Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

From Goodreads : 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

My Rating : 4.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Hemlock is one of the best werewolf fictions I have crossed path with. This novel is an absolutely heart wrenching paranormal love story with ingredients like murder and mystery, secrets and suspense.

The Wolf Story

It’s been twelve years science US government has declared the existence of Lupin syndrome, known as werewolf virus. One scratch from an infected person can turn you into one of them.
When her best friend Amy was brutally murdered by a werewolf, haunted by vivid nightmares and memories of Amy, Mac started to investigate the murder herself. Wolf hunters in town and random people are taken into custody based on primary suspicion, but there lies much more politics, power struggling and vengeful motive behind the crime. With help from Amy’s boyfriend Jason and her best friend Kyle, Mac is determine to find the real killer but both the boys have secrets of their own that can not only affect Amy emotionally but put her into danger she never have imagined.

Hemlock is another addition to exponentially growing group of young adult paranormal novels based on vampire and werewolf stuff yet this one is refreshing and utterly addictive.

The Girl, The Wolf and The Hunter

This is an engaging fast-paced young adult werewolf urban fantasy starring a heroine who has overcome a long stage of emotional turmoil. Instead of being damsel in distress and continuing mourning of Amy’s death, she welcomed all the nightmares and memories of Amy and takes matter in her own hand. While investigating the truth, Mac was drawn to a world of conspiracy and danger knowing she might be the next victim; her loyalty, commitment and friendship are the assets of this book.

The triangle amazed me very much, I must say it a brilliant combination of a human, a werewolf and a hunter. Not your typical stupid kind of triangle, it was something that will keep you thinking which one of the boys is better for her. As much as I relished the sweet romance of Mac and Kyle, I enjoyed complicated relationship between Mac and Jason.

Kyle’s secret may seem dangerous but I say he was adorable and fiercely protective. I admire his self control on his werewolf side and the way he stood by Mac was simply admirable. He cares too much for Mac and their friendship turned romance blossomed in believable pace. He’s actions were swoon worthy and heart breaking in equal measure.

While I found Kyle was stronger of the male leads, Jason was kind of self destructive. Both the boys have deep feelings and concerns for Mac. Dealing with Amy’s death and growing feelings for Mac, I found Jason devastated, troubled and enigmatic. His deep hatred for Werewolves leads him joining the trackers not knowing his best friend Kyle was one of them he hates most. But end of the day he proved he might have a tough outer shell but deep down, he bears a soft and compassionate heart.

The three of them were forced to endure and overcome the most horrific obstacles in their quest to find out the truth and they learned to regain their trust on each other. I enjoyed both the brightness and gloominess of the characters and they seemed very real and life like to me.

The plot had plenty of surprises along the way to keep me interested until the end which contains a mild cliffhanger also giving hint for the sequel. Hemlock was a compelling debut of the author Kathleen Peacock and promising first installment of the trilogy. This book will definitely satisfy your cravings for a good werewolf book after The Wolves of Mercy falls Trilogy.

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1 comment:

  1. bought it but haven't read it yet..
    i love werewolf or shifter YA books..
    thx 4 the review :)