Supernatural: Rite of Passage by John Passarella (Book Review)

Rite of Passage is actually book number ten – released before Fresh Meat, but chronologically takes place later – in the series of TV Tie-in novels from the CW show Supernatural, and is the second to be written by John Passarella. It takes place during season seven between episodes 8 (Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!) and 9 (How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters).


…possible spoiler warning for those not familiar with the TV series…

In New Jersey a mysterious figure wielding a bowler hat and cane appears to be at the centre of a series of strange accidents, can Sam, Dean and Bobby figure out what’s happening to the residents of Laurel Hill and put a stop to it?

One of the downsides to Rite of Passage is the missing Metallicar, the controversial third main character of the show, which is unfortunately excluded from this novel. The black ’69 Chevy Impala that Dean loves to drive, has been in hiding ever since the brothers had their run-in with law enforcement, a few episodes earlier in season seven. As a result the boys are driving around in old beat-up cars that they switch out on a regular basis.

Another issue I have is the vast number of characters, most of whom only appear for fleeting moments. This makes it difficult to engage with the story, causing confusion, and distracting me from the main characters. I didn’t find the premise of this book all that interesting, and struggled to remain focused long enough to read at a pace anything more than a few chapters at a time. By the time I made it to the end I really didn’t care how the story concluded, I just felt relieved that I could finally move on to reading something more entertaining.

At just 1 out of 5 stars, I don’t recommend Rite of Passage unless you’re a die-hard fan who insists on reading every Tie-in novel produced. Others may find it fits their taste, but it just wasn’t for me.


See also:

Supernatural: Coyote’s Kiss

Supernatural: Night Terror

Supernatural: Fresh Meat

Author: Sarah

I review science fiction, fantasy and horror novels.

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