Monday, June 4, 2012

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacocok

Title: Hemlock
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 8, 2012)
Series: Hemlock Trilogy #3
Length: 416 pages
Format: hardcover

Description from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

Hemlock is one of my favorites so far for 2012. When I finished the thought crossed my mind to read it again right that instant. It was one of those cover to cover with no breaks kind of reads. Let's see, where to start? The characters were fantastic. Each one from the major to the minor all had a distinct personality that plays an essential part in the plot. Mac was the perfect combination of independent proactive heroine with a smidgen girly-girl-in-need-of-help. Now on to the good part...the guys. Kyle and Jason have quickly became some of my favorite men in love triangles. I kind of want her to date them both ;) Kyle has that boy next door, best friend, been in love with forever kind of appeal. Jason on the other hand is the "bad boy" in need of saving from himself. They both have a protective streak a mile wide (which I found incredibly appealing)  and both need Mac to help them get through their respective troubles. The romance/ love triangle was the main reason I enjoyed this book so much. The basis of Hemlock is also a little different than what has been floating around recently. There is a pretty good number of books out lately where vampires have taken center stage and announced their existence to the world. Well, Hemlock gives them a run for their money by introducing werewolves. The whole idea (don't want to give too much away) is unique and refreshing. This book also steps up it's game by introducing a creepy ghost who still has me guessing, throwing around conspiracy theories, and a bunch of really hatable bad guys. I can't wait to read even more about these characters and the sequel can't come out fast enough for me. This book gets a 5 STAR rating.

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