Hemlock (Hemlock Trilogy Series #1)

Hemlock (Hemlock Trilogy Series #1)

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by Kathleen Peacock
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jacob fans rejoice: Peacock’s debut is loaded with werewolves both creepy and hot. The town of Hemlock has been the scene of multiple attacks, and the victims who survive are infected with “lupine syndrome” and interned for life. Mackenzie (Mac) Dobson’s best friend Amy was not a survivor. Since Amy’s murder, her boyfriend Jason has gone dangerously off the rails, and Mac and her friend Kyle are doing what they can to keep him from self-destructing completely. Violence and betrayal escalate rapidly when the Trackers, a self-appointed militia dedicated to wiping out werewolves, occupy the town. But not every werewolf is subject to bloodlust, and some are hiding in plain sight—maybe even closer than Mac thinks. When Jason pledges himself to the Trackers, Mac is determined to save him and find closure for Amy by identifying the murderer. First in a projected trilogy, Peacock’s story leaves many threads dangling, but there is a satisfying conclusion to this plot arc, and Mac’s smart and believable voice will leave readers looking forward to more. Ages 14–up. Agent: Emmanuelle Morgen, Stonesong. (May)¦
VOYA - Bethany Martin
Mac's life is finally stable. After years on the run with her con-artist father, she has settled with her cousin and has a group of friends. This stability is torn apart when her best friend, Amy, is murdered in a suspected werewolf attack. Mac's dreams are haunted by Amy's ghost, and Amy's boyfriend, Jason, becomes involved with a Klan-like organization dedicated to eradicating werewolves. Determined to keep her friends, and her life, from falling apart, Mac decides to track down Amy's killer; however, the investigation leads her to dangerous secrets about the town she lives in and her friends. While this is yet another supernatural romance novel, the crime investigation angle is an interesting take on the theme. In fact, the suspense aspect of the story is more intriguing than the romance and is what will keep readers turning pages. The book is full of twists, and while some of the turns border on melodramatic overkill, the major revelation at the end of the story is unexpected and well-crafted. Mac and the other characters explore serious issues such as trust and betrayal, prejudice, and identity, in ways that teens will recognize. The story is clearly set up for a sequel, which readers will be eager to receive. This is a good purchase for collections serving fans of the supernatural. Reviewer: Bethany Martin
Kirkus Reviews
Ever since the white werewolf killed Mackenzie's best friend, Amy, she's been having nightmares. Amy's boyfriend, Jason, has gone off the deep end. And their other friend, Kyle, has distanced himself. The Trackers, an anti-werewolf vigilante group, have come to Hemlock to round up anyone with Lupine Syndrome to be permanently interned in a government-run "rehabilitation camp." You'd think Mackenzie would be behind this, but one of the few caring adults in her peripatetic youth with a no-good father was a closeted werewolf who had never hurt anyone but was rounded up and interned anyway. Peacock makes sure readers understand the symbolism; narrator Mackenzie actively reflects on the parallels between the werewolf hunt and war propaganda. But because this is a teen paranormal romance, the dominant plot is, surprise, a love triangle. Kyle, who Mackenzie and readers learn fairly early on is a werewolf, is in love with Mackenzie. So is the tortured Jason, who has joined the Trackers. As Mackenzie says to herself, "It was official: my life belonged on the CW." It's this ironic self-awareness that keeps the book at all palatable. Events churn to an utterly predictable confrontation that leaves the door open to the next volume in the planned trilogy. Mildly interesting ideas are obscured by all the necessary ingredients of the genre. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
Booklist
“Seamless writing and plenty of action mark this intelligent, dark paranormal debut. Older teen paranormal fans will likely clamor for the next book in this planned series.”
Sophie Littlefield
“A werewolf tale filled with hurtling action, searing emotion, and enough twists to keep readers glued to the page until the final breathless scene.”
Kimberly Derting
“A clever and frightening supernatural mystery, HEMLOCK had me biting my nails with anticipation.”
Sarah Beth Durst
“A riveting romance and a thrilling mystery, HEMLOCK is the werewolf story done right. I devoured it in one sitting and am ravenous for more! A fantastic start to a compelling new trilogy.”
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Mac, Kyle, Jason, and Amy used to do everything together, but when Amy is savagely mauled by the white werewolf that has been terrorizing their town, her friends' lives begin spinning out of control. They all blame themselves for her death and are grieving in their own ways. Lupine syndrome is on the rise, and everyone in Hemlock is frightened. Moreover, because Amy was the granddaughter of a senator, her murder becomes national news, attracting a ruthless group known as the Trackers who seek out lupine-infected individuals and throw them into isolation camps. As the Trackers become more and more brutal, Mac begins investigating what really happened the night of Amy's death. In her search, she uncovers the truth behind Jason and Amy's breakup, Kyle's real identity, Jason's connection to the Trackers, and numerous other deceptions. Mac, unlike some of the other characters, is fully developed and believable. While some aspects of this fantasy-thriller fall flat and the pacing is occasionally slow, Peacock manages to hold readers with the intense love triangle between Mac, Kyle, and Jason. Although much of the plot is wrapped up at the end, the epilogue leaves possibilities open for the next two installments in this projected trilogy. Though far from perfect, this respectable first novel will be enjoyed by fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Stephenie Meyer.—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, Columbus, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062048653
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Series:
Hemlock Trilogy Series, #1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
678,495
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.32(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Kimberly Derting

“A clever and frightening supernatural mystery, HEMLOCK had me biting my nails with anticipation.”

Sophie Littlefield

“A werewolf tale filled with hurtling action, searing emotion, and enough twists to keep readers glued to the page until the final breathless scene.”

Sarah Beth Durst

“A riveting romance and a thrilling mystery, HEMLOCK is the werewolf story done right. I devoured it in one sitting and am ravenous for more! A fantastic start to a compelling new trilogy.”

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