Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

by Kathleen Peacock

Series: Hemlock #1
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance, mystery
Published September 10th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
Local purchase: Fullybooked * National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
Fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the hit television show True Blood will flock to this first book in the supernatural mystery series set in a town where werewolves live in plain sight.

Mackenzie Dobson's life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her best friend Amy's killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac's hometown—and she is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave danger.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling debut novel provides readers with a mystery that Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder, calls "clever and frightening," while Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight, raves: "Forget every werewolf book you've ever read. This one breaks the mold."

My Thoughts:

I don't usually read mystery and thriller, even if it's YA, and I think I'm done with reading about werewolves. I requested Hemlock and Thornhill (second book) back then (to Sarah) and told the new publicist (Megan) that I want to cancel my request since I'm not interested in werewolves anymore. Then I received a package containing this book and Thornhill, which I'm really surprised to see. I guess I was too late when I told her to cancel it. Since I love HarperCollins from their generosity, I read Hemlock.

And it was like the book told me, "I knew I'm the one you were looking for! Nice to meet you!" Yes, Hemlock, you are. I hate that I'm wrong again. But at least I'm glad I decided to read it! My rules about not reading werewolves anymore faded to nothing. I can also say that this book is wayyy better than any werewolf novel I've read. Sounds cliche, but true! And to write it on a mystery-thriller? The BOMB. I think I could cry out of happiness and love for this book.

So where do I start? That I should tell you that I loved the world-building and the story from the first page to last? Yes. I also looove the characters. It's not usual for me to say that I loved the characters of a book because I'm hard to impress that way. I loved the characters of Hemlock because they're unforgettable (again, that's a lot to say) and their own story, personality and role in this book leaves a mark and is really effective. Scratch off the werewolf thing, and they'd still stand out.

Let me also say that Hemlock has the best love triangle ever! I hate love triangles because it comes really cliche and annoying to the part where the story evolves on the love triangle only and then I'd think the author forgets the real story of the book but this book is an entirely exception IjustloveloveloveitIcan'teven. Oops. Sorry. Hehe *winks*

The mystery of the story is a major plus factor. As I'm reading pages after pages, I kept on guessing and being frustrated about my wrong and unsure guesses on who is the real killer of Mac's best friend, Amy. I'm pretty sure I have pointed almost all of the characters and greatly freaked out when it was revealed. I never expected that. And that's what I love about books--surprises me everytime. I don't like predictable books, they're boring.

Overall, Hemlock is one of the books that you can add up to your all-in-one category: prefect story, excitement and love story. Wonderfully written and pleasurable. It brought memories about my adventures on my favorite books. I can really say that this is one of the best books I've read in 2013. Of course you all have to read it!

You can win a copy of Hemlock on my Best of 2013 giveaway! Please enter here.

*Thanks to Megan and HarperCollins International for providing a print copy of this book for an honest review! *sending love to Megan, HC Int and Kathleen Peacock*


1 comment:

  1. Good review! I love werewolf books;I think I will give this book a try. ;)


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