During my brief stint with HarperVoyager there was a certain buzz in the Fiction department about a certain YA action-horror they were about to release. I was lucky enough to have been given a copy. It’s Department 19 by debut author Will Hill (it exists, you know), and it has a bloody, fabulous cover. It’s not out until March 31st so I won’t review it now, but I will say that I really enjoyed it. And that it was one of those books I could have done with as a teenager, having gone from Christopher Pike, Point Horror and R.L. Stine straight to James Herbert (I am still occasionally haunted by the PE teacher and the shears scene), with no safety bridge in-between. This is that gore-soaked bridge.
Here’s a trailer for your enjoyment.
The Book Zone (for boys) blog has a great post about it with some words from the author himself.
I will gift you with the blurb:
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…