Before I showcase my dorkier side, I need to announce the winner of last week’s contest.  The lucky recipient of MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin is…..Melanie!  Melanie, I’ll email you for shipping deets–hope you enjoy MASQUE as much as I did!

And now…on with the show!

This week, I’ll be giving away not one, but TWO copies of HEMLOCK (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books).

The author, Kathleen Peacock, is one of my best writing buds in the whole wide world, and I can’t tell you how stinking excited I am that her very first YA novel debuted this week.  When I need a virtual cheerleader or shoulder to cry on?  Kath is there. When I need an instant Buffy quote or youtube distraction (LIKE THIS)?  Kath is there. When I need someone to write a badass werewolf book with a witty, caring, naive, haunted, brave heroine who I’d love to kick back with (almost) as much I’d love to work on Joss Whedon’s next project?  You got it—Kath is most definitely there.  I can’t tell you how stinking excited I am…but maybe I can show you:

So, do you want to win your own friend kid copy of HEMLOCK?  (not mine, you can’t have it, NO NO NO!)  Just leave a comment and I’ll pick two winners at random on Monday morning at noon, PST (or, you can buy one at IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.)

Good luck!

(And HA!  SEE THAT, KATH? Not a single mention of werewolf junk, anywhere!


Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to this week:

Christine Fonseca  adores IN HONOR

Stasia Ward Kehoe unwraps UNGIFTED

Tracy Banghart basks in SUNSHINE


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Bookanista Review: HEMLOCK by Kathleen Peacock

Posted by houndrat on Thursday Feb 2, 2012 Under ARCs, Bookanistas, Young Adult


look at all the pretty!

Okay, so I just have to SQUEE a little over that fact that HEMLOCK is coming out in May:


*takes deep breathes*

*promises to save further squeeing until blog post is finished*

I have a confession—while I did recently receive and read a shiny new ARC of HEMLOCK (compliments of my awesome editor—THANK YOU CLAUDIA, YOU ROCK), it’s not the first time I’ve read it. I actually fell in love with this story back before Kathleen had an agent.

I have another confession—I loved HEMLOCK even more the second time around. Pretty amazing, since I never considered myself a huge werewolf fan–UNTIL NOW.


is anyone else disturbed by the lack of arms?

But here’s the thing–HEMLOCK isn’t just a werewolf story.  At heart, It’s a book about friendships and secrets, loyalty and betrayal, and that’s what makes it SO. FREAKING. AWESOME.  Yes, werewolves are an integral part of the scary world the main character Mac lives in, but there’s so much more to love in this book besides furballs. The mystery, the really creepy dream sequences starring Mac’s dead best friend, the complexity of the friendships Mac shares with steady Kyle, haunted Jason, and fun Serena, all combined to make this one hell of a page turner for me–despite the fact that this wasn’t my first time reading. And then there’s Mac herself—smart, funny, unfailingly loyal, and desperate to keep her friends safe—exactly the kind of narrator you can’t help but cheer for as she tries to unravel the mystery that’s tearing apart her entire town.

In an effort not to give too much away, I’m only including one of my favorite quotes (in which our awesome heroine tells off her two best friends, Kyle and Jason):

Mac: “Did it ever occur to either of you that maybe Mac doesn’t need protecting?  That maybe Mac finds your he-man acts both insulting and chauvinistic? In case you haven’t noticed, Mac is pretty good at taking care of herself.”

Kyle:  ”Why are you talking about yourself in the third person?”

(more hilarity ensues)

Have I mentioned that I love this book yet?

*excuses self so as not to break Vow of Squee-less-ness*

To find out more about Kathleen and HEMLOCK (you know you want to), visit her website at:


See what the other Bookanistas are up to:

Christine Fonseca  interviews author Denise Grover Swank

Jessi Kirby and Jen Hayley are wowed by WANDERLOVE

Corrine Jackson is mesmerized by MAY B.

Stasia Ward Kehoe  interviews DIES IRAE author Christine Fonseca

Gennifer Albin is starry-eyed for STARTERS

Katy Upperman delves into THE DISENCHANTMENTS

Nikki Katz  celebrates CINDER

Tracy Banghart  marvels at JULIET IMMORTAL

Jessica Love spotlights SHINE

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