Monday, September 30, 2013

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock [Review]

Hemlock (Hemlock, #1) 4 out of 5 Robots!

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Series: Hemlock #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: May 8, 2012
Hardcover: 404 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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."
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Full confession:  I have little interest in werewolf books.  I don't know why, but it is generally not a paranormal genre I am drawn too.  But I decided to give Hemlock a chance because it has gotten good reviews.  I'm willing to give pretty much any book a chance if it gets good reviews.  I can see why people like Hemlock.  It fits in nicely among some of the popular paranormal books out there and was fairly exciting.

My favorite part was probably the murder mystery aspect.  No one really knows what happened to Amy.  The book starts with Mac trying to recover from the death of her best friend.  She has a very complicated relationship with Amy's boyfriend Jason and his best friend Kyle.  There are a lot of secret feelings, longings, and misunderstandings.  I was relieved that it didn't turn into a full blow love triangle and that Amy actually picks a guy.  Thank the gods!  Once the mystery foundation is laid, I suspected the murderer rather early on, but there were still some twists and turns I didn't expect. 

The other part I enjoyed was the society the characters in Hemlock exist in.  I liked that the werewolves were "out" and that Lupine Syndrome is recognized by the government.  But werewolves do not have rights and are shipped off to rehabilitation camps.  This leads a lot of werewolves to live in secret.  There are also the Trackers, a rogue group of werewolf hunters, who come to Hemlock and create a lot of problems for our characters.

Hemlock is pretty standard fare for the YA paranormal genre.  There are definitely all your requisite troupes and stereotypes.  But there are also some surprises and fun.  The plot moves along quickly and overall, it is a fun and light read.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Hemlock
2. Thornhill

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