Department 19 (Department Nineteen #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
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
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
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
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
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
- Some very well done, cinematic scenes
- Kick-butt vampires that know how to kick ass
- Stella told me to read it
- One-dimensional characters that are difficult to connect with
- Plot that pulls very few punches, moves in a somewhat predictable (while non-nonsensical) manner
- Lacks depth
And here is where I elaborate. Look out, spoilers below! (If you didn't, go back and read that in a pirate voice. Now.)
First off, Jaimie. I wanted to ki...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
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
*It doesn't revlove around a girl main character
*There is actual gore
*History is brought in to make the book more believable
*The evil of vampires was shown well
*Science was actually used to show something with the supernatrual
*Frankenstein (need I say more on him?)
*There werre also other supernatrual beings brought in, werewolves
*Caught the actual history of the real Dracula and not the spin off of Bram's Stoker's story
Most books that invlov...more
I did have some trouble with this in a part of this novel, there is a section that I felt was a bit poorly done in that regard. It certainly...more
Welcome to the world of Department 19. Vampires are real. They do not twinkle in the sunlight. They kill; brutally and viciously and they are out there right now. Department 19 hunts them.
Jamie Carpenter's discovering all of this. What with his dad dead, his mother being...more
Being perfectly frank, it reads much like a movie. While this is not a bad thing, it does result in some of the Characters coming off as 2 dimensional. However, I am willing to overlook this, as the book does a good job of progressing rapidly without hundreds of pages (or books) on side stories and extraneous backgrounds.
Now that I have covered the negative, I would like to say that the book is a good read. It leaves some questions,...more
I really wanted to...more
This all changes though after a particularly bad argument with his mum when Jamie storms out the house and meets up with a girl. A girl whose eyes are red, and whose teeth can c...more
Dracula is a history text written by a sloppy drunk, Bram Stoker. Frankenstein is an elite member of a classified security team that goes around killing vampires. Yes, he is a monster made by Victor Frankenstein (how he got his name). Jamie Carpenter's father is killed as the book opens. His last confusing message to Jamie is that he is protecting his family from him. Dracula, the...more
Department 19 is an intriguing concept: a national secret institution created to defend humankind from vampires. The book starts like many other books of this sort, with a violent unexplained event that leaves the protagonist an orphan. Jamie then has to come to te...more
One problem i had was Jamies attidude through the book. Sure his mum was lost, but he really didnt have to be a dick to the people who tried to help. Maybe thats what Will was trying to acheive, but i think he could have toned...more
Department 19 set's you off with a unfortunate twist for Jamie Carpenter. He does have a rough life and ends up resenting is father. Then after some nasty bullies give him some trouble everywhere he goes because "Supposively" His father was working for terrorists then it begins.....a whole giant world living under his nose is opened....Containing mythical (well not really now eh?) Monsters and beings. Mainly vampires.
At first when good ol' Mary shell...more
This book had gore written all over it after I had read the first chapter, and it never went downhill after that. There was a lot of cruel murder as well as torture I still can't believe the author had even tho...more
It was rather odd reading about Bram Stoker, Van Helsing and Frankenstein as real people in this world. I’ll admit that when Frankenstein introduced himself as such, I said to the book that Frankenstein was the name of the scientist, not the monster - a mi...more
I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and I do this a lot, but if I saw this book in the shops then I would possibly pick it up to look at it, but might not buy it, and that would be a terrible mistake.
From the minute I started this book I was drawn into the world of Jamie Carpenter. There is no long introduction to the characters you jump straight i...more
Jamie Carpenter’s father was killed two years ago by men in black uniforms, shot down as a traitor to England. Now his mother has been kidnapped by a terrifying man with abilities that can’t exist, a m...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
Two years ago, the then-14 year old Jamie Carpenter's father is gunned down and killed outside his home. While Jamie watched. Believing his father to have been a terrorist and guilty of treason, Jamie and his mother spend the next two years moving from place to place, trying to deal wi...more
Will poured a lifetime of...more