An exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and cepcosojurre.cf body of a young girl is found mangled . Read unlimited* books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Peter and Lynda Rumancek moved to Hemlock Grove midsummer. Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, is a small town with a big secret. 2. early in the novel, christina Wendall asks Peter if he's a werewolf, and he matter-of-factly.
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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. Just look at the book blurb. It mentions a murder mystery, biological experimentation, a werewolf, and a snobby rich kid thrown into the mix for good measure. That's all there and only some of it works. Most I kind of want to give this book zero stars. Most of it is just white noise, empty words thrown onto the page.
I don't understand why the biotech company was thrown in there at all, or the snobby rich kid his name is Roman or even the murder mystery. Because it all amounts to a whole lot of nothing. Nothing is explained really well either. The characters who work at the biotech firm use terms that are also never explained, leaving entire chapters incomprehensible.
Plot threads are dropped and picked up again seemingly at random. On top of all that, the story is buried under bloated prose that reads like someone put the original manuscript through the thesaurus in Microsoft Word a bunch of times. At first glance, the words seem poetic, maybe even meaningful; but once you look closer everything's empty.
By the end I started picking sentences apart, removing all the unnecessary words to get to the root of what the author was trying to say at any particular moment. It was much more fun than trying to follow the story that was being told. Another thing that bugged me were a lot of throw away lines about women that were more than a little offensive. There were also uses of slurs that rubbed me the wrong way that felt thrown in just because.
Sometimes I thought maybe these lines and words were supposed to say something about the immaturity of the characters who say them, but as the book wore on I became less and less sure of this original assumption. The female characters in this book are thinly sketched at best.
And they fall into two categories for the most part, victim or bitch. When male characters talk derisively about women all the time and then the female characters live up to the dumb things they say, that's troubling to say the least.
The only thing that works is Peter's story. Peter feels fully fleshed out, almost like a real teenager. The scenes of him at school, with his mother, hanging out with Roman; they work. When a romance is thrown in, it works too. It makes me wonder if this book started out as a YA novel about Peter and then somewhere down the line the author decided to turn it into something else by throwing in all the other nonsense. Or maybe even a YA novel about all the teens in the strange town of Hemlock Grove, because all of them worked for me as characters on some level.
And there was this entire thread about discovery of sexuality that was interesting. But then again, Roman was a teenage character, and he was the worst.
He wasn't so much a character as much as a jumble of characteristics into an unlikable whole. I never understood Roman's motivation for doing anything. I think his selfish and bratty attitude was supposed to explain his irrational behavior, but that can only explain so much.
I had to put the book down and walk away from it for a few hours, that's how angry the act and the response to it made me. In the end, Hemlock Grove is bogged down by too many plots, too many trying to be profound but failing miserably moments, and hacky prose.
But I read the whole damn thing anyway. It is compulsively readable nonsense. I don't recommend it. Dec 15, Kandice rated it liked it.
I wanted to give this five stars, I really did. Rare, but it happens. McGreevy had a great tale in mind, but the manner in which he wrote it leaves a lot to be desired. The biggest problem for me are the occasional asides that break the fourth wall.
This is an entire book of what-the-fuckery. Every time something funky happens you just have to roll with it, because more funk is on the way and that becomes apparent about 10 pages in. Had I read the book first, I may not have gone on to watch the show.
I absolutely love the relationship between Gypsy Peter and Upir Roman. They are so obviously in love with each while both being very, very straight at the same time.
HEMLOCK GROVE: Graphic Novel (Prequel to Book)
Read this! This book and the show reminded me a bit of the old serial Dark Shadows. May 25, Cassie rated it it was ok Recommends it for: YA horror readers.
I'm definitely guilty of reading this book because of the TV series. Despite some of what I thought were bad director choices, strange acting moments , and weird writing styles, I really enjoyed the series. If nothing else, it's the best werewolf transformation I've ever seen on screen. So I was curious to see the discrepancies between screen and book. Those bad director choices, strange acting moments, and weird writing styles are directly from the book.
McGreevy has a lot of ill-formed thought I'm definitely guilty of reading this book because of the TV series. McGreevy has a lot of ill-formed thoughts, sentences that seem half formed because the author is trying too hard to put deep meaning on bizarre phrases. The punctuation is all over the place, which makes you read a paragraph three times before you realize what the hell sort of delivery was intended.
The plot doesn't really drive itself, you have to want to finish it as a reader. A lot of questions remain unanswered, but for some reason that seems like the charm of the novel. There is some voodoo magic McGreevy has cast over us as consumers, that we accept this style of writing not only as acceptable but good enough to earn its own TV spin-off.
I may read the sequel, God-willing there is one, just to see if my answers or more questions are hidden inside. May 19, Mariella rated it did not like it. Horrible misogynistic piece of crap. I started the TV series on Netflix, and it was pretty bad, so I decided to try the book instead, and then I understood why Eli Roth was so interested. This book is gross. I finished it because I hate to be defeated. But this book is awful, explicit rape scenes throughout with a werewolf thrown in half haphazardly to give it a point.
A town where some people have special powers, and others are mutants? Its like a 15 year old wrote this and abused the hell out Horrible misogynistic piece of crap. Its like a 15 year old wrote this and abused the hell out of a thesaurus.
Here is my favorite. The book in brief, is about a couple of teenagers pulled out of gossip girl, meaning way too much money and power, find out a werewolf is killing people and try to solve the mystery.
But they are horrible people, and the entire town is better off if they weren't there. They are awful to everyone around them and women are treated as objects and its disgusting. Worst book of the year by far.
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With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. An exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares. The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill.
A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren't sure if it's a man they should be looking for. Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he's a werewolf.
Or perhaps it's Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.
At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Imprint:The biggest problem for me are the occasional asides that break the fourth wall. The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill.
And obviously the car. Use your imagination, dipshit. Friend Reviews. The final part of the book is told mostly from Olivia's point of view, revealing that centuries ago she was impregnated by a gypsy she tried to run away with as a young girl. It is compulsively readable nonsense.
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