Publisher: Egmont USA
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Summary (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.
My Summary: Phe has had a rough year - after the death of her sister Athena and the break-down of her parents, she's begun to have cryptic nightmares and visions about a mysterious graveyard. With her sister - the only person who had the same problem - gone and no one to turn to, Phe decides she has visit 'Shadow Hills' - a town her sister mentioned in her last diary entry, claiming that help could be found there.
With nothing else to do, Phe packs up and moves out to Shadow Hills, Massachusetts, and immediately notices something 'off' about the town ... and its residents. Can Phe find the answer to her and her sister's question in the town choc-full of its own secrets?
My Thoughts: Shadow Hills was a great paranormal YA read - not the best, but entertaining and interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. The plot was original as well - like nothing I've read before, with its own distinct paranormal element.
The characters were original as well. Phe was a mix of girly-girl and tomboy, and Toy, Graham, Brody, and Adriana were good supporting characters (although I do wish the ending included what happened to them... I'm not quite sure if there will be a sequel yet). I also like the fact that there were multiple paranormal elements involved in the story, and that even though Phe was looking for answers about her own problem, she also spent time investigating the stuff that was going on around her.
Something that bothered me a little: I thought the development of the characters was a little weak in the beginning, and Zach and Phe's romance was a little rushed, but all in all it wasn't that bad.
Final Thoughts: Shadow Hills is a great paranormal read with interesting characters and enough suspense to keep you hooked until the last page. I don't recommend it to anyone under 16, though - there are some casual drinking scenes and some mentions of sexual encounters.