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
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Anastasia Hopcus wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. It was titled Frederick the Friendly French Ferret and was seven pages long. During high school she wrote numerous short stories and started (but never finished) three screenplays, all as an alternative to doing actual schoolwork. At the very wise age of twelve her career ambition was to drive a Mack truck, but when that didn't pan out, she tried acting, bartending, and being a receptionist in a dojo before finally returning to writing. Anastasia loves horror movies, Joss Whedon, obsessing over music, and British accents. She lives in Austin, Texas, and Shadow Hills is her debut novel. You can visit Anastasia at her website www.anastasiahopcus.com.From School Library Journal:
Gr 8 Up–Hopcus provides another title in what seems to be a never-ending slew of supernatural romances. Persephone Archer, a California native, enrolls at exclusive Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, MA. The school was the topic of her deceased sister's final diary entry, and Phe is determined to find out why. She snoops around the school and learns the creepy and mysterious history of Shadow Hill and its natives. Phe is also having dreams that include several of the locals, some living and others dead. One of them is Zach, to whom she is instantly drawn despite his strange demeanor. Gradually, Phe learns the truth behind his inexplicable talents. She also discovers that she has powers of her own, foreshadowed by a mark that showed up on her hip shortly after arriving at Devenish. Hopcus creates a dark and believable setting as she slowly reveals the mystery behind this seemingly charming town. She also brings to life a large cast that includes Zach's standoffish sister and their Uncle Tripp. Even characters with minimal roles are fleshed out via Hopcus's rich use of language. The love scenes feel a bit forced but that will not stop readers from getting caught up in the mystery and romance. It will be especially popular with those who prefer their supernatural romances with more sweetness and fewer sexual themes.Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI
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