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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  5,551 ratings  ·  580 reviews
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Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester 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 ro

Paperback, 315 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by HarperCollins
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Katy Theis The TV series these books are based off of is rated TV 14. I haven't read any of the books yet but if they follow close to the show I would assume tha…moreThe TV series these books are based off of is rated TV 14. I haven't read any of the books yet but if they follow close to the show I would assume that middle school age children (12+) will be fine reading them. (less)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Well this was disappointing. I finally got to read this book because of a challenge I'm doing with the wonderful Winchester boys, BUT, I didn't like the book like I was hoping.

The story with the ghost was decent enough but it was just weird reading about Sam & Dean. I couldn't really picture them as themselves in the show, which is one of my fav shows.

They talk about the Impala and music and some funny stuff from Dean, but it just wasn't the same. Damn it!

Well, I tried. I guess I will stick
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: supernatural
yep, i read some "supernatural" tv-series fan-fiction... and LOVED IT. so go fuck yourself.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
WTF did I just read...?

Readers who are going to buy this book, please consider reading my review before you actually spend your precious money on it. I know its Supernatural, you love the show, but consider my review as a warning.
And People who REALLY liked this book, please don't read my review.

First of all, I would like talk about the cover. Dean and Sam are looking hot as usual, background is okay, like the fog, but whats up with this red circle (whatever it is) saying
Tomoe Hotaru
Feb 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
There is A BOOK????

How do I not know this?

And I call myself a fan. Shame on me!
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, tie-in, reviewed
I don't think Keith DeCandido did as much research on the show as he claims he did in his author's notes in the back of the book. He shows a decided lack of insight into the personalities of both Sam and Dean, in particular, Dean. Hell, he couldn't even get their physical descriptions right! All we get are vague descriptions that could be anybody. Or maybe he just assumed we would know who he was talking about from a few brief lines of text?

The inconsistencies abound in this book. For starters,
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
3.5 Golden Stars

So Much Fun!
but not a good case (plot)...
But I enjoyed reading it.
because I'm dying to read new stories about these heroic Brothers, the FREAKING WINCHESTERS!

World building (monstrous, ghostly, etc) & Characters (Sam & Dean Winchester; except some minor people) were in the tv shows
so of course: ★★★★★/5
Written Style: ★★★★★/5
amazing; it was exactly what Sam & Dean would say (I laughed so much at their comments & sarcasm) or do.
Plot; ★★★/5
the case was a bit lame.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
If I had to describe this book in less than ten words:

I've read better fan-fiction.

Seriously. Without a doubt, this is one of the top ten Worst Books I've Ever Read. It was a struggle to get through.

I didn't go into Nevermore expecting much, just a good, fun, stupid read about my latest TV obsession, but I expected the author to at least get Sam and Dean's characterization down. Within the first thirty pages, I was completely horrified by just how "off" they were:

Dean is an idiot whose sole inte
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal-spn
Not a bad job on this novel, since it is based off a tv series. Being a fan of the series, I can be a bit critical about staying in character. I am used to movies based on books but this was the opposite. The tv series came first, then this.

This particular story sees the brothers to New York to help out a friend of a friend with a ghost haunting him, calling out "love me." While there, they take on another, darker case. Someone is creating a murder ritual to bring Edgar Allen Poe back to life..
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted more of Sam and Dean and i got them and their personality and attitude shown through a bit. I really wanted to love it but it was slow going and i got bored. I liked picturing sam and dean on the new hunt and the Edgar Poe mystery was interesting.
Lauren Stoolfire
This was a decent tie in novel and I could totally see it as an actual episode - the characterization of Sam and Dean's pretty on the nose and it has a decent sense of humor. Now, if only the conclusion to both cases, Poe and the haunting, was a little more satisfying. Nevermore is set early on in season two and I think it would have made a fun episode seeing the brothers in their younger days. Favorite moments: p. 171, "Sam shrugged as he sipped his coffee. "What can I tell you, Dean, it [The M ...more
Alright . Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE SPN fan (well.. duh..)
I was ecstatic when I realized that some genius (more than one someone) had written books to this series.
Because, I really really do love me them books. I had to read them. now. right now!
But then my rational side kicked in and was all like
But then I rarely listen to that part of my brain when it comes to SPN.

This book was a little weird to get into.
Mostly because it was difficult for me to go from watching the boys and
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
I like the extra things the author threw in - such as the recommended soundtrack at the end of the book. I like that you can tell the author loves the Bronx. I like that the author has the same suppurating mental scars as we all do who have tried to find parking in a large metropolitan area.

On the other hand, descriptions of driving and the mechanics of how to fit a large car into a small space ... let's just say a little goes a long way. Also, the author's Dean is not my Dean. Neither is his Sa
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, urban-fantasy
Yes, I read some Supernatural fan fiction, and I thought it was pretty great. So don't you judge me!

The author did a fantastic job of switching between the brothers perspective throughout the story, and captured their personalities and inner monologues pretty perfectly. The plot was a bit predictable - just like the show - and mimicked the show pretty well in terms of pacing, characterization, etc.

