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Hemlock Grove is a Horror-thriller debut novel by American author Brian McGreevy. The book was released on March 27, through. Find the complete Hemlock Grove book series by Brian McGreevy. Great deals on one book or all books in the series. Free US shipping on orders over $ Book of the Month. The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned.
There was a really disturbing rape scene and it made me despise one character for the rest of the book. I don't know why this was even included in the book. Heck I don't know why a lot of things were included in this book.
Roman at one point talks about a mythical Order of Dragon that his mother told him about. And we get a look at these people in this book who just seem to be a joke. And once again it is alluded to that most of the order are homosexual and have a need for the patriarchal order. I felt like McGreevy thought everything even breathing air was homosexual in nature.
The dialogue between characters the little there was was cloaked most of the time and the only time any of it rang true was when Roman and Peter interacted because at least they acted like teenagers. I think at one point I just said, okay then. The flow wasn't great. I think that jumping around too much and trying to not explain things at all hampered the story.
For example, both boys make mention of how weird Hemlock Grove is and that they both feel something in the ground or down below. And that's all we hear about it. I don't know if they are talking about a demon or what. It was just odd. The setting of Hemlock Grove is a fictional small town in Pennsylvania. I really wish that the author actually included some things besides the stupid White Tower he kept mentioning and the old mill. I needed more details.
Also just randomly discussing the Steelers does not equal Pennsylvania. That gave me a hard pause because I then wondered how small could this town be if it was that close to Shadyside. Also why in the world would the FBI not be there after the first two murders. I just had a lot of questions with no real answers to anything. The ending was a mess. I don't even know what to say. I know that McGreevy apparently doesn't plan on writing a sequel to this book and I would have to say thank goodness.
Especially if his books were going to follow seasons 2 and 3 of Hemlock Grove which actually went from bad to worse. View all 4 comments. Mar 31, PopInsomniacs rated it liked it Shelves: The basic premise is that when the bodies of young women are found brutally mauled in the fictional town of Hemlock Grove, two seventeen year old boys - Peter Rumancek and Roman Godfrey - become prime suspects for their murders.
They partner up to discover who the true killer is. There are werewolves, upir a vampire of Russian folklore , and a lot of other hijinks going on throughout the novel while they do their sleuthing.
He gives us a pretty big cast of characters, but it was Shelley and Letha Godfrey - Roman's sister and cousin, respectively - and in some respects, Peter Rumancek, that kept me reading. Their characterizations and personalities are by far the best: But oh, how this book dripped with pretentiousness. McGreevy is very, very fond of stringing together long winded sentences to airily describe something that probably could have been summed up in two lines or less.
Yeah dude, we get it, the book is set in Pennsylvania, but not everyone and their dragons has to walk around in a Steelers jersey. Every time one of these sentences came along, it was so jarring that I was thrown out of the world he was building. Really dude? Way to alienate a good portion of your audience with your blatant sexism, McGreevy. Speaking strictly in terms of genre and style of writing, however, Hemlock Grove is a bit of a failure. The mystery itself was alright. Seriously, there was fist pumping involved.
There was nothing remotely horrifying presented, except for the werewolf transformation,which was admittedly pretty cool. View all 3 comments. Feb 06, Victoria rated it did not like it Shelves: I really tried to finish this book.
It is pretty rare that I don't finish a book, no matter how terrible it is, because I can usually find at least one redeeming character or plot point to capture my curiousity. Unfortunately, this book did not even manage to provide me with that much. I made it to the th page - more than halfway through, and I just couldn't force myself to read another page.
And this was actually the third try I made to get into the book past the first 20 pages When I fi I really tried to finish this book. When I first received my ARC, it was the selection I was the most excited for because of the premise, and the other rave reviews. It didn't grab me, and I set it aside for another book. A week or so later, I picked it up again, only to promptly return it to the shelf.
This time, I really forced myself to read it - bringing it as the only book for a day-trip. So while I was desperate enough to make it that far, now that I am back with other choices of books to read, I won't be finishing it. The "action" skips around too much, the narrative is an odd blend of showy telling, and the constantly shifting format leaves a book that is simply too "slick" to actually be able to sink into.
