What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, May 25, 2012

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Hem-lock, noun. [hem-lok] :a poisonous plant, Conium maculatum, of the parsley family, having purple-spotted stems, finely divided leaves, and umbels of small white flowers, used medicinally as a powerful sedative.* This is the definition of Hemlock, as I knew it. So when I opened up Hemlock, I was expecting something about poison.
Here's the summary 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.
This is one of the first books I've read where werewolves are a known part of society. I've seen it a few times with vampires, but this was new for me.

What I Liked: 1) The LS. Well, I didn't so much like it, but I liked that it was a recognized thing, that people knew about it and believed that there werewolves out there and understood the reason. Or at least how it was transmitted from wolf to wolf. This was a really interesting aspect to the story, because it's rare that something like that comes up. 2) Kyle. I fell for Kyle easily. What a sweetheart. And it was obvious from the beginning who he had eyes for (and I'm pretty sure it was me). 3) The friendship. What a great way to develop these characters, through exploring their friendship both before and after Amy's death. The story, while being about werewolves and how this small town in being ravaged by them, is also about the evolution of a group of friends after they are struck by tragedy. And it was through exploring that evolution that you really get to know Jason, Kyle, and Mac really well. 4) Great plot. Once we kind of sank down into the plot, I was hooked. It took a bit to get there, but once it picked up, it really did. There was a lot more going on than just werewolves, and the more you read, the more you figure out about how many secrets this little town holds.

What I Didn't Like: The beginning moved a little slow for me. I kept wanting to push everything forward, okay Mac, stop waxing poetic about it and lets move on to the more exciting things. Also, not so much about poison. At least, not yet. (Not a real dislike. Just a general thing I noticed, and since I mentioned it above, I thought I should at least clear that up.)

Overall Thoughts: After a slow start, Hemlock picks up with an exciting plot and some great character development. Exploring the friendship between Kyle, Jason and Mac after the death of their friend Amy gives you a really different look into their lives, and becomes the basis for the whole story. And of course there is some paranormal, and some romance thrown in. Truly something for everyone to love!

My Rating: 4 shots

This book was read as a part of the Debut Author Challenge!


Cheers and Happy Reading!

*definition from dictionary.com

11 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this book too. I loved that LS was known about and I really enjoyed the mystery type element to the story. I am not usually about love triangle type things, but I can see where both of the boys could be great for Mac in different ways, but I totally love Kyle. Awesome review!!

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    1. It was definitely a different concept, with everyone knowing about the LS!
      Courtney

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  2. I haven't read this book yet, but I'm a huge werewolf fan. I'm liking that it focuses on other things than just the paranormally, like the friendships. And this Kyle character has me intrigued =)

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

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    1. Well if you are a huge werewolf fan, I'd say definitely check this one out. There are a lot of things about it that will surprise you!
      Courtney

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  3. "What a sweetheart. And it was obvious from the beginning who he had eyes for (and I'm pretty sure it was me)..."

    Haaaa! Love it :) can't wait to get my hands on this one. Curious to see how the whole town knowing about LS works out!

    Diana

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    1. Thank you very much on your comment about my new 'do! :) And yes, I always imagine that hot book boys would choose me over their lady leads. It just happens. Obviously I live in a fantasy world! ;)
      Courtney

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  4. I'm really looking forward to reading this book! It certainly seems like there's a lot to like about it. Thanks for the review!

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    1. There is more than meets the eye, I'll tell ya that! Thanks for stopping by!!
      Courtney

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  5. I absolutely adored Hemlock! So glad that you enjoyed it overall :-) I agree about Kyle. Totally swoon-worthy! I am curious to see what happens between the friends as the series progresses. I loved the mystery surrounding Amy's death and the camps to which those with LS are sent. I hope we learn more about the camps in the next book.

    Great review, as always! :-)

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    1. Oooo...yeah, the camps! That's one of the things I am most interested in learning about too. Something tells me that whatever Amy and her friends think about them, it's not going to be that way!
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