Hemlock (Hemlock Trilogy Series #1)

Hemlock (Hemlock Trilogy Series #1)

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—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.

Product Details

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

About 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. Willowgrove is the final book in the Hemlock series.

What People are Saying About This

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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Hemlock 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
BlookGirl More than 1 year ago
If I could describe Hemlock in one word, it would be "stunning". Seriously, this book blew me away with its lush descriptions, perfectly flawed characters, unforeseeable twists and turns, a believable romance, and fear-inspiring villans. After I finished, I wanted to flip it right over and start again! I wasn't sure what to expect upon turning the first page of this book. I adore Urban Fantasies, but have never been big on werewolves. It obviously requires a certain suspension of rationality to believe that a virus can cause bones to shift, hair to grow, and a biped to transform into a quadriped. However, I was completely happy to hand over my brain and my heart to Kathleen Peacock and become like putty in her hands. The humans-turned-werewolves in Hemlock were sympathetic and relateable. After all, they're not just evil fairytale creatures out for blood. They're regular human beings who were unfortunate enough to contract the virus that changes their life forever. They are cast out from society and stripped free of their human rights. Society as a whole has slapped a big label on werewolves, with "VICIOUS" written across, and the hatred towards these "creatures" is on the rise. The subtle but effective message within the pages of Hemlock on the dangers of prejudice and judgment is a much-needed one in today's social climate. I really adored all of the characters in Hemlock, even the bad guys and the secondary characters. They each played their part well and were very well-written. I enjoyed the friendship that was portrayed between Mac, Kyle, Jason, and Amy. I had a group of friends like that in high school, and the similarities are eerie! Mac was such a fierce character, and I really felt for all of the highs and lows she went through. I like to fancy that she's a bit like me, in that she wants to "save" everyone from themselves, and tries to see the best in even the worst of people. I loved how Kathleen handled the love triangle between Kyle, Mac, and Jason. It was definitely NOT the focus of the story, and I respect that there was no definite "team" between the two boys. Jason and Kyle are both lovable, though incredibly flawed, and you never really know which one will come out on top. The nightmares that Mac has throughout the story were delightfully creepy, and despite Hemlock not having illustrations, I could vividly picture what she felt and saw. I also enjoyed the way the mystery of Amy's death and the secrets she hid from Mac slowly and purposefully unfolded. Maybe, looking back, I could have guessed a couple things, but Kathleen Peacock has a way of telling a story that just keeps you hurtling forward with no desire to figure things out before they're revealed within the story. This is one of the greatest attributes of a master story-teller, in my humble opinion. Hemlock ended on such a great cliff-hanger, and left me stuttering and wide-eyed. Now, I cannot WAIT for Hemlock #2, which is sooo far off, the title and release date haven't even been declared yet! I do hope that this review has urged you to grab Hemlock off the nearest shelf and give it a read. It is easily one of my most favorite reads of 2012 thus far! Kathleen Peacock has earned a "Standing O" from this book lover!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Mackenzie's life was turned upside down when her best friend, Amy, was murdered by a werewolf. Since then, Mac isn't sure what to think. Amy haunts her dreams. Her best friend, Kyle has been unaccountably distant. While Amy's boyfriend, Jason, seems determined to crash and burn all on his own. Worse, Trackers have come to town looking for the white werewolf that killed Amy last spring and might be back to continue its murder spree. Desperate to protect Jason from himself, and ease her own nightmares and guilt, Mac decides to try and find the white werewolf herself. As Mac's investigation brings her closer to the truth she also learns unsettling secrets about her friends and her town leaving Mac uncertain of who she can trust as she tries to find the white werewolf before it find her in Hemlock (2012) by Kathleen Peacock. Hemlock is Peacocks first novel as well as the first book in her Hemlock trilogy. Peacock creates an interesting world with characters who are well-rounded with both strengths and flaws aplenty. Separately, in fact, all of the characters are quite likable and entertaining. The problem comes when they begin to interact with each other. Mac comes across as a strong heroine in the beginning of the story, but the more the story continues, the more irritating she becomes. Despite being necessarily self-sufficient Mac is embarrassingly clingy in her efforts to save Jason from himself. She is also painfully dense when it comes to Kyle. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, any declaration that a character is strong needs some kind of depth to back it up. Mac doesn't deliver in the arena. Aside from making her a frustrating heroine, Mac's irritating personality made the inevitable love triangle unconvincing. There is always a push and pull with mysteries featuring teen protagonists. The book is about the teens, they obviously need to be at the center of the investigation and the action--that's the whole point of the book. Unfortunately, Mac's logic for pursuing the werewolf herself felt very contrived. I also was frustrated at her insistence on keeping her cousin in the dark later in the story. I get it, absent parental figures make stories easier. At the same time it just seemed heavy-handed and clumsy to push Mac's cousin to the side like that. Filled with suspense, Hemlock is part mystery, part fantasy, all action. Though there is gore and violence thanks to the vicious werewolf attacks in the story, it is kept in check making this a good choice for someone looking for a read similar to the Hunger Games books but with less violence and (slightly) fewer tears. Possible Pairings: Clarity by Kim Harrington, The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A slightly different approach to the werewolf idea. I really liked this book! Appropriate for teens but enjoyable by adults as well. I look for books without a lot of swearing or vulgarity. So I really liked this author's writing voice. Clean, yet realistic teen struggles. I will be looking for more by this author in the future.