Not one character was fully drawn out, and the "mystery" simply wasn't one that I cared too much about. If you want to read a werewolf book with a real edge, this is not one I would recommend. Apr 20, Jocelyn marked it as could-not-finish Shelves: I can't tell if the author thinks that this is actually how teenagers speak or if it's some literary tool that I'm not catching on too.
But "go suck an egg" is not a thing. View all 8 comments. All right, let me get one thing out of the way: Yes, I read this book because of the Netflix series. I have a sick compulsion to read books that movies or television shows are based on so I can understand the source material and supposedly have a greater appreciation for the adaptation.
I have not finished watching the Netflix series yet. I'm about halfway through it at the time of this writing. While the Netflix show seems relat All right, let me get one thing out of the way: While the Netflix show seems relatively faithful to the source material I've delayed writing this review because I've had trouble figuring out a nice way to describe how much I disliked this book for example, I was going to mention how this book is on par with Twilight but with homosexual undertones, but saying this book has undertones would be giving it too much credit for subtlety.
Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy primarily follows Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy teenager who has recently moved to the town of Hemlock Grove and the novel's resident werewolf and meets rich kid Roman Godfrey, who Peter identifies as an upir.
While there's no direct explanation what an upir is until the end, it doesn't take much work to figure it out. After some gruesome murders of local teenage girls, the two decide that it's up to them to find out who is responsible.
Why them and not the police? Because we wouldn't have much of a story then, would we? This where things begin to fall apart and fast. These two teenagers are actually stupid enough to think that it's up to them to solve these murders.
Aside from the supernatural element that they detect, why them? It doesn't help that these characters are never made out to be smart in any other respect. Roman is a pompous, self-centered rich kid and the only person he cares about other than himself is his sister, Shelley, who has her own mysteries, and his cousin Letha, to a lesser extent.
Peter has some street smarts. But he doesn't have much else other than his werewolf sense powers. A big problem with this novel is that it doesn't take much work to figure anything out.
The references to classic monsters of horror are numerous, and pretty much slap you in the face Shelley is a blatant reference to Mary Shelley , author of Frankenstein.
While I am ragging on it, this is probably the most clever part of the book. The author also drenches the prose in symbolism. You can't get away from it, but it doesn't add anything to the book. It adds no mystery, and is nothing but a distraction without any real payoff. It becomes obvious very quickly who the killer is.
As for other side stories, these don't provide much mystery or payoff, either. Now, I've seen mysteries that aren't really mysteries before, and these tend to be used as character vehicles, so while we don't get attached to the story, we still want to follow the characters. But with Hemlock Grove , I didn't want to follow the characters, either.
They're just so stupid and unlikable. Roman is a spoiled rich brat, Peter is rather two-dimensional, Olivia Godfrey is just a nasty control-freak, Letha is a ditz, and Dr. Pryce guess who he's a reference to is a creep. The most interesting and sympathetic character is Shelley, because she's the only one that shows any real character development.
And she doesn't even talk. Overall, Hemlock Grove is a bloody mess. While there are a couple of minor elements that could be called clever, the characters and story are so dumb and predictable that I would have to say this book should be skipped.
Don't fall prey to my problem. You don't need or should even want to read the source material if you're only interested in the Netflix series. Move along, and avoid this one. View 2 comments.
Jun 08, Book Riot Community added it. Hemlock Grove is a town full of secrets. Someone-or something-has been murdering young girls. An unlikely friendship between a vampire and a werewolf draws all kinds of negative attention in a small town. This is a gorgeous literary horror novel with an excellent sense of humor.
You may be familiar with the Netflix series of the same name. I highly recommend reading the book and then binging on the TV show. Sep 24, Reed Bosgoed rated it did not like it. Well, I'd like those 4 hours of my life back. A friend of mine made me suffer through the TV series promising me that at some point it would get awesome.
It did not. I saw the potential for a good story in the show. I told myself it wasn't fully realized because Hollywood rapes good books and turns them into schlock. So I decided to read the book. I don't know much about the author, but he appears to be quite convinced of his own genius.
