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.


“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*


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.


9 Best Couples (Fictional) Ever!

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So, basically this is a post about my 10 favorite fictional couples, and some reasons why I liked them as characters.

1. Wanda (Wanderer) and Ian O’Shea from “The Host” by Stephenie Meyer:

(1) I loved Wanda as a female character. She was so nice and selfless, which is a rarity these days among heroines. She was also smart, and I really liked how she grew as a character.

(2) What wasn’t wonderful about Ian O’Shea? He was smart, kind, funny, and he cared about Wanda so much even though she was different, and could have been a threat to all that he loved. He believed in her despite other peoples’ opinions, and judged for himself whether she was trustworthy or not; because of that he found her to be true, and more human than anyone he knew.

2. America and Maxon from “The Selection”‘ by Kiera Cass:

(1) America was sweet and intelligent. She was a strong character that I thought set a good example for younger girls.

(2) Maxon was unexpectedly sincere and nice. He was smart, respectful, and really cared about America. He wanted America to be happy even if that meant he couldn’t be with her.

3. Rachel and Logan from “Defiance” by C.J. Redwine:

(1) I thought Rachel was an okay female character, but I wasn’t that impressed with her. I understood where she was coming from, so her personality didn’t really bother me all that much, but she was not my favorite.

(2) I loved Logan. He wasn’t just your average good-looking hero, instead he was also super intelligent, courageous, and he really cared about Rachel and her welfare. He had a lot of depth, and is one of my favorite guy characters of all time.

4. Rhine and Linden from “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano:

(1) Rhine wasn’t (isn’t) my favorite heroine. She was a bit annoying, but she had good reason for it, so I understood her attitude. That said, I really don’t care what happens to her in Sever (don’t tell me what happens! I have yet to read it), but I do want Linden to be happy, so if he wants Rhine, he can have her.

(2) Linden, Linden, Linden…a goodhearted man with a gold tooth? Ha! That was unheard of until Wither. Linden was one of those characters you wanted to hate, even despise, but it was impossible to do so. He was raised in a world that brainwashed him into thinking the society he lived in was “normal” and “good”, when really it is super messed up. Poor guy has a psychopath for a father, and he just lost the love of his life to the same “disease” he will die from in four years. Yeah, I’d say he has reasons to be a little (or a lot) messed up; I would be too, but that still doesn’t justify his behavior. Despite all these horrible issues, though, Linden has a great heart. He’s smart, talented, sweet, and trustworthy, and did I mention his heart? Anyway, he was one of the most confusing but lovable characters of my 2012 book reading experience.

5. Lena and Julian from “Pandemonium” by Lauren Oliver:

(1) Lena was okay in this book; I didn’t hate her and I understood where she was coming from, but what I truly loved about this book was her and Julian’s relationship. They are both technically kids, but they’ve seen more than any eighteen year-olds should have. They live in a sick and twisted society that says love is a disease, they both have lost someone they loved deeply (a family member or romantic love, maybe), and they seem like “old-souls”, weighed down by the sorrow of loss. It was interesting reading how Lena once again began to trust someone other than herself. I liked also how much more grown up her and Julian’s relationship was compared to Lena and Alex’s.

(2) Julian was great! I can’t really put into words why I liked him so much, but I think that he was just super intriguing in a way. He reminded me of Linden in how they both grew up in twisted societies, were bred for one reason (one cause that their father’s hearts were set on, whether the cause was good or evil). Both of them also loved someone who was close to them but was taken by force. It seems like they were cut from the same stone, just different sides of it. Yup, I liked Julian a lot in Pandemonium.

6. Hadassah and Marcus from a “Voice in the Wind” by Francine Rivers:

(1) Hadassah was sweet and cute, and I enjoyed her character.

(2) Ummm, I don’t know exactly why I liked him, but I loved Marcus in The Mark of the Lion trilogy. He was a terrible person, but come on, when you’re raised in a sick society like the Roman Empire, you are bound to be messed up. Francine did a great job of making you not hate him despite the fact he wasn’t a very good person, and instead you find yourself rooting for him to become a better person, and to let the good inside him take control. He wanted to be a good person, but just never knew how.

7. Jane Eyre and Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester from “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte:

(1) I liked Jane because she stood her ground, and didn’t give in when it would have been easier. I liked that she had a mind of her own, but she wasn’t some crazed feminist. It was refreshing.

(2) I know, I know it’s wrong, but for some weird reason I liked Rochester. He’s evil but I liked him. Don’t judge meeeee!!!

