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Rite of Passage

(Supernatural #10)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,019 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Thirty years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. Following the tragedy, their father taught the boys everything about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners of America... and how to kill it.

Laurel Hill, New Jersey is beginning to look like one of the unluckiest places on Earth when a series of mishaps hit the town. Bu
Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jim C
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is based on the television series and takes place during the seventh season. In this one, there is a creature that can manipulate his surroundings into events that will lead to mayhem and death. This creature seems invincible and the Winchesters and Bobby are hard pressed into finding a way to stop him.

This was an enjoyable offering from this universe. My best way of describing this story would be the movie Final Destination dropped into the Supernatural universe. The author does a ter
Mar 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was 30% Sam and Dean, 10% Bobby and 60% author original characters. Let me give you an example. I bought this on my Kindle. Between 81% and 89% there was no mention of Sam & Dean. I wanted to read about Sam & Dean, that is why I bought a book called Supernatural. So by around 40% through the book I began to actually skim it just looking for Sam & Dean's names, then I'd read that part, then go back to skimming. It had lots of carnage, I'll give the author that, lots of unexpected stuff, ...more
Good book. Didn't like the oni though. Glad Bobby, Dean, and Sam were able to stop them. RIP Ryan and the people the oni killed. ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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This book is set during season 7 of the television show Supernatural. I usually like media tie-in novels–it’s a good way to tell stories about the characters or in the universe that can’t be done on the show, either because it would be too expensive to film or it isn’t suited to a television medium or just to expand the universe and find out what the characters do in between episodes. And I love Supernatural– the brothers’ relationship, the
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this was a good book...if u like supernatural u will like this......its a seperate story from the show but it is also in between episodes.....sam and dean are up to their old tricks again along with bobby......i highly recommend this book.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Fairly solid, at least for the first half. It dragged on a little long by the end and, like others have said, there were way too many original characters. I do appreciate the idea that the author tried to break the mold. These tie-ins can get a bit cookie-cutter at times.
Josie Funk
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, supernatural
I am very much late to the party when it comes to Supernatural. As someone who's lurked in fandom spaces most of her life, I've known about this show for years, but only picked it up recently. And, if I'm watching the show, why not read the books while I'm at it?

As someone who also reads a lot of fanfiction, it's always an interesting turn to see how sanctioned spinoff novels differ from it. One thing to note about this one is its notable lack of focus on the main characters. They can't exactly
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Supernatural fans
I think John Passarella should just write all of the Supernatural novels. This is the second book of his I have read and it is by far one of the best in the series. While I thought the ending felt a bit rushed and kind of petered out in the wrap up, overall, I thought it was exciting, gruesome, and it felt like if a Supernatural episode was allowed to go with a hard R-rating. This might be the first Supernatural book or episode with a massive body count. I can't believe how many people Passarell ...more
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Horror DNA
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steve-pattee
This is the second Supernatural book I have read by John Passarella. In my review of Night Terror , the first, my major complaint wasn't so much Passarella's writing, but rather his inability to capture the Winchester brothers' nuances. There are things that are a big part of the show, like the song choices, Dean's love of food, or simply the banter between the two that make the TV series much more than a couple of guys fighting monsters. Everything else, though, like the violence, the speed ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is readable and the prose wasn't bad. I read the whole book in one setting so it was definitely engaging, the problem with it (as several reviews have already pointed out) is that it just doesn't have enough Sam and Dean. They're barely in it, they barely defeat the monster, and the author spends way too much time with characters that I just don't care about.

The characters were written fine and I even enjoyed them every once in a while, but one does not pick up a Supernatural book bec
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the second Passarella novel in the series that I've read, and his writing is by far the best of the authors. The story was complex, but unwound naturally and smoothly, and the manor in which he handles the Winchesters, and finally Bobby in one of these books, was spot on. I did enjoy the whole story revolving around a different sort of demon. However, the one big issue I had with the narrative is that it was way too ridiculous for a Supernatural "episode." It felt like Passarella had a g ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Supernatural
It's easy to tell this was written by the same author as Night Terror; the same pacing is there, and the tightly wound description of the horrible and the macabre. This could easily be classified as horror, even when the description is fleeting and doesn't delve too deeply into the gory details.

The plot feels like it's focused away from the Winchesters a lot of the time; there are several side-stories that the book jumps into, to establish a (somewhat unsurprising) dramatic turn of events later.
Helle M.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Rachel Russell
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another late review since I didn't know these were on Goodreads. John Passarella really knows how to keep you entertained with this story. Since this one isn't actually in the show, it was still a really great read. Anything Supernatural based I will read. Rite of Passage is a lot darker than some of the others that I have read and it goes into great detail about it. Really made me think I was reading an actual episode from the TV series.

Great job! Loved it!
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
The beginning was super just gory and upsetting and I really hated the enemy guy but then as it got further into the story (like the very ending) I started to actually care about the plot line I guess. would not read agin
took 13 days to read (which is a VERY long time)
onto the next supernatural book (ebook-i lowkey hate ebooks)
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
While I wouldn’t say this was a good book I saw some improvement from the previous one I read from the same author. I did actually form an emotional attachment to one of the original characters which did not happen in the previous book. It still seemed to take me a long time to complete the book as I could easily put it down, not a page turner but readable.
Cherie Johnson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like think of the supernatural books like episodes, they are better because it's less about seeing and more about imagining, so you there's no worries about actors and special effects, it's all in your mind, which allows for more in-debth victim scenes, more abstract monsters, and more. ...more
I love reading these stories about things that are happening between the episodes of Supernatural. While there were a few factual errors in this book, and I found parts of the story a little dull, I was excited to figure out what the MOTW was and what its end game might be.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
None of the SPN novels are great but this is definitely the worst one I've read. ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! This one was pretty intense and it bounces around between a lot of different people. Hang in there and keep reading all will be revealed at the end.
Amanda Byrd
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was written much better than Fresh Meat. The story, actions, and dialogue were all within Supernatural's norms. Two thumbs up, John Passarella ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting mythology

This book deals with Japanese mythology and has quite a few surprises in store. I could not put it down.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good read
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Liked this one. Not enough of the boys (but honestly, can there ever be enough? ;-) ), but the pacing was good and kept me interessted.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Not the best of the Supernatural novels I’ve read, but still an interesting story, and featuring a monster that (I don’t think?) has been shown on the show before.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad but very over the top
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bit of blood and guts, but an enjoyable story for the Supernatural series.
Amy Phelps
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
After reading this I am convinced we have several oni’s running around this year. It was good.
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Bram Stoker Award-Winning co-author of Wither (which has been moved to the J. G. Passarella profile. Also, I'm the author of Wither's Rain, Wither's Legacy, Kindred Spirit, Shimmer, Exit Strategy & Others (fiction collection), and the media tie-in novels: Supernatural: COLD FIRE (MAR 2016), Night Terror & Rite of Passage, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Ghoul Trouble, Angel: Avatar & Monolith. Look for ...more

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