So much so in fact, that he Well, I'd like those 4 hours of my life back. So much so in fact, that he doesn't need his characters to have proper motivations, interesting dialogue, or even a coherent plot. Things occur that have no reasonable explanation and there are things that get played up as important, only to go nowhere.
Good god! The character names are atrocious as well. A werewolf hunter named "Dr. Chasseur is french for "hunter" if you don't know. Not to mention the frankenstein's monster girl named "Shelly". As in Mary Shelly? None of the characters are likeable, particularly Roman.
They alternate between speaking at a level of language far beyond the ken of any teenager I've ever met and a semi retarded mishmash of colloquial teenage slang. It makes the discussions feel completely unnatural, especially the conversations between the two male leads. Sentence structure and word choice are meant to come across as lyrical and intelligent but really just feel pretentious and poorly executed.
There were several instances where the sentence just didn't make proper sense. The so called "plot twists" were predictable and weak.
The author actually has the audacity to market this as "A modern reinventing of the classic gothic novel". I would disagree.
I would categorize this more as "A hackneyed, disorganized, pretentious mess that somebody is passing off as high art. On the off chance that you are a self hating masochist, by all means throw on your nipple clamps and torture yourself with this mess.
Nov 22, Katy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of "Frankenstein". My review can also be seen here: Please note: Read in Feb. Trigger Warning: Scene with a cat that will be distressing to sensitive readers. I received an ARC of this book from the site. My Synopsis: Hemlock Grove is filled with interesting characters and facilities. There is the newly-arrived Peter Rumancek, a half-breed gypsy and werewolf.
There is Roman Godfre My review can also be seen here: There is Roman Godfrey, scion of the powerful Godfrey family, who formerly owned the metalworks and whom now own the mental health facility. There is his sister, Shelley, a giant who wears boxes full of soil on her feet.
There is Dr. Pryce, who runs the biomedical facility - who is either a sociopath or autistic, and who is super-humanly strong. And there is someone - or something - that is horribly killing young girls. My Review: I liked this book just fine, until way toward the end, where - OK, I'll admit it, I'm going to give you a spoiler, but if you, like I, love cats, you might thank me for it. There is an incident with a cat.
And it's not a happy thing. You have been warned. Nevertheless, overall, I liked this book, although the writing does tend toward stream-of-consciousness and it is sometimes difficult to understand what is being said. Some of that might have been corrected for the final version, however - since some of the problem was the uncorrected nature of the ARC I was reading. However, the writing is also witty and the cast of quirky characters is wonderful - I would have liked to have seen them a bit better developed in some cases, as they often seemed to be defined by their appearance more than anything, but as the book went on, some of them were developed pretty well.
This is listed as being a gothic book, and that is quite true. I laughed a lot, but at the end, there isn't a lot to laugh about. Not a sad ending, per se, but not a happy one, either. Not a book I would recommend for sensitive readers. However, people who like werewolves should love this book. People who enjoyed Frankenstein will love this book.
A lot of people will love this book. Don't be afraid - go ahead and give it a read.
Just be aware that there are moments that are somewhat difficult to bear. May 21, Andrew rated it really liked it. A very odd book to read, which is not a complaint. The story unspools like a Dark Shadows arc played out by a gallery of modern adolescent malcontents, maybe the cast of Skins.
Solid, muscular writing, if a little too eager to impress in places. Other readers have noted a Twin Peaks effect, and with respect to the characters they're not wrong. Good use is made of the bleakness of the western Pennsylvania setting; having given us the films of George Romero and the political career of Rick Santorum, the area has produced its share of horrors.
Only stumbling block for me: One or two of the gothic horror tropes could have been left out, perhaps. In this one book we have werewolves, gypsies, vampires, government agents, family secrets, dark rituals, immaculate conceptions, illicit affairs, homoerotic tension, drug abuse, shady medical experiments, a sinister asylum, and a glow-in-the-dark teenage giantess who writes emails in the style of Jonathan Harker. Sort of a dizzying array, but we apparently have at least two more installments on the way, and I guess all that setup has to go somewhere.
