Willowgrove

Willowgrove

by Kathleen Peacock

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Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock

Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver or Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade, Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock’s riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy. This final entry in Peacock’s dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series pits friendship against survival, and trust against love.

Ever since Mac’s best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy’s ex, Jason, instigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf “rehabilitation” camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf.

What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062048721
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Series: Hemlock Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 14 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.

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Willowgrove 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful and thrilling. Kept me on my toes the whole time. Enjoyed the drama and plot of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great twist on the werewolf story. Lots of action and suspense. I would love to read more about the outcome.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
A thrilling, always on the move story line.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was an interesting end to the series, and I was happy with the way things were resolved. Mac didn’t make quite so many silly decisions in this book, although she did still take risks. She did stay true to herself and her friends though, which was admirable. The storyline in this focused on werewolf rights, and fighting for werewolves to be accepted as part of the community, Amy still played a roll, there were some unexpected deaths, and there was also a bit of a plot twist which was unexpected. There was some romance, and it was clear that the love triangle was definitely not an issue in this book. The ending was good, and it was great to see Mac finally get a happy ending. 6.5 out of 10
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Harper Teen for providing me with an early copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I will say when I received this book for review I had not read the first two books in the series. So I dove into those and really liked them, especially the first book. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, then I will warn you there are most likely spoilers for those books and you might not want to continue reading this. However, this will be a spoiler free review for this particular book. This book picks up right where Thornhill left off. There has been a mass breakout from Thornhill and it has left our main character, Mac, curious as to how far the reaches of these camps actually go. Suspects pop up left and right and she's not sure who to believe, who to trust. The "rehabilitation" camps have proven to be so much more than what they show the public, and she wants to expose this and put an end to it.  Mac continues to have disturbing dreams about Amy. Dreams that keep giving her more and more clues as to what Amy's death really was all about. As Mac uncovers the truth, she is slammed by the realization that Amy was more of a pawn than anything else in this race between the werwolves and the groups that hunt them. Mac is unafraid to dive headfirst into things and bring them to the surface. She's strong and willing to sacrifice herself to make things right. At the same time, I did get a bit fed up with her constantly pulling away from Kyle and complaining about how she just cannot lose him at the same time. It got a bit old. At the same time, Kyle is constantly telling her that once things settle down he's gone, which made me even more mad because he thought by leaving he was keeping people safe when really it would make no difference in the end. I will say I didn't see much character development in these characters in this book. It was all pretty much hit on in the first and second books. We do get more of the secondary characters in this book: Jason, Trey, and Serena. Jason still comes off as arrogant to me, even though he's had some great development. I love Trey's character. He's strong and wiling to stand for what he believes in. And Serena truly is a great friend to Mac. My favorite part about this trilogy is that werwolves are known to the general public. No one is hiding them. The disease that causes people to turn into werwolves has been around for 12 years, so people have had time to get used to having this as part of their society. It doesn't mean people are not scared, but it's interesting to watch the characters talk about werwolves out in the open. I also love how Peacock uses Mac's dreams to give us information on Amy and her death. Much of it is cryptic at times, but you really do get a great sense of forbidding and it kept me wanting to read and find out exactly what the mystery was all about. And Peacock has a way with describing the scenes in this book that make me feel like I'm right there; like I can see exactly what Mac is seeing. Some of the descriptions are eerily accurate to the point I had to go back and re-read to make sure I really was seeing what I was seeing! There are quite a few plot twists and turns in this book. Some I had figured out from book 2, where I knew there were things that were just not quite right with certain characters. Some were more of a surprise to me. Overall I really enjoyed this series. I think fans of paranormal will eat this right up, especially since it doesn't hide werwolves as a mystery that no one knows about. Fans of Stephanie Meyer, Carrie Jones, and Maggie Stiefvater will enjoy this great twist on a paranormal mystery that will keep you guessing who to trust through the very end.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I can't even begin to describe my love for this trilogy (if you don't believe me, read both my reviews of Hemlock and Thornhill!). This review will be spoiler free because I want people to know that this trilogy as a whole did not disappoint in the least bit and that the third and final book was everything I wanted it to be! Thank you so much Kathleen Peacock for creating such a refreshing take on the paranormal genre and werewolves. The Hemlock trilogy contains everything I love: Mystery, thrilling pacing, friendship, a fantastic romance, and a kick butt main protagonist. Don't think this trilogy is just a typical paranormal, it contains all that I mentioned in a winning blend.  Willowgrove did not disappoint at all. I was never afraid of it being a disappointment, I was afraid of some possible outcomes that Peacock could write in Willowgrove. However, I loved everything about Willowgrove.. even the scenes that made me bawl my eyes out. I had to take a break, cry my heart out, then get back to the book. I love it when authors paint their world and the events in it realistically. Not everything gets their happily ever after and not everything miraculously gets fixed. That's life (even if it is a non contemporary world).  