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Department Nineteen (Department 19 #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,088 ratings  ·  431 reviews
Jamie Carpenter's life will never be the same. His father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous man named Frankenstein. Jamie is brought to Department 19, where he is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing and the other survivors of Dracula. Aided b ...more
Hardcover, 540 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by Razorbill (first published March 1st 2011)
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It is awfully generous (and atypical) of me to give a book I do not intend to finish 3 stars. But honestly, there is a lot of merit to Department 19 and it seems unfair to penalize it for the fact that I am not its intended audience.

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
Morgan F
What if the story of Dracula wasn't fiction? What if it was history?

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
This book was wicked fun!

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
Laura Lulu
I think I'm just not the target audience for this book. I don't know who is, maybe a gawky teenage boy? What is the target audience who doesn't care about character development or an engaging story? Zombies, maybe?

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
*3.5 Stars*

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
Mike Puma

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

Jun 12, 2011 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of vampires and lots of blood, gore and voilence
Recommended to Arlene by: TBR Reduction Challenge #8 - Morgan
Lux E Tenebris – Light out of darkness. Remember that...

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
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Edit: I recently went out and bought my own copy. :) Yay. I will need to re-read this before I start on The Rising.

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
Duygu Pınar
Evet , DEX ten gerçekten farklı bir kitap 19. Departman. Baştan iltibaren saran macera dolu bir serüven vaat ediyor size.

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
Alexandra (AlexEatsBooks)
What can I possibly say to do this book justice?
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
Jamie's life was turned upside down when his father was killed 2 years ago. Suspicion over the circumstances of his death is pulling Jamie and his mother apart but things take a turn for the worse when his mother is kidnapped. Jamie only survives an attack himself because he is rescued by a mysterious stranger, a stranger who takes him straight into the heart of a secret government agency. It turns out that Bram Stoker's Dracula was not a work of fiction it was a true story, a story that prompte ...more
'Department 19' could very well be an 'adult horror' in a similar vein to Del Toro and Hogans 'The Strain Trilogy' by transposing the protagonist from a 16yr old to a grown man and the damsel in distress from his mother to a missing wife/girlfriend. Will Hill has loaded up on gore, violence, action, suspense and genuine horror - all the elements that lead to a successful and enjoyable form of escapism with even a hint of forbidden attraction (I'm thinking along the lines of Stephen Leathers' 'On ...more
I liked this book, even though there were some problems with it. Primarily, I felt that all the leaping around in time to tell every character's story in detail was a bit... excessive. It took away from the primary story. I felt that so many pages were spent detailing past events that I only really got to know the main characters half as well as I should have, and in the meantime, I knew about 3 times more than I needed regarding most of the secondary characters. It slowed the book down, signifi ...more
Jamie Carpenter is a perfectly normal boy, with a perfectly normal life – until the night his dad dies. Suddenly he doesn’t know what his place is anymore, as his mother moves him from town to town. It seems he cannot take much more when a creature from his nightmares once more turns his life upside down, and forces him into the world of Department 19.

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
I had been excited to read Department 19 ever since I came across the synopsis many months ago. But once I got my hands on it, the cover threw me. This definitely appeared to be a "boy book," something I don't have a great track record with. Happily, Department 19 turned out to be a "boy book" in the same way Harry Potter is a "boy book." Yes, boys will enjoy it and yes, the protagonist is of the male persuasion, but the action, adventure and even a little romance is clearly gender neutral in ap ...more
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Everything Bram Stoker wrote is real. Over 100 years ago, a vampire by the name of Dracula was killed and buried in the Translyvanian countryside by a certain Van Helsing and his fellows. For over 100 years a secret governmental organisation has been trying to combat these ever-growing forces of evil, preventing the mass killings of humans all over the world. This organisation is called Department 19. One of their employees, whose ancester helped found De
(5 Out of 5 Stars)YA Debut from British author William Hill is a gem in the bottomless pile of vampire novels.

