Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Review: Hemlock By: Kathleen Peacock

Book Description:
Fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the hit television show True Blood will flock to this first book in the supernatural mystery series set in a town where werewolves live in plain sight.

Mackenzie Dobson's life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her best friend Amy's killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac's hometown—and she is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave danger.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling debut novel provides readers with a mystery that Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder, calls "clever and frightening," while Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight, raves: "Forget every werewolf book you've ever read. This one breaks the mold."

My Thoughts:
Ok I had a hard time decided on my ratings for this book on Goodreads I put down 3 stars and said it's more like 3.5. It was fantastic at first... I don't know what happened. There isn't anything really WRONG with the book but I dunno that's why I can't really decide on a set rating for this one. I think it was just me. The first day I couldn't put it down the next day when I picked it up it was lost it's spark. I dunno. I DO want to read the second book and see how this turns out. So it's obvious it wasn't a bad book and good enough that I finished it.

In this story werewolves are known to exist worldwide something you don't read about every day which made it interesting. Plus there are people called Trackers which track down people with the "werewolf virus" and they take them out of society to "cure" them. Along with the Tracker which I found interesting with the story was the fact that the author added werewolf haters and sympathizers which was great to read but made me wonder if the author was playing an undertone of another topic. I don't know maybe it's all in my head but it did make me wonder.

This story is about 3 friends which use to have 1 extra person (Amy who was murdered by a werewolf) Amy’s death left the other 3 Mac, Kyle and Jason, her ex-boyfriend devastated. Jason drank himself sick all the time because of several issues involving Amy's death and his desire for revenge on the werewolves. Kyle is the strong support with issues of his own that you find out later and don't see coming. Mackenzie is caught between both of them and feels alone many times due to Kyle and Jason's own problems.

The mystery starts when Jason whos feels guilty of her death joins the Trackers. Mac doesn’t like the group and she wants to help Jason and get him out of this group. She then decids to dig around her best friend’s Amy's death. As she and Kyle do their research it turns out that her death was not what it seems.

Mackenzie as a character wasn't amazing but wasn't horrible to read. I just couldn't connect with her. What kept my going was the mystery and love interests going on between the 3 friends. In regards to the romance of the book without saying too much want to say too much but there is sort of a love triangle going but not really. It's...complicated...   :)

Overall it was entertaining and I look forward to reading the next book.

Language: moderate (I think I can't remember to be honest)
Violence: moderate (due to descriptions of bodies being ripped apart by wolves)
Drugs/Alcohol: moderate (Jason being drunk all the time to help with his loss and guilt)
Sexual Content: mild (PG) (some talk about having done the dirty)

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