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Shadow Hills

(Shadow Hills #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,646 ratings  ·  456 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 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! ...more
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
Leanna (daisychainbooks)
Jul 06, 2010 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
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Shelves: para-other, favorites
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
Feb 24, 2010 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
Oct 08, 2009 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
Raquel Domingos
Feb 24, 2014 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
A cutie description:
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
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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
Dec 15, 2009 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
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
Oct 24, 2010 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
Kim Q
Jan 17, 2010 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
 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
Dec 04, 2010 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
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good read. It was different than what I was expecting. However, that was a good thing. Like many people predictable gets old after awhile. We did have to deal with some mean girls. Although, sadly in a boarding or prep school you will have that. I enjoyed how it had some paranormal but was also a mystery too. I love when the genres combine together.
Dec 25, 2011 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
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
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5 Stars - Shadow Hills was all I was hoping it to be and then some. With a mysterious yet thrilling story and characters, I found myself swept away and lost within its pages. Hopcus was able to incorporate history, mystery, magic, science, romance and much more into an exciting plot that flow and fit together with ease.

Phe is the main character and early in the book we learn how she comes to Shadow Hills a
Oct 03, 2009 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
Angela  M
Jun 14, 2010 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
Jul 24, 2010 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 17, 2010 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
Oct 01, 2009 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! ...more
I was torn on whether I wanted to read this or not -- boarding school books make me a little leery -- but I had read some good reviews, and thought it'd fit pretty well with Helluva Halloween, so here we are.  Now I've read it, I'm still a little torn.

On the one hand, I really liked Hopcus' incorporation of (real) (weird) history and science (like the story of the town of Eyam, and the witch trials), and thought that this aspect added a great layer to the story.  At the same time, I don't kn
3.5 stars.

I very much want to like this book and agree that the author, Miss Hopcus did a wonderful job to bring new, original ideas into her gloomy paranormal YA romance/mystery novel. Yes, no vampires, no werewolves and no freaking love triangle this time, what more can I ask for? But after reading the entire book, I think Shadow Hills can be better planned, better excised and many the mysteries in the story should also be better explained.

The 15 years old heroine is called Persephone "Phe" Ar
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
May 07, 2010 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
Jun 10, 2010 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
Raquel Vega-Grieder
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Review Of Shadow Hills By Anastasia Hopcus

Title: Shadow Hills
Author: Anastasia Hopcus
Pages: 400
Publisher: Egmont
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
Source: Amazon ( ) (also link to BUY THIS BOOK)

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 a
Peace Love and Reviews
Nov 02, 2009 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
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