[Book Talk] Hemlock (Hemlock, #1) by Kathleen Peacock

Book Details

Format: Hardcover
Source: Won
Read: March 2017

Hemlock series

  1. Hemlock
  2. Thornhill
  3. Willowgrave




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 vius – 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

First off, this book was confusing for me to read. I had started it while I was listening to an audiobook where one of the characters shifts into a cougar and in this book characters can shift into a werewolf. Also, I had just finished a book where a character named Amy dies and the main character is haunted by her death. Just a bit confusing, BUT I did totally love this book. I had won the first two books from a blog years ago and knew I would love them.

I liked how the werewolves were built up in this book, different from what you’d usually see in books. It was more of a disease, Lupine Syndrome, that infected people, giving them the ability to change into a wolf. However, it wasn’t all fun and games – if you had Lupine Syndrome, you were most likely to be shipped away to a rehabilitation center. There were so many twists and turns in this story and I loved the main characters, the romance, and the wolves! It wasn’t until Kelley Armstrong’s books that I really started loving werewolves and this book had me loving them even more.

I had kind of hoped that this book would be more of a standalone with the next books being their own stories set in the same world, but it looks like this one continues on. The main character, while I loved her, was a little annoying at times, but I’m still looking forward to getting more of her story. And Jason? I so wasn’t a fan of him. I think he was supposed to be unlikeable but I felt like it was almost over the top.

However, I’m still looking forward to continuing on with this series! And I look forward to seeing what Kathleen Peacock comes up with next.

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews!

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This Week In Books – May 17th – 23rd, 2017

This Week In Books

“This Week In Books” is a weekly event, hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found, that lets readers share what they read, what they’re reading, and what they’re planning to read next. I thought it would be a nice way to recap my reading week and share a few thoughts on what I’ve been reading.

What I Read:

Again, it was a quiet week of reading for me. I savoured all the books I read and got into a serious Canadian author binge with my reading! I’ve bought so many books by non-Canadian authors this year, but expect tons of Canada by next week!

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan – This book was so much fun! I’m so glad I bought it. Apollo was such a hilarious character to have a POV from and I’m glad I read the physical book rather than listen to the audio for this one. Rick Riordan is such a fun writer that I didn’t want this book to end. Looking forward to the next book!

40 Things I Want to Tell You by Alice Kuipers – This one might not have been a favourite, but I really enjoyed Alice Kuipers writing style and really look forward to reading more from her. This is another one of those young adult books that deal with serious issues and, honestly, the whole book was a bit of a surprise for me.

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1) by K. A. Tucker – I bought this book SO long ago and finally read it this year and wondered why it took me so long to read it! This was a fabulous and addicting New Adult book and I honestly can’t wait to read more of Kathleen’s books – and more from this series!

99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky – When I was growing up, Wayne Gretzky was a household name! I’m not a fan of hockey and would much rather read than watch the game, but I really enjoyed this book. It was written for everyone, not just people who love hockey, and I could definitely see myself reading this again! Only complaint is that Wayne didn’t narrate it himself.

What I’m Currently Reading:

All The Rage by Courtney Summers – I’ve had this book on my shelf for a few years now and I’m happy to finally be reading it! I didn’t realize it was so serious and full of drama, but I’m really enjoying Courtney’s writing. I’ve only read one other book by her and I’m glad I have another one on my shelf.

Where Sea Meets Sky (Where Sea Meets Sky, #1) by Karina Halle – I wasn’t sure about reading another Karina Halle book since I love her Experiment in Terror series so much and haven’t really connected with some of her other work, but I’m really enjoying this one so far. I love that the characters aren’t like some of her other characters, AND it’s about travel! I’m not that far in but already I want to travel to New Zealand.


What I Plan To Read Next: 

I’ve been working on a MONTH OF CANADA on the blog for July so all of my latest book picks have been Canadian authors! The above is what I’m hoping to get to but I’ve definitely been following my mood with my Canadian picks lately.

New On The Shelf

I think every week I talk about buying books at Costco … and this week is the same as every other week. Oops! However, the cover of Andrew Pyper’s book just pulled me in and since I had read the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series this past week, I just couldn’t leave without buying the next book in the series!

Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for a review copy of The Summer Visitors by Fiona O’Brien … this book looks like the perfect summer read!

I just couldn’t resist the latest from Karina Halle – a joint effort by her and her husband, Scott Mackenzie. Since I’m in such a Canadian reading mood, I just had to buy this one! It looks super cute and I love any book with music in it.

What I’m Waiting For

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

June 6, 2017 | Simon & Schuster

This book looks so ridiculously cute! I’ve recently grown to love BookTube and tune in multiple times a week to watch my favourite vloggers, so this book is definitely coming at a good time. I love that Tash is also asexual, something you don’t see a lot of in books, AND I love that it’s about her love of Tolstoy! I can’t wait to read it!

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations? What books are you waiting for to be published?

[Book Talk] Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

Book Details:

Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Read: April 2017


The hilarious new summer bestseller from Lindsey Kelk, bestselling author of the I Heart series.

Everyone loves a bridesmaid – except Maddie, who’s perpetually asked to be one.

Everyone loves a wedding – except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.

And everyone loves the way Maddie’s so happy behind the scenes – except Maddie herself.

One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?

My Thoughts

This book was so much fun! I was a little scared going in because I had just read Lindsey’s book We Were On A Break and it was just okay, so naturally I wondered if I wasted my money buying this book while on a book buying shopping spree. BUT, it was deliciously fun!

I would say that the synopsis is a bit misleading because I can’t remember Maddie always being the bridesmaid and it felt like that’s what the story’s focus would be, but instead it was more on her friendships with her best friends, while one is getting divorced and the other getting married, and Maddie is in the middle being pulled in two different directions. I loved the male leads in this story and the romance was perfect — though I wanted a little bit more.

But while I would say this was a romance, the story was mostly about friendship and not taking your friends for granted, as well as finding who you are and what you want in life. The whole story was so much fun and I loved how Maddie found herself — and love — along the way.

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews!

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