Thornhill (Hemlock Trilogy Series #2)

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Mac can't lose another friend.

Even if he doesn't want to be found.

The ripple effect caused by Mac's best friend Amy's murder has driven Mac's new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be torturous. ...

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Overview

Mac can't lose another friend.

Even if he doesn't want to be found.

The ripple effect caused by Mac's best friend Amy's murder has driven Mac's new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be torturous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with barely sober pal Jason—and Amy's all-seeing ghost—in tow.

Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.

A skillfully plotted supernatural mystery with heart-stopping action and a compelling romance, Thornhill is Kathleen Peacock's extraordinary follow-up to her debut novel, Hemlock.

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Editorial Reviews

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PRAISE FOR THE HEMLOCK SERIES:“Seamless writing and plenty of action mark this intelligent, dark debut. 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.”
Sophie Jordan
“Forget every werewolf book you’ve ever read. This breaks the mold.”
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.”
Booklist
PRAISE FOR HEMLOCK:“Seamless writing and plenty of action mark this intelligent, dark debut. Fans will likely clamor for the next book in this planned series.”
Sophie Jordan
“Forget every werewolf book you've ever read. This breaks the mold.”
VOYA - Bethany Martin
This sequel to Hemlock (HarperCollins, 2012/Voya April 2012) begins immediately after the events of the first book. Mac and her friends have managed to identify the werewolf who killed Amy, Mac's best friend, and to stop the fanatic leader of an anti-werewolf group; however, there is no time for Mac to relax, as Kyle, her werewolf love interest, has decided that, for the safety of those he loves, he must leave town. Mac and her other friends track Kyle to Colorado, where they find him living with a pack of werewolves led by Mac's con-artist father who disappeared years ago. Before Mac can convince Kyle to return to Hemlock, they are captured in a raid and taken to Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. While working on a plan to save her friends, Mac discovers the true purpose of Thornhill, which means even greater danger to those she loves. Unlike the first book in the series, Thornhill is very much a typical supernatural romance. There are plenty of action scenes, but the suspense and mystery of Hemlock are lacking, as are the well-crafted explorations of issues such as betrayal, prejudice, and identity. Thornhill does have an engaging plot and teens who want to find out what happens to Mac and her friends will be satisfied; however, readers new to the series will be confused about who the characters are and the situations in which they find themselves. Purchase this for collections where the first book is popular. Reviewer: Bethany Martin
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
The plot wallows as Mackenzie struggles to reunite with her werewolf boyfriend, Kyle, in this sequel to Hemlock (2012). She hopes to find him in Denver, something of a mecca for those infected with Lupine Syndrome. With two of her best friends--boyfriend wannabe Jason, recently a member of the werewolf-hating Trackers, and werewolf Serena--she tracks him down at a werewolf nightclub presided over by her father, who abandoned her three years before. There's little time for reunions, though, as a Tracker raid quickly sends Mackenzie, Kyle and Serena to Thornhill, a model "rehabilitation camp." There, Mackenzie poses as a werewolf, hoping to effect a rescue from inside. Complicating matters is the removal of Serena to a top-secret facility within Thornhill, for no-doubt-nefarious purposes. This is too bad, as Serena was one of the more interesting characters in the first book, but a couple other wolves--Eve, a punk protégée of Mackenzie's father's, and Dex, an internee with dark suspicions--help to compensate. Unfortunately, far too much of the plot is given over to Mackenzie's hand-wringing over having put everybody in danger and the swoony kisses she shares with Kyle in stolen moments. Real-world parallels to such issues as closeted homosexuality and the spread of HIV are quickly indicated and then dropped. A semi-climactic confrontation leaves characters poised for Book 3; only series devotees will be as well. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062048684
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Series: Hemlock Trilogy Series , #2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 211,508
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Peacock spent most of her teen years writing short stories. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending college but rediscovered them when office life started leaving her with an allergy to cubicles. Thornhill is the sequel to her first novel, Hemlock.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Thornhill by

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock
    Book Two of the Hemlock series
    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    Publication Date: September 10, 2013
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: ARC sent by the author




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn't want to be found.




    The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.




    Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.




    What I Liked:




    Confession time: I've had an ARC of this book since April. And I just decided to crack it open in July. Sequels are weird creations. If it's the second book of a series - particularly a trilogy - then I automatically will be afraid to read the sequel. Because often in YA, with trilogies, authors like to kill someone or take someone way or separate the protagonists, at the end of the sequel. For example: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson, Fractured by Sarah Fine, Prodigy by Marie Lu (didn't read that one actually, but I've heard some things).  




    Sequels are scary! In sequels, the protagonist is tested. He/she must suffer for the decisions made in book one. Relationships are tested, and often in trilogy sequels, if a second love interest wasn't already introduced in book one, he/she is introduced in book two. OR, book two is focused more on the secondary love interest.