VysBlog More than 1 year ago
There are WEREWOLVES in this story. WEREWOLVES. The story surrounds the mystery of a white werewolf who happens to be a serial killer. Werewolves AND serial killers? This was definitely my kind of book. Let the excitement begin.It was interesting to read about lupine syndrome being known to the public and announced as if it was just a new disease spreading in the nation. Becoming a werewolf was treated as an incurable disease that was transferred through a scratch or a bite. With the new threat of werewolves, attacks become more common, especially in the small town of Hemlock. Mac (Mackenzie), Amy, Jason, and Kyle, were as close group of best friends. The dynamic of the group instantly changed after Amy’s death. Jason was Amy’s boyfriend and her death sent him plunging into even deeper trouble. Which then leaves Mac and Kyle with a new awkwardness that was never there before. There is a start of a love triangle between the best friends, but each relationship come naturally and has been building up for years. Kyle and Jason are both strong and... interesting. Jason comes from a rich family and is constantly neglected by his parents. He's often described as arrogant and  spoiled, but occasionally has a good heart. Kyle on the other hand begins to uncover secrets that makes him a mysterious character.  Mac is the kind of girl that wants to save everybody. She’s not afraid to stand up against people regardless of the dangerous situations she could end up in. The places she ends up for doing this are unbelievable and only feeds into her exciting character. A part of the story that creeped me out, besides having an unknown killer on the loose, was the snippets of Amy. Her history was weaved in by her visits to Mac through her dreams. And those dreams were quite vivid. The mystery, action, and romance of Hemlock fully captured my attention. I was kept guessing through out the whole novel on how it would end.
Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
Filled with mystery and heart pounding action, HEMLOCK will keep you turning the pages. I enjoyed every aspect of this book. This book is so different from many of the werewolf books that I’ve read. I ate up the whole trackers against the infected (Lupine syndrome) angle. The issues of prejudice in this book made this book more appealing in my eyes. No one was safe from suspicion – anyone could be infected. The murder of Mac’s best friend Amy was full of unknowns and it was fascinating to read alongside Mac as she tried to solve Amy’s murder. There were so many surprises in this book that kept me guessing throughout. Peacock did a great job of shrouding this book in mystery with a good dose of gruesome. I am curious to see what happens during the next installment as Mac continues her journey. If you’re looking for a werewolf mystery with a twist, I suggest giving HEMLOCK a try. Hopefully, you’ll be on pins and needles as you try to solve the murder of Mac’s best friend while receiving eye openers along the way.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A single scratch can transmit lupine syndrome and werewolves are forced into internment camps. While Mac and her friends struggle to cope with the loss of Amy to a serial killing werwolf, they find there¿s more behind Amy¿s death than any of them imagined.Opening Sentence: Blood ran down my hands in thin rivers.The Review: Mac has lived in Hemlock since her father walked out years ago, living with her cousin Tess on the ¿wrong¿ side of the tracks. But her address didn¿t stop Amy, daughter of a prominent Hemlock family, from becoming her best friend. Amy, Mac, Jason and Kyle have been best friends for years, inseparable, until the night Amy¿s torn apart by a werewolf. Mac had ditched their movie plans for to study for finals, Jason and Amy had just fought, and Kyle didn¿t pick up his phone when she called for a ride. The loss of their best friend ¿ and Jason¿s girlfriend ¿ hit all of them hard. While Kyle and Mac kept it together though, Jason spiraled as far down as you can go in a town like Hemlock.But when, after months of no deaths, the werewolf strikes again, and the police bring in the Trackers. Outside the police, the Trackers specialize in hunting down `fleabags¿ and sending them to internment camps ¿ provided they survive their capture, that is. The Trackers make Mac uncomfortable. Their beat-first-and-test-later philosophy doesn¿t sit well with many, but no one wants to go against a police-enforced gang. Jason, however, doesn¿t share Mac¿s aversion to the werewolf hunters. Eager for revenge against the wolf that killed Amy, he¿s throwing himself into their initiate group.Mac follows him, tries to keep an eye on him and take care of him, but it almost gets her killed. And Jason is too drunk to realize just how bad things were getting for Mac. When it comes down to it, Mac is always there for Jason, but