I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Series: Hemlock #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 8th 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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."
This is the perfect book for fans of Vampire Diaries or soap operas. If that’s your thing, then this will be YOUR thing. I mean, in a big way. You’ll probably jizz yourself and explode in an apoplexy of fan squees.
It’s not that there wasn’t a plot, but it was suffocating under a barrage of heavy, thick, awkward romances. Like that guy who was really into you but also really into mouth-breathing and you weren’t sure if his hands were always wet because he was nervous or he’d just been to the bathroom.
There weren’t any serious issues with the actual technical writing. Peacock is reasonably proficient at expressing herself and conveying emotions in prose. I enjoyed the varied relationships that existed between several characters – to a degree.
My main issue was that as much as I generally liked each character individually, together as a group and the ties that bound them were shallow, simplistic and juvenile.
When writing, if you feel the need for your narrator to express how similar their life is to a CW program, then there’s your first sign that you may be doing it wrong. And if, at any time, all the problems in your fictional world extend from the fact that people just love the main protagonist TOO much, then there’s your second sign.
The last sign is when your characters spend comparable amounts of time agonizing over their relationships and angst, as would a soap opera.
Over all, it was a light, interesting read. If you’re into wangst, love triangles and paranormal YA’s then give it a go. If the combination of those three together creeps you out as much as your great Uncle Harvey, then give it a miss for your own sake.