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!
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