Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Paranormal (Werewolf)
Rating: 4.5 STARS
Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock's riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy, a dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series that pits friendship against survival, and trust against love.
Ever since Mac's best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy's ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf "rehabilitation" camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf.
What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good.
A brilliant ending to a riveting series, Willowgrove fulfilled all my expectations! While Thornhill wasn't as great as Hemlock (literally the best werewolf series beginner), Willowgrove definitely brought the story back up. I loved the way everything got resolved by the end. It was definitely fast paced and kept me turning the pages until I finished. There weren't times where I got bored especially with how well the plot flowed. And I loved that the all the secrets weren't revealed in Thornhill and the final boom happened in Willowgrove which goes straight to the source of the whole problem. It definitely connected to the discoveries from Thornhill but they also learned more stuff that relayed a more direct connection everything that's happening. Oh god I'm sorry if this is vague; it's hard to not give spoilers :P
I honestly don't think Mac changed much. She learned a lot and developed her personality and gained a different perspective on some stuff but she kind of seemed like the same person she was in Hemlock. She definitely has a lot more going on and I love seeing how far she would go for her friends and family. Honestly, all the characters are so strong that you can't hate/dislike any of them. I did love seeing the stronger ties between all the characters (Mac, Kyle, Jason, Serena, and Trey) and how despite some of the problems some may have had, they worked through it. I also have to address Amy. I will admit I wasn't the biggest fan of hers in the previous books but now I've grown to love her and admire her for her strength. And speaking of strength, Serena probably went through the most in Thornhill and I loved that we got to see the effect it had on her but also see how her bravery and courage never wavered despite what happened.
Ok so all of you who know me on Twitter knows that I have always shipped Mac and Jason (CHAPTER 12 XD). And yes I know Kyle and Mac are made for each other but that still doesn't stop me from wishing Mac and Jason happened (I love my broken golden boys too much). And for all of you who tend to stray from love triangles, don't worry there really isn't one in this trilogy even though it may at first seem like it. I personally never really cared for Kyle. I thought he was cool and an awesome friend but I never really connected to him. And Trey is legit the best brother ever. I loved how protective all the guys were over the girls and how the girls were also protective of the guys. They're just an amazing cast of characters :D
If you haven't read Hemlock yet, READ IT!! It's so good and is probably my favorite book from this series (Willowgrove did come in really close though). An ending to a series you don't want to miss, Willowgrove is not to be missed by anyone who started this series and a series for paranormal fans who miss werewolves in YA :) Happy Readings!