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Review: Nevermore (Supernatural #1)

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Title: Nevermore (Supernatural #1)

Author: Keith R.A. DeCandido

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Paranormal fiction

2 stars

Twenty years ago they lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America…and he taught them how to kill it.
Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker’s haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an ’80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that’s bizarre even by New York City standards, it’s the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.
Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe’s horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don’t rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore.

I started watching Supernatural about 2 weeks ago. I haven’t finished it yet, but so far I LOVE it. I was happy when I found out that there’s a series of books based on the show, but after reading ‘Nevermore’, the happiness is gone.

This book takes place between season 2 episodes Crossroad Blues and Croatoan. Dean and Sam go to New York to solve one case, but end up solving two. The first one is about a haunted house, the second about a series of crimes based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Neither of the cases is particularly interesting. The blurb says “most terrifying foe yet”, but there’s nothing terrifying in this book.

My biggest problem with the book were characterizations. I didn’t feel like Sam and Dean in the book are the same characters as Sam and Dean in the show. They (especially Dean) were caricatures of themselves.
The best part of the show is the relationship between Sam and Dean. But in the book I didn’t feel that they were close or that they cared about each other.

There was way too much information on Dean’s music taste. Listing every song he loves is completely useless. And there’s a cop who keeps calling Dean ‘brushy top’. What does that even mean?

In one chapter the brothers talk to Clare about one of the crimes. It’s written from her POV and it’s VERY over-the-top. As soon as she sees Sam, she LOVES him and she can’t stop thinking about how hot he is. Okay, I get it, he really is hot, but “Right there and then, she decided that she would do whatever this guy asked”. Please. I just can’t take it seriously.

To be fair, not everything was horrible (I did give it two stars, though it should probably be something like 1.6). There were some entertaining parts. I liked Jennifer and I wanted there to be at least one more scene with her before the end of the book.
There are 12 books in the series and not all of them are written by this author, so I’ll keep reading. Hopefully there’ll be at least one as awesome as the show.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Nevermore (Supernatural #1)

  1. I just think its really dangerous to write books on a show that is still on going. You do not have a lot of freedom with your writing and no one really cares about what happened way back when, every one is caught in the here and now. That is unusual though that a writer failed to get the characters right, books usually do that better, it appears that the author might not be as familiar with the series as they aught to be.

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  2. He definitely didn’t understand the relationship between main characters. I think books like this should be written by people who LOVE the show, because they’d care more about getting everything right.

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  3. I agree, nothing is more dangerous for a beloved show, book series, or movie series than someone purely doing it for the money or attention. You have to love the characters and the rest of the things that makes the shows, books, and movies what they are. If you rush or have your head in the ground you loose it all.

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