Early Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Series: Hemlock #1
Pages: 400
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Reviewer: Amber I.
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  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

Wow, I must say I am totally blown away by this book. I really was not expecting anything much (not that I wasn't looking forward to it) but man, once I started it I could not put it down! Anyone that loves a great YA book is going to need to pick up Hemlock.

Not only do we have werewolves but we have a murder to solve and even more mystery. While Mac is trying to find out just who killed her best friend she finds that almost everyone close to her has kept a secret or 2. When she does finally get to the bottom of what really happened the night Amy was killed her world will be completely changed.

This isn't your typical teen romance with werewolves. This story is much deeper then that.Its neat too that werewolves are out in public. And just like many books with wolves feared the government is not happy about it. Most wolves have to live in hiding or they go to "camp" to never be heard of again.  I was turning the pages as fast as I could. I was trying to solve the murder myself, picking out suspects as we went a long. Oh and of coarse I totally fell for the wrong boy. But this should not surprise anyone that knows me.

Hemlock is a truly unique book and I am really glad I read it. The ending left me eagerly anticipating more!

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  1. This sounds like a "must read" to me! Thanks for the great review.

  2. Thanks for stopping by. I really really liked this book. I thought it was great!

  3. It sounds fabulously angsty in the best of ways. I'll have to give it a look.

  4. Not your typical teen romance sounds good to me. I have this too but your review is making me excited to read it! :D

  5. I love the idea of mystery and fantasy coming together. Thanks for sharing your review!

  6. That's what I loved about it: that everyone knew of the existence of werewolves. I am so glad to have read this!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  7. I have been seeing this book cover everywhere but not really any reviews. So glad that you would recommend this. Nice that the actual writing lives up to the cover hype!

  8. I was reading another review today and they also saw the wonderfulness of this read :) Thank you so much for sharing this great review, definitely one for the wishlist. Besides the cover is just so pretty.


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