Jason isn¿t ever there for her. It¿s Kyle who comes to her rescue [insert swoon] and begins to help her track down Amy¿s killer. Because what the police never told the public ¿ and what the Trackers refuse to ¿ is that there¿s far more to Amy¿s murder than the other victims.On a mission to find the truth and stop the Trackers from taking over, Mac is pushed face-to-face with her feelings about Kyle and aspects of Amy¿s not-so-perfect life that Mac never knew. Honestly, my favorite part about Hemlock was the angst between Mac and Kyle! My least favorite, the unnecessary love triangle the author created here. It worked alright within the story line, but it was like plopping a giant cliché in the middle of an otherwise unique novel. I loved Mac, her desire to take care of Jason as he deals with his grief, the way she interacts with her guardian Tess and Kyle, were all great ways of characterizing her without the info-dumping seen in a lot of other young adult novels.I loved the fact that lycanthropy stemmed from an illness in Hemlock. Since just a scratch is enough for possible transmission, and you don¿t know who may or may not be infected, it added extra tension. Peacock also makes the reader wonder about the pull of cults and the actions they¿ll drive people to, the moral ambiguity of protecting the human race and what it really means to be human. Hemlock is definitely a book I¿d recommend to anyone who likes paranormal mysteries.Notable Scene:Something thick and warm ran down my face. Blood.¿Our Father who art in Heaven. Hallowed by thy name¿¿ The words stuck in my throat. Hank had been an atheist and Tess went to church only at Christmas and Easter.¿They kingdom¿¿A particularly loud scream echoed behind me and I choked on a sob.¿Thy kingdom come.¿Tears streamed down my face. Battered, bruised, and terrified, I struggled to curl into a ball. Blackness rose up. There was another scream behind me, and then, mercifully, I passed out.The Hemlock Trilogy:1. HemlockFTC Advisory: Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Hemlock. No goody bags, sponso
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, there are tons of werewolf books out on the market. Yes, some of them are good. Some of them are real good. Oh, but this book was really, really good!!! I wanted to devour it. I wanted to quit my job so that I could spend the rest of the night reading it. It was amazing!I loved the whole concept of the book. It may have a plot that is being well exercised by many authors right now but Peacock takes it to a whole new level. This book is a completely different kind of werewolf book.Mac is a character that you right away are sucked into her life. You mourn over the loss of her best friend with her, you stare at the book and you are just as confused with her about what is going on, and you become torn with her when Kyle and Jason tilt her world. I found myself falling in love with both characters Kyle and Jason at the same time. Both of them are great guys but they have dark secrets that are coming into the light and I wanted nothing more than just to help them; that is how much I was sucked into this book. I wanted to knock them in the head when both of them couldn¿t get their problems straight. And I felt this way because Peacock wrote character that were so lovable.Seriously, it was wonderful! I can¿t wait for the second book.~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~
sszkutak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Background: Mac is a teenage girl dealing with the loss of her best friend Amy. Amy was brutally murdered by a werewolf, however that is not uncommon. Werewolves permeate society and LS or Lupine Syndrome is occurring all over as the government tries to figure out how to handle the LS infected persons. Mac's best friend Jason has been acting strange since Amy's death and it has become her goal to find out what really happened to her friend.Review: Couldn't put it down! I really loved this book. I started reading and only go about 10 pages in and was a little unmoved by it at first. Seemed like the same teenage angst and whining...only it got so much better! I jumped from page 10 to 71 and then on and on...even when I thought the plot was going one way, the predictable way, it surprised me and took another direction.Mac is a strong girl, her parents aren't in the picture and she is being raised by Tess who is fairly close to her age. I loved the werewolves in this book. I thought it was great to have them be known about and have LS be a disease contracted, rather than a supernatural ailment that only affects some.The author did so good. Mac's sarcasm is wonderful and the story line is great. But I cannot say much because a lot of twists occur and I don't want to ruin them for anyone...just go read it!Recommended for supernatural lovers, those who like some teen angst and a strong female role. Go get it now!
