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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  8,656 ratings  ·  1,044 reviews


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 vius - is on the rise across the country. M
Hardcover, First Edition, 404 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Ncc Absolutely yes. (Have you read my review? I mention teen wolf some ;) The similarities are striking but it doesn't copy it. (i.e. an elite group of…moreAbsolutely yes. (Have you read my review? I mention teen wolf some ;) The similarities are striking but it doesn't copy it. (i.e. an elite group of werewolf hunters. A friend group and one of the friends is a hunter the other just got turned.) There is no Stiles or Lydia character equivalent sadly. :((less)
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Marg K.
If I wasn’t previously convinced of the existence of an instruction manual on How to Write a YA Book and Market It to the Masses, I most definitely am now. Yep, I’m pretty damn certain that it’s out there, and it’s filled with ready-to-use stock character profiles, plot templates, story formulas, picture diagrams, flowcharts, and checklists...lots of checklists.

Listen, I realize that the writers who have ventured into the YA publishing arena and have managed to get their hands on copies of this
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
"while trying to choose between the human boy who loves her and the troubled werewolf who saves her life."

Um, gag me. I SWEAR TO GOD if I see another freaking love triangle where the idiotic girl CAN'T FREAKING CHOOSE a boy, I'm going to rip my hair out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There has been no shortage of vampire and werewolf novels in recent years. I was wondering how a new werewolf book could possibly bring about something new and original. Somehow, someway, Kathleen Peacock thought of an intriguing plot, wrote some fantastic characters, gave them life, unique voices, strong personalities, and wrapped it all up in this lovely novel full of mystery, friendship, and loyalty.

What makes this plot unique is obvious from the start: The werewolves are out. The public has
Kat Kennedy
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 bath
May 19, 2012 Tatiana marked it as abandoned
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
If you are looking for something original, unique, something that immediately grabs your attention, you will not find it in Hemlock.

If you are looking for stock characters and story lines, stock love triangles and stock narrator full of grief, angst and no distinct voice, Hemlock might work for you.
First read: April 15, 2012
Re-read: July 15, 2013

Oh my gosh, it has been a LONG time since I have been obsessing over a book like I am obsessing over Hemlock right now! This book BLEW ME AWAY! I mean, I have read this book about 10 days ago and i am STILL raving about it to anyone who would listen!! Hemlock is definitely one of those rare books that remind you of WHY you love reading so much! Also, this is coming from ME, who is a person that does not like paranormal as
Hemlock is one of the best werewolf fictions I have crossed path with. This novel is an absolutely heart wrenching paranormal love story with ingredients like murder and mystery, secrets and suspense.

The Wolf Story

It’s been twelve years science US government has declared the existence of Lupin syndrome, known as werewolf virus. One scratch from an infected person can turn you into one of them.
When her best friend Amy was brutally murdered by a werewolf, haunted by vivid nightmares and memories
if you aren't team jason, you're dead to me
Rashika (is tired)

Also shout out to Nick for making me read it.
Hemlock is quite possibly the best werewolf book that I’ve read. It’s not like I’ve read that many, but this was still amazing.

Hemlock follows Mackenzie (Mac), and her longing to uncover the truth about the mysterious death of her best friend, Amy. Of course, things get in the way of her journey to uncover the truth, one of those things being a group of werewolf hunters known as The Trackers. As more secrets of the seemingly quiet and peaceful town of Hemlock unfold, Mackenzie realizes she may
Pam Vlieg
I read all 400 pages in 24 hours. I can't give you a full review but I can say this. Its one of the best mysteries I have ever read. I had tons of theories going through my head and yeah, they were all wrong but let's not dwell on my uber power to not take a hint. The werewolf lore was interesting and there was a small dystopic vibe for their plight. The bad guy was supremely bad and I wanted him to meet the long end of a pitchfork all through the novel. The protagonist was smart and unobservant ...more
Zoey Talbon
I almost didn't write a review for this because I'm not sure how to put how much I loved this book into words. But I attempted anyway.

