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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

by Kathleen Peacock
Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-204865-3
Suggested Ages: 14+ (due to violence)
Release Date: May 8, 2012
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Description: Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered. Since then, Macs 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 Macs hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amys killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndromealso known as the werewolf virusis 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 Amys murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amys 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 Peacocks thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love

The Good Stuff
  • Mac is a fabulous well rounded character with an awesome name.
  • Tons of mystery, intrigue and plot twists - I was surprised on many occasions by what happened
  • Storyline is fast paced and never boring
  • I'm not the biggest fan of werewolf stories, but thouroughly enjoyed this one & look forward to reading more of the series
  • Author is a good storyteller (and a Canadian!)
  • Another suprise for me when reading this was I didn't mind the sorta love triangle thing, it actually really worked in this story - you can understand why the boys feel like they do and why Mac might have feelings for both of them (and why oh why can't two boys fight over me -- oh yeah 41 and married, probably not a good idea)
  • Fabulous character development and most of the characters (well except for the adults) are realistic in terms of actions, feelings and dialogue
  • plenty of thinly veiled commentary on the evils of prejudice and government control (you can see the paralels to the Salem witch trials and the hollywood blacklist against suspected communists and even towards the treatment of aids victims and homosexuals)
  • Enjoyed the dark humour added in at just the right time
  • The relationship between Tess and Mac is lovely and some of their conversations are hilarious
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Majority of the adults are useless uninvolved jerks -- you know how I feel about that
  • some repetition of plot points (for example 12 years ago when the government announced the existence..) we get it no need to keep repeating it
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Yes, a werewolf had killed Amy. But I couldn't blame an entire group of people - even if that would have been easier.  The only person to blame was the one who had killed her."

"The intercom buzzed. "Wow," I muttered, we're more popular than a pretty girl at a Star Trek convention."

"He leaned against the wall and crossed his arms. "In some ways. After enough time passes, you realize that maybe a whole day went by where you didn't think of them. Then you feel guilty because you're not supposed to forget - even if it is just for a day."
"We'd watch The Birds last year, and ever since, she claimed that pigeons were just biding time before making their move.
For some reason, 90 percent of Tess's fears seemed to come from movies we watched on cable."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • For those who enjoy a twist of mysery and the paranormal
  • Fans of Kelley Armstrong will enjoy
4.5 Dewey's

I picked up a copy of this at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2012 from the HarperCollins booth


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