Saturday, 1 October 2011

Review: Department 19 by Will Hill

Title: Department 19
Author: Will Hill
Genre:Young Adult
Publication Date:USA:March 31st 2011|UK:1st Sept 2011

In a secret supernatural battle that's been raging for over a century, the stakes have just been raised -- and they're not wooden anymore. When Jamie Carpenter's mother is kidnapped by strange creatures, he finds himself dragged into Department 19, the government's most secret agency. Fortunately for Jamie, Department 19 can provide the tools he needs to find his mother, and to kill the vampires who want him dead. But unfortunately for everyone, something much older is stirring, something even Department 19 can't stand up against!


I got my copy of Department 19 from HarperCollins to coinside with the competition I held to celebrate the paperback release of the book.
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 in and are dragged along the roller coaster journey with Jamie in his journey to try to get over his Dad's death, but also to find his Mum.

Department 19 has all the action a book could need, with a secret department in the government trained to take out Vampires, Werewolves and other creatures that shouldn't exist. Its like M.I.B stopped hunting aliens and started hunting vampires. They have some really amazing weapons, that when reading I was amazed at the creativity used by Will Hill, not only to think of these weapons, but also uses for them.

We meet some familiar characters along the way Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Dracula, and I loved how they were added to the story, not only with the present story, but also with the occasional history placed perfectly between chapters to help build the back story and reason for Department 19. Most of all my favourite character is Larissa. She plays a big part in helping Jamie and I loved how their friendships has grown and blossomed throughout the book.

Department 19 had me laughing and crying and really enjoying the fighting scenes and I can't wait for The Rising (Department 19 #2) to be released next year.

Department 19 is a must buy for everyone.

[Thank you HarperCollins for my copy of Department 19]


  1. I wasn't sure about this book, even though I actually have it on my shelf. Now I think I really must move it up my tbr pile. Great review. Thanks

  2. I'd never heard of this book before, but it sounds so good! Great review, I'm going to add this to my TBR list!


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