[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

Synopsis:

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 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!

The Book Whisperer
Novel Thoughts
A Kernel of Nonsense

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