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Hemlock Grove (Hemlock Grove #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  4,775 Ratings  ·  762 Reviews
An exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares.

The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

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Paperback, 319 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by FSG Originals (first published March 1st 2012)
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James Carey Yes, I too noticed the grammatical errors. At first I thought they might have been typos, but after noticing the tenth or twelfth error, I realized my…moreYes, I too noticed the grammatical errors. At first I thought they might have been typos, but after noticing the tenth or twelfth error, I realized my first assumption was incorrect. I stuck with it though and really enjoyed the story. It is basically the rough draft of the first season in the Netflix series. But I would recommend skipping the last chapter/ending - I thought it fell kind of flat. It is almost as if he wrote it in a hurry before going to work or turning it in to the publisher. (less)
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DO NOT read reviews of this book. Except maybe this one because I am not going to say ANYTHING.

There's a standard question people ask in interviews: "What book would you most like to read again for the first time?" My answer always has been Love & Rockets because I was so totally unprepared for a comic book to turn out to be an actual novel, and because I fell in love with the characters, and falling in love is always a wonderful experience.

Now I think I'd have to say Hemlock Grove, because
Michael Clark
May 01, 2013 Michael Clark rated it it was ok
I'm glad other reviewers have pointed out the problems with basic rules of punctuation and point of view in this novel. They are so often frustrating and distracting that it robs the novel of whatever interest it might have.

Two things recommend it: a great werewolf transformation scene, and lots of kinky sex scenes that seem designed to push it out of the Twilight demographic.

Other than that, it's confusing, it has characters that do stuff for no reason that's ever clear, it reeks from the odor
Toni (U.A.C.)
Hemlock Grove (Urban Fantasy, YA)

One weekend when I was at home watching TV, I noticed a new Netflix Original TV Series called Hemlock Grove. There are a total of 13 episodes. I watched them all. The series starts off really slow but eventually picks up the pace and there are a few moments of "Oh, wow! What did I just see?" Like the scene of Peter shifting. It was unique and memorable. But the negative side was that there were a ton of unanswered questions and dangling plot points.

Then someone s
May 08, 2013 Wendy rated it it was ok
Shelves: hated-it
I started reading this yesterday because I enjoyed the show on Netflix. WOW. This writer should be grateful that someone more talented at subtlety, character creation and storytelling saw the value in his work. I can't believe they made such a captivating television show out of this piece of garbage.

I was shocked how badly it is written and what poor language is used in the book sometimes. For example when Peter sees the prayer group in school he thinks to himself "Oh. Gay." WTF? Why? That did
Apparently I was excited enough about Eli Roth's adaptation of Hemlock Grove, soon to air in its entirety on Netflix, to devour Brian McGreevy’s novel in the space of less than two days. Yeah, that’s right, I sped my way through an entire book instead of babysitting it like I always do (even the ones I legitimately love, which, by the way, is not how I feel about McGreevy’s creation).

The basic premise is that when the bodies of young women are found brutally mauled in the fictional town of Hemlo
Sep 07, 2016 Obsidian rated it did not like it
What a mess this book was. The only thing I found interesting at all was the reluctant friendship between Peter and Roman that eventually turned into a real frienship. The idea that werewolves know about upirs and vice versa (a certain kinship exists between them) was an interesting idea that I wish had been explored more. Instead we have a dubious plot, terrible dialogue, underdeveloped characters, a rape scene, and casual slurs flung about throughout the book.

The book starts off with a young 1
Sep 15, 2013 Sheldon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
All right, let me get one thing out of the way: Yes, I read this book because of the Netflix series. I have a sick compulsion to read books that movies or television shows are based on so I can understand the source material and supposedly have a greater appreciation for the adaptation. Note the use of the word “supposedly.”

