Monday, October 27, 2014

Bone Key by Keith R.A. DeCandido (review)

Bone Key (Supernatural, #3) 
Supernatural: Bone Key (3)
by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Genre(s): Paranormal
Pages: 283
Published: Aug 2008
Publisher: HarperEntertainment

Summary:  "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 are headed for Key West, Florida, home to Hemingway, hurricanes, and a whole lot of demons. The tropical town has so many ghouls on the loose that one of its main moneymakers has long been a series of ghost tours. But the tours are no more, not since one of the guides was found dead of an apparent heart attack . . . his face frozen in mid-scream. No one knows what horrors he saw, but the Winchester brothers are about to find out.
Soon they'll be face-to-face with the ghosts of the island's most infamous residents, demons with a hidden agenda, and a mysterious ancient power looking for revenge. It's up to Sam and Dean to save the citizens of Key West . . . before the beautiful island is reduced to nothing more than a pile of bones."

Previous books in the series:
Supernatural: Nevermore (1) by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Supernatural: Witch's Canyon (2) by Jeff Mariotte 

Review:  Lots of mixed feelings on this Supernatural-based novel. It wasn't bad, especially for being a spin-off from a tv series, yet was far from impressive. The best paranormal-hunting brothers are always worth reading about.

**Warning if you have not seen at least the first 2 season of the tv series, this review may contain spoilers for you**

This story takes Sam and Dean to Key West. It takes place during the tv series' season three. Dean is trying to live up his last year, Sam wants to find a way to save him. This is one of the greatest positives for this book. I loved knowing when this takes place in the timeline. There is a lot happening in this novel. Ancient evil, demons and ghosts! While parts seem like it could make a good episode, there is a bit too much happening to make it work. And a fair share is left unresolved.

This is also quite cheesy. Just like the show has some light-hearted episodes (such as Yellow Fever), this goes right along. Yet it tries to toss in the serious aspect with Sam wanting to help Dean out. Bit of messy confusion as to how to perceive the focus. Especially being as I didn't get that strong relationship feel between the brothers here. Way too casual with the mix.

I did enjoy the Hemingway ghost stop. And all the cats!! Craziness! But very fun to read about. I suppose I now have a slight reason for visiting Key West myself one day!


  1. I'm cautious about watching movies or tv shows based on a book I've already read, or vice versa. Inevitably, the second one I try disappoints me. It kind of makes me think that if the order was flipped around, I'd like the other option. I get used to a world and its characters and how I think things should go in one medium, and then when it gets converted there's always some difference that drives me nuts. I didn't realize that the CW was doing books now, though. Kind of cool :)

  2. I enjoy the series and never knew this series was out, thank you for sharing it with us. I have mixed feelings on spinoffs in general, for some reason books to movie/TV or even the other way around have often not lived up to the expectations of the read or prior watching. This does have me curious though :)

  3. I have enjoyed the Supernatural book series that I've read so far, including this one. I love the authors that can really capture Dean's sarcasm so that it makes me smile just like when I'm watching the tv show. Great review!

  4. I have seen the television series, I don't think I would read the books, I would not want to be let down. For myself, I think it's best to keep what I read and what I watch separate. The only times that I have not been let down with books that I've read being made into movies are the Jane Austen books and the Lord of the Rings series.

  5. I wish I could watch and read this at the same time. I'm so behind that I'm almost afraid to start. Hihihi.
    -Mikee Leigh


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