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Thornhill (Hemlock, #2)Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s rare for me to like the second book in a series even better than the first, especially when the first was so good, but I really loved Thornhill! I mean, wow – everything about it was so fantastic!

The prison-like setting of the rehabilitation camp gave the story a dystopian flavour, which I found utterly captivating. The plot was intriguing and the action non-stop. The various characters and their relationships with each other were unique and felt genuine.

I can’t wait to read book 3! I definitely recommend this series for all fans of YA fantasy fiction.

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Hemlock (Hemlock, #1)Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I love me a good werewolf book, and Hemlock did not disappoint!

This is one of the rare books where humans are completely aware of the werewolves’ existence. The powers that be are attempting to round up all the people infected with Lupine syndrome because they can be dangerous if affected by bloodlust. Unfortunately, the authorities don’t really know what to do with the werewolves once they’re caught, other than chuck them into camps until they find a cure. IF they find a cure. Consequently, most werewolves hide their infected status and try to pass themselves off as human.

Thrown into this great premise is the main character, Mac, who’s dealing with the aftermath of her best friend’s murder. No one seems to know what really happened, and Mac is determined to find out. Hemlock is full of mystery, with some great twists, a dash of romance, and heart-stopping action. An excellent start to this trilogy!

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Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forever, the last book in this series (or is it??), had a sense of melancholy to it that was beautifully written. Very few people would envy the werewolves in Stiefvater’s world; they lead a tragic life with no control over relinquishing their human forms, and they gain almost no benefit at all.

I really loved learning more about the characters Cole and Isabel. The way the author describes their quirks with such creative detail is truly excellent. Things like: Cole lining up mismatched glasses in order along the counter, or writing things in the carpet by shuffling his feet against the pile.

I felt satisfied by the ending and how things worked out with Sam and Grace, although I’m interested in hearing more about Cole and Isabel. I don’t know how anyone could give this series a one or two star review, but that just goes to show everyone has their own preferences. I thought this series was incredible!

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Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure how the second book in this series would be able to measure up to the first one because Shiver was just SO GOOD, but in my opinion Maggie Stiefvater absolutely pulled it off.

I loved this book and I am such a huge fan of her writing style. She has a gift for describing little details in an original and fascinating way. The world building is so well done, the werewolf mythology feels entirely believable – it seems harder to believe that werewolves and the characters in this series don’t really exist!

As an author myself, I constantly read parts that made me think, “Ooh, I wish I’d thought of that,” or “If only I could write something that brilliant.” I’m definitely going to read everything else I can find that this author has ever written. Highly recommended!

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Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I think if I were 16 years old I would have loved this book, but I’m one of those adult fans of YA fiction. This YA novel seems to be geared only toward teens.

The main character spends 50% of her time obsessing about three different guys, so if you’re not a fan of love triangles, beware of this love square. The other half of the time she spends wondering what kind of supernatural creature she is, and I was hoping for more development on this front by the end of the book.

If you’re a teen fan of paranormal fiction, by all means, check this book out. Otherwise, it might not be your thing. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series purely as a matter of personal preference.

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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing! It captivated me from the first word to the last, and oh . . . that ending – stellar! Talk about getting shivers. :)

I think Stiefvater is incredibly talented and truly has a gift for writing. Grace and Sam’s character development and evolution of their relationship brings out so many heartfelt emotions. I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t love about this book. The action, the romance, and the explanation behind werewolf mythology felt entirely believable.

This author’s writing style is so great it makes a lot of the other books I’ve read lately seem mediocre in comparison, and I’ve read a lot of incredible books lately! To say I’m excited about reading the next book in the series is an understatement.

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