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
Ashley Chen

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.
In-depth description.
Not your average kick ass novel feel to it.
Tension and emotions that can be easily felt by the readers.
High suspense.
Cool sci-fi gadgets! Score!
Amazing characters with background. I love how they interconnected, never a loophole. The relationship between characters are strongly felt.

"They cros
Did I absolutely hate his book? Well, no. In reality this would be around a 2.5 for me- I just round down to keep expectations in check.

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
The book, based on the cover and the plot, will probably be targeted at YA male readers but don't let that put you off girls. This book will appeal to everyone with it's wicked use of cool locations, awesome horror action and battles and plus some fantastic and inspired ways of taken classic novels and bringing forward their stories for a new and younger generation. I have read Frankenstein and Dracula whilst studying at University and if anything Department 19 will encourage young readers to ta ...more
2.5 stars. Did I read the same book as everyone else?

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 the most. The story would have been much better with original characters, rath
A terrific addition to the YA horror genre, wherein vampires DO NOT sparkle and you would never, ever want to meet one in a dark alley. Gory, violent, and full of danger and suspense, this is a great book to recommend to teens for the upcoming Halloween season, and for those who like a little more blood on their monster's fangs.
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Fantastic prologue and promising premise, but the narrative jumps around all over the place and loses much of its momentum. I read roughly 100 pages and skimmed a bit more before deciding that it just wasn't keeping my interest.
Alright here I am, days after I read this and I finally decide to add it!!! So here's what I think of it in a few simple words: Read it, loved it, and put it on goodreads... FIVE STARS!!!!!
Jun 28, 2011 Ruth marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Die dt. Übersetzung wurde von Bastei Lübbe mit "Thriller" bezeichnet, aber meiner Meinung nach passt es nur bedingt. Für mich las es sich in erster Linie wie ein Jugendbuch mit Thriller- und Horrorelementen. Der Schreibstil ist nicht besonders gut, der Spannungsbogen manchmal etwas zäh und die Horrorszenen schaffen es nicht wirklich, Gruseln zu verbreiten.
Alles in allem kann man es als leichte Unterhaltung lesen, muss man aber nicht. Kein besonderes Buch. Ich würde auch eher 2 1/2 Sterne vergeb
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
After reading the summary of this story, I was pretty intrigued and thought it could be quite interesting. Sadly, I quickly realized that the book would not be for me. There were a myriad of things that I did not like about this book: the characters (none of whom I gave a flip about), the jumps in time (which made it even harder to care about the characters, because so rarely did a scene continue on in the next chapter), the rather pompous chapter headings, the fact the vampires can fly (just le ...more
So I have a problem with a book in which Frankenstein is telling Jamie, the main character, that vampires and werewolves exist, and Jamie does not believe him, even though he has already been attacked by a vampire and is talking to Frankenstein. Seems a bit goofy. I mean, you're talking to Frankenstein, for pete's sake!

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
Jennifer Shoffitt
Three stars is, admittedly, harsh for this book. I wish that there was a breakout for the star ratings, and that I could give different numbers of stars for different components of the book.

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
Sofia Teixeira
É do senso comum da maioria das pessoas que Bram Stoker e Mary Shelley criaram personagens literárias imortais. Drácula, Van Helsing e Frankenstein tornaram-se das mais carismáticas figuras da literatura internacional, mas supostamente não passam disso mesmo, de habitantes de mundos fantásticos criados por pessoas reais. Agora imaginem um mundo onde essas obras reflectem de forma ténue a realidade e em que o poderoso vampiro, o seu caçador mais temível e o monstro disforme fazem parte da históri ...more
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Before quitting his job in publishing to write full time, Will Hill worked as a bartender, a bookseller and a door-to-door charity worker. He grew up in the north-east of England, is scared of spiders, and is a big fan of cats. The first adult author he ever read was Stephen King, beginning a lifelong love affair with horror that will surprise no-one who has read his work.

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