    See why I am scared of sequels? Well, let me put your fears of THIS sequel to rest. This book does not end in one of the primary or secondary characters dying, or the protagonists being separated, or anything of which I was afraid. Huzzah! I can sleep at night!




    Seriously though. This book was awesome. Mac leaves her home with Jason and Serena to find Kyle. All she does, all the decisions she makes, is for Kyle. When they finally meet (that's not a spoiler, you knew they would), things happen... and everyone - all the wolves and Mac included - are sent to Thornhill, a camp for werewolves.




    The majority of the book is set in Thornhill. Mac and a werewolf Eve try and find a way to get themselves and Kyle and Serena out. Enter Jason, who wasn't captured and sent to Thornhill, because he was human. He comes to Thornhill as a counselor. The whole gang is in Thornhill, with seemingly no way out.




    I loved that part of the book - how well Peacock wrote the camp. I was terrified of reading parts of the book that was in the camp, because it was scary! What if they got caught? What if Mac was found to be human, and just pretending to be a werewolf? What if one of them lost control, or got killed, or was taken to Willowgrove?




    So many things could go wrong. And in the end, things did go wrong. And right. I can say that the ending is a good ending, a happy ending, despite everything that happened at Thornhill. This sequel did one thing that sequels should do - it took the series plot to a whole new level. Book one was about Amy's death... book two is about werewolf rights (sort of).




    The romance is there, but it's not front and center. I love how Peacock makes sure readers remember that Mac and Kyle are our primary couple, and that they love each other. BUT, she also makes this book more about getting out of Thornhill than anything else. Saving each other is important... but so is getting out.




    YAY for Thornhill! I really shouldn't have been so afraid of reading this book, because it's an excellent sequel - possibly one of the best sequels I've read.




    What I Did Not Like:




    The ending is a little... bittersweet. It ends well, but there is something specific about it that is sad. I don't know what Peacock has planned for the rest of the series, but I hope there is a happy ending overall! Like I said before, the ending is good... but it leaves you with a bittersweet taste in your mouth.




    Or whatever that phrase is.




    Would I Recommend It:




    YES! Let's say you didn't like Hemlock: read Thornhill anyway. Liked/loved Hemlock? You're good to go! Didn't read Hemlock? Read it, and this one!




    Rating:




    4 stars. This book did not fall victim to the sophomore/sequel slump!

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

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    Everyone who knows me is no stranger to my unconditional love to

    Everyone who knows me is no stranger to my unconditional love towards Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock. I loved that book so much and it is one of the few paranormal books that I actually enjoyed, let alone loved. When I received Thornhill for review I was over the moon. I tried to hold reading it off, closer to the release date, but I couldn't and picked it up immediately. While I had high expectations for it, I never doubted that I would also love Thornhill, and that was exactly what happened by the end of the book. The complex and thrilling world, as well as the characters and their relationship dynamics, and just how the plot progressed were just as perfect as how it was in Hemlock. The characters in this series is what makes up this whole book. Not that the plot isn't bloody fantastic, but the characters all feel so real to me. I am invested in all of the characters, including the secondary and even tertiary ones. Mac, Jason, and Kyle are one of my favorite friendships in YA books. I personally wish I could read how their relationship started and how they were before all hell broke loose. Mac is such an intense character and I love how she takes no crap from anyone and always scolds Jason and Kyle for trying to act as her body guards and making her feel like a damsel in distress. I also love how all three look out for each other and care for each other even with all the issues that do come in between them, no matter how big they are. I am hoping we get more scenes between Kyle and Jason in the next book because I love their banter together; add in Mac and it's perfect. Plot wise, Thronhill was on fire. Everything progressed so fast and you weren't left in the dark for too long. The setting of Thornhill is completely different from Hemlock so everything is new and we are introduced to a completely new mystery. Even with the serious and dangerous setting the characters are thrust into, the funny dialogue is not lost. I especially loved a scene towards the end of the book between Mac and ghost Amy (no spoiler here since Amy is dead before even the first chapter of Hemlock) where Amy complains on how Mac always puts her life at risk. "Seriously, I'm beginning to worry you have a death wish. When I wrote 'BFF' in your yearbook, I didn't mean it as a suicide pact" - AmyThis might sound weird but I really wish I met Amy before she died. She was the catalyst to everything that has happened in the past two books and I wished I knew her, and not just her ghost self that Mac keeps dreaming about. Hemlock also has one of my favorite romances in YA books. The love triangle was done brilliantly and I personally do not know who to root for. We've got Amy's ex-boyfriend, Jason, the broken and lonely rich boy as well as Kyle, who you can always lean on and will always be there for you. Their scenes with Mac are all swoon worthy and I feel I am betraying them both because I just can't seem to choose who I like more! Overall, Thornhill did not disappoint one bit. I loved every single page of it and can't wait to get my own hardcover of it. I feel sad that this series is coming to an end with the third book. I need more of my Hemlock dosage but I can always reread these books because they're definitely reread material! 

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