Author: Kathleen Peacock Series: (Hemlock, #2) Published: September 10th 2013...
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.
Review: Once again I’m on the fence. I don’t know if I like Thornhill better or I like it less than Hemlock. There were departments that sure lacking and then there were nicely done. But I do sure was impressed with those which are nicely done but on the other hand I’m frustrated with the misses. And if I weighed everything in I think I liked the overall result. This is just me and my indecisiveness.
At the end of Hemlock, Kyle decided to leave Mac behind. Mac wouldn’t let him go so she decided to look for him. Jason tagged along with her to look for Kyle. When the two of them found Kyle she didn’t expect to also meet another person that she thought was long gone in her life. And now this person is connected to Kyle as well. But this wasn’t the only ordeal she was facing because she also found out the secrets regarding the Lupine Syndrome and the facility which said to rehabilitate werewolves.
On the bright side, I liked that the story exposed a lot of about werewolves. Kyle and Mac being contained inside the facility is like getting an inside scoop on what has happened and what’s really happening concerning the LS. I loved that limited knowledge we have from the previous book (due to it heavily relied on Amy’s murder and the suspect) was expanded here. We get to know how they dealt with the syndrome and how it affected them especially those who are infected by it. What I liked that it didn’t completely stir away from the normal werewolves I’ve read and watched before.
I’m glad to also add that Mac finally grew a pair here. While sometimes I found her decisions to be reckless but I knew that she just wanted to help and that was the available option so she grabbed it. I liked that she now walks the talk and I’m glad that her character shines numerous time here. There are also revelations regarding her family here as she met the person who she never thought would go back into her life. Overall, I liked how she handled herself here and I’m quite satisfied and relieved that this time Mac and I have genuine connection. If she keeps this up I might love her even more.
Speaking of love, I don’t know but I think it wasn’t well played out here (depends if you’re rooting for someone). I know that Mac was very vocal of her feelings for Kyle. And I actually preferred Kyle over Jason because Jason was so sucked into depression and anger over Amy’s death that he acted irrationally most of the time. But Jason seems to be different here. At first he was still lost but once he gained the right footing he was actually a force to be reckoned with. Sure he was still acted on impulse but his actions especially if it was for Mac was a standout. Kyle on the other hand wanted both of them out of trouble so that’s why he tried to stay away from them. I do get his concern and I think it was selfless of him to have thought not only of Mac but Jason as well. So yeah, I guess we still have a tie here (if I were to judge that is). But Kyle pulled the same stunt like the last time but at least he has the gut to tell Mac this time.
There are still some things that need resolution but what I liked about it has a tone of finality but at the same time I’m still eager to read more about Kyle, Jason and Mac. I know there are so much more to figure out and I’m all for those surprising revelations.
Preview Quote: “I couldn’t remember finding him or how we had gotten here or who had kissed who first, but I knew there had never been a choice. We were inevitable.” — Mac