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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: Hemlock

Title: Hemlock
Genre: Hemlock # 1
Series: Young Adult- Paranormal
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher

"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."

As a reader, I come across a lot of stories overdone. Werewolves being one of them. I must tell you that this book is pure AWESOMESUACE! Not only it is unique but the world building is simply amazing!
In the words of Luigi from Disney Cars, this is how I feel:
"I must scream it to the world, my excitement from the top of someplace very high."

What I loved most about this book is that it is what is really is. Werewolves. Not nice werewolves who can speak to each other through their minds but wolves full of blood lust. People fearing for their lives. Rising politics that want to rid the world of them. And a love form from a long time friendship. I'm telling you, awesomesauce!

The characters of this book have very distinct values. I really loved how each voice is loud and clear with where they stand. You have friends that are for the werewolves and friends against. Though it is easy to see how each character plays a bigger role that what the reader sees.

Another part of the book is the amazing love interest. I don't want to say too much for I might give it away, but trust me when I say the love is good. There is sort of a love triangle going but not really. I guess we all will just have to see what happens in the next book.

Hemlock is an amazing story that shines. The romance is unforgettable with werewolves that do the unimaginable. Hemlock gives the reader a rare opportunity to enjoy a real were wolf story  as it should be told. Engrossing and stunning, Hemlock will take you away!

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. There aren't enough books about badass werewolves. While I love Maggie Stiefvater's wolves, I like some good evil creatures too. More like Jackson Pearce's wolves.

  2. Excellent review! I so can't wait to be able to check this one out - thank you for sharing! :)

  3. I love the cover to this book, and even though I've been weary about reading books with paranormal aspects like werewolves, I must say that your review swayed me to give it a shot. Thank you for sharing!

    Rondo of a Possible World

  4. My feelings about this one were a little more on the mixed side, Savvy, but I'm still curious to see where the story goes next. More werewolf transformations, I say! I'm glad you enjoyed it, though, and I enjoyed reading your review. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  5. OH YES! I so want to read this one! Weres!!! I love me a good were story. *sigh* I think I need this one now! :)

  6. Yay! Glad to see you loved it! I am really looking forward to this book. I love werewolves, and I especially love finding a werewolf book with a plot that holds its own, if that makes sense.

  7. Aw yeah! I need to read this! This is the first time I've seen this book and I'm so psyched that it's about scary werewolves. And I love that cover!!!

  8. Holy wow, I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I've had my eyes on it for so long. Glad that you liked it this much, that means that I'll love it as well. I haven't read many werewolf books but I've been drawn to this since first seeing it. Can't wait. Thanks for the lovely review Savannah

  9. This is the first review I've read of this one and I'm amazed. It sounds fantastic. I am definitely interested in reading about real bloodlust werewolves. I'm adding this one to my list and waiting impatiently.

  10. Wow this book it's getting so many good reviews. I'm a paranormal lover so I would definetly check out this one. Plus the cover is awesome.


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