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Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy
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Feb 06, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: awful, werewolves, serial-killer
Read on January 18, 2012 , read count: 2/3

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 first received my ARC, it was the selection I was the most excited for because of the premise, and the other rave reviews. It didn't grab me, and I set it aside for another book. A week or so later, I picked it up again, only to promptly return it to the shelf. This time, I really forced myself to read it - bringing it as the only book for a day-trip. So while I was desperate enough to make it that far, now that I am back with other choices of books to read, I won't be finishing it.
The "action" skips around too much, the narrative is an odd blend of showy telling, and the constantly shifting format leaves a book that is simply too "slick" to actually be able to sink into. Not one character was fully drawn out, and the "mystery" simply wasn't one that I cared too much about. If you want to read a werewolf book with a real edge, this is not one I would recommend.
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message 1: by Jimbonk (new)

Jimbonk Of course none of the characters were fully drawn out. You didn't fully read the book! In your case, they were probably halfway developed. :) It's hard to comment on a character arc when you haven't even seen the whole thing.

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