Tuesday, December 4, 2012

REVIEW: Hemlock

Book: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Release Date: May 8th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 416
Source: My awesome library :)
Goodreads Page: Click here

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.

The Romance:
1     2     3  3.5   4     5
This scale is different than most. 1 means that there is no romance at all. 5 means this book was a very, very romantic based book. A 3 will be the most common, as YA books surround another plot while dealing with romance too. Below are my thoughts on the romance.

Some. :\

The Action/ The Adventure:
1     2     3  3.5   4     5
The action scale is pretty obvious and it is just like the romance scale. 1 means there was no action. 5 means there was a lot of action. Whether or not the action was good, I'll tell you below.

Wasn't as much as I had hope there would be. Some attacks. Car chasing. I think it was actually pretty well done, but if it was played out visually, like in a movie, it wouldn't be that exciting.

The Speed:
1     2     3  3.5   4     5
The speed scale tells how fast the story goes. For example, if the introduction is boring and the whole book is going at snail pace, it'll probably be a ranking of 1.

I think it went by pretty fast. I finished the book in 2 days, and the speed was enough to make me keep reading. Its not as fast-paced as I would hope, but I don't think the story drags like some others do.

 The Plot/ The Perspective/ The Storytelling:
1     2     3     4  4.5   5
This isn't based on how much action shows up as the book progresses. It is based on the quality of the plot. Sometimes the plot is just unentertaining while others are the on-the-end-of-your-seat suspenseful. This is probably the scale that you should pay the most attention to.

The plot was a pretty good idea. The perspective was pretty good too. The perspective was from a girl, Mac. Honestly, I find her annoying, but the perspective itself was fine. The storytelling was a so-so. I just wish it would be more vivid. It kind of felt like a blur, and a good way to put this as an example is when in a movie, they focus on one thing only, and everything surrounding it is a blur (bad description)

The End:
1     2     3     4     5
This is going to be a limited scale as I don't want to spoil the ending. I promise I won't reveal any secrets, but if you want it to be a complete surprise,  STOP READING.

Its a cliffhanger. If you have read previous book reviews, you'll know that I do not like them that much. Almost hate them. But I admire them if they are well written, and aren't just a sudden, quick solution to everything in the book.

The Summary:

Pros ---
-Pretty good ending
-Speed wasn't slow
-Plot was a good idea

Cons ---
-Romance- Love Triangle
-Not vivid enough

Final Rank: 
1     2     3     4  4.5   5

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