Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Thornhill Blog Tour: Review & Guest Post

Today, I'm thrilled to be the next stop on the THORNHILL BLOG TOUR!

THORNHILL (Hemlock #2)
by: Kathleen Peacock
Releases Today!!!
Thornhill on Goodreads here.
Order yourself a copy here.
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
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.

My Thoughts:
Werewolves, Trackers and an amazing love-trianlge, OH MY!

Amazing sequel! Can I have book #3 now, please?!

Hemlock was a great debut, but I have to say, I loved Thornhill even more! It doesn't hurt that I have a weakness for werewolf stories, but it's non-stop action from the first chapter, speaking of which- Kathleen you tease, you had me going back to ensure I remembered the end of Hemlock correctly! Haha, for those who haven't read Thornhill yet, trust me you'll understand once you've read the first few pages ;).

Mac continues to be a strong, take-charge heroine. I absolutely love reading from her point of view. She's incredibly brave in this sequel and puts herself in harms way more times than I can even remember, but it's all to save those near and dear to her. 

The love triangle only seems to be heating up in this sequel as well. Kyle fans be prepared cause Jason isn't backing down any time soon, and Jason fans, you can rejoice in this! Mac gets many sexy, tender and heart-pounding moments with both boys that left me green with envy. Seriously, I can't pick between these two, I'm not sure I'll ever be able to pick, we have another Adam and Warner situation on our hands here guys. Both boys are in love with Mac and don't leave her guessing this fact, but both boys come with their own drama. Kyle has wild beast to tame and doesn't feel like he deserves Mac, he makes a lot of decisions in this book that left me both sad and angry for Mac. Jason, well that boy has a serious rage problem mixed in with a drinking problem (not a great combo) but I still find him so charming, and he's always good at serving as the comic relief. 

Serena was a great secondary character in this instalment, and I think she's a terrific friend to Mac.

I've said it before but I'll say it again, the action is non-stop in this sequel. You never know where Kathleen is going to take you, with the introduction of a few new characters and the return of older characters. You never what or whom's going to be waiting for Mac around the next corner/chapter.

I think the only complaint I have with this series as a whole, would be Amy, but only because I'm not sure I like her as a character, she just seems like the polar opposite of Mac and I don't care for the way she treated Jason.

Overall I'm giving this sequel TWO HUGE THUMBS UP, if I had more to give, I would. Fans of Hemlock will not be disappointed, I wasn't! If you haven't read Hemlock yet, get on it!

Happy Reading!!!
Please join me in welcoming Kathleen to the blog today!

Author Guest Post: How to write a tempting Love Triangle in YA

Love triangles. Horrible in real life. Delicious in fiction—especially when all three characters have more than just one thing to lose.

When it came to writing the love triangle in Hemlock, I wanted it to be about more than Kyle and Jason's individual feelings for Mackenzie. I wanted each boy to draw out different aspects of her character—different needs, desires, and potential futures—but I also wanted all three characters to have more at stake than a romantic relationship.

I wanted the three of them to be friends first and for each of them to fear the loss of that friendship.

That fear is why it takes both boys so long to tell Mackenzie how they really feel and why Mac misses hints and clues that would have been obvious to anyone looking in. It's the reason Mac hates the situation: she doesn't want to cause either boy pain and hates the thought of ever coming between them.

I wanted the stakes to be high. For me, that meant tangling their lives and feelings so badly that, in Thornhill, Mac starts to wonder if the ties holding them together are slowly choking them.

So what's my own checklist for writing or reading satisfying love triangles?

1) Even if a love interest is sometimes unlikeable (*cough* Jason Sheffield *cough* Edward Rochester *cough* every good Byronic hero) the reader should be able to understand why the main character likes them (even if they do not necessarily agree).

2) Each love interest should bring out different qualities, desires, and needs—beyond the physical—in the main character. A love triangle presents a choice of suitors, but that choice, in the end, should say something about the main character. Carrie Ryan (author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth) has a great blog post on the subject in which she says, "To me, a love triangle done right isn't about a *female* character's affections bouncing back and forth between two men, it's about her internal struggle within herself as she figures out who *she* wants to be and what's important to her."

3) If possible, both the love interest and the main character should have more to lose than just a romantic relationship.

4) Make it hard for each character to walk away. If it's easy for any one character to remove themselves from the situation, the whole triangle collapses.

And what are some of my favorite book/movie triangles?

Some Kind of Wonderful (screenplay by John Hughes, Directed by Howard Deutch)
Why: The feelings Watts has for Keith (and her fear/inability to tell him) are evident in the slightest of looks and the smallest of gestures. Mary Stuart Masterson's performance is incredible and it makes the movie.

This Dark Endeavor (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #1) by Kenneth Oppel
Why: It's the rare triangle where even if someone wins, everyone loses.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Why: Incredibly complex relationships and motivations. Ruth's relationship with Tommy is as much about her fear of losing Kathy as her attraction/feelings for him.

About Kathleen:
Kathleen spent her teen years crushing on authors and writing short stories about
vampires. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending art school, but tripped over them when office life left her feeling restless.

Kathleen is Canadian and likely to perish in the first wave of the zombie apocalypse.

Connect with Kathleen:

Be sure to follow @HCCFrenzy on Twitter and hashtag #ThornhillBT, they have a giveaway going on all week- YOU COULD WIN A HEMLOCK/THORNHILL Prize pack, guys!

Good luck to you all!

Be sure to stop by the awesome blog hosts for the OFFICIAL THORNHILL BLOG TOUR

Sept. 9thJuhina from Maji Bookshelf 
Sept. 10thHayley from Booking It With Hayley G 
Sept. 11thGiselle from Xpresso Reads 
Sept.12thRebecca from OMFG books 
Sept. 13thLindsay from Me on Books 

Special thanks to HarperCollins Canada for allowing me to participate in this blog tour!

Happy Reading!!!

No comments:

Post a Comment