Book vs. TV Show: Hemlock Grove

Hello, my darling readers!
Today I bring you a book vs. TV show posts dealing with a series I already covered in detail in March. I finally had time to pick up the novel the show is based on, so let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

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.

Hemlock Grove on Goodreads

Book vs. TV Show:

Oh my, this was bad.
I’ll just write a few words on the first season of the show (as that is what’s covered in the book) but will spend most of the post going over the novel as I already have a detailed review of the adaptation!

So, I saw a post on Tumblr that prompted me to immediately check out the show on Netflix. I pretty much binged the first season and liked it quite a lot. Sure, there were flaws (quite a few of them to be honest) but the idea was good and the vibe of the show was right down my alley. The casting was also on point and the chemistry between Bill Skarsgard and Landon Liboiron was undeniable to I was excited about this whole thing and kept watching. Well, season 2 and 3 were awful and I was disappointed.

Most of the time, books are better than their adaptations so I wanted to give Brian McGreevy’s novel a shot as well.
I shouldn’t have.

While the show had some redeemable qualities, there was nothing I liked about this book. And that says a lot as it should actually be 100% my cup of tea.

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Hemlock Grove: Season 3 – A Review

Hey guys!
So, I finally finished watching Hemlock Grove. If you read my last review, you know that I basically hated season two, so let’s see whether the final one can save the show for me!

The Plot:

Both Roman and Peter are still searching for Nadia and Miranda who have been abducted by Spivak in the last season. In the meantime, Shelley and Olivia are still trying to figure out their new lives while Pryce is slowly losing his shit…

The Rating:

What the hell was this shit?
I don’t even know where to begin with this season, but hell, this was really bad.

Absolutely nothing makes sense even the slightest. I tried to give the season the benefit of the doubt for the first two or three episodes, but it soon became evident that it’s just not working out.
How is it even possible to have that many separate story arcs that all don’t make sense and don’t come together at all? I mean, sure, the showrunners completely ignored that and acted like it’s all fine, but trust me, it’s not.

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Hemlock Grove: Season 2 – A Review

Hey guys!
Today I bring you season 2 of Hemlock Grove. This super weird mystery show is right down my alley and – despite the very mixed reviews out there – I loved season one. Can season 2 own up to that?

The Plot:

After the events of season 1, Roman has problems settling into normal life.
Meanwhile, the Rumanceks are in trouble as well: Linda is arrested and Peter has to return to Hemlock Grove…

The Rating:

What. The. Actual. Fuck. Was. This? Season two was super weird and irritating. While I usually try to keep my reviews spoiler-free, I can’t do that with season 2 of Hemlock Grove. So, if you haven’t watched it yet, beware!

What do we have on the pro side? Peter and Roman return. And I like the soundtrack. Other than that – well can’t think of anything right now!

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Hemlock Grove: Season 1 – A Review

Hello, my darling readers!
After seeing a post on tumblr I decided to give Hemlock Grove a shot. I was vaguely aware of the shows existent but plunged right in without really knowing what it was about – only should be prepared for some horror and gore.

The Plot:

Peter Rumancek is in trouble before he evens knows it. Together with his mother he just moved to Hemlock Grove – incidentally, at the same time, a string of murders began.
He befriends the local rich boy Roman Godfrey who comes equipped with dark secrets of his own…

The Rating:

OMG I just found out that Hemlock Grove has just about the worst ratings on Rotten Tomatoes ever.
Well, granted the first season wasn’t brilliant but it’s right down my alley. So my review will be rather positive!

First of all, this is not a show for the faint of heart. There is blood, there are corpses, there are mutilated bodies. However, gore isn’t the only thing Hemlock Grove has to offer.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I didn’t get to in 2019

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today, I’ll share some of the books I didn’t get to in 2019. My want-to-read list on Goodreads currently holds 233 books, so it wasn’t easy to choose!

#1 Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin 

I have quite a few novels from book subscription boxes that I just didn’t have the time for yet. Serpent & Dove is one of them. Everybody was so excited about it and seemed to love the book, so I’ll make sure to put it on top of my pile for 2020.

#2 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Obviously, Frankenstein is a classic, so it has been on my radar for a long time. In October I watched one of the many adaptations and got even more curious about the book. Hopefully, I around reading it in 2020 so I can do a book vs. movie post!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books on my current TBR Pile!

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week, I’ll share some of the amazing books I have waiting for me!

#1 The Merciful Crow

By now a few books from subscription boxes like Fairyloot and Illumicrated have piled up. I was so busy with other things that I didn’t have the time to read most of them. However, I really want to get started with them, as all of those books look absolutely gorgeous and the stores sound fascinating.
Therefore, my first pick is Ther Merciful Crow. Just look at that cover!

#2 Serpent and Dove

The same goes for Serpent and Dove. I love the books from subscription boxes so much because they always come as complete surprises to me. Usually, I’ve never heard of the author and I don’t look up the reviews on Goodreads once I know what the book of the month will be. I got Serpent and Dove only recently, but I know that it’s about witches so I’m sure I’ll love it.

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