing
There is always a set amount of mystery and suspense when it comes to pretty much any, if not all, paranormal books that I've read, but Shadow Hills really tops it off in the what-the-hell-is-going-on category! This book left me guessing through out the entire story and I couldn't for the life of me guess what the paranormal element could have been, that's pretty impressive when a book can keep me on my toes like this, so needless to say, I had a lot of fun with this book.

Phe is a very likable c
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Since the death of her sister, Phe has felt empty, aimless, and lost, her world now turned upside-down with grief and regret. When she starts having strange dreams similar to ones her own sister had suffered from before her death, Phe searches for answers. Answers which she believes can be found at Devenish Prep in the small town of Shadow Hills, Massachusetts. Little does she know that this small town not only holds the key to her understanding herself and her sister, but it
I am abandoning 'Shadow Hills', a long-time shelf-squatter, after reading exactly 16% and feeling an umcomfortable amount of ennui and an intolerable degree of familiarity:

A high school senior, who had a kind of fall-out with her parents or other next-of-kins, who are consequently relieved to get rid of her, enrolls in an old-campus-style, posh and remote boarding-school, which had come to her notice by some kind of mysterious destiny / inexplicable coincidence, and hopes it will give her answer
Raquel Domingos
Feb 24, 2014 Raquel Domingos rated it it was ok
My first review yaay :)
Ok, so I couldn't finish to read the book, I honestly couldn't bring myself to do it ( I read almost the whole book, I only had a few pages left).
First of all: the Phersephone is stupid, I won't say that she is copletely dumb, but she isnt very smart.
Second: The love between Phe and Zach doesn't touch me at all, it is not convincing, they don't even know each other and they are saying "I love you" (I'm not saying that every story that has love at first glance sucks, wh
Kim Q
Jan 21, 2010 Kim Q rated it it was amazing
If I could describe Shadow Hills in three words, I would say: refreshing, beautiful, and captivating…it will capture your attention through most of its entirety. Phe is now one of my favorite characters all time (Funny because when I took the character quiz a few months ago, I got her…)

I loved how the plot was played out. Although there are parts that are a teensy bit predictable, others will leave you shocked because you just won’t see that coming. The secret was nothing I could have thought of
Jul 08, 2011 Skye rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

Reading Shadow Hills felt like going back in time to where all the books I read were paranormal romances cut from the same cloth. During this I wasn't feeling what the characters were, but feeling nostalgic, laughing "recurring dream sequence at the beginning! Old pal!" and "love interest who's so suddenly and deeply in love with our protagonist that he confesses his uber-secret non-human species! It's been too long!"

So I kind of regarded
Dec 13, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Lately I've been reading lots books and most of them were about werewolves and vampires, and I'm kind of tired of it. Shadow Hills was definitely not one of those books. It was so original and well written. Every time I stopped reading it, I found myself thinking about the book and always asking myself "OMIGOD! what's gonna happen next!" Phe is a relatable character, she's fun and reckless and that's something I like cause what fun would it be reading a book where the main character's always afr ...more
Apr 02, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing
With the stunning cover this one has and tagline of "His love captivated her...His secrets might kill her." it's simply a given to say that I was excepting greatness from Shadow Hills, and lucky enough for me, greatness it exactly what I received! Since Shadow Hills was a fast paced and captivating novel that went as far as to show that Anastasia Hopcus is a fantastic new star in the YA world!

Phe is character who's hard not to love because she had a backbone and constantly stood up for what she
Dec 29, 2011 Sophia rated it did not like it
Oh, I hate writing negative reviews! So much! But really, what I'm about to write isn't going to be a review as much as it's going to be a rant. A rant on why I really, really disliked this book and why it was a chore to get through.

Before we get started, let me just say, I wanted to put this book down at pg 280. However, because I hate giving up on books, I made it through all 388 pages. Let me just tell you, though, that I heavily skimmed throughout the last 100 pages or so.

I wanted to like
Angela  M
Jun 18, 2010 Angela M rated it it was amazing
This was a great YA paranormal thriller. The supernatural element was completely unique to me. It revolved around science and mythology and put a brand new spin on both! A town full of people who are are completely human, but have more superior brain functions. Phe was a strong character that looked for the answers she wanted and refused to back down. She's trying to find answers to what happened to her sister, and in the process she also begins to find out who she really is. She was funny and c ...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
SHADOW HILLS entices readers with its haunting mysteries and forbidden secrets.

Persephone enrolled into Devenish Preparatory after her sister passed away, in hopes of finding out why her sister was drawn to the place. Right off the bat, Hopcus lured me into SHADOW HILLS with Phe’s eerie dreams. Anytime there’s a creepy cemetery involved, combined with mysterious deaths, I can’t help but WANT to know what happened.

As soon as Phe arrived in Shadow Hills, I was full of anticipation in wanting to kn
Aug 23, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
From the moment I picked this book up to the very last page, I was captivated. When I was reading this one, I felt an overall sense of impending doom and discomfort, which is pretty awesome. It speas volumes of an author that can instill that kind of emotion in you.

