Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC from Publisher
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
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.
Werewolves on the prowl!!!
In case you didn't guess, I'm a HUGE werewolf fan (I personally blame it on Kelley Armstrong :)) so when I received this title, I was ecstatic to get going on it and it did not disappoint!
There's a lot going on with the plot of Peacock's debut novel. We have a murder with multiple suspects which lends an intriguing mystery to the story. Since this story is told from Mac's first person perspective, the reader, like Mac, is kept in there dark for most of the story. Those close to Mac have something to hide, especially those vying for her affections.
Enter the love triangle, and it's a good one (quite the showdown scene, in this debut, if I do say so myself). First we have Kyle, who's patient, understanding and gorgeous, he also happens to be keeping a secret that could ruin any possible chance of having a romantic relationship with Mac. Bachelor number two, and my choice between the two, Jason- hot-headed, violent, protective and of course just as gorgeous. Problem? He also happens to be Mac's recently deceased bestie's ex, who's keeping secrets of his own from Mac. I did mention there was a lot of mystery right? Haha. The passion these two boys share for Mac had me green with envy for her. I can't wait to see where Peacock will take these three next.
The ending was great, we get the answers we're searching for only to have a whole new set thrown at us for book 2, just like it should be. I'm eagerly awaiting Peacock's sophomore title!
If you like your YA with a great balance of mystery and romance and a splash of GRRR than Hemlock is just the ticket!
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