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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead Don't read this book on account of me. It seems I wrote a really bad review and it is not nearly as good as I made it out to be.


message 2: by Catherine (new)

Catherine What makes you say that?


message 3: by Anthi (new)

Anthi Michelle, honey, you shouldn't even bother with those comments!!


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead Catherine wrote: "What makes you say that?"
other people feel that way. Im guessing they are right regarding this book. I may have reviewed it poorly


message 5: by Catherine (new)

Catherine There's no poor way to read a book. Unless you don't read it at all. ;) Don't worry if other people don't like it. I frequently find myself the odd man out with my grade of some books. You just need to remember that yours is the only opinion that matters when you read your books.


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead Catherine wrote: "There's no poor way to read a book. Unless you don't read it at all. ;) Don't worry if other people don't like it. I frequently find myself the odd man out with my grade of some books. You just..."

I just bought ice cream. That is the solution for everything right? Thanks Catherine!


Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead Anthi wrote: "Michelle, honey, you shouldn't even bother with those comments!!"

I'm trying.


message 8: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Michelle wrote: "I just bought ice cream. That is the solution for everything right? Thanks Catherine! "

I hope it helps. :)


message 9: by Katyana (new)

Katyana It wasn't a bad book, but the author really needed to spend less time detailing every event of 100 years ago. I felt like that really decentralized his story, and took away from any feeling of immediacy as Jamie tried to rescue his mom.

Plus, I wasn't thrilled to see that ALL of Blacklight is apparently staffed by mouth-breathing morons. I mean, I thought the betrayer was obvious from the moment we first met the guy. And the fact that they were insisting that it was the vamp chick that sold them out, when it was OBVIOUS that there was an inside guy giving Alexandru info, was really really dumb. I hate when YA takes the approach that all adults are dumb, and it takes our Intrepid Youth Hero to see what is really going on. It also isn't impressive that they were that quick to turn on Jamie's dad. Surely they can't have investigated that seriously, given how half-assed the setup was (based on the betrayer's confession was at the end).

That said, I thought it was fun, and a decent start up to the world.


message 10: by Catherine (new)

Catherine I completely agree about too much time being spent on the past. It slowed down the momentum and bored me. I understand what the author was trying to do, but it needed a lot of tightening up to work well.

I wanted to beat someone in the head when they (view spoiler)

I agree, it was fun. It's not engaging enough for me to continue with, but I have a nephew and some little cousins that would probably eat it up.


message 11: by Katyana (new)

Katyana Yeah, I don't know that I will go on with it, given that I didn't actually feel that invested with the main characters, but I am still glad to have read it. It was fun.


message 12: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Agreed.


message 13: by Rane (new)

Rane Great Review Catherine, it's hard for me to really sit down to read a YA book with the "requirements" you mention at the start of your review- and that reason alone has made me shy away from YA, although I do enjoy more now that I'm older a male voice then a female.

OT: (view spoiler)


message 14: by Catherine (new)

Catherine No, I haven't read that one. I've been meaning to pick up a lot of the ones I read when I was a kid, so I'll try and find that one too.


message 15: by AH (new)

AH I'm glad to see more positive reviews of this book. Great review, Catherine.


message 16: by Catherine (new)

Catherine AH wrote: "I'm glad to see more positive reviews of this book. Great review, Catherine."

Thanks, AH. Do you plan to read it?


message 17: by AH (new)

AH I'll probably get to it later on in the summer. I have a whole stack of books to read and those Game of Thrones books are really long.


message 18: by Amber (last edited Dec 13, 2014 08:16AM) (new)

Amber Martingale I thought the flashbacks actually helped EXPLAIN the story better than not having them...especially the one about how Frankenstein's monster came to join Department 19, Catherine.


message 19: by Sammy (new)

Sammy Otoo "...this might be a gateway book for younger readers to seek out the original stories [of Transylvania, Frankenstein, Dracula, Van Helsing, etc.] if they were curious enough."

I completely agree. I've read this book as a teenager, and it really has piqued my interest in the novels of Mary Shelly (Frankenstein) and Bram Stoker (Dracula). Unfortunately, I have not had the time to completely read them, but I can tell Will Hill did an good job of keeping details and story-lines intact.

I also agree that the flashbacks did feel a bit clunky at times, but, as Amber said before me, they were helpful in progressing the plot. Most of them were well written as well, particularly the adventures of Van Helsing (his research with Jaime's great-great grandfather, returning for Dracula's ashes, etc.) I suppose that, in any book, flashbacks do create an often unwanted disconnection from the main conflict, but this novel's were not too bad.

Also, this book does have a surprising way to reach out to a larger readership; I recommended this to my female cousin, and she liked it a lot.


message 20: by Amber (last edited Dec 13, 2014 08:29AM) (new)

Amber Martingale Cool, Sammy, that your female cousin liked this. I also liked the fact that at first Jaime couldn't get Sir Christopher Lee's Hammer House performances of Dracula out of his head when he's watching the films that Department 19 uses as classroom materials for new agents.

I'm posting a spoiler alert for the second book of the series... .

***Spoiler Alert:*** The flashbacks continue in the second book of the series...including at least ONE flashback from Dracula himself.***Spoiler Alert Ends!***


message 21: by Sammy (new)

Sammy Otoo I've actually read about half of the second book already. I didn't get to finish (yet!) but I have read the flashbacks there too. They're so well-written!

Thanks for the spoiler alert, Amber!


message 22: by Amber (last edited Jun 25, 2015 01:39PM) (new)

Amber Martingale You're welcome, Sammy. I kind of feel sorry for the men and women of Department 19 at the moment. Sammy knows what I'm talking about, so no spoiler alert.

Spoiler: At some point, Admiral Seward got kidnapped by the last Rusmanov brother to remain loyal to Dracula. *spoiler end*


message 23: by Jenna (new)

Jenna The way you described the personalities of the characters is absolutely on point! I don't feel like they are flat as a piece of paper, but rather soeone you wonder what's going through their head. And with that, the characters become more serious and more focused on the plot that characters' self interests.


message 24: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale Interesting point, Jenna.


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