Date of Publication: March 1 2011
Jamie Carpenter's life will never be the same. His father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous man named Frankenstein. Jamie is brought to Department 19, where he is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing and the other survivors of Dracula. Aided by Frankenstein's monster, a beautiful vampire girl with her own agenda, and the members of the agency, Jamie must attempt to save his mother from a terrifyingly powerful vampire.
I don't often stop reading books, but I was 195 pages in and I wasn't interested in the story at all. I was actually frustrated to the point where I didn't believe continuing Department 19 would bring me any joy.
The writing didn't work for me. I don't know why, but it failed to capture my attention. It had no emotion and it seemed to lack depth or personality. I couldn't read every sentence. I tried not to, but I couldn't help but skip boring parts. The descriptions weren't natural or believable to me.
The thing that turned me off Department 19 was the characters. They made such unbelievably stupid decisions that it was hard to sympathize with them. Jamie is a freaking neanderthal. He is insolent and refuses to listen to anybody. He's mouthy and I can't find anything redeemable about him besides that he loves his mother. I still can't stand him. He throws temper tantrums all the time. Like, he hears something he doesn't like and so he screams and flips over a table with sharp objects that could hurt the people around him. What the hell? Dude you're hurting. Whatever. That's no excuse for acting like an idiot. And this guy thinks he of all people can rescue his mother. With that type of discipline and self control? I don't think so.
Except that's something else I didn't like. He probably will rescue his mom. He's already some sort of prodigy within the department after 24 hours of training. He can already fire a T-Bone (don't ask) straight into the target. He's already from one of the most influential families although they still aren't the most powerful because we're supposed to feel bad for Jamie.
I don't like Jamie. His character rubbed me the wrong way. The story also seems not be my sort of thing which confuses me because this premise is totally my type. I'm disappointed in Department 19 but I don't want to continue reading it. Thus, DNF.