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Good StuffMac is a fabulous well rounded character with an awesome name. Tons of mystery, intrigue and plot twists - I was surprised on many occasions by what happened Storyline is fast paced and never boring I'm not the biggest fan of werewolf stories, but thouroughly enjoyed this one & look forward to reading more of the series Author is a good storyteller (and a Canadian!) Another suprise for me when reading this was I didn't mind the sorta love triangle thing, it actually really worked in this story - you can understand why the boys feel like they do and why Mac might have feelings for both of them (and why oh why can't two boys fight over me -- oh yeah 41 and married, probably not a good idea) Fabulous character development and most of the characters (well except for the adults) are realistic in terms of actions, feelings and dialogue plenty of thinly veiled commentary on the evils of prejudice and government control (you can see the paralels to the Salem witch trials and the hollywood blacklist against suspected communists and even towards the treatment of aids victims and homosexuals) Enjoyed the dark humour added in at just the right time The relationship between Tess and Mac is lovely and some of their conversations are hilarious The Not So Good StuffMajority of the adults are useless uninvolved jerks -- you know how I feel about that some repetition of plot points (for example 12 years ago when the government announced the existence..) we get it no need to keep repeating it Favorite Quotes/Passages"Yes, a werewolf had killed Amy. But I couldn't blame an entire group of people - even if that would have been easier. The only person to blame was the one who had killed her.""The intercom buzzed. "Wow," I muttered, we're more popular than a pretty girl at a Star Trek convention.""He leaned against the wall and crossed his arms. "In some ways. After enough time passes, you realize that maybe a whole day went by where you didn't think of them. Then you feel guilty because you're not supposed to forget - even if it is just for a day.""We'd watch The Birds last year, and ever since, she claimed that pigeons were just biding time before making their move.For some reason, 90 percent of Tess's fears seemed to come from movies we watched on cable."Who Should/Shouldn't ReadFor those who enjoy a twist of mysery and the paranormal Fans of Kelley Armstrong will enjoy 4.5 Dewey'sI picked up a copy of this at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2012 from the HarperCollins booth
titania86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Werewolves are a part of reality caused by a disease known as lupine syndrome. The second a person is infected, they lose all rights and privileges as people and are sent to camps to keep them away from humans. Many werewolves hide undetected among humans, but transformations are sometimes unavoidable due to emotion and bloodlust. A murderous white werewolf is on the loose in Hemlock. It killed Mackenzie's best friend Amy and a few other girls along the way. The Trackers, an extremist anti-werewolf organization, come to Hemlock in an effort to catch the werewolf, but they also cause a lot of trouble for the citizens. They view themselves as above the law and pretty much do whatever they want without consequences. Mac decides to investigate the murder for herself since the Trackers are absorbed with harassing people and the police do nothing. She gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers secret after secret about Amy's boyfriend Jason, her best friend Kyle, and Amy herself.I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading Hemlock. I'm usually not a fan of werewolf books because good characters are inevitably changed into insufferable jerks. This actually wasn't the case in Hemlock. The world is different than the usual fare. The public is aware that werewolves exist and they immediately lose all rights as people when their existence is known. The driving force behind the werewolf camps seems to be primarily fear. Fear of the unknown and fear of being attacked. Fear and the need for protection or security over freedom also allows the Trackers to take over and do whatever they want. This group is so frightening to me especially since the Hemlock world is basically our world with werewolves. A fanatical group taking over, pushing their own secret agenda, and running wild unchecked is one of my worst nightmares. The Trackers' actions become more and more violent and reprehensible as the book goes on. The characters are also more than I expected. The back of the book describes a typical YA love triangle, but it's a little different than usual. It's not just a girl mooning over 2 guys and waiting 3 books to choose and the romance aspect never takes over the entire plot. I really like Mac and sympathized with her. Unlike many YA heroines, she was strong, fiercely loyal, and full of heart. The two young men in her love triangle are both awesome and annoying in their own opposite ways. So many surprising revelations come out about these characters and it makes the book exciting with all the twists and turns.Hemlock was a very surprisingly good read. I loved the characters and crazy plot twists. I can't wait to read the next book!
novelgoddess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
GoodReads 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 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 loveMy Thoughts: I must come clean¿I picked this one up only for the name. Didn¿t read the blurb or any reviews, I just knew with a name like ¿Hemlock¿ it would be a book for me. And I¿m so glad I didn¿t read the blurb or I would have put it back down. I¿ve read more Werewolf and Vampire books than you could shake a stake at! And I am bored with them, to say the least.Thankfully I didn¿t know this story was werewolf related. This was different in that everyone is aware werewolves exist¿so while there was still the whole hiding you are a werewolf thing but it was for different reasons.This was primarily a story about 4 best friends and what happens after one of them was murdered by a werewolf. How the three remaining friends dealt with the death, and the one friend who just won¿t let it go. And it was the ¿who dunit¿ angle that really sucked me into the story. Peacock did a wonderful job of weaving together the mystery¿I was able to figure out the who, once that one clue showed up, but never would have guessed the why(s). Also, I appreciate that this didn¿t feel like a typical beginning to a trilogy/series. This was a completely self-contained story. If no other books were to follow I could be satisfied with how this ended. Fortunately, it¿s looking like there will be another book and I¿m anxious to see where it takes us besides Denver¿LOL.Really enjoyable and hard to put down, this book is for anyone that likes a little paranormal romance and even those who don¿t think they do. Enjoy!
