May 2, 2012

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Title: Hemlock (Hemlock #1)
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: May 8, 2012

Rating: 4.5 / 5

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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.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.
I love this book so much; I needed my dose of werewolves; Hemlock is a really good book about them.

Hemlock takes place in modern day, (I had the vague idea that the story was in the time of Little Red Riding Hood), 12 years ago the government announced that the werewolves were real and this was caused because of a virus; the Lupin syndrome is transmitted via bite or scratch from an infected person and this can turn you into a werewolf.

Hemlock is a small town that had several attacks by a werewolf, one of the victims was Mac´s best friend Amy. Five months after the attacks the Trackers arrived to Hemlock with the purpose to hunt down the werewolf and found among the citizens others infected and send them to the sorf of concentrations camps. The Trackers are sort of a human supremacy group that use force against anyone that is suspected to be infected.

Mac is a 17 year-old girl, she´s strong, loyal, smart and protective of her love ones. Since Amy´s dead, Mac has been haunted by vivid dreams-nightmares (really creepy) of Amy and these dreams along with the arrival of the trackers motivates Mac to investigate Amy´s murder.

The male characters are both best friends of Mac, Kyle and Jason. Kyle is the supportive friend that always is there for her, the responsible, the reliable and the love interest. Jason was Amy´s boyfriend, and son of the wealthiest and most powerful family in Hemlock; since her dead he´s start drinking and is having anger problems, but he´s not a bad guy. These three people are grappling with guilt over the death of Amy, Mac because she canceled the date to go out with her and stayed at home, Kyle because he didn´t answer her call that day and Jason because he didn´t arrive on time for her.

Hemlock is fast-paced, page-turner with twist and turns that I wasn´t expecting, it also has suspense, mystery, romance and werewolves. I really loved this book.


  1. this book looks very good... cover and review.. I'm looking forward to it and sometimes I read

  2. Oh I love the sound of this! I like how the werewolf lore takes on a scientific aspect and that there's a political conflict as well.

    Thanks so much!

  3. This book looks great. I've wanted to read it since I heard about it and your review just makes me want to read it even more! :)

  4. So many people praise Hemlock! i really need to read it ;) thanks for a great review, Adriana!

  5. I have been dying for this one! I don't read a lot of werewolves but this one looks really good! Great review! :)

  6. I love love love Hemlock! Great review!

  7. I loved Hemlock too! it was really cool to have a book about werewolves where they're not really paranormal and everyone knows about them

  8. Hemlock is so going on my To-Read pile :)

  9. I love the cover and the blurb sounds great too ^0^

    Nice review :)

  10. I've been seeing this book a lot lately, I feel like its haunting me to read it. xD I love fast pace books, reading your review makes me want to read Hemlock so badly now. The characters sound awesome, I've suddenly become very interested in them all thanks to your review. x)

  11. Thanks for the review- I can't wait to read this one!

  12. LOVED this book. Totally different from what I was expecting. I never really liked werewolves, but gosh. This book was a good one. Still don't really like werewolves, just the ones in this series. I really like Mac, and Kyle, and somewhat Jason. NO LOVE TRIANGLE PLEASE MS. PEACOCK. I really hope she doesn't ruin the series with that. Yes, a series can definitely be ruined by the love interests (cough cough that Nightshade series you mentioned). Just an opinion. I hope there's more to this series! There better be, after that ending. lol. Great review!