Department Nineteen (Department 19 #1)
First, it is nice to know that some publishers still remember that boys read too. A lot of YA urban fantasy has been published over the last couple of years, but almost none of it that would appeal to guys. Department 19 takes a non-sparkly vampire approach. Vampires...more
That is the basic premise of this breakout new series. Jamie Carpenter's life hasn't been the same since his father was killed two years ago on charges of terrorism. He is angry and disconnected from his mother, until the day she is kidnapped by a vicious monster. From there, Jamie is taken by Frankenstein (yes, that Frankenstein) to Department 19, a secret sect of the British government that deals with supernatural. Department...more
I'm going to save you from the very long plot description and just skip to the part where I tell ya'll that this book is an absolute blast!
Department 19 is a very well thought out story that combines some of the greatest legends in paranormal and turning it something plausible. It's enriched with old history, old blood, but the same all consuming hate.
This one has it all, a little romance, mystery, suspense, action, intrigue and gore. Oh the gore! Lots of it in this boo...more
This is one of those books that makes me kick myself in the ass for having a bit of the OCD. I can't not finish a book. What if it starts getting awesome in the next chapter, huh?
Yes, I have issues.
I should have known when I posted a status update at page 230, wondering when the story...more
It’s not very often that I read a book labeled as YA. I dislike the drama and love triangles that seem to be a requirement of them. But a Goodreads friend of mine read this book and loved it so much that I became intrigued. I snatched it up when it was offered for review, after she swore up and down that I wouldn’t find any of the high school drama that makes me want to claw my eyes out. (FYI, she was right.)
I’m really starting to wonder if I just don’t like reading YA’s with girls a...more
Well this book just proved it. I knew vampires were real! I just knew it! I could have called this situation a LONG time ago. You know what I’m talking about - the government secret service whose number one responsibility is to keep society safe from those paranormal baddies that roam the streets in search of mayhem and lots of gore and blood. Well, they’re out there and they’re REAL!! So watch out! :0
Department 19 is an extremely entertain...more
Reviewed from an ARC.
5 stars if considered as a YA novel; 4 stars if read as an adult (it probably deserves more, Hill does a fine job—more to follow.
"It’s not a story; it’s a history lesson." So says one of the characters of Department Nineteen with regard to the novel Dracula.
It’s been a long, long time since I read something that has been such a page-turner, something plot-driven, something this exciting and this well-done. Dammit. It’s just not right. This is exceptionally well-written FanF...more
Gore, gore, gore. That was exactly what I needed to get me out of this YA novel slump.
With recent uprise in dystopian novels and the forever tainted paranormal genre, I was beginning to give up on YA authors. That was before I picked up this beautiful debut by Will Hill.
It's the TV show Supernatural meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Full on ACTION and GORE. :) This book got me right f...more
It's not a horror story.
It's not a love story.
It's not a historical story.
It is all of the above. Woven so intricately and with an amazing cast of characters that it instantly transports you right into its pages with no effort at all. The characters are incredibly real - especially Jamie, my heart went out to him countless times and I loved his ferocity and passion. Definitely topping my favourite reads for 2010 (though this is not released until...more
Bir gece evlerini polis basan Jamie'nin babası gözlerinin önünde kendini öldürmüştür. Bunun üzerine sürekli taşınmak zorunda kalmışlardır. Jamie uyum sağlayayamaktadır. Bu olayın üzerinden 2 yıl geçmiştir ve bir gün Jamie eve gelince Jamie annesinin evde olmadığını fark eder , yabancı biri evlerindendir. Ve Jamie yi öldürmek üzere iken garip bir adam odaya girer ve bu adam ba...more
The charactors were a bit, well dull, and unbelievable(HINT: Total badassery does not run in families, I don't think there's a badass gene). The fact is that if you are repeatedly attacked by someone, no matter how hot they are, its a bit of a turn-off, yet Jamie seems to be head over heals in love with Larissa (Is that how you spell it?) despite the fact she se...more
Department 6 is the Army. Department 13 is MI5. Department 19 is the reason you’re alive...
Will Hill’s debut novel is a storming read, showing us...more
The things that ultimately lowered my rating were:
1) Jamie - I just didn't like him. Yes, he's a typical teenager, but he was also annoyingly stubborn, strong-willed, and insolent. I want to LIKE my lead characters but instead, I found myself frequently wanting to slap him.
2) Depicting fictional characters as historical figures - This annoyed...and DISTRACTED...me the most. The story would have been much better with original characters, rath...more
There was also a line that threw me out of the story. The character "voiced a silent Wow." How do you voice something silent? Aren't you giving it sound when you voice it? A very...more
DEPARTMENT 19 is a superb novel. It blends together old fashion horror with modern action, creating an excellent book for readers with hard stomachs. Though it is very violent and does go mainly for gore, it does not thin the plot, not in the least. It was intelligently written and very well researched, which formed an overall very intriguing premise. Will Hill managed to carry the premi...more
I love how the first page mentioned Arsenal and the Champion League, an immediate winner!
This book has...
Good intertwining of time.
A good balance between action and emotion.
Not your average kick ass novel feel to it.
Tension and emotions that can be easily felt by the readers.
Cool sci-fi gadgets! Score!
Amazing characters with background. I love how they interconnected, never a loophole. The relationship between characters are strongly felt.
For example, I would rate the plot as a solid 4. It was fresh, well written and action packed. The writing was intelligent and it flowed very well- something I don't always see in YA novels, especially those involving the supernatural. Then again, Department 19 is as different from the "typical" YA paranorma...more
I was hoping for some good vampire YA fiction, but I didn't really get that here. I honestly think it was just about on the same level of writing...more
Will poured a lifetime of...more