Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

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“Thornhill” by Kathleen Peacock

2 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Summary:

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

Where do I begin? I loved “Hemlock” by Kathleen Peacock sooooo much. Yeah, sure it was kinda like a CW drama, but I found it to be very entertaining. It was cute and fun, and I didn’t care that it wasn’t some deep, philosophical read; it was good quality fluff, and I liked it. So, with liking “Hemlock” so much, I was very much looking forward to “Thornhill” for many reasons, but two of them being:

(1) I really wanted Kathleen Peacock to make me torn between Kyle and Jason.

(2) I needed some delightful fluff to read; I have read quite a few books recently that have been super dark and serious, and I just needed a break from that kind of drama.

All I wanted was a light, entertaining read that left me smiling and happy. Sadly for me, it was not meant to be, and you can probably tell that from the fact that I used the goodreads summary; I couldn’t even muster enough energy or interest to write that part of my review.

“Thornhill” was very different from “Hemlock” in feeling; while reading it I felt…I actually don’t know exactly what I felt. All I know is that “Thornhill” didn’t give me that happy, “I don’t care that this book is like a CW show” feeling that “Hemlock” had. Instead, “Thornhill” turned into one of the CW shows that I want to remove from TV and my memory. Gosh! I am sounding mean…I am not trying to be mean because it is a well written book, it just WAS NOT for me. Okay, aside from the whole “not feeling it” thing, the characters were way different from the first book.

My intelligent sister pointed out to me that Mac and Kyle had only been apart about a week; Mac herself says that she and Jason knew exactly where Kyle was going, so all they had to do was find out where he was staying. So, how long does it take to drive from Hemlock to Denver, Colorado? A max of a week, people!! Mac seems to be very different aside from the fact that she is still a worthless heroine (she only gets herself and others into trouble). In “Hemlock” I could handle Mac. Sure, she was a drama queen, but I was okay with her. But in “Thornhill” it was Mac on crack. Everything she did was like stupid Mac from “Hemlock” to the tenth power! After thirty pages, her obsession with finding Kyle, being with Kyle, saving Kyle was driving me up the wall. In this book, Mac was once again useless to the plot, and was the one who had set into motion the Wheel of Misfortune that nearly decimated all of her friends in this book. Practically everything bad that happens is a ripple effect of Mac being irrational and impulsive. STAAAAAPPPP TOUCHING THINGS, MAC!!!!!!

Now, off of Mac and onto the character of Kyle. I have to say, he kind of stunk. Flat liner is the easiest was to put his character in “Thornhill”; Kyle wasn’t even Kyle in this book. There was no character developement on his part, and at times I even felt like his character somehow devolved as the story progressed. The sad thing is I was a Kyle fan in the first book. I thought he was a good and sweet friend and that he and Mac were fairly good together, but he wasn’t himself anymore, even though it has only been a week and a half (at max) since he last saw Mac. And what is with this whole “leaving” thing? Isn’t it more suspicious to run away without your parents knowledge than to just staying in Hemlock, acting like your usual, mostly human self? Personally, if I were Mac, I would feel a bit betrayed over the fact that we had been through so much together, and then once everyone is “safe” he picks up and leaves? Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t be okay with that. Yeah, sure it is understandable to want to find your friend and make sure they are safe, but I would be wary to enter into a romantic relationship when he is ready to pick up and leave me at any time, and without warning.

Last, but certainly not least, I wan to talk about Jason. Ahhhhhhh, I loved him in this book. I would be team Jason, but, much to my dismay, there technically is no team Jason, though Kathleen may want you to think that there is. But let me assure (or disappoint in my case) you, there is no love triangle, or at least it didn’t seem like a love triangle because Mac is too blind to see that Jason is a just as viable option as Kyle. But noooooo, she has only eyes for the guy who left her! Why, I ask you, must I always like the person that never wins? I always choose the losers (they’re the better character but they never get the girl), and I hope and hope that this amazing character will win, and then I am dashed to pieces once again. I expected it, but I still had hoped they would succeed. Jason is another one of those characters. He was the only one in “Thornhill” who actually had any amount of character growth, and yet he is cast aside by Mac, and even the author, it felt like. Jason was the only one who kept me going during this book; it was really slow despite the fact that it is nearly seventy-five pages less than “Hemlock”, and then he is just discarded (even though he LOVES Mac) at the end like a used up tissue.

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I’ll love you Jason even if Mac won’t. I wiiiillll!!!!! I was (again) torn to shreds by an author who had a fantastic opportunity to create an amazing love triangle; we all could have been torn between the two guys, and I wanted to be torn, but instead I just ended up hating the winner and loving the guy who never even stood a chance. I lost. Again.