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, I really, really hate to say this, but I was completely set up to hate this book. Why, you ask? And, even more importantly, if I thought I wasn't going to like this book, then why did I read it? Okay, let's start with the first question. After seeing this cover and reading the blurb, I was expecting yet another run-of-the-mills, teen supernatural romance that's essentially just a clone of everything else that's out there (just with an emphasis on werewolves) and I am just so sick of all that stuff. That's also somewhat what made me read the book, given the opportunity. I've been dying for something fresh and original in the YA world these days, and the blurb here just had something that seemed like it was a little bit of a twist on the more traditional tale. It's hard to describe -this blurb was obviously written to appeal to the majority of teen readers (who seem to enjoy these same elements over and over again), but yet it hinted at some sort of twist, something new, I decided -why not.In many ways, Hemlock relies on many of the common elements that are popular in the YA genre right now: werewolves, teen romance, angst, high school drama and so on. Yet, here, being a werewolf means that you are contaminated by a virus -and being one is absolutely not romantic at all -werewolves are not something you want to be in this world. And the mystery -debut author Kathleen Peacock has done a great job of building a twisty and intriguing mystery that balances out the romance element and gives readers an exciting ride through the story. Honestly, I thought that Peacock did a better job of offering a significant plot (other than just a romance) that was enjoyable to read. The most impressive part? The writing. Peacock is definitely a cut above the average YA paranormal author. Her dialog is excellent, real and filled with personality. I found myself just getting lost in the dialog and characters because I was so captivated (and impressed) by Peacock's fresh writing approach.Thus, Hemlock was much better than I expected. Though many elements were just re-hashes of what's already out there, the mystery was exciting and unexpected enough to bring something different to the genre. And the ending -never saw it coming.
ahandfulofconfetti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mac and Amy were best friends, but then Amy was suddenly killed by a werewolf. After her death, everything starts to spiral out of control; Mac is having dreams where Amy haunts her, Amy's boyfriend, Jason, is drowning his grief in alcohol, and Mac is busy trying to convince herself that her feelings for her friend, Kyle, are purely platonic. When the Trackers come to Hemlock to investigate Amy's murder, things get even worse, and Amy decides that she has to figure out the truth behind Amy's death. But she'll soon discover that there are plenty of secrets surrounding her town and her group of friends, and those secrets may very well endanger her life.Hemlock is set in a (an?) US where the werewolf virus - known as Lupine Syndrome - is running rampant. Those infected are confined to "internment camps", which are very reminiscent of concentration camps, including the comments that they're not as bad as reported. In fact, the whole entire thing had a very WWII/Holocaust feel to it, what with the propaganda going up to "report any suspicious behavior" and the charismatic leader of the Tracker group using anything necessary to find and punish those with LS who are hiding their illness. It's definitely a pretty bleak world, not only because of the illness itself but all of the hatred and fear that's swirling around because of it. If you think about it too much, it starts to get rather depressing, which I'm sure was the point.There is tons of guilt going around in this book. Mac feels guilty about Amy because she cancelled plans with her the night she died. Kyle feels guilty because he didn't answer his phone when she called. Jason feels guilty for ... something I won't spoil. All of them are "dealing" with this guilt in their own ways, and failing miserably. Because Mac is our narrator, we see everything from her point of view, and for the most part I enjoyed her. While she carries the guilt with her, she's also a bit of a fixer, trying to get Jason to sober up and straighten out. She's fairly witty, and I liked her determination to discover the truth about Amy; she was a very strong character. But all the while I was thinking, "Aaaaand here's another book where the main character decides to take it upon herself to solve a crime!" I have read at least three books that had this same plot this year alone, but will say that this was the first to include werewolves. I'm just kind of done with the whole "teenage girl thinks she can solve the mystery better than the authorities"-trope.And then, of course, because this is a YA novel, we have to have a love triangle (because no YA novel is complete without one!), too, but at least it's done in a somewhat humorous way. See, Mac doesn't realize that Jason actually has feelings for her - the reader, of course, knows this pretty early on, but Mac is a bit obtuse - and instead has feelings for Kyle, which are brought to her attention when Kyle kisses her (after her protesting that they are "just friends" for the first part of the book). I am honestly not sure what to make of this whole love triangle thing, because it seems pretty apparent that Mac loves Kyle. But at the same time, Mac can't help trying to fix Jason, too, and it really gets kind of convoluted and confusing. I did like this line, though: "My life was not becoming one of those torrid teen-angst shows on cable." (80%) Kind of like the author was poking fun at the trope herself, but not enough to, you know, NOT use it. And because this is the first of three books, I'm sure we'll see even MORE of the indecisiveness in the future, although I really hope I'm wrong.And the librarian in me loved the little shout-out to the Patriot Act. It's a little frightening to think how it would be used in a world like the one in Hemlock; I don't know if it was particularly chilling to me because we talked about it so much in our classes or what, but this line really grabbed me: "Maybe it was extra paranoid on my part, b
