Picture drawn by Maggie Stiefvater, 2009. Header made by S.F. Robertson, 2010.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Preview Post- Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
"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."- summary from GoodReads
Before I start with the preview, there will be no IMM for this past week. I only got one book, so I'll just hold on to it until this Saturday evening when I post this week's IMM. As for the retrospective, just go look at last week's posts where I featured authors Amy Brecount White and Kimberly Derting as well as their amazing debut books. Also, coming up this week, I've got an interview with Barrie Summy and a recap of the Maggie Stiefvater signing I went to on Saturday the 13th, which will include a funny picture of Maggie and me. :D
Anyway, now the preview. I really enjoyed this book and went through it quickly, which was good since I only had it for a week as part of an ARC tour. The storyline gripped me and I found it hard to put the book down. The characters were all interesting, and the ties to history, both ancient and more recent, was intriguing to read about. A fantastic debut from Hopcus- preorder this one!
Also, this leads me to believe that Egmont is going to be a huge name in publishing here in the States soon as more books are put out by them. Every single book I've read that's going to be published (or has been published) by them have been amazing. Their stories are intriguing and original (or at least have some fantastic original twists to them).
I'm a 30 year old male who started a book blog over on Myspace back in June 2007. I have since moved completely to Blogspot as of July 2009- feel free to follow me on here! I mainly review YA books, but will also do the occasional MG or adult title, as well as interview authors and sometimes have them guest blog.