Department 19 is a book about vampires, werewolves and all the supernatural creatures that live in the dark. These are no sparkly vampires though, they’re vicious, blood-suckers who you don’t want to bump into in the dark.
When Jamie Carpenter’s mother is kidnapped one night by strange creatures, he is suddenly dragged into a world he didn’t know existed. He’s recruited by Department 19, a secret government department that protects the world against the supernatural, including werewolves and some extremely dangerous and powerful vampires. Jamie is taken under the wing of one of Department 19’s top agents, Frankenstein, and helps introduce him to the skills and weapons that he’ll need to get his mother back and kill the vampires who want him dead.
Department 19 is the first book in a fantastically gory, action-packed new series. There is enough blood and guts throughout the book to keep you hooked and the ending leaves you craving for more. My favourite thing about Department 19 was that there were flash backs to other times and places that told you how and why the Department was formed, as well as giving you some background about the families involved. I loved all the characters, from Jamie who is coming to terms with his family’s past, to the teenage vampire girl, Larissa, and all of the vampires in between. My favourite character had to be Frankenstein because of his loyalty to Jamie’s family. I thought it was awesome to have a monster like him as part of a secret government agency. The next book will probably include both Frankenstein and Dracula so the series can only get better. If you like books by Derek Landy, Darren Shan and Joseph Delaney, you’ll love Department 19 by Will Hill. Recommended for 12 +