Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Source: ARC from publisher for review
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Overview

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.


My Thoughts

I admit the first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. I mean look at it, it's absolutely gorgeous! Then after reading the synopsis it was a must read for me. I like that it is original. People actually know about werewolves because it's caused by a virus. I loved trying to figure out the mystery along with Mac. I have to say that I did figure it out a little early on, but even with figuring out who, there was still a bit of a shocking twist to it. I loved the romance aspect, the character interactions, and the wonderful plot! This was a solid debut and a fantastic start of a series. 

Mac is the main character. I really liked her. She has had a pretty rough upbringing which makes her a strong, but very emotionally fragile character. With how she has been brought up, her best friend being murdered by a werewolf, and all the other secrets she uncovers, I would say she holds it together way better than I could have. I like the depth she has to her. She is not one to just sit back and let stuff happen, she wants to make a difference. She is very caring and she will do anything for her friends. She is a bit impulsive and makes some stupid decisions, but that's expected. She is a teenager after all. For the most part she is actually pretty smart. 

Kyle and Jason are both really great characters too. They are very different. Jason is the rich privileged kid who is super good looking, but he is also a very broken and self destructive character. He is not a strong character to begin with, but he finds his strength through the book. I loved watching him change. Kyle is just so sweet and awesome, but the secrets he has really eat away at him. He is struggling too. Mac really kind of keeps both of them somewhat held together. 

Of course there is a bit of a love triangle, but surprisingly it didn't bother me. I actually had a hard time myself trying to think who would be better for Mac. I really, really see good in both Jason and Kyle and I want them to all be happy. I think honestly I really like Kyle just a bit more for Mac, but I think Jason is a fantastic person too. He just needs a little TLC. 

This book was fast paced, with mystery, romance, twists, and heartbreak. I loved getting to know the characters, and going through the events that occurred with them. I was so completely sucked into the story that I found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning. (I'm talking almost 2am and for me that is crazy. I normally go to bed pretty early.) I just had to keep going to see what happened next. When a book keeps me up reading you know it's good!! I can't wait to see what happens next in this series!! 5 out of 5 stars

20 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked this book! It just reinforces my intent to purchase it. I think the whole concept sounds great. It reminds me slightly of the Sookie Stackhouse series (True Blood) although this time it's not the vamps coming out, it's the weres. I've got a few books I MUST read first, but I definitely will be getting my hands on Hemlock soon after it comes out.

    Great review! :)

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    1. It really kept me engaged. I don't normally stay up all hours of the night reading, but I had to with this.

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    2. Ahh, staying up to the wee-hours is always a good sign. :)

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    3. For sure!! I didn't want to stop reading.

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  2. I knew you would love this one! haha I was totally mesmerized by it! I would stay up until 3 or 4 am reading. I can't wait to get a finished copy and add it to my collection!

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    1. Yes, this is a must have for the shelf. I love the designs on the chapter pages.

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  3. I agree, Hemlock was a great book. Great characters and story. I like Kyle for Mac, but Jason is great too. So glad you enjoyed this.
    Great review!

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    1. I totes love Jason too, I really don't know who I would choose for her. I may like Kyle better (just a little), but that doesn't mean that I necessarily like him better for Mac. It's one of those impossible love triangles that are so few and far between in YA.

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  4. Another book that I'm adding to my pile.
    I love fast paced books that will hold my intrest, good review! Thanks!

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    1. This is definitely worth reading! One of my favorites so far this year!

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  5. Ooh awesomesauce review Amy! I also figured out the twist but not the twist in the twist. And I'm super torn between Kyle and Jason. They're just both so different but I like bad boys so I think I may have to chose Jason is someone MADE me chose. But then... then Kyle he's like a big teddy bear!! I thought the triangle was very well done overall too. Some don't even consider it a triangle but I sorta do. Both sides gave off different chemistry so I could see her being attracted to them. Anyways, Kathleen only lives 2 hours from me! Super epic, right!? Love her face!!

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    1. OMG!! This is super awesome that she lives that close to you!! Holly Black and Cassandra Clare both only live about a half hour from me!

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  6. I'm so glad you liked it! I'm dying to read this one! Characters are sooo important for me, so I'm glad you liked them! And it's always great to find a book that will keep you up late (until the alarm clock goes of fin the morning).

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    1. hehe! I love it when a book is so good I don't want to stop reading!! I read this book really quick actually and I am a pretty slow reader.

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  7. I'm excited to read this -- it's on my Kindle, waiting for me!

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  8. So happy you enjoyed it as much as I did, Amy! :) Hemlock was a huge (and positive) surprise for me! I did not at all expect it to be so refreshing - werewolves?! What could be new about werewolves?! well, Kathleen showed us that something can be! I really loved this book and can't wait for the next one in the series :) Love your review, chica!<3

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    1. Thanks hon! Yes!! It was so nice to have a new werewolf story!! I think that the writing was great and the characters were awesome!! The next one can't come soon enough.

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  9. Great review Amy! I've been dying to read this one and this review makes me even more excited now. It sounds so good! I'm happy to hear that the love triangle isn't annoying since I'm not a huge fan of those. I also love books that completely suck you in!
    Traci @ The Reading Geek

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    1. It's funny how some books that are on the larger side will suck me in and I can finish in 2 nights, but other shorter ones take me like 4. That's when you know it's a good book.

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