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The Rising by Will Hill
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Feb 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 1001-ya-books-to-read-before-you-di

Review originally posted on ThirstforFiction.com
After the terrible events of Lindisfarne, in which Jamie’s friend and mentor, Frankenstein, topples over a cliff, new, greater, more terrible things are beginning to happen. The remains of the first vampire Dracula have been uncovered by Valeri Rusmanov, and he has been resurrected. It will not take long for him to recover to his full and terrifing strength- when even Department 19, with all their weapons and intelligence, would struggle to destroy him. The clock is ticking.

After the taming of vampires in Twilight and other paranormal romances, there has been the hint of a backlash in the YA world. Will Hill’s debut novel, Department 19, is at the forefront of this wave of neo-horror and vampirism, dealing deadly blows of blood, guts and, of course, some very nasty vampires. Quite simply: a boy’s wet dream.

Department 19, the first book in the similarly named series, was published last year, much to critical (and I believe, commercial) success. The 700 page sequel, which is being massively anticipated by fans, is being published this March, and having read it, it’s clear why: it’s absolutely fantastic.

Second books are notorious for their not-so-glad tidings of disappointment that they often bring with them: often, they’re sidelined by the climax of the last book and the discovery of something new in the first book that readers often experience. The Rising has none of these qualms: it’s bigger and better than Department 19. By a long way. read full review...

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Reading Progress

February 11, 2012 – Started Reading
February 11, 2012 – Shelved
February 12, 2012 –
page 120
February 13, 2012 –
page 256
42.11% "This is great. Better than D19."
February 15, 2012 –
page 407
February 17, 2012 –
page 575
February 20, 2012 – Finished Reading
May 31, 2016 – Shelved as: 1001-ya-books-to-read-before-you-di

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message 2: by Aaron Vincent (new)

Aaron Vincent Another 5 for Will Hill? And I haven't read the first book yet.

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