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review 2015-01-18 20:10
Great conclusion to a fantastic series (I seem to be running out of original titles)
Willowgrove - Kathleen Peacock

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Because I didn’t review the previous two books in the series, this review is especially hard to write since I have to say everything I get only one shot to say everything I want to about this amazing seris. Can a review ever be sufficient to express one’s love for not just one book but for an entire series? I don’t think so but I am going to give it a shot anyway.

I put off reading Hemlock for a very long time. I had had my eye on the series for a long time (since 2012 to be precise) but I was too scared too pick it up because of the supposed love triangle (emphasis on the supposed bit). Nick, being lovely, assured my poor nerves that I had nothing to worry about and while that soothed me some, it wasn’t until I saw the final book on Edelweiss that I decided that it was finally time to dive in.

Boy, I had NO idea what I had been missing out on. This series is the PERFECT comfort series. It reminds me of a couple years ago when I went through the paranormal phase and encountered so many great series. The Hemlock books remind me of the Darkest Powers books in particular what with the secret testing and conspiracies.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. Let’s start at the beginning, with Mackenzie. Mac is a fabulous character and I adore her to bits. She is a strong female lead who won’t back down and is stubborn. Sometimes, her stubbornness is dangerous but I, for one, never felt as though her stubbornness lead her to do things that made me want to shake her. Sometimes, I did think she was a little too selfless but then again, when it comes to the ones you love, you’re going to do whatever you can to keep them safe. I did like that she didn’t push them away though. She didn’t think she could do this all on her own. She asked for help when she needed it. She wasn’t too scared to ask it and let her friends make the choices instead of making them for them and telling them it was too dangerous for them to do something.

Kyle, our love interest, was fabulous throughout the first two books and while he was just as swoon-worthy in this one, I felt like he just didn’t get as much of an opportunity to shine. I would definitely have liked to see a LOT more of him and perhaps see him and Mackenzie function as a couple. This book was definitely Mac’s book and it was more about her than it was about Kyle or Amy or Jason or anyone else.

Going back to the romance bit, you can tell that Mac and Kyle are very much in love and I love that there is very minimal drama in their relationship. There was a certain event that didn’t  do much for me (*secretly rages*) at the end of Thronhill but I feel like there is a certain strength in their relationship because they both know they are the one for each other.  What made me sad was that there relationship wasn’t explored as much as it could be. Considering how fantastic their romance was in Hemlock, I kind of wanted to see more over the course of the books. We had a lot of tender and sweet moments but they didn’t really ‘work together’. The worked to protect one another instead of towards a common goal.

Peacock definitely takes her time developing the plot over the course of the three books and none of the books ever were rushed or developed too slowly. Peacock paced them just right. I never really saw that twist coming when the truth was revealed in this book. It didn’t feel like it was unpredictable, it just never occurred to me that the author might decide to take her story down that road. If there had been a little more clues in the previous two books, it might not have felt so sudden but it definitely worked in context of the story so I didn’t feel like it was out of place which is important.

This book is brutal. There are deaths and we don’t like deaths. They are mean and sucky and I am going to go curl up underneath my bed (that’s my favorite spot if you guys haven’t realized by now).

I was a little disappointed by the epilogue. It felt nice to know where the characters were after the events that would have followed the ending but at the same time, there were still some questions I had and considering there had been a two year jump, a lot more questions so the epilogue, instead of making the series feel complete did just the opposite. 

In the end, this was definitely a great conclusion to the series and if you still haven’t started the series and ventured into the world of Hemlock, I have no idea what you’re waiting for. Get on it and remember, Kyle is mine.

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url 2015-01-08 18:58
Giveaway: ARC of Stone in the Sky - Cecil Castellucci; Willowgrove - Kathleen Peacock [Hardcover]; and Twisted Fate - Norah Olson [Hardcover]

Hello, everyone! I hope this Monday finds you well. Are you anticipating the release of Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci? You should be! Here are my initial thoughts about the book, and stay tuned for my review next month :). In addition to giving away my ARC of the second Tin Star book, I'm giving away hardcovers of Willowgrove (Hemlock #3) by Kathleen Peacockand Twisted Fate by Norah Olson, which I received from the publisher but which I personally will not have time to read and which y'all should get excited for! YAY FOR MORE BOOKS.

 

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review 2014-12-12 16:53
Suddenly this series is in trouble...
Thornhill (Hemlock) - Kathleen Peacock

Mac is a twit in this installment. She spends most of the book derping over Kyle and failing to do simple tasks that will keep her and her friends out of harm's way. I don't know if I can keep going without some SERIOUS character intervention.

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review 2014-09-26 04:28
Hemlock - Kathleen Peacock

Now this was what I wish more YA was like! The story was engaging and tense, and the characters, while young and flawed, weren't eye-rollingly stupid and annoying.

I also liked the paranormal story line. The werewolves weren't all good or bad, and the humans were frequently more dangerous. Even the obligatory love triangle was handled well. I will read the next book in the series. I just hope it doesn't all go to hell in a handbasket in book two.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-08-23 20:02
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Hemlock - Kathleen Peacock

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Publication Group: Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 404

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5

 

At first i did not want to read this novel as other werewolf novels were not that appeasing to me. However, as soon as I read the first few sentences, I couldn't help but be sucked into this new world.

 

This YA novel is about a girl named Mackenzie (Mac) Dobson who lives in a town called Hemlock in the United States. This town is set during a time of sadness and fear as werewolf attacks have been prevalent throughout the years. Most importantly, the story surrounds Mac and her two friends Jason and Kyle as the three of them deal with the sudden death of their best friend Amy who was brutally murdered by a werewolf. However, Mac soon finds out that werewolves are not the only ones she should be wary of; the Trackers are just as equally dangerous. As Mac attempts to seek revenge for her friend's death, she is thrown into chaos and violence that places her in sudden danger.

 

I couldn't help but fall in love with Kyle Harper as I continued reading this thrilling novel. He is the stereotypical boyfriend material every girl swoons over. He is sweet, handsome, muscularly built and just down right amazing. However, Jason is the "bad boy", always getting into fights and drinking every second of the day. Jason just annoyed me. Although, Mac surprised me. She wasn't the stereotypical damsel in distress. Sometimes throughout the book, she reminded me of Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy. I honestly enjoyed reading through Mac's point of view. She was not annoying or weak in any case. I think she was a good female lead character. Also, I think Serena was a better best friend to Mac than Amy would ever be. Just saying. 

 

The plot line was intriguing. I enjoyed how Kathleen Peacock foretold a complicated story line without confusing her audience. Her fictional world was very interesting to read. It had me at the end of my seat every second of the way. 

 

Kathleen Peacock's writing was very good in the point of view of a teenage girl and her personality. The text was not childish for the setting; however it was not too sophisticated as well. 

 

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock. It is an amazing werewolf novel and a heart-breaking romance. I recommend this book to any readers who enjoyed The Body Finder and anyone who is interested in supernatural romance.

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