There's a bit of sex, and more than a bit of gore these werewolves are the kind that have to rip their way out of human skin to transform. This is already being turned into a series for Netflix, but there's still plenty of time to read it in advance On a scale of 1 to 5, internally rate how much you love the following: Terrible sentence structure and a complete disregard for the use of commas. Plot developments seemingly placed entirely for shock value.
Giant gaps in the storyline with no explanation. Major unanswered questions. A conclusion that makes little or no sense.
The story is essentially built around the characters of a gypsy named Peter and an upir named Roman. What is an upir, you ask? You find out at the very end. Anyway, Peter is a werewolf and an outcast in his new town.
His other nature is a secret, except apparently, to the other supernaturals and a teenage neighbor who seems to have some very potent reading material on the occult.
Someone is killing girls in the neighborhood in a grisly manner. At first, Peter and Roman suspect one another, but then eventually work together to find the killer. So does my list of things that make no sense or were thrown in for shock value: Like how a dead character came back to life.
Like how the killer became a werewolf. Plot threads dangle. I had to read passages over and over again, because the phrasing was so awkward and the punctuation is so bad.
I kept waiting for it all to come together in some awesome —or at least interesting— way. After all, they made a show out of this book and there is going to be a second season.
But it never happened. This is just a hot mess. Mar 28, Robbie Bashore rated it it was amazing. I finished the book yesterday, and I have been waffling between giving it 4 and 5 stars, ultimately deciding on 5 even though I almost never give a 5 , for the following reasons: The main thing that was tugging me toward a 4 was that this is not my favorite genre--I tend to prefer realism.
Speaking of genre, I suspect that some of the people who gave this book a low rating just didn't know what they were in for. This is not necessarily a "beach read. The vampire upir , werewolf, and other characters are painted much more a la Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley than Stephenie Meyer, but with modern, accessible language.
There is a lot of absurdity and dark humor in Hemlock Grove. There is also humanity and compassion, as illustrated in my favorite quote from the book: There is no other way to put it.
But that does not mean I am without pride, without joy, without the same entitlement to feel deserving of love from those not obligated by blood to give it.
I may be ugly, but I can hardly imagine a reason to act like it. It is sure to be faithful to the book, as McGreevy is both writing the screenplay and acting as executive producer.
Yes, I will watch it. But watching film is a very different process from reading. Read the book--you'll want to experience all that this young, talented writer has to offer. What does this author have against commas? Right away, I needed to re-read several sentences, in order to make sense of them. I worried that the burden of mentally inserting commas would detract from my enjoyment of the novel.
I quickly grew accustomed to McGreevy's style, however, and it didn't take long for me to follow the character development and plot with ease and interest. McGreevy has done his homework; he sprinkles a few Romani words and sophisticated vampire terms here and there, leading me to do my homework, thus enriching my word-power.
I sometimes give an extra star in the rating for that!
The first mystery in the plot--a gruesome murder--is revealed in the synopsis found on the back of the book, and in several reviews accessible on the internet. Already, in the first 20 pages, I'm curious about a second mystery: Who is the narrator? First-person pronouns appear from time to time, leading me to strongly suspect that the narrator will eventually be revealed as a character that's integral to the story. Jun 11, Gary rated it it was amazing Shelves: I watched the series before I read the book.
The series is an actual visual representation of the novel. There are few difference but they are minor, and the series changes made the story more interesting, in my opinion. Hemlock Grove is an example of where staying faithful actually worked in its favor. The series is definitely a nod to reader. Reading the novel makes you appreciate the series more.
For those who asks: Plus reading is fundamental. Hemlock Grove is weird, twisted, and throws out normal conventions. You better understand the characters, in the series, if you read the book.
That transformation scene was superbly written, but it was a visually a work of art. Nov 01, Josen rated it liked it Shelves: I had not seen the show before I read this so I really had no idea what this was about. Just going from the cover of the book I thought, okay….. I noticed from other reviews that people had problems with McGreevy 3. View all 6 comments.
