Book Review: Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

October 3, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 4 ★★★★

Book Review: Thornhill by Kathleen PeacockTitle: Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock
Series: Hemlock #2
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books on September 10, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 368
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four-stars

Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found.
The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.
Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.

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

Also in this series: Willowgrove
Also by this author: Willowgrove

After reading and loving Hemlock, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Thornhill and revisit these characters. Peacock really takes things a step further than I anticipated and things are way more crazy than I originally thought. What was once the story of Mac and the wolves of Hemlock, turns into something bigger and more sinister as the characters are thrown into the camp known as Thornhill. This book definitely gave off the “dystopian” vibe and if you add on the paranormal factor, that makes it all the more interesting. I think Peacock does a great job of weaving both genre elements together seamlessly to create a dangerous and exciting feel.

I have to say, even though I was Team Kyle in the first book, I’m a little on the fence after this one. Sure, I know there’s no competition, Mac loves Kyle, but still, poor Jason. I was questioning how real his feelings for Mac were in Book 1, but it’s clear exactly how he feels after reading this. And I’m all for the guy trying to protect the girl, to an extent, but when you continue to play the martyr, it just gets old and a bit annoying. Regardless, I do like Kyle and Mac as a couple and can see they really care for each other.

I definitely want to stick around and see what the third book has in store. Things get pretty explosive in this book and it sets the scene for what I’m sure will be major events in the last book. Peacock keeps us on our toes while in Thornhill and I really liked a few of the new secondary characters, one of which I totally saw coming, but still enjoyed nonetheless. If you love a good wolf book with a bit of dystopian edge, you’ll love Thornhill.

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