Now for a second disclosure: I have not finished watching the Netflix series yet. I'm about halfway through it at the time of this writing. While the Netflix show seems relat
May 05, 2013 Jocelyn marked it as i-tried-to-read-might-finish
Shelves: monsters
I can't tell if the author thinks that this is actually how teenagers speak or if it's some literary tool that I'm not catching on too. But "go suck an egg" is not a thing.
Feb 06, 2012 Victoria rated it did not like it
I really tried to finish this book. It is pretty rare that I don't finish a book, no matter how terrible it is, because I can usually find at least one redeeming character or plot point to capture my curiousity. Unfortunately, this book did not even manage to provide me with that much. I made it to the 185th page - more than halfway through, and I just couldn't force myself to read another page. And this was actually the third try I made to get into the book past the first 20 pages.... When I fi ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of "Frankenstein"
Recommended to Katy by: Vine
My review can also be seen here:
Please note: Read in Feb. 2012, just copying the review here.
Trigger Warning: Scene with a cat that will be distressing to sensitive readers.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: Hemlock Grove is filled with interesting characters and facilities. There is the newly-arrived Peter Rumancek, a half-breed gypsy and werewolf. There is Roman Godfre
Reed Bosgoed
Feb 01, 2014 Reed Bosgoed rated it did not like it
Well, I'd like those 4 hours of my life back. A friend of mine made me suffer through the TV series promising me that at some point it would get awesome. It did not. I saw the potential for a good story in the show. I told myself it wasn't fully realized because Hollywood rapes good books and turns them into schlock. So I decided to read the book. WHAT THE FUCK did I just read? I don't know much about the author, but he appears to be quite convinced of his own genius. So much so in fact, that he ...more
Jun 11, 2013 Gary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booked, 2013
This one I’m going to do a little different. I watched the series before I read the book. The series is an actual visual representation of the novel. It’s like they filmed the book. There are few difference but they are minor, and the series changes made the story more interesting, in my opinion.

Hemlock Grove is an example of where staying faithful actually worked in its favor. The series is definitely a nod to reader. Reading the novel makes you appreciate the series more. For those who asks:
May 21, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
A very odd book to read, which is not a complaint. The story unspools like a Dark Shadows arc played out by a gallery of modern adolescent malcontents, maybe the cast of Skins. Solid, muscular writing, if a little too eager to impress in places. Unusually, and happily, there is no normal, bland reader-identification figure in the cast; every one of these characters is eccentric at best, distressing/disgusting at worst, and finding out who these people were kept me reading as intently as the desi ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"The flesh is as sacred as it is profane."

"I cannot tell how it mounts on the winds through the clouds and flies through heaven. Today I have seen the dragon."

This book is not not NOT for the faint of heart.

Now that that warning is out of the way, may I feel free to start gushing about this book?


It's amazing. Most certainly one of the best, if not the best werewolf book I have read in a very long time. I actually haven't picked up any were books recently because I was getting a little
Jun 15, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who watched the show
So what should happen, happened.
I finished reading Hemlock Grove.
I should maybe first point out that I watched the whole season (13 episodes) of the show, available on Netflix, BEFORE I read the book, and that English is not my native language.
I will just give you a little word of advice.
I won’t write a full review right now, because I have to gather all my FEELS about it ( and believe me, they’re legion !!! My heart is so full of FEELS for this story (book + show) that it threatens to explode
Robbie Bashore
Jan 18, 2014 Robbie Bashore rated it it was amazing
I finished the book yesterday, and I have been waffling between giving it 4 and 5 stars, ultimately deciding on 5 (even though I almost never give a 5), for the following reasons: when I finished it, the first thing I wanted to do was read it again, so I could catch more of the symbolism and clues to the mystery; also upon finishing the book, I felt compelled to re-read all of the interviews with the author, to get his take on the novel; I dog-eared many pages to mark unfamiliar words; and I car ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Shadowdenizen rated it liked it
Shelves: media-tie-in
3.5 stars (rounded down.)

I read this book in preparation for viewing the Netflix series.

That said, this book was a realatively fun read, and had an interesting mish-mash of genre concepts, but the.. interesting?.. writing style made it a bit harder to read than it should have been for a book of this type.

That said, I'm curious to see how Netflix adapted this book to a series.
Asghar Abbas
Apr 13, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Gorgeous wordlings
simply put it delivers
with the wolves, the Hunter's Moon, with the overwrought prose being just how I like it, with all the monsters, guts, gores, Gothicness and all the red in between, I love this book. Just perfectly nonsensical.

as AURORA would say ;

There's blood on your lies
The sky's open wide
There is nowhere for you to hide
The hunter's moon is shining

I'm running with the wolves tonight
I'm running with the wolves
I'm running with the wolves tonight
I'm running with the wol
Jen (Red Hot Books)
On a scale of 1 to 5, internally rate how much you love the following:

Terrible sentence structure and a complete disregard for the use of commas.
A self referential writer/ narrator.
Frequent use of the word “retard.”
ESP tied to the testicles of a main character.
Plot developments seemingly placed entirely for shock value.
Incest/ rape.
Giant gaps in the storyline with no explanation.
Major unanswered questions.
A conclusion that makes little or no sense.