So what should happen, happened. I finished reading Hemlock Grove. I will just give you a little word of advice. BUT , if you loved the show, please give the book a chance. If you decide to read the book, you will understand so many things about the story: And as for me, reading the book made me actually grow on Victoria. In my eyes, the book AND the show are complementary. McGreevy wrote the story, chose his words to tell it I've read the critics about Brian McGreevy's odd choice of punctuation.
Personally, it didn't bothered me.
Of course I had to sometimes read a sentence 2 or 3 times to get it I will once again specifiy that English is not my native language , but this process made me appreciate even more McGreevy's writing , Eli Roth and his team brought the images and a mountain of references, tributes, cinematographic knowledges and some little more explanations and twists to the plot that make it a complete modern tale. I love Hemlock Grove to the bones, I can not exactly tell you why; or maybe I could but then we would enter an intimate and private zone, and I do not wish to.
I liked this book very much. I have not seen the Netflix series. These kids don't act or talk much like high schoolers but I can go with it. I'd say read this! Today I have seen the dragon. Now that that warning is out of the way, may I feel free to start gushing about this book? It's amazing. Most certainly one of the best, if not the best werewolf book I have read in a very long time. I actually haven't picked up any were books recently because I was getting a little "The flesh is as sacred as it is profane.
I actually haven't picked up any were books recently because I was getting a little tired of the same thing all the time, but this book completely blew the doors off of all my expectations. It was absolutely fabulous. The writing style and storyline is very raw, very gritty, and very very intriguing.
The language and tone seem to contain such a flair of magic and mystery, yet seem really down to earth at the same time. The most interesting aspect of this book however is the fact that, in my opinion, most if not all of the characters are extremely unlikable.
They are all undeniably fucked up, and the amount of sexual deviancy and drug use in this book is just astounding. P which I found very confusing. So many times during the course of this book I found myself so drawn up in the story and was utterly surprised to find this occurring.
That's what this book does, it takes you by surprise and makes you love despicable yet fascinating characters. It was amazing and I think I may be reading it again soon! Jun 14, Tommy rated it it was amazing. These energies were introduced into her system to become kinetic in her thighs and her fingertips and behind her eyelids. States of matter changed. Her heart became a liquid that pooled under her feet and she was a water bug racing on molecules.
Hemlock Grove is a supernatural psychological mystery thriller that kept my brain working fra "Words are thermal energies. Hemlock Grove is a supernatural psychological mystery thriller that kept my brain working frantically to keep up, to catch all the allusions and bits of humor, and to puzzle through what was really going on despite a possibly unreliable narrator.
There are plenty of Hemlock Grove mysteries I still don't know the answers to, but the characters are so fascinating, so filled with yearning and ache, that it's all good.
Peter and Roman, the two teenage boys on the cusp of manhood; Christina the would-be writer rushing headlong and carelessly toward experience and danger; and poor Shelley the gigantic malformed freak girl who is both clumsy, and secretly eloquent And of course some of the characters are werewolves, "upirs," and other more mysterious things. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more by this author.
Gorgeous wordlings simply put it delivers with the wolves, the Hunter's Moon, with the overwrought prose being just how I like it, with all the monsters, guts, gores, Gothicness and all the red in between, I love this book.
Just perfectly nonsensical. Jul 18, Shadowdenizen rated it liked it Shelves: I read this book in preparation for viewing the Netflix series. That said, this book was a realatively fun read, and had an interesting mish-mash of genre concepts, but the.. That said, I'm curious to see how Netflix adapted this book to a series. May 06, Ashley rated it did not like it Shelves: I kind of want to give this book zero stars.
But even for a book I hated as much as this one, that seems mean. And I did finish it after all. So let's say. Anyway, this book is the definition of throwing a bunch of things against the wall and hoping they stick. But none of it sticks. When a girl is found brutally murdered, he and the heir of the Godfrey fortune, Roman, move beyond their differences to find out who the killer is. Peter in particular is a fascinating character — wise beyond his years yet somebody who comes to realise that life involves more than just taking care of himself.
This is for those who want their horror laced with sex, violence and things better left unexplained. This Hemlock Grove book review was written by Cat Fitzpatrick. We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
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