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love getting a book that I know nothing about and end up absolutely loving. "Hemlock" was definitely one of those books. Surprisingly "Hemlock" is also about werewolves and I have noticed that I seem to be getting tired of vampire and werewolf books lately. It takes something really special to impress me if one of those paranormal creatures is the focus of a novel. (A side note: I don't mind if vampires and werewolves are side characters in a book or series like they are in Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels books.)"Hemlock" definitely stood out from the pack. The story is about three friends who are devastated when their best friend Amy dies in a werewolf attack. Amy's boyfriend Jason decides to become a Tracker. Trackers are part of an anti-werewolf group that captures suspected werewolves (often violently) and asks questions later. Mac isn't convinced that all werewolves are murderers and wants to talk Jason out of his decision to become a tracker. Kyle, Jason's best friend, has been acting distant and seems to have problems of his own. All three friends carry their own guilt over Amy's death. Mac ends up becoming entangled in something far more complex than she could've imagined. She quickly learns some things about Amy's death just don't add up.I will admit that I suspected who was behind the murders on the page he was first introduced. The way he was described just seemed to cue me in. However there were a few twists involved that I didn't put together. The mystery is far more involved than I would have expected. This made for a very entertaining reading experience and while the book does end in a cliffhanger, it was also a very satisfying read. What makes this book stand out? It's the relationships between the characters and the relationship they each had with Amy. What will they be willing to do for each other? Can they accept each other unconditionally? Can Jason be saved from himself? What will happen if Kyle and Mac move beyond friendship? Can Jason and Kyle remain friends if he begins a relationship with Mac and can Jason ever accept the true Kyle?"Hemlock" immediately grabbed my interest. I read the book very quickly. I had to know what was going to happen with these characters and I absolutely needed to find out what werewolf was behind Amy's murder. Mac was a great heroine. I felt for her and I appreciated how much she wanted to help her friends. Her actions and motivations always felt completely real and just. I can't wait to find out more about a sequel. This author has proven to be an up and comer to watch and I encourage readers to give "Hemlock" a chance.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I usually avoid werewolf books, so it says something that I was intrigued enough by the premise of Hemlock to pick it up. Though, I admit, the title might have been one of my deciding factors. And that the cover model is wearing a purple dress. I do have a penchant for purple...Luckily, I ended up enjoying the werewolf aspects of this novel quite a lot... perhaps more than any other werewolf novel I've read. Definitely enough that I'm excited to continue with the next installment and maybe enough that I'll give some other werewolf books a chance. In Hemlock, werewolves are public knowledge... and most of the public isn't a fan. The disease that afflicts those who shift into wolves is known as lupine syndrome and is remarkably easy to spread. In a supposed effort to slow and eliminate the spread of the disease, those infected are sent to camps reminiscent of internment camps. The public, and the reader, are only given a vague impression of what goes on in these camps, but I'm hoping that this idea will be further explored in the second book.The novel centers on Mackenzie, a girl dealing with her best friend's murder by a werewolf. Amy's death was one of four among a series of attacks and the person, or wolf, behind the gruesome murders is still free. Mac can't stop dreaming about Amy and believes the only way to stop her from haunting her sleep is to find out what happened the night her boyfriend found her torn apart in an alley. It doesn't take long for Mac to discover that people - and werewolves - are not at all what they seem... Add to the mix that Amy is the daughter of a Senator. Making what might have been a small story into a media frenzy... especially when the Senator, a previous supporter of werewolf rights, completely reverses his stance, going so far as to invite an extremist group known as Trackers into the small town of Hemlock. The Trackers are there under the guise of looking into Amy's death... and crack down on local werewolves. The law stands aside as the Trackers overwhelm Hemlock, recruiting local teens and going to whatever means necessary to root out those hiding their abilities. It doesn't take long for Jason, one of Mac's best friends, Amy's boyfriend - and the one that found her dead - is lured in by the extremist group by the idea of violent retribution.Though I thoroughly enjoyed the paranormal parts of this novel, there were some other aspects that seemed forced to me. As much as it pains me to say it, I wasn't invested in Hemlock's romantic plot lines. The love interests were all right, but neither really popped for me. I really liked them as characters and can't wait to see how they develop in subsequent novels, but I couldn't bring myself to care who Mac ended up. I'm very hopeful that I'll see some kind of spark or more chemistry in the next book, but, as of right now, I was a bit bored every time there was a romance related scene. I just wanted to learn more about the werewolves and the murders and skip the love scenes.Despite that the romance missed the mark for me, I really did enjoy Hemlock. The mystery was intense, the paranormal aspects well developed, and discussion of how the public was handling (or not handling) the spread of lupine syndrome was extremely interesting. It appears there will be a change of scenery for book two, and, I won't lie, I wish I had it in my hands right now!