Basically I got exactly what I thought I would and I asked my library to order the next in the se
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had some problems, yet I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The author didn't do the boys justice when he wrote them, he made Dean too.... silly and Sam too uptight, but it's Supernatural and I'll read pretty much anything about it.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Supernatural with all of my being and every little fiber of my heart, so naturally, I ran to this book with open arms. And all in all, it wasn't terrible. But it's really the little things that got at me.

The biggest issue I had: Sammich is not and will never be acceptable.

But it was pretty good, I mean it was basically like reading iffy fanfiction. Let's be real; I read Redemption Road so I've got some pretty high standards. This was alright though. Enjoyable, just not up there. The mom
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Yay!!!! Nice to see Sam and Dean in their own novel. The Poe Murders were very interesting. Glad resurrection doesn't happen in real life. Also glad that they were able to figure out who killed Roxy. Hope more cops will help the hunters.

Can't wait to read Witch's Canyon!!!!
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
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Linda Bakker-Zwakhals
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series, and this book almost read like an episode! I just missed a little of Deans sarcasm, they could have cranked that up a bit.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2017
There are four of us in a group of some of my best friends, and we're all fans of the show Supernatural (though some of us are more caught up than others, ahem). Along the way, we even acquired nicknames from the main characters, and it should surprise none of you that I'm Sam. So when I stumbled across copies of media tie-in novels, written by one of my favorite media tie-in authors, I had to snag a few. 

Nevermore is the first, which I probably would have started with anyway, as a Baltimore res
Melyssa Dawn Michaels
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I make no secret of how much I enjoy the show Supernatural, the characters, and the story and I have also made no secret of my love of the books, by all the different authors that have written for these books since their inception.

This is the first Supernatural story, so it is basically the one that all others are based off of, and this one did not disappoint. With a healthy dose of Poe, and the usual hunting and brotherly bantering that can only be seen in a Supernatural episode, this was a ha
Fangirl Musings
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Leah and Laurie - as soon as they watch the TV show hehe.
Recommended to Fangirl Musings by: Auto-buy
In every novel I read, there are always standard points that I ramble on about; plot, pacing, characters, writing style, etc. Such always helps me express my sentiments and reactions to the book I've just read.

However, sometimes doing this is damned impossible.

Generally, such has always been the case for Sherrilyn Kenyon's books and JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. When I'm immersed body, mind and soul into a novel, I can't analyze it in the same manner I would with other books. The character
Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=)
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Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
Being a big fan of Supernatural, when I realized there was a book series I was curious and at the same time scared. After all, when books are written after tv series or movies there always seems to be something lacking for me and well... this fell into that category.

Decandido was very descriptive throughout this novel, but not in a good way. He talked all about New York, but never about Sam or Dean or the supporting characters. The supporting characters were not fleshed out in the slightest. Al
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
The blurb promises a lot more than you'll get.
You won't be surprised that with a title Nevermore plus a specific setting, it has to be about Poe or his works. Someone is trying to recreate a resurrection ritual killing people in a manner found in Poe's stories and poems. Now, I love Poe and usually when his motifs are used in fiction, I like it. Here, it fell flat. Oh, and boring. Dean calling Sam Sammich (I don't remember that ever happening) and listing every single band and their songs did
Adrianna [SypherLily]
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Okay! So I've been taking a break from the show for a few months now (I'm only on season 3) and I missed these characters so I picked this up. It starts off really refreshing, Sam and Dean seem in character, there's mystery, and it's pretty fun. But then as you get introduced to more and more characters, they completely irked me - in every way. Annoying, stereotypical and...strange. The dialogue was getting more irritating and just felt less and less enjoyable as I went along.
The mystery wa
Mike (the Paladin)
Apr 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Yes...I read a book based on a TV series.

It wasn't bad. It wasn't great either, but it wasn't bad. My daughter loves the Supernatural series, turns out my wife did to. I'm now watching the DVDs.

I'll probably read the other books given time (okay, so I'm a nerd...or possibly a geek, I'm never sure of the difference). I "sort-of" like the series (don't get your theology from it or anything), and I sort-of like the books. Brain candy for sure, but still fun.

This one follows the story of Sam and De
Suki K
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
For what it was, this was a great read. Fit perfectly with the tone and chronology of the TV series, as well as the nuance and personality of the characters. Wasn’t the sexiest ending, but kept me turning the pages.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
I just remembered I read this once back when I loved this show and god this book was such a bad attempt at writing these characters. Not in character at all, but he tried? The plot was kinda okay but it was not done well at all.
Lolly's Library
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Supernatural: Nevermore is my first foray into the world of the Supernatural tie-in novels. I'd been wanting to read one of the books for some time and by a lucky happenstance, I found this title at my library. The fact that it's the first of the tie-in novels was an added bit of serendipity. I have to say, I'm mighty pleased with the book. In my opinion, the author really nailed the voices and characterizations of Sam and Dean. Throughout the book, the dialogue and rapport between the two were ...more
J-Lynn Van Pelt
Oct 08, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the TV series and teachers who teach Edgar Allan Poe units
I am such a sap for this TV series. I think it is one of the best written science fiction shows on television and definitely one of the more witty since Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. The television shows' strong themes of family and fighting the good fight are still present in this book. However, the writing is on par with that of other novels based on pop culture series. DeCandido had Sam's voice penned from the beginning, but I didn't start hearing Dean's voice until about three quarte ...more
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