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Carved in Flesh (Supernatural #12)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  730 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
After Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious supernatural force as young children, their father taught them how to hunt and destroy the paranormal evil that exists in the dark corners of America. After their father’s demonic death, they discovered that they are descended from a long line of hunters and chose to continue their mission.

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Mass Market Paperback, 302 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Titan Books
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Jan 05, 2016 KB rated it liked it
Guilty pleasure read as a new Supernatural fan. :)


This was my first Supernatural book, so I can't compare it to the others that are out there. That said, it was a fun read in and of itself. When it comes to television spinoff stories, I'm usually not expecting blow-your-mind literature, and at best I hope for an accurate portrayal of the characters and story I love.

In that respect, Waggoner did a great job. I could easily hear Jensen and Jared delivering the dialogue of this book, and the ge
Paper Droids
Jun 02, 2013 Paper Droids rated it really liked it
Carved in Flesh, the latest in the Supernatural series of expansion novels, is punchy, memorable, and raw in all the best ways. A tip of the hat is due to the author, Tim Waggoner. This is really a book you can sink your teeth into.

The story details Sam and Dean investigating a “Frankenmutt” — a dog that drains the life-force from whomever it bites. Of course, things spiral quickly out of control and we are introduced to a cast of memorable characters (desecration of the dead being the most mino
Jul 08, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok
This book is set during season seven, which means there's talk of the Leviathan and Bobby being dead, and generally all manner of things I didn't much like about season seven. But I suppose that's not the book's fault, it just happens to be the timeline it had to be set during. At least that stuff doesn't overtake the plot, but sometimes it feels like a bit of an afterthought. Oh right, there's these Leviathan, better mention them now before I forget!

First, the positive: This book does a good jo
Oct 01, 2016 DLS rated it really liked it
As a fan of the series, this book could easily have been a filler episode for season 7. The book merged the usual Supernatural elements with a slight hint of science-fiction which reminded me of the episode 3x15; Time is on My Side. I liked the flash backs to the previous hunt the boys had when they were younger, which we've seen little of on the series itself.
Robin Burks
Jun 16, 2013 Robin Burks rated it really liked it
Knowing that I was a fan of the Supernatural television series, Titan Books sent me a copy of Supernatural: Carved In Flesh for a review. Having just finished the last page, I'm happy to report that although the book takes place during the dreadful season 7 of the series, it's actually a great story that was very difficult to put down.

Carved In Flesh begins with Sam and Dean Winchester chasing down a new case. Reports of dried up husks of bodies have been reported in a small Midwestern town and
Jun 14, 2014 Aivel rated it really liked it
This is one enjoyable read, it had everything I love about the series, lots of supernatural action, Dean being a smart-ass and of course lets not forget the ever present bromance he-he. He got the brothers perfectly it feels like I am watching an episode of the series. He got Dean's character spot-on from his humorous side making-up words using frankenstein to his protective big brother save Sammy at all cost persona. His Sam is actually more of season 8 being all emotional about failing Dean as ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Craig rated it liked it
I've only watched the television series upon which this novel is based once or twice, but I picked it up anyway because Waggoner always produces a good read. There are several references to events from the series with which I was unfamiliar, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. It's a fun romp with a Frankenstein theme complete with an ancient evil, mad scientists, and a flame-thrower tossed in for extra fun. (I suspect the author was as impressed as I was with a wonderful film starring Ray ...more
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Title: Carved in Flesh
Series: Supernatural #12
Author: Tim Waggoner
Overall Rating: 2.9 Stars

This spin off book is set in season seven between Time After Time and the Splice Girls.


The story line of this book had so much potential, I feel like it would've been something that I would've enjoyed if it hadn't have been written so flatly? I mean, I come from a post Supernatural obsessed life, so I have read many a
Ayu Ikhwani
Apr 24, 2014 Ayu Ikhwani rated it it was amazing
For me, this is one of the best books in the Supernatural series.. or maybe I just miss the time this TV series wasn't as ridiculous as it is now?!?

