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
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
Department of Nineteen (Department 19 # 1) by Will Hill is a fun book for all vampire lovers and vampire fighters. Vampires exist and secret organization The Department 19 is in charge of fighting with them. The organization was founded by Van Helsing and several powerful people to stop the plague spread by Count Dracula. The writer leads us into a secret world in which the only shield against vampire hordes is the members of the Department 19. The story begins with a teenager named ...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
I'd read it again if it weren't so long, but it was so good. I absolutely loved every minute of this book. While this was definitely no James Patterson, or Anthony Horowitz, it was just as good. I'll admit at some points I got confused with what was happening given how the chapters were organized so that the reader gets both the past and the present, but still it's so good.
It was just as brilliant as the first time around! –28.01.19
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
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
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
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
Good vs evil. The good is a secret organization (Department 19) that is tasked by the British govern ...more
Vampires and Frankenstein. Do I need to say more? This is a glorious take on vampire tales, Dept 19 having existed in the shadows for years - Cue young Jamie Carpenter getting all caught up in the shenanigans by virtue of his family connection and lots of adventure ensues...
Highly entertaining, very enjoyable, beautifully written and incredibly imaginative. A secret history that feels terribly authentic **glances nervously over sh ...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
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 ...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.
"They cros ...more
Thus young Jamie Carpenter is thrust into the secret organization known as Dept. 19.
His father was killed, then his mother is missing and he is attacked by something , only to be rescued by Frankenstein?
This was a intriguing story in a new YA series by Will Hill directed toward boys.
It is nice to find someone remembered that boys read as well and geared something toward them.