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a reader, I come across a lot of stories overdone. Werewolves being one of them. I must tell you that this book is pure AWESOMESUACE! Not only it is unique but the world building is simply amazing!In the words of Luigi from Disney Cars, this is how I feel:"I must scream it to the world, my excitement from the top of someplace very high."What I loved most about this book is that it is what is really is. Werewolves. Not nice werewolves who can speak to each other through their minds but wolves full of blood lust. People fearing for their lives. Rising politics that want to rid the world of them. And a love form from a long time friendship. I'm telling you, awesomesauce!The characters of this book have very distinct values. I really loved how each voice is loud and clear with where they stand. You have friends that are for the werewolves and friends against. Though it is easy to see how each character plays a bigger role that what the reader sees.Another part of the book is the amazing love interest. I don't want to say too much for I might give it away, but trust me when I say the love is good. There is sort of a love triangle going but not really. I guess we all will just have to see what happens in the next book.Hemlock is an amazing story that shines. The romance is unforgettable with werewolves that do the unimaginable. Hemlock gives the reader a rare opportunity to enjoy a real were wolf story as it should be told. Engrossing and stunning, Hemlock will take you away!
kissedbyink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this review by telling you that I have had Hemlock on my TBR list for quite a while. Luckily, I was able to trade one of my ARCs with another blogger so I could read it before being released. This being said, I had very high expectations for this story. Kathleen DID NOT disappoint me! To say that I loved Hemlock is an understatement!Why did I love Hemlock so much?1. I am a cover-lover. Hemlock¿s cover is hauntingly beautiful.2. One of the character¿s is named Amy. Yes, she¿s dead but so what!?3. I love werewolf stories.4. There was such wonderful description, that I was able to completely see the vision that Kathleen had as she wrote Hemlock.5. Kyle. Kyle. Kyle.
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book had a lot going on, and it was all good. First I liked the blatant condemnation of bigotry, though it took a new form. Hemlock shows how dangerous it can be for people to judge those who are different from them, and it shows what terrible lengths some people will go to in order to ensure that everyone is the same. I normally try to avoid books that have authors preaching a message, but Peacock doesn't preach. She just shows the dangers associated with bigotry. She doesn't state that bigotry is wrong, and she doesn't make any judgment calls at all in the novel. She also has characters that are likable do some pretty terrible things. She shows that no one is perfect and that we all make mistakes. She also illustrates that sometimes the people who are different are a million times better than the people who are bigots. I really enjoyed her approach in dealing with this important social issue. In addition to a strong message, Hemlock delivers a strong cast of characters, an intriguing plot, and an unpredictable mystery. Each character in Hemlock is dynamic and flawed. Some are more flawed than others, but everyone has their own skeletons. The only thing that got on my nerves about the characters was the fact that Mac kept being shocked when she found out someone had hidden something from her, and then she threw a childish fit. I mean seriously, after about the 12th person, you'd think she'd come to accept it. It's not like she ran around telling everyone everything herself. Hypocrite much? As I said, the characters were flawed, but they were still, for the most part, likable. I did like Mac, just that one personality trait really annoyed me. There was only one character in this book who was completely bad, and that was a given from the beginning. The others, regardless of their roles in the story, had both good and bad aspects. Peacock left it up to the reader to decide who was acceptable to like and who was not. She presented the actions of the characters and left the judgment up to us. I absolutely loved Jason and Kyle, though they were both fairly flawed. Especially Jason. He does redeem himself at some points though. I think he means well, he's just got a lot of growing to do. Kyle is a good guy, but he also has a dark side. And how he handles things sometimes gets on my nerves. Tess was a good character, and pretty present in the story. She was the parental figure. I also liked Serena and Trey, though again, they were flawed. Amy's ghost/figment of Mac's imagination/Mac's hallucination/whatever she may be was intriguing. I'm looking forward to learning more about that and finding out what, exactly is going on there. I can't wait to see what happens next with all of these characters. I felt attached to all of them in some form or another. The plot was unique and intriguing. I had the killer figured out pretty early on because Peacock dropped a hint that I picked up on. I like mysteries, though, and I'm usually pretty good at solving them. However, I didn't know for sure who it was until the very end. Some of the things going on did shock me, though. There were a lot of revelations that I wasn't expecting, and that kept me on the edge of my seat. The big reveal was of the killer, which I had already guessed, but I hadn't guessed his motives. That part shocked me. Also, the pacing of the story was spot-on. It was a quick read, even though it was around 400 pages, but nothing ever felt rushed. The ending tied up most of the loose ends from this novel, but it opened up another question in order to lead into the sequel. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. There is a lot of shape-shifting in the book, since it's a werewolf book, but it's not like the other wolf books out there. No other paranormal stuff happened other than the mystery surrounding Amy, which isn't answered in this novel. There's no pack dynamic between the wolves. Most of the wolves don't even know who the other wolves in the community are
