“Supernatural: Coyote’s Kiss” by Christa Faust

I apologize for the schedule hiccup, my usual Monday doctor appointment was moved to Thursday because of the holiday (I have chronic pain so I have to go to my doctor once a week for injections). Today didn’t have a better start, hence why this is later in the day than usual. Right now all three of us have a lot of issues in our personal lives (adulting woo), so once that all clears up, we will be able to go back to three a day. Just be patient with us please!

As I mentioned last week, this review is basically sanctioned fanfiction. And by that I mean the creators behind Supernatural had no hand in the writing beyond clearing ideas. They probably did the same thing they did for the anime version – they have a supernatural “bible” they gave to the writers to keep the anime within the lines of Canon.

I love these books, they are all written by different authors so you get everyone’s own personal vision of Supernatural, and they aren’t limited by Camera’s and locations. A Japanese Oni loose in the streets, why not? A nightmare hag causing dreams to come real, why not? The boys hiking during an avalanche, sure! I prefer some writers over others, and some do take another lap with a second or third book. Christa Faust is a new author to the series, and up to this point, this is the only book I know of that she has written for this (she could have written others I haven’t come across yet, but in my own collection this is her only).

Her version takes us to very down South in the States, and even down into Mexico. Instead of keeping with mythology/culture/whatever centred around the States, Faust takes a different step and really highlights issues in Mexico. Illegal immigration, child prostitutes, Aztec history, among other things. I understand these are real issues that we should never shy from, but I felt Faust leaned very heavily into these “bad” things without really showing how beautiful the culture and land can really be. That might just be a personal preference; media is so focused on showing only the horrible parts of a country that the beauty of it gets passed over. They can label people horrible things if you only show the parts of their culture that represent that. Would a “gang-banger” be so threatening if you know he went home to his Grandmother, helped her make dinner, and every anniversary honors his parents that were killed so they are not forgotten in the afterlife? Though like I said …personal preference.

The book starts when a caravan of people trying to get across the border that all end up slaughtered, seemingly by a human-minded animal. Cops are called in, and of course, our boys follow. The story that follows is a face-paced adventure that travels from America to Mexico and delves into their Aztec origins. From shape-shifting beasts created from a woman on the point of violent death, to old gods, modern witches, gun-toting bad-ass women (which is pretty much a supernatural staple, especially in the books), and the oddity of soulless Sam.

These books really only work if you’ve seen the series. Each book takes place in between specific episodes so you can kind of keep up with the boys without the author actually having to write it. This book takes place in season six, between the episodes “Caged Heat” and “Appointment in Samara”. So if you don’t know the story up until then, the book will be confusing. They make references to other characters and other TV plots, and not much of a background is given. You’re literally thrown into the story and you just hold on for the ride. Bobby, Lisa, Ben …these names mean nothing and are given no context, it’s expected that you know the show. As a fan of the show, these books are fine for me because I know the history back-to-front and I know the characters, people who don’t know the show …maybe not so much.

If you enjoy the show and want an exciting fast paced read, this is it. This was not my favorite in the series, but it was still really good.

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