I might have been a little biased about this book because of the werewolves. I have a special attachment to them because the first thing I ever really wrote - and the only thing I ever finished - was about werewolves. But after I finished, I knew that had nothing to do with why I loved it so much. People might say they're sick of werewolves, but Hemlock is somethi
Truth be told, I was just about over werewolf books. I've been disappointed by two of what use to be my favorite were-series and just as I was about to boycott them for life, I remembered that I own this book, so I figured I'd just read it. Rate it. And be done.
Little did I know that this was going to be an absoulte favorite!
So, series, please, please don't let me down. I'm gonna take a chance on you;)

Hemlock is one of those reads where I started to read the first chapter only to be done six ho
Rie Conley
I’ve been reading a lot of “friendship” books lately and this one tops them all. I love the heart of the story being about the loyalty and devotion that a friendship should have, but often doesn’t. Mac believes she would know everything about her best friend Amy, but a year after Amy’s brutal murder she starts investigating and finds things she never knew.

Mac begins investigating due to the arrival of the Trackers. The trackers are anarchical thugs that have tattoos on the side of there neck and
Savannah (Books With Bite)
As a reader, I come across a lot of stories overdone. Werewolves being one of them. I must tell you that this book is pure AWESOMESUACE! Not only it is unique but the world building is simply amazing!
In the words of Luigi from Disney Cars, this is how I feel:
"I must scream it to the world, my excitement from the top of someplace very high."

What I loved most about this book is that it is what is really is. Werewolves. Not nice werewolves who can speak to each other through their minds but wolves
Annie Brewer
Well this book was a mighty awesome surprise! I had no idea what to expect when I started reading it. I've had it on my shelf since last year, and had wanted to read it so many times but something kept holding me back. I love werewolf books, love them. But for a year I'd been on a contemporary romance kick, and I'm happily off that train. For a while anyway. I couldn't have been happier with this book. It was so different, refreshing, fascinating take on weres. And not only that, it had a bit of ...more
4.5 - Hmmm... 4 or 5?

I finally found a werewolf book that I liked!!! Yes, this book is your typical, overplayed werewolf storyline - so yes, it is cliche and predictable. But there was just something about it - probably the LOVE TRIANGLE, there's your warning - that had me flying through the pages in the three hours it took me to read it, and no, I did not skim any of it.

WARNING: This review may have some minor spoilers because of the vague summary and because of the way Peacock wrote the book.
"It was official, my life belonged on the CW."

When I first started blogging I loved Paranormal Romance, but my love for it quickly began declining to the point where I rarely ever read it anymore. When I read the summary for Hemlock I thought it sounded like every other PR out there...but boy was I wrong!

I thought the plot for Hemlock was going to be predictable, but Peacock has done a fantastic job of keeping readers in the dark. There were so many unexpected twists and turns that I hadn't bee
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Wow! What an incredible debut novel written by a fellow Canadian! Honestly I wasn't into werewolf themed novels but this one just became my favourite. Maybe the beginning was terribly slow, but I was already interested in the characters and the plot so I had no problem plowing through. The mystery within this novel kept me reading on way into the night.

Mac and her friendship with both Kyle and Jason were just sweet and sure they were all friends even when Amy wasn't around. Still I couldn't hel
Jodi Meadows
When I heard ARCs existed of this book, I immediately begged for a copy.

I’m going to confess something: I don’t read a lot of werewolf books. It’s not that I don’t like them, but I typically don’t find myself choosing them off the bookshelf. That said, I knew HEMLOCK was a book that had werewolves . . .

But when I read it, I didn’t think, “This is a werewolf book.” Because it’s not about werewolves. It’s a book about prejudice, friendship, loyalty, and mystery. It happens to have werewolves as pa
Mimi Valentine
ABSOLUTE LOVE FOR THIS BOOK, OH MY GOSH. This is definitely my new favourite werewolf book out there! It's just so sweet and intense, and Mac rocks, and both Kyle and Jason stole my heart, and the ending just broke it!