One thing I love about Supernatural (the book series) is they're reminiscent of the earlier seasons of Supernatural. Sure, the books are here and there, in between episode of all the seasons but still, it has that quality that had made me fall in love with the series in the first place.

This time around, we meet a mad scientist. Cliche? Too boring? Wa
Apr 12, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Overall this was an enjoyable Supernatural book, close to 5 stars actually. It had all the things I want from a Supernatural spinoff - character dialogue that feels right, new "monsters" and good action, and a story that just simply couldn't be pulled off on a tv show budget. The only thing that kept it from the full 5 stars was that there simply wasn't any new character that really pulled me in. The new Reaper came close, but not quite. And, the god named Hel was a little under developed and ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was ok
This was not the best Supernatural book I've read.

The boys did not read like themselves. They just weren't right. And the plot didn't seem to follow. It was illogical and difficult to follow, which was a shame. It was an effort to finish it, and it's a few hours of my life I'll never get back.
Apr 02, 2016 Missy rated it it was amazing
Great book, this book and the other SPN books in my collection are a must read for any Supernatural fan! I need to get more Supernatural books!
Amber Voigtlander
Oct 25, 2016 Amber Voigtlander rated it it was amazing
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Apr 20, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this Supernatural story. It had monsters created from a combination of science and magic, human tragedy, a mad scientist, and some seriously gross bits. We also find out more about Sam and Dean’s childhood through a story that echoes their current case. It’s set during Season Seven of the TV series, so contains references to the on-going plot.

Carved in Flesh sees the Winchester brothers in Brennan, Ohio – usually a quiet uneventful type of place. Not somewhere you’d expect to
Cassandra Miller
Dec 05, 2013 Cassandra Miller rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural, series
Why do I keep buying these books? They're not all that great, but I can't help but continue reading them.

I can't really say if this book was good or bad, it was just kind of mediocre. Just kind of forgettable.

Sam and Dean were the same characters I know and love from the show, and some of the one liners they have are pretty funny. The rest of the characters are kind of forgettable, even with how much of the story is based on them. Then random reaper was blah (was kind of hoping Death would show
Tahieuba Chaudhry
Mar 31, 2016 Tahieuba Chaudhry rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
So who does not love CW hit series show Supernatural? About two wayward sons (yes Kansas reference) on a lonely long road, battling demons, monsters and so much more! I’ve been hooked onto this TV show for like a year and managed to watch all episodes before season 9 finale was aired. May I add I cried so damn hard – poor Dean.
And so when I came across the iconic title at my local library with the sexy pouting Sam and Dean Winchester on the cover; I knew I had to get it. I think the whole idea
Dec 15, 2015 T.J. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Supernatural Fans
Shelves: horror, paranormal
I read the book over several months, mostly while I was waiting on other things. So take into consideration the fact I was bored before I picked up the book. I'm a little critical when I'm bored.
it's a good hunt, it's true to the character's. it fits believably within the time frame.
Because of the type of book it can have no true character developments because they all happens elsewhere.
The hunt was interesting because the villain was memorable.
My favorite part was the part where (view spoil
Alexandra Daytona
Apr 21, 2016 Alexandra Daytona rated it liked it
If I came across this story on AO3 or, I'd probably like it more. That being said, this novel reads like a high-tier fanfiction... in which the author was too obsessed with their original characters to pay much attention to our dear Winchester brothers. This is the first Supernatural tie-in novel I've read and I was hoping it would allow more insight into the characters of Sam and Dean. While the author did a good job keeping them in character, even with their inner dialogue, I ...more
First of all, it's Cas not Cass.