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“Thornhill” is not a bad book; it is actually quite well written, but it was/is not my kind of book, and it broke my heart to see another author waste such a great character like Jason on a non-existent love triangle. Just make him a super awesome friend so I don’t build up false hope!

I will read the third book because I want to know where Jason ends up and how Serena does, but I couldn’t care less about Mac and Kyle. *Sighs* I don’t want to be mean, and I am sorry if this review is, it’s just that I had something (and Jason) that I loved ripped away is a very unsatisfactory way. I can handle losing, but this isn’t the way I wanted to go down. If nothing else, though, read this book for Jason because he was wicked awesome (and I love him). What is wrong with loving a human, Mac??!!!!! *weeping*

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I have nothing against Kyle and his wolf side ( I actually liked him a lot in the first book), but he just felt so different, and Kathleen Peacock didn’t add anything to his character in the second book; he felt shallow and lackluster in “Thornhill”, whereas he was sweet and endearing in “Hemlock”. Oh, well, sorry about the negative review.

Side Note: This book is fairly well written and deserves a 3 for writing quality, but I really just hated it and I am truly sorry for that.

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Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1.5)

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“Destroy Me” by Tahereh Mafi

5 out of 5 stars.

“Destroy Me” came out quite a while ago, so you are probably wondering why I haven’t read this novella yet if I loved the other two books so much. Well, it is because I was afraid. I was afraid that I wouldn’t like what I would find out about my wonderful, amazing Warner. I was afraid that I would find some dark secret that would turn me off, and make me stop loving Warner and Tahereh. But thank God for my sister, ’cause she bought “Destroy Me” and she let me read it, and I was wrong, sooooooo wrong.

“Destroy Me” takes place RIGHT after Warner was shot in “Shatter Me”. And it is. FROM. WARNER’S. PERSPECTIVE. Mind blown already!!!!!! This novella allows you a glimpse into what goes on inside that gorgeously wicked head of Warner’s, and I was amazed by what I found out therein; it was sad but really good, too. I liked Warner in “Shatter Me” and I LOVED him in “Unravel Me”, but it was even more fantastic to see what he was thinking from his own perspective in “Destroy Me”.

Warner would be best described as broken goods (and, oh, is he gggoooooodddd). All his life, Warner has been tormented and broken over and over again at the hands of his own father. Warner’s father is pure evil, and to survive it, he had to learn how to build walls. No literally, he builds walls. Not in the world but inside his head. 

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Tahereh Mafi did such an amazing job of writing the psychology of a boy who has only known how to be a man. Someone who has been tormented, never loved, and was built and raised to use his hands for destruction and evil instead of the good they were mean to do. Someone who had such a big, feeling heart that it withered into black under the sick and unrelenting evil of his father; Warner was never shown love, kindness, or mercy. Not by his family. Not by anyone. And that is why he is the way he is, and so Warner builds white walls to contain his feelings and hide the chaos that bloom inside of him; he hates the chaos, and he hates to feel. But he does, he feels so much more than he lets on.

Warner is the kind of person who most of us wouldn’t understand. But Tahereh has such a wonderful way with words that you begin to feel like you do understand this broken boy, and you want him to heal, you want him to learn how to be whole. It is mind boggling how this young author is able to give us readers that, and so much more in such a small e-book. She made me want to give him a big old hug, and then give her a hug for writing this novella, “Shatter Me” and “Unravel Me”.

There is also so much more than meets the eye with Warner beyond the whole brokenness thing; Juliette could only see so much from where she stood, and I am so glad Tahereh Mafi gave us readers such a good novella from an amazing character’s perspective. There are just too many heartbreaking/warming moments in it to say it’s just okay; no, this novella is awesome. Warner is such a dynamic character that it is hard to put him into words, but Tahereh did it beautifully, and I discovered so many things about him and the way he thinks (there are a couple of things in “Shatter Me” that are solved in this book, and Warner did something good but it totally backfired on him!!), but questions were also raised and I have a feeling “Ignite Me” is going to answer them. There’s an elephant in the room and I NEED to know what it is! I really hope Warner doesn’t destroy me in the last book; I don’t think he could, but I’m still scared.

“Destroy Me” is the most fantastic novella, and it gives a ton insight into Warner as well as The Reestablishment. If you are a Warner fan, you will LOVE this story, and even if you are not, I still recommend it. It was beautiful!!!