Plus, I love how Kathleen's Canadian and there are maple leaves on the cover! I'm not sure if it's a coincidence or not, but it put the biggest smile on my face! x)

Gushing review to come! :)
4.5 stars

So you've trekked from La Push to Mercy Falls and think you're an expert when it comes to treating flea infestations and discouraging your furry, four-legged friend against marking his territory? You think if you've read it 5 times, then you've read it all? Please. You're still a pup. Kathleen Peacock has shown there is still plenty of exciting life to be found amongst our shapeshifting friends. Deadly Hemlock brings murder, mystery, twisted politics, simmering romance and shocking secr
Joy (joyous reads)
Reeling from the recent gruesome death of her best friend, Mac is struggling to find peace. As Amy’s ghost haunt her dreams, her remaining circle of friends seemed to be growing apart. Jason, Amy’s boyfriend is on a downward spiral, while Kyle, Mac’s best friend harbors secrets that involve his clingy ex. But the terror of the citizens of Hemlock is also far from over as wolf attacks persist. A group of radical werewolves hunters moved in, bringing in extreme views and questionable methods enoug ...more
Rating: 2.5 Stars

There are not many books I can say I was happy to finish, but Hemlock definitely falls into that category. I believe I skimmed through the last seventy pages and I was so relieved to have finished it that I just gave a great big sigh of happiness. When a book incites a reaction like that from you then it can't be good. However, Hemlock, for all it's standard, boring, snore-worthy YA moments, did have a heck of a murder mystery going for it - one which kept me on the edge of
Don’t pay too much attention to those two stars. This wasn’t a terrible book, it just wasn’t for me.

Ok so, the first thing that I’ll talk about (and just because I obsessively fixate on little details and can’t let go until I discuss them) is the cover.
This is a paranormal book about werewolves, or people with “lupine syndrome” living amongst humans. When people in town start dying shortly after another wave of werewolves attack, Mackenzie and her friends worry that it might be the same killer t
carolina ☾
When i first read the sypnosis, i got this feeling this is another paranormal book. It was not.
In the first few pages, i fell for the writing. It was the kind of writing i was looking for, not simplified describtions or hard to follow.
Mac's voice was dull. Her past and situation has formed her differently than her friends, who come from well-situated families. But there's plenty more of Mac to explote hopefully in the next books. In Hemlock she's filled with with grief and guilt,as a consecue

Mystery, politics, and romance combine for easy but slow-to-start read

In Kathleen Peacock's Hemlock, the town of Hemlock has been ravaged by a string of fatal werewolf attacks. Mackenzie's best friend Amy was among those killed, and ever since she's been trying to come to terms with what happened. When a vigilante group called the Trackers comes to town to investigate the murders, Mac decides she wants to find out the truth for herself. She soon learns that people aren't always who they seem to
Kathleen Peacock is a mad genius. Hemlock is definitely one of the best books I have read this year and I am in awe of Ms. Peacock.

My goodness it is hard to start a review for this! I don’t even know where to start. If you have read the summary then you know the gest of what this book is about but don’t think for a second you know it all. There are so many twists and turns thrown in that I never knew who to trust and at one point I had condemned everybody, even Mac herself. That to me makes for
Apr 11, 2012 Amy marked it as to-read
How dare someone murder an Amy?!?!?
Even though it's not me, I still feel like I have a connection to this Amy in the book...I feel so bad for her :,(


O.O two likes...? Where did they find this shortsy not so much of a review anyways..?
Sophie Jordan
Really very good! Forget every werewolf book you've ever read. This breaks the mold. Looking forward to the next book.
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Kathleen spent her teen years crushing on authors and writing short stories about vampires. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending art school, but tripped over them when office life left her feeling restless.

Kathleen is Canadian and likely to perish in the first wave of the zombie apocalypse.
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