Review: ‘Hemlock’ by Kathleen Peacock

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Hemlock’ by Kathleen PeacockHemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Series: Hemlock #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 8th, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Supernatural, Wolves, Young Adult
Pages: 404
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
Fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the hit television show True Blood will flock to this first book in the supernatural mystery series set in a town where werewolves live in plain sight.

Mackenzie Dobson's life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her best friend Amy's killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac's hometown—and she is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave danger.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling debut novel provides readers with a mystery that Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder, calls "clever and frightening," while Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author ofFirelight, raves: "Forget every werewolf book you've ever read. This one breaks the mold."

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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 help but feel weird when there were so many signals that Kyle and Jason fell for Mac, and she was too clueless until it blew up in her face. I guess there’s a trend with love triangles in young adult books and I can understand why. It makes for a great dramatic read. I feel like I’m reading a soap opera. Was anyone else aware that Mac was always in trouble and the guys had to swoop in to save her? Damsel in distresses in books make me laugh. She was so utterly stubborn and got herself into such dangerous situations for making such rash decisions. I love the witty dialogue between the teens.


So much mystery, romance, and action that I can’t help but pick up a final copy of this book. Can’t wait for the next one!



I stared into Jason’s eyes, and for a split second I had that feeling you get when elevator drops too quickly.
You can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved.
I put everything I had into the kiss, all the things I didn’t know how to find the words for—the fear that I had almost lost him, the relief that he was all right, the worry that he would leave.
Was everyone in town a werewolf and I just didn’t get the memo?





  1. Cali W.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I am so jealous that you have read this book!! Awesome review. I love werewolf type stories and I have been trying to find time to read this book!

  2. Teresa Salvatore

    April 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I’m so happy that you gave Hemlock such a great review. I’ve had this one on my radar for a while but didn’t know if I should get it or not. Now I will. Thanks Giselle!

  3. Alyssa

    March 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    This sounds like a very interesting book. Will be adding this on my TBR pile. Great review, by the way. 🙂

  4. Alyssa Susanna

    October 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    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…) Just an opinion. I hope there’s more to this series! There better be, after that ending. lol. Thanks for the review!!!!

  5. Grace Lo

    October 22, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    I’m usually not too keen on supernatural creatures, but this sounds great! A actually didn’t know Kathleen Peacock was Canadian, but my local indie bookstore has major discounts on books by Canadian authors, so it gives me a very good reason to pick this up. I love your quote “Was everyone in town a werewolf and I just didn’t get the memo?” It gives us a glimpse into Mac’s world and the people in town, and is a great teaser c:

  6. Juhina

    June 11, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    Yeay! someone who loves Hemlock as much as I did!!
    It was FANTASTIC! Went and bought it straightaway after I read a digital Arc
    Awesome review!
    – juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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