Thursday, 17 October 2013

Hemlock (Hemlock #1) by Kathleen Peacock

Hemlock (Hemlock, #1)
Blurb (from 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."


Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars


Hemlock (Hemlock, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Mackenzie (Mac) lives in a world where the existence of werewolves is due to a virus called ‘Lupine Syndrome’.

One of Mac’s best friends – Amy, was murdered by a werewolf recently, and the killer hasn’t been caught. Now a vigilante group called the ‘Trackers’ are in town, recruiting people, and trying to find and deal with every werewolf in the town of Hemlock.

Mac is about to find out some interesting things though. Who did kill Amy? Why? Are they still in town? Are they still a danger? And what secrets are her best friends Kyle and Jason keeping from her?


This was an okay story, but while some parts of it were good, other parts were dull or annoying.

Mac was a girl who came across as an average teenager, but at times showed how seriously self-obsessed and selfish she was. So many times something would happen, or she would find something out, and all she focused on was how it affected her, or what it meant to her, not the people that the event actually happened to. She really did annoy me with this at points, and I really did want to slap her at times, and tell her to think about someone else for a change.

The storyline in this was okay, but for me the book was pretty dull up until the 65% mark, after this it got a bit more interesting, but until then it was pretty slow and boring.

I found the beginning of this book to be quite poorly explained. It seemed like everyone knew about werewolves, and knew about Amy being killed by a werewolf, yet it was quite a while before it was explained that in this world being a werewolf was caused by a virus which was well known following an announcement by the government. I really felt like we should have known about this earlier than we did. I also found it really odd how normal it was to be talking about werewolves, and how unafraid people were, especially considering the fact that several people had been killed by werewolves.

Parts of this book were really annoying. I thought it was a bit silly that the government had asked for werewolves to turn themselves in to be sent to some sort of internment camp. Did they really think that people would willingly turn themselves in to basically be imprisoned for the rest of their lives? Utter rubbish.
I also thought that Mac’s plan to find the werewolf herself was stupid. How did she expect to find the werewolf on her own? And what did she plan to do with it if she found it?!
There were also some plot holes that I can’t really go into without dropping spoilers, they irritated me though!

After the 65% mark we actually started to get some action. There were some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and the pace was much faster.
We found out more about Amy’s death, and a lot more about her friends and everyone involved in her death. It was the twists and turns at this point that really saved this book for me.
I thought the ending of this was okay, but little was resolved. It is obvious that the story will continue in the next book, and the epilogue just proved that.
Overall; an okay paranormal story, but didn’t get interesting until the 65% mark.
6.5 out of 10.


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