8. Maya and Daniel from “The Gathering” by Kelley Armstrong:

(1) She was one of the first female characters that I liked; everyone is all “Katniss Everdeen” crazed, but she irritated me. Maya was refreshing because when she had a problem with something or someone, she went out and did something about it, unlike other characters that sit around and whine like simpering idiots. Please, authors, don’t torture me that way!

(2) Ahhh, Daniel was great! He was wonderful and the epitome of my type: the good-looking best friend that no one ever notices romantically. *Sigh* I want him and Maya to end up together.

9. Elissa and John Murphy from “Vienna Prelude” by Bodie Thoene:

(1) I’m running out of favorite couples, so heeeerrrreee’ssss Jonny! I didn’t like Elissa much at all, but that does not diminish Murphy in my eyes.

(2)  I’ll be honest, I really liked Murphy and I really enjoyed Vienna Prelude. Murphy was a very likable character, and it’s a good historical novel. They may not be the most amazing couple, but it’s all I’ve got!

Thanks for taking time to read this post, and be prepared to have you heart-broken. Most of my favorite characters have yet to finish their trilogies, so I am waiting (painfully) for their story’s to be wrapped up. I have a feeling my heart is going to be broken multiple times.

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

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“Hemlock” by Kathleen Peacock

4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Hemlock is a murder/fantasy fictional book that is the beginning of a new series/trilogy. Hemlock holds lovely characters that will capture your heart, an enjoyable heroine, and some…werewolves? A deadly virus has been created by someone and it is causing humans to be turned into werewolves.

Hemlock begins with Mac’s best friend, Amy’s, funeral. Distraught over her friend’s eerie death, Mac feels broken and guilty. If only she had kept her plans with Amy instead of studying, her best friend would still be here, still be safe. But Mac isn’t the only one who feels guilty; Kyle, the faithful protective friend blames himself for not picking up his phone when Amy called for help, and Jason, Amy’s boyfriend and a trouble maker, blames himself for saying something that made Amy get out of the car, and then letting her walk away alone. Alone…

All of them feel responsible in one way or another for Amy not being there now; the three friends, who once there were four, are wracked with an undeniable guilt that for some, is turning into anger and revenge. But little do they know that there is more to Amy’s death than a freak occurrence; murder was its purpose, and it was not done completely by a werewolf. Someone wanted Amy dead. Can the three friends stick together long enough to find Amy’s true killer, or will the rifts caused by her death be too much to forgive, too wide to heal?

Mackenzie is funny and cute, but has a darker past. Hank, her father, was a criminal and abandoned her when she was very young, and she is now taken care of by her older, and certainly less wizened, cousin, Tess. With the loss her best friend, and the withdrawal of her other friend, Jason, Mac feels very alone in this big bad world. Lucky for her, she still has her other best friend, Kyle, to look after her. Or does she? Mackenzie’s world begins to crumble with some new revelations concerning Amy’s death, and Jason’s joining the Trackers. Kyle is a mystery too! Is anyone who she thought they were, and can the truth somehow be even worse than the lies she has been fed for months? The answer is, “yes.”

Kyle is smart funny and sweet, but despite his and Mac’s deeply rooted friendship, he has some secrets of his own. Can Mac and Jason be trusted with a secret as dangerous and hard to keep as his? If he tells them, can they find it in themselves to forgive him for lying, and still love him despite his dark secret? Or will the shadows and secrets Hemlock breeds within itself destroy not only him, but everyone he loves?

Jason is the bad-boy of Hemlock. He’s been friends with Kyle since third grade, and is friends with Amy and Mac. Ever since Mac came to town three years ago, his happy little bubble has been a little different, somehow fuller and better than it had been. But after Amy’s death, and the secrets he has kept from Mac, it will be hard for him to trust her not to hate him because of the truth. And why does everyone look at him, or at least Kyle and Mac, like he’s some psychopath for wanting revenge for what he/she did to his girlfriend. Well, maybe they are right. But can he let go of his desire for revenge and realize that he is losing the only two people left in his life who love him before they too are lost forever?

Wow! Hemlock was fantastic, and is in my top ten favorite books. Peacock has a gift for writing and creating likable and “real” characters that reach out to your heart and threaten to never let go. I was enthralled from beginning to end, and I enjoyed that the plot was well planned and finished as strong, or stronger, than it began. I did guess a few things, but when you assume that everyone is a killer, you have a greater chance of being right! I enjoyed the twists and turns that Kathleen takes her reader through, and I felt that I was involved in the story somehow; I just felt like I was there with them, watching it all happen from the not-so-far-away sidelines. Also, there was nearly zero language, which was fantastic. I am longing to read the next book that will continue thee three friends’ stories.