Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Review #628 - Nevermore (Supernatural #1) by Keith R.A. DeCandido


My Rating: 3/5

Source: Bought


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 had relatively low expectations for this book. The fact that this is not a novelisation of an episode, but an original Supernatural story set between episodes gave me hope though.

The book starts off very promising with two college guys getting murdered. It soon becomes very commercialised.

The main issue I had with this book was the amount of depth put into things that didn't influence anything. There was so much description of the music that Dean liked which I found incredibly boring.

I wouldn't say that Sam and Dean were perfectly portrayed, they were kind of one dimensional versions of themselves.

There were two separate stories going on. One with a banshee at a friend of a friends house and then someone trying to resurrect Edgar Allan Poe.

I liked both of these stories, but I felt like they didn't go that well together and made the plot seem rather messy.

I loved the setting of the Bronx as it is obviously an area that the author loves and knows well.

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