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Hemlock Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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"With a realistic feel, you'll be left questioning everything you thought you knew about paranormal novels." - RT Book Reviews
“Seamless writing and plenty of action mark this intelligent, dark paranormal debut. Older teen paranormal fans will likely clamor for the next book in this planned series.” (Booklist)
“Jacob fans rejoice: Peacock’s debut is loaded with werewolves both creepy and hot. Mac’s smart and believable voice will leave readers looking forward to more.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A clever and frightening supernatural mystery, HEMLOCK had me biting my nails with anticipation.” (Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder)
“A riveting romance and a thrilling mystery, HEMLOCK is the werewolf story done right. I devoured it in one sitting and am ravenous for more! A fantastic start to a compelling new trilogy.” (Sarah Beth Durst, author of Enchanted Ivy and Ice)
“A werewolf tale filled with hurtling action, searing emotion, and enough twists to keep readers glued to the page until the final breathless scene.” (Sophie Littlefield, award-winning author of Banished and Unforsaken)
“Intriguing…the book is full of twists, and the major revelation at the end of the story is unexpected and well-crafted. Mac and the other characters explore serious issues such as trust and betrayal, prejudice, and identity, in ways that teens will recognize. A good purchase for…fans of the supernatural.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Peacock holds readers with [an] intense love triangle. [Hemlock] will be enjoyed by fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Stephenie Meyer.” (School Library Journal)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
But when I read it, I didn't think, "This is a werewolf book." Because it's not about werewolves. It's a book about prejudice, friendship, loyalty, and mystery. It happens to have werewolves as part of the worldbuilding.
It's also a book that, according to the Publisher's Marketplace announcement, has a love triangle, but I didn't get the typical love triangle feel from it. Mac didn't spend her time pining over which boy to date; she spent her time trying to solve a murder mystery, helping her friends, and avoiding bloody death. And the love interests were also friends first, and potential kissing partners second.
The friends were all real, present, and fleshed out. I felt like I knew them. And while I wasn't as attached to one of the characters because he kept behaving like a jerk, I never questioned Mac's loyalty to him because she had strong memories of how things used to be, and their interactions made it clear that they used to be close -- and might some day be close again. He was a real, flawed person in pain. He was redeemable.
I also really enjoyed the worldbuilding in this book. Kathleen took a world where werewolves have been outed as a real threat, and began drawing it through the logical stages of confusion and fear and prejudice. There are people for and against werewolves, people who just want to be left alone, and people willing to judge werewolves individually rather than judge the entire population by one horror story. There are pro- and anti- posters and t-shirst, slurs, and terrifying "rehabilitation camps.Read more ›
Every review I read prior to obtaining a copy of this book said that it was a nice twist on werewolves and I have to agree, it is. But I also have to be honest, I wasn't digging the first half of the book because it was based basically on the mythology behind the authors wolves, the murder case in relation to the attack and the really intense creepy people called Trackers.
By the time I got half way through the book, THAT'S when I couldn't put it down. This book would still be a fantastic read even if you took out the wolf element. It does add a bit of extra suspense but even without it, it would still be engaging. And believe me, I was NOT expecting the ending!
The thing I enjoyed the most was the background the author put into the situation, the people and Amy. Even though Amy's dead, we see a lot of her in Mac's dreams, we get to know her through Mac's dreams. So even though she's dead, it almost felt like she was there the whole time.
I think Mac was stubborn, foolish and hopeful. I get why she tries to save everyone but sometimes you just need to step back and let them figure it out on their own. Maybe her past has something to do with saving people, who knows. I loved Kyle. Love love loved Kyle. And I thought Jason was a jerk. The whole way through. Like seriously Mac, ditch the guy he's stupid.
I'm not anxiously awaiting the sequel to this book since I felt this could had easily been a fantastic stand alone but I am curious to see what trouble Mac can get herself into next!
In the small town of Hemlock, the community is still grieving over losing one of their own. Amy was MacKenzie's bestfriend and was killed by a werewolf in a dark alley. Holding a tuft of white fur, now the Trackers are in town searching for the murderous beast.
Mac's other bestfriends include Kyle and Jason; Jason being Amy's boyfriend. Mac is concerned about Jason as he is the person who was supposed to pick Amy up that fateful night and thinks he blames himself for her death. Kyle has brought his feelings to light about Mac and the two of them start a tumultuous relationship. But Mac still has dreams of Amy and wants to find her killer, so she starts investigating herself.
When Jason joins the Trackers, and Mac finds out some information that doesn't add up to what the public had been told about Amy's murder, things begin to heat up. Not only with the relationship of her, Mac and Jason, but the Trackers won't leave until they get what they came for - even if they have to use Mac as bait.
As the first book in a new trilogy, Hemlock sets the scene with great world-building, complex and likable characters and a splash of romance. The suspense builds, twists and explodes on several levels, keeping this reader riveted until the very end. I can't wait for the next one!! Now to wait...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THIS BOOK IS SO DAMN GOOD ITS NOT ONLY ABOUT WEREWOLVES BUT ABOUT FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, JUSTICE, AND MYSTERY!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I could not get into the story. It was just not the read I thought it would be.Published 4 months ago by hope3683
Rating: 4 Stars
I admit I’d forgotten what this series was about prior to picking it back up. Basically it’s about werewolves. Read more
Who knew a book about werewolves would be so addicting?! Read this book in only a few days when usually it takes me a couple weeks because I don't have much time to read, I just... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lexi
This was a great book and kept me interested from the beginning, to the middle, and on through until the end. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christian Mello
Like many other readers, I have to credit Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga for initiating me in the ways of paranormal romance. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Angela's Library
Overall, I liked this book. I like that the author doesn't shy away from her characters going through really traumatic experiences and then exploring the fallout. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Menagerie
Not a bad YA novel, but this is probably one that most adults would not be interested in. I can't see any reason why most adults would care much about these teens with their... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JKom