jennrenae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading Hemlock, I find myself stuck in Limbo, not really able to decide how I feel about it. I am not particularly fond of werewolves, but after seeing the gorgeous cover, I was hoping that this book would change my mind. What did I like about it?There was great imagery in the transition from man/woman to wolf. I found it interesting how Kathleen Peacock described the doubling over and snapping of bones. I really liked this idea versus Stephenie Meyer¿s snap your fingers and bada bing you¿re a wolf description. This just seems so much more realistic, the fact that shapeshifting can be painful and ugly. I think she did a great job of using this idea the transformation to symbolize how the lupine disease can strangle you from the inside. I really like Kyle, one of Mac¿s love interests. He seems very genuine with a hint of I¿ll-kick-your-butt if you cross me. He was definitely the most believable of the characters, and I would probably read book 2 just to see what happens with him in the future.Amy is haunting Mac¿s dreams, and I can¿t tell if it is actually a haunting or just Mac¿s subconscious going wacky. Either way, her dreams are very intense, and I think they were my favorite part of the book. The ending¿.peeked my interest just enough for me to wonder what¿s to come in the next installment.What disappointed me?The romance was very bland, and since romance is the part of books that I really LOVE to read, it disappointed me that this love triangle was so anticlimactic. It was very wishy-washy, back and forth, and I got to the point where I wanted to thump Mac¿hard.There were parts of the plot that were slow and predictable. I wanted something to really make me say, ¿No way,¿ but that point never came.So¿I¿ll leave you with a few answered q¿s:Did I enjoy reading it? There were times I was reading because I wanted to know more and other times I was reading to get to the end.Will I read the sequel? Probably, especially if the cover is awesome. Plus, I want to find out about the Amy hauntings.Would I recommend this book? To those who like werewolves, if you are like me and even dislike Jacob, you might find this book is not for you.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
***Possible spoilers, you’ve been warned*** The book starts off well and has a good pace and momentum throughout the book. The setting is also well done and small with a handful of characters so it’s simple and makes the reading enjoyable. I particularly liked the dream sequences Mac has with Amy. They can be cliche but it helps move the plot along and adds to the mood. The werewolf aspect is interesting in the book. The notion of them having a ‘rehabilitation’ camp has a dystopia feel and there’s also Mac trying to solve Amy’s murder. So there’s different characteristics of the book to please YA readers which makes the experience reading this fun and enjoyable. Of course you need a bit of romance in the story as well right? I’m all for Kyle and Mac being together. I found the love triangle aspect here irritating and forced on. Jason did not have sort of chemistry at all with Mac. It felt forced, awkward, and well...it just didn’t sit well with me (your boyfriend likes your best friend...just. No.) The love triangle just made things so cliche and sappy. The story didn’t need this. It was fine with just Kyle and Mac! The mystery aspect was good throughout the novel. The crumb trail to figuring out who was behind the attacks wasn’t that obvious until the late third of the book and although it was already known who it was, the action sequence and climax of the story was pretty exciting and a lot of things are revealed. The revelations weren’t the type to blind side you, it fits well into the story and puts the pieces together. Which is fine. I think the action scenes are enough to keep readers interested. I was happy with the way the book ended and I’ll be picking up the second one. Recommended for YA lovers who just want a good light read with some good action and a readable enjoyable plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very unique. I've never read a book similar before and I recommend that if you like romance and mystery then read this!
Letora More than 1 year ago
For being a new author, Kathleen Peacock didn't do too bad of a job, but this story did have cliché moments like the love triangle. Almost rolled my eyes at that one, but kept reading. The plot was a little shallow at times as well, Jason was a bit over dramatic for my liking. Granted his character was going through a lot of emotional turmoil, but it didn't feel real enough. Also, the plot twist didn't seem as dramatic as it should have been either. I think more hints were needed to make the readers begin to puzzle it out for themselves, draw out the suspense so readers are more involved and the big reveal hits them just as hard as it does the characters. Like I said, not a bad debut, but I'm not sure I would continue to read the series as this book didn't draw me in so well.
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