I definitely liked the TV show better. I guess seeing Sam and Dean's beautiful faces for 40 minutes is better than trying to imagine them, at least to me. I also didn't like how little discussion there was about Cas and Dick Roman. Because it was set in Season 7, before Bobby, y'know before he...anyway, there wasn't any talk about Bobby. Which was okay. But wait, who was the girl they were talking about??! (I forget her name..) At first, there's confusion about
Emily G
Apr 11, 2015 Emily G rated it really liked it
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Jul 16, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of the TV series Supernatural. I have read a few of the other Supernatural books and some of them have been hits and some of them have been misses.

Regretfully, although i did read this book in about a week, i could not find myself excited about it. I do believe the author did a good job portraying Dean and Sam Winchester. The story i thought was well thought out. Honestly everything about it should have made me quite happy, but for apparently no reason at all, i just couldn't enj
Jan 31, 2016 Wit rated it it was ok
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Kara Burnick
May 27, 2013 Kara Burnick rated it liked it
My main gripes are the author got a little long-winded on descriptions and the ending wasn't all that great (it just ended abruptly). I like that he included some back story that fit with the plot of the book but it seemed that the time spent on it was more than what was spent on the overall story of the book and I almost got bored with it. All in all, it wasn't as good as the other books have been (I own and have read all of the books that have been released so far). The others have all been ...more
Samara Malik
Apr 03, 2015 Samara Malik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: Hardcore fans beware, this book can infuriate you to level that I didn't think were possible from one simple mistake. This book spells our beloved Castiel's nickname as "Cass" rather than the correct "Cas!"

Otherwise, the book stays very true to the characters of Sam and Dean. The story was intriguing; and all the seemingly unrelated bits and pieces of information tied together wonderfully at the end. The writing felt very juvenile and was overall unchallenging, but it was still a wonder
Aug 15, 2013 Henriette rated it liked it
As much as I could see Sam and Dean (in the gorgeous shapes of Jared and Jensen) and hear the voices when speaking, I had trouble to keep going. I would pick up the book and read a few pages before putting it back down. This would repeat for most of the book, but I am not a quitter and I actually do find this a good way to expand the history of the brothers. So yes. You will have to be very interested in all of the Supernatural undiscovered time we don't see on TV to find this entertaining. Good ...more
Victor Orozco
Jan 01, 2014 Victor Orozco rated it liked it
Interesting read. Sam & Dean deal with a series of attacks that seem to be committed by some strange monsters. In the end the true creature is revealed and I am somewhat disappointed. Still the story is well involved particularly in regards to an event that happened in their past. In particular this reminds us all why as Dean was fond of being reminded in season 2 that "What is dead should stay dead." C+
Apr 14, 2014 Rakisha rated it really liked it
A surprisingly good book. I was expecting something lazily written,but instead I was given a paranormal mystery that told a multilayered story from the point of view of several characters. A knowledge of the TV show Supernatural would be helpful but not necessary. There's enough back story included to give the reader the main characters' motivation. It wasn't a very scary book but it was tension filled.
Sep 03, 2016 Mirhanda rated it liked it
Not bad. I would have rated it higher if not for spelling and grammar errors. A professional author should know the difference between "faze" and "phase" for crying out loud. Also, the boys ran across the exact type of thing this guy has Sam claiming can't exist, way back in season three when Sam was trying to keep Dean from going to hell.
Apr 29, 2013 Hazi rated it really liked it
This is one of the best of the tie-in novels to the show. Dean and Sam were written with a believable voice that merged well with the overall story arc of season 7. We also get a small flashback side story that serves up another peek in the molding of the Winchesters. This is the first Tim Waggoner book I've read and I'm impressed enough to pick up some of his other work.
Kristie Shychuck
Fantastic! Definitely fans of reincarnation!!!!

When I first saw supernatural, I flipped the channel every time. I finally watched one, and was hooked. This book goes somewhere they've never really gone before. I definitely recommend this book. (Of course all you superman out there, like myself, already have it!!!!! Enjoy

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Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at
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