Book Review: Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock

February 23, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 4 ★★★★½

Book Review: Willowgrove by Kathleen PeacockTitle: Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock
Series: Hemlock #3
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books on January 6, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
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Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock's riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy, a dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series that pits friendship against survival, and trust against love.

Ever since Mac's best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy's ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf "rehabilitation" camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf.

What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss 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: Thornhill
Also by this author: Thornhill

One Line: An excellent conclusion to a thrilling series. I couldn’t put it down!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

What an amazing book! I was surprisingly glued to the pages of this book and I just couldn’t stop reading. This book, and this series really, is what an awesome paranormal series should be like. I haven’t read too many books about wolves, but of those I have read, none really resonated with me like this series. It also helps when each book is better than the last, which is definitely the case with this series. There was so much suspense and action scattered throughout the book and the plot moved lightening fast without rushing. Things were more intense and bigger than the characters originally thought and all of the truths behind the on-going conspiracies finally come to light.

Something about Kyle and Mac’s relationship totally made me swoon. I loved it. They were still so hesitant and fragile, it was sweet watching them explore their feelings. I also loved how protective they were of each other. They faced a lot of danger in this book and my heart stopped so many times during those scenes, hoping they’d make it out okay and end up safely in each other arms. I thought they balanced each other out very nicely and I also liked them as individuals. Kyle has that protective quality I love so much and Mac is fiercely loyal to her friends.

I have to say that I also really liked Jason. Even bigger than the romance element, I really appreciated the friendship element. Mac, Kyle, Jason, and Amy have all been friends for so long and even though there’s tension, they all love each other so much and I respected the hell out of them for being so protective and caring for one another.

Willowgrove throws you for plenty of loops, let me tell you. The twists and turns. The lies and betrayals. The deaths! Ugh, quite a few of them broke my heart. And I loved every minute of it. It’s not often that I can’t put a book down long enough to even go to the bathroom. I swear, I didn’t want to let this book go.

If you haven’t given this series a try yet, then you definitely need to add it to the list. If you’re already a fan of the series, then you will love how it all goes down in this last book. I haven’t read a lot of good YA paranormal books recently, so it was definitely refreshing to finally read an amazing one. This series had a good balance between being plot-driven and character-driven, and since both elements were done so well, it made for a very impressive read.

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock”

    • Vi

      I’m surprised this series doesn’t get more hype/love because it’s pretty good, especially for a werewolf/PNR book. I really enjoyed it.

    • Vi

      I honestly think you will like this one. It’s been hard for me to find a good werewolf book, too, that’s probably why I haven’t read many of them. None have wowed me. But this one was amazing and definitely could use more hype.

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