I really enjoyed the characters as well. Phe is very much her own person, not easily influenced by others. Her snark is top-notch, she doesn't back down from a challenge (be it physical or verbal), she wasn't too bad in the mushy lov
Aug 09, 2010 Aja rated it it was amazing
I saw this book the other week on goodreads and have been living to read it ever since. So when I was at the mall the other day to see a movie with my friends, I dragged them all to the bookstore so that I could get this book. I got home kind of late after eating dinner and watching Inception but I really wanted to read a chapter or two before sleeping so I began to read. I ended up reading the whole book that night (and into the early morning). It was an amazing and marvelous and incredible (an ...more
Aug 21, 2010 Dixie rated it it was ok
If I was in middle school, I probably would have loved this book. Because I am a grown adult, I found it cheesy. (But in the author's defense, middle school/high school kids are cheesy). I didn't believe the characters. The dialogue was lame. I was most annoyed with the breaks within chapters. You know, where there is a double space to create a natural pause? Well, there was nothing natural about it. It seemed like when there was a break there was no need for it and when I wanted a break there w ...more
Chelsea Campbell
Dec 10, 2009 Chelsea Campbell rated it it was amazing
Shadow Hills has everything: suspense, fun-but-believable romance, truly scary moments balanced with lighthearted ones, and a satisfying ending that left me pumped up with adrenaline! The suspense starts on page one and doesn't stop until the end, and I find myself thinking about the characters like they're real people. I can't wait for more from Anastasia!
Heidi Hepburn
May 04, 2016 Heidi Hepburn rated it it was ok
anticlimactic & juvenile
Peace Love and Reviews
Mar 11, 2010 Peace Love and Reviews rated it it was amazing
Shadow Hills got me hooked from page 1! Our heroine Persephone Archer was on a mission, to find out why and what is the purpose of her disturbing dreams, about people she never met, creepy prophetic scenes, building she have never seen before and centuries old graveyards. Creepy doesn't even enough to describe it. After her older sister's untimely death she found out that she was keeping a diary; her dreams written in it, dreams that are strikingly familiar with hers. After months of grieving an ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Shadow Hills stands alone as a new kid on the paranormal playground. It’s different supernatural elements and plot twists that swing back into earlier centuries contributed to it’s uniqueness and, fortunately, it’s awesomeness.

I think I had prepared myself for either vampires or werewolves, so I was flabbergasted when neither of them made appearances in the book. Instead, Anastasia Hopcus uses a new, unexplored and fascinating kind of supernaturalism that was so enthralling to read since it was
Yelania Nightwalker
OMG! I loved Shadow Hills! Phe is a likable, it's smart and determined, I clicked away with she and I got into the full story.

Something that I really liked is that Zach and Phe are attracted from the beginning, but no close encounters hahaha until well into the book, besides Zach is sooo cute but without being fussy or bland, completely loved it. When Phe and Trent are meet, I thought there would be a love triangle and I was worried, I know it's sold but in particular I do not like a girl
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Persephone Archer, otherwise known as Phe, is a dealing with the sudden death of her sister, Athena. Her death is shrouded in mystery and Phe is trying to piece it all together. Athena's last diary entry discussed a prep school called Devenish, located in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts, many miles away from where they live in Los Angeles. Phe is also dealing with very vivid and scary dreams which started as soon as Athena died. There's nothing left in LA for Phe; her parents have checked out after ...more
Aug 12, 2010 P.M. rated it it was ok
Persephone Archer (Phe) is starting her junior year at a boarding school in Massachusetts far from her home in L.A. Her mission is to find out why her sister who drowned had a brochure from the school. Phe soon finds herself involved in a mystery about people who died from an epidemic back in the 1700's and the town kids who seem to have inexplicable talents. Phe finds herself romantically attracted to Zach who explains to her about the genetic mutations shared by the original settlers. Phe hers ...more
Jul 20, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous debut novel! This book introduces us to Persephone, also known as "Phe". She is dealing with her sisters tragic death and isn't accepting the theory surrounding it. She wants to do her own investigation into what could have caused Athena's death. Athena's diary fuels the need Phe has to discover the truth. She had mentioned the town of Shadow Hills in her last diary entry so Phe decides to enroll in Devenish Prep.

As soon as Phe arrives she discovers her own mysteries that see
Shadow Hills is the compelling story of Persephone "Phe" Archer. Phe's sister, Athena, has recently died and Phe decides to go to Devinish Prep School in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts. Why is Phe going there, you may ask? The town of Shadow Hills was in the deceased sister's final diary entry. When Phe arrives in Shadow Hills she realizes there is something very strange about the town. There was some sort of weird, unexplained epidemic that plagued the town in the 1700's and only a some survived. ...more
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I'm a YA author (and addict). My debut novel, SHADOW HILLS, is out July 13th 2010 from Egmont! I love going to see bands, singing in the tiny rooms at Austin Karaoke, and making an idiot out of myself at the Alamo Drafthouse sing-alongs.
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