If you gave a “5” to more than one of t
Jun 21, 2012 Tommy rated it it was amazing
"Words are thermal energies. These energies were introduced into her system to become kinetic in her thighs and her fingertips and behind her eyelids. States of matter changed. Her heart became a liquid that pooled under her feet and she was a water bug racing on molecules."
-from Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy
How could I not love a book written with that kind of balls-to-the-wall arty self-indulgence? Hemlock Grove is a supernatural psychological mystery thriller that kept my brain working fra
Oct 17, 2013 Cassie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: YA horror readers
Recommended to Cassie by: Kia
I'm definitely guilty of reading this book because of the TV series. Despite some of what I thought were bad director choices, strange acting moments , and weird writing styles, I really enjoyed the series. If nothing else, it's the best werewolf transformation I've ever seen on screen. So I was curious to see the discrepancies between screen and book.

Those bad director choices, strange acting moments, and weird writing styles are directly from the book. McGreevy has a lot of ill-formed thought
May 26, 2016 Ashley rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-book
I kind of want to give this book zero stars. But even for a book I hated as much as this one, that seems mean. And I did finish it after all. So let's say .5 stars.

Anyway, this book is the definition of throwing a bunch of things against the wall and hoping they stick. But none of it sticks. Just look at the book blurb. It mentions a murder mystery, biological experimentation, a werewolf, and a snobby rich kid thrown into the mix for good measure. That's all there and only some of it works. Most
Sep 11, 2013 Mariella rated it did not like it
Horrible misogynistic piece of crap. I started the TV series on Netflix, and it was pretty bad, so I decided to try the book instead, and then I understood why Eli Roth was so interested. This book is gross. I finished it because I hate to be defeated. But this book is awful, explicit rape scenes throughout with a werewolf thrown in half haphazardly to give it a point. A town where some people have special powers, and others are mutants? Its like a 15 year old wrote this and abused the hell out ...more
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
Jul 05, 2013 Lauren (Sugar & Snark) marked it as to-read
I've marked this as To-Read but now that I am half way through the Netflix Series (based on the book) I am having second thoughts.

It's been 7 episodes and there has yet to be any sign of a coherent story line. The plot just sort of fumbles along. Randomly (and sparsely) dropping information about different characters around. And some of these character seem to have no purpose in the story at all. And just when you think something awesome is going to happen the "video" seems to skip and you are l
Dec 06, 2011 Lauren added it
I don't even know how to rate this because I have no idea what the hell happened! Damn, perhaps I'm just a dullard
Aug 12, 2015 AudioBookReviewer rated it really liked it
ABR's original Hemlock Grove audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Warning: this novel is considered to be Horror –Thriller, and isn’t suitable for those with faint hearts.

This novel talks about crimes happening in Hemlock Grove. People say that the killer is a monster. The main suspect looks to be “rumored werewolf” Peter (who really is a werewolf) as the killer. Peter with the help of his Upir friend, Roman, will work to solve the case. During their sleuthing, we
Aug 05, 2013 Mahomet rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I've missed such contorted mysteries. The characters were very bizarre with unearthly attitudes and a gnarled history, you'd think everyone's insane (not that this is an exaggerated statement! It is not, I think). And now I'm left with knotted thoughts that would only twine themselves every time I attempted to untie.

Katie Johnson
Sep 05, 2014 Katie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
First off: Yes, I read this book because of the Netfix series, which I highly enjoy.
Secondly: This book is not for everyone, is full of quirks and will appeal to those with a strange and/or morbid sense of humor.

Roman, an upir/vampire, is a high school boy with more than his fair share of problems. His mother is controlling, at times psychotic, and has (of course) a thirst for blood. What I enjoy about Roman's character is that he has a conscience, and always tries to do the right
I just watched the entire this entire series in one day, so thank you Netflix for posting it all in one. I have loads of questions (both for things I may have missed, and things not quite addressed to completion in the show).

I'm going to need both the book (as I have learned to watch the movie/show before I read the book) and a season 2 now, please and thank you.


Watching the series first turned out to be the wiser of the two options. Not only did I have plenty of character referen
Jeremy Zerbe
Mar 28, 2013 Jeremy Zerbe rated it liked it
Brian McGreevy is from just outside of Pittsburgh, a city I've called my home on and off for the last 8 or 9 years, and I'd be lying if I said that wasn't part of the reason I picked up his debut novel, Hemlock Grove. That, and the promise of some serious horror and probably werewolves, judging by the cover artwork. And I got exactly what I needed out of it--though not all that I wanted. The novel, like McGreevy's life growing up, is also set right outside of Pittsburgh, in a similarly economica ...more
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