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Deception by C.J. Redwine (Defiance #2)

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“Deception” by C.J. Redwine

4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Baalboden is gone, burned and condensed down to nothing but ashes. There are just over a hundred survivors after the fatal attack by the Cursed One, which killed, and these broken people have chosen Logan to be their leader. But he’s just a young kid trying to stay alive; they’re all just trying to stay alive, yet they are prepared to follow him wherever he may lead them. Logan barely knows how to save himself and Rachel, and he certainly doesn’t know how to lead a hundred-and-some people successfully into the Wasteland, and to SURVIVE the long trek to another city-state. But Logan has always been smart and scrappy, and somehow he will come up with a plan, a way to pull the impossible off with his friends alongside him. He will make the remaining people of Baalboden proud to call him their leader.

Plans never go as easily as we hope them to, and Logan’s are no exception. He has got a plan and it’s a good one, but someone among Baalboden’s survivors is sabotaging Logan inventions, slowing his plan for a safe departure into the Wasteland. Logan has only got so much time before other city states hear of Baalboden’s destruction and they come to hunt him and his people down. Sure, they’re petty pranks, but it is still costing him time, and time is something Logan has very little of. Soon enough, though, Logan finds out that his time is already up: the Commander is back, and he wants revenge.

Rachel is a different girl now. Stars don’t dance in her eyes anymore, and the sun doesn’t warm her from the inside out like it should. Everything is empty now that her father, Jared, and her adoptive grandfather, Oliver, are gone. Rachel is drowning and the only person keeping her afloat is Logan. But he has so many people to take care of now, and he doesn’t need to hear her troubles; he doesn’t need another burden. So she learns to close in on herself and contain her fears while the sun is up. But when the moon rises and Rachel slips into sleep, everything she hates and wants to hide from haunts her dreams. There is no redemption for someone like her, no matter what Logan says, no matter what anyone says. People like her don’t deserve mercy, and sooner rather than later, she will have to pay for her crimes. But before that day comes, Rachel has something to deliver to the Commander. In person.

With the weight of the world on their shoulders, Logan, Rachel, and their friends begin to lead Baalboden’s citizens out of their ruined city and into the Wasteland. But it seems that every force is ready to contend with them. The Commander is constantly on their tail, Rowansmark is now tracking them, and the Cursed One could show up at any time. Could things get any worse? Sadly for the already ragged group, things do get worse. Soon the little pranks begin to escalate into threatening letters in Logan pack. Each time something happens in their camp, it becomes more and more sinister until it begins to turn into murder. Innocent people are being picked off and Logan cannot figure out why and who is doing the dastardly deed. Can Logan and Rachel find the culprit before the refugees are eliminated one after another and they themselves come face to face with the killer, or are their lives going to be cut short because of a sin they didn’t even know they committed? And can Rachel overcome the darkness that seems to consume her, or is she to be swallowed whole by all that she has done?

It has been a LONG wait for this book. My sister bought “Defiance” by C.J. Redwine a week or two after it came out last year, and we both just LOVED it!! “Defiance” was amazing, and the more I think about it the more I love the story; it is a five-star book for me. So, having to wait a year for the next installment to be released was pretty painful, but patience is definitely rewarded.

“Deception” is a great book, but I want to warn you it is pretty dark. A whole lot of “you know what” is hitting the fan at ALL times. There is never really a down moment, and my stomach was twisting at the thought of what might happen next; my stomach had quite a few reasons to twist while reading this book. It was like I was experiencing a train wreck over and over again!!! It was terrible and horrible, and wonderful all at the same time!

Logan was amazing as usual! I love him still, but I was a little bummed that I didn’t get as many heartfelt scenes between him and Rachel in this book as I did in “Defiance.” The moments I did get were good, but I guess I wanted more of what they had in the beginning of the first book.

Rachel was also a good character. I will warn you, she is kind of crazy in this book. A bit more than in the first, but I was okay with that because I really understood her inner turmoil, and I wanted to see her overcome it. It broke my heart to see her shut so many people who loved her out of her heart; it is understandable, but still sad. I am looking forward to seeing how C.J. resolves what’s going on inside of Rachel in the third and final book.

Overall, “Deception” is a great, explosive read, and I really enjoyed it. The only reason I am not giving it five stars is because of how dark it was. With “Defiance” I really liked the grittiness of Redwine’s world, and I loved how despite all of the despair and pain that the characters endured, there was still hope because they had each other. “Deception” had that nearing the end, but I felt like that ray of “sunshine” didn’t come across quite as strong as it did in the first book (or it should have been introduced earlier on in this book), and with this one being so much darker, it needed a LOT of sunshine! But overall, “Deception” is an amazingly well written book. Loved it! Now I must wait for the last book in this trilogy…

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Why does it hurt so much?

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