Series: Hemlock #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Katherine Tegen (9.10.2013)
Hardcover, 368 pages
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 absolutely LOVED Hemlock (I gave it 5 stars!), and have been jonesing for the sequel for months and months. But for some reason, it just didn’t have the magic that the first book had for me. It was still good, but I was disappointed in some small way with it.
My main problem was that I couldn’t connect (seems to be the theme these days, doesn’t it?) as well as I did with Hemlock. I enjoyed the story, but I wasn’t invested in it and I didn’t care much about what happened to the characters. I wasn’t impressed with the characters much at all, actually.
I have to admit that Mac vastly improved since the first book. She was kind of weak in Hemlock, crying and throwing up too many times for my liking. But her strength in this one was exactly what I like in a lead. She stuck around at the werewolf camp by choice, enduring the horrors that the weres did just to stay close to her friends.
“Regs aren’t supposed to care this much about werewolves.”
“All werewolves start off as regs,” I countered
I did really love the compound/camp setting. And of course, the werewolves. I looove weres, and for me you really can’t go wrong with a were story. The bigotry toward the weres was still very alive in the sequel, and the camp to ‘cure’ Lupine Syndrome was horrible. The way they were treated was awful: like animals. Their human side was disregarded and they were viewed as nothing more than animals that needed to be fixed.
Sadly, this book wasn’t memorable. Even now, less than 24 hours after finishing it, I’ve already started to forget details. Despite the awesome setting and having werewolves, the story didn’t really stand out for me. I’m sad to say that this book did not wow me like the first book did. I will still read the 3rd book though, to find out what happens!
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 3.5/5