Shadow Hills was one of those books that I had seen on GoodReads and Amazon, but didn’t really think much of it. The descriptions that were available at the time made it sound like a story with a science-heavy plot. I’m not a big science person, so this kind of deterred me from adding it to my list of books to read. It wasn’t until Schuler Books received an advanced copy of it that I became interested. The description on the back intrigued me and gave me more information than the others had and the front says, “His love captivated her…his secrets might kill her”. Being a complete nerd for love stories, especially paranormal ones, this was enough to interest me.
2010 appears to be a great year for debut novels and their amazing authors. Shadow Hills is an awesome debut and should definitely not be missed! Although there is a scientific element to the story, it doesn’t bother me; I actually quite like it. Anastasia Hopcus has created a wonderful story with a good mix of science and mythology, which gives it enough of a paranormal edge to satisfy me.
Ms. Hopcus’ writing is excellent and I can’t believe Shadow Hills is her first novel. Thanks to her ability to write great descriptions, I was able to envision everything clearly in my mind. The characters are well-rounded, especially the supporting characters. Each character has a distinct personality and I hope to see more of them in future sequels. Phe is a great female lead thanks to her strong personality and sense of right and wrong. She’s not afraid to get in trouble as long her actions help in the long run.
Of course, the one thing I absolutely love about the novel is Phe and Zach’s relationship. They’re adorable, honest, and believable as a couple. Definitely up there with Sam and Grace (Shiver) and Edward and Bella (do I even have to say?)
Ms. Hopcus had me guessing up until the very end and I had to stay up late so I could finish reading. So it’s safe to say that the plot is very engaging and not once did I ever think, “When does it end?”. As I said earlier, I found the scientific elements enjoyable and I like how they add a realistic aspect to the story, balancing appropriately with the supernatural-y aspects.
Shadow Hills is an amazing debut and I hope people enjoy it as much as I did. The writing, plot, and characters are all solid and just plain amazing. Don’t hesitate to read it and be sure to check out these websites for more information on the book itself and Ms. Hopcus!
(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)