The characters make up this book. Mac, Kyle, and Jason. Those three are just so freaking amazing. I love love their friendship, even when it is screwed up, they still manage to love each other unconditionally. Even when it seems like one of them is lost to the rest, they manage to bring each other back. It is truly a friendship to be envied and admired. The love interest (It really isn't a love triangle but I still won't say who because that would be a book 1 spoiler), is just so so sweet and I love him to bits. Mac and him are just the most adorable couple and their romance is just so lovely. It truly restores my faith in YA romances. You guys know how many are underdeveloped or turn to be the main focus of a non contemporary book. However in Willowgrove (and whole trilogy) all I wanted was more of them and the three friends too. Not only that, but two other characters, Trey and Serena also stole my heart.   The paranormal aspect in this novel is woven into the novel so naturally. Lupin syndrome is a disease that turns humans into werewolves (shape shifters). There are concentration camps and just so much fear and hatred towards werewolves. Some of our characters are werewolves. Mac's best friend, Amy, was killed by a werewolf. That was the setting to book one. So I didn't spoil anything for you. I just loved the development of the story from Hemlock all the way to Willowgrove; it is very thought out and I was gasping left and right at all the reveals.  I can tell you to pick up Hemlock based on many things, either the friendship, the paranormal aspect, the plot progression, the mystery, the fresh take on werewolves, the romance, or even the side characters. There is just so much to love about this whole trilogy as well as the concluding book, Willowgrove. I personally did not have one thing I disliked about Willowgrove. So this point seems like a good stopping point. I am so so very sad that there are no more books to look forward to. The ending was so satisfying but I would still love novellas about some characters *hint hint*. I will definitely be reliving this world soon because I can't stay too much away from the Hemlock world <3 Thank you so much Kathleen for writing such memorable characters and books that have become one of my favorite books I ever read.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock Book Three of the Hemlock series Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock's riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy, a dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series that pits friendship against survival, and trust against love. Ever since Mac's best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy's ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf "rehabilitation" camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf. What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good. What I Liked: Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH. Wow. You guys. I don't even know how to express my feels. This book was... amazing. So much heart-pounding awesomeness, so much nail-biting, so much page-flipping. I couldn't finish this book fast enough, and yet, I didn't want it to end.  Mac, Kyle, and Jason are all back in Hemlock - but things are tense in the town. Serena has not recovered from her ordeal in Thornhill, and even though rumors of Sinclair's death are going around, no one can trust anything. Amy might be the key to it all - if only she were still alive... Again, wow. I don't even know how Peacock could make this book even more epic than the previous books. Hemlock seemed like a murder mystery book, a whodunit. But then Thornhill really amped up the tension and craziness in the series. You'll recall my review of Thornhill, in which I called the book one of the best sequels I've read. It really set up the scene for an epic final showdown - the conclusion novel. The mood of this book is so, so tense, scary almost. I was terrified for Mac and Kyle and Serena and Jason at almost every page. It felt like at every chance, someone was being separated from someone else, and I was just SO SCARED of no one coming back together. Mac was too, so it wasn't just me. Peacock did a wonderful job of keeping me on the edge of my seat - I just HAD to keep reading. I really like Mac. From beginning to end - of the book, and the series in general - her character grows and flourishes. She'll do anything for Kyle, but also for Serena, Jason, and her other friends. Mac is so smart, do determined, so pigheaded sometimes. She isn't perfect and everything isn't always black and white with her, and I love this characterization. I seriously love the romance, in this particular book. I was worried in the first book because it really seemed like Peacock was pushing a love triangle at readers, but book two changed my mind, and this book really sealed the deal. Kyle and Mac are a fabulous couple.  Kyle isn't just a fantastic love interest - he's a powerful and memorable protagonist. He's kind but also intense and protective, and I love those traits, balanced with Mac's selflessness and stubbornness. Heck, both of them are really stubborn, and it really works between the two of them. I wondered how Peacock would approach the overall issue of the book - werewolf rights, I'm calling it. Nationwide, werewolves are not accepted. In this book, so many secrets are uncovered, about the camps, the lupine disease, the history behind it all. Peacock drops secret after secret, twist after twist. I loved it! Peacock also dialed up the blood and guts and death and injuries and craziness. Seriously, I was so afraid that everyone would end up dead or something. Bodies. Blood. Everywhere. Which really lent to the authenticity of the situation - it felt like the world was ending, honestly. The riots, the National Guard coming to Hemlock, the looting... it felt like a revolution, but like, one that could very well happen today. So realistic! In the end, things wrapped up... interestingly. We get a lot of resolution, in terms of Mac and Kyle, Mac and her father, the whole werewolf rights thing, Sinclair, Serena, Jason... Peacock hits just about everything, whether "happy" or "sad". Personally, I'm pleased with the ending - not saying whether or not it was a happy one or not, but that I'm very satisfied with it. Peacock write a very great and realistic ending to things, and not just the ideal, optimal ending.  I want to say more, specifically, but this is a conclusion novel... and I shan't not spoil things! But guys, this book was awesome! Seriously! What I Did Not Like: Hmmm, I can't *really* think of anything at the moment. I'm sure there must be something, since I'm a strong believer in the no-book-is-actually-perfect thing, but I can't think of something. So. Would I Recommend It: YES! If you've made it this far, then for sure, read this book! If you've read at least book one, KEEP GOING!! It only gets better. This is probably my favorite of the three, then book two, then book one... not that book was bad by any means!! All three are SOOOO good. And this is coming from the girl who was originally hesitant to read book one, because at the time, there were so many "werewolf"-related books publishing, after Twilight. So. You should read this series. Like now. Rating: 4 stars. I love this series! Potentially one of my favorites. Also, hey, look at me, finishing another series! Woot! And it was a good one!