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(I received an ARC of the novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.)

First, let me get this out: I have never read a erotica/romance novel in my life, and this was my first dose of it. To be honest, the only time I’ve ever encountered a romance novel was in 11th grade, when one of my classmates read a passage out loud, and we giggled like the school girls we actually were.

Anyways, I am glad that this was my introduction to the genre.

If there was one thing that I found consistently appealing about this novel is that it doesn’t take it too seriously. Obviously, it is serious, with a plot full of importance, and life-death scenarios, but it was also hilarious. Especially the dialogue. When I was first introduced to Cain through his interaction with the super-serious Jarrid, I knew I wanted more. Which brings me to the second thing I love: the Order. Now, I am a fan of anything that has gorgeous men in it, but these guys, as amazingly awesome and beautiful they all are, weren’t just that. They weren’t cardboard cutouts that had no depth. Every single of them was a unique piece of the ensemble that I wanted to know more about. I swear, every time Tanis was coming on and recalling some things, I was waiting for more intel about all of them. If there is one thing I want to happen in the rest of the series is that I want to know more about all the brothers. Especially Cain. I really, really like Cain.

Final thing that I liked, and I thought was really important about this novel was Ionie. As someone who consumes popular culture like the air she breathes, I am well aware of the lack of female characters in, well, everything really. At least, female characters that are well-written, smart, and non-stereotypical. Ionie, I am happy to note, is a strong, female character that didn’t leave me shaking my head in dismay. I like Ionie, which was a nice feeling, definitely, and I loved her spunk and her wit. She was smart without being annoying, and strong without being flawless. She was human, and she was great. I want to know more about her adventures with the Order. (Well, half-human, but you get what I mean!)

Overall, once I finally had the chance to sit down and read this book, I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I liked everyone, and I want to know more about everyone. Like Cain. As I said, I really like him. And Mason! I like Mason, too.

I’m definitely looking forward for more.

(Cross-posted at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/539081308)

As always, I am a day late viewing this episode, but that’s alright. Before my viewing, I saw a bunch of mixed reviews when it came to the episode, and for once, I didn’t let it deter me. I knew nothing of what was going to happen, and I didn’t even know the title until I saw some tags on tumblr. So this episode? Totally new and refreshing for me.

I didn’t do a review of last week’s episode, ‘As Time Goes By.’ So, brief recap: In another time-travel episode, Sam and Dean meet their ancestor from their father’s side this time — Henry Winchester. As it turns out, the Winchester side of the bloodline had their own supernatural connections, which makes all the allusions to Cain and Abel, make a lot of sense now. The Winchesters are basically elite from the get-go, as the Men of Letters, and Dean and Sam were meant to be the successors. Instead, they become hunters, the more “primitive,” and Campbell counterpart of the whole operation. Long story short: this not only affirms the whole bloodline thing we’ve been hearing about for the last eight seasons, but it also gives another Sam is more like John, and Dean is more like Mary comparison, which made me really happy.

Anyways, this most recent episode is a somewhat continuation of this, where we find out about the Judah Initiative, which is another ancient group of do-gooders working with/for the Men of Letters. Basically, Hunters made of Rabbis during WWII. And the Thule Society, is the Nazi-counterpart and therefore bad guys. All in all, good, creative episode as a whole. (Obviously, Ben Edlund penned it.) It was very interesting, if not for the slight annoying queer-baiting at the beginning, and the constant ‘college girls = bimbos’ trope that the show tends to do.

But I am not here to talk about that! Right now, I am here to talk about Sam Winchester.

I know right? Sam Winchester. Mariel is talking about Sam Winchester in a positive manner.

Alright, so continuing on with the Brains vs. Brawns idea, here we see Sam in his zone. He was leading the episode with his brains, and his curiosity, and that was refreshing to see. I know it is like that for almost every episode of all eight seasons, but there was something different about this.

All of his life, Sam has felt like an outsider. He just wanted to go to school, and go to college and not be a hunter because he’d rather read books than shoot a bow and arrow. And he was always revered as the black sheep because of it. In S3, we see Sam trying to be more like Dean in order to survive in a world where he believed that he is truly alone without his brother. To him, the only way to survive was to become more like him, to become more like a Hunter. And we saw that, really. For the past few seasons now. We saw a revenge-driven, demon-screwing Sam, guilty Sam and no-soul-to-ever-have-guilt Sam. Then we had broken Sam.

Which was all very boring, bad variaties of Hunter Sam. It was like the writers had no idea how to deal with his character, and now they’ve finally found it.

Sam is a Man of Letters while Dean is the Hunter.

Together, they make a perfect team, and that’s how it’s been from the very beginning of this show. Except before, he was just the smart brother. The Winchester geek. This time, he actually belongs in the family in a way that he has never been before. Dean has always known that he had a family because the family he has known his whole life is full of Hunters. And let’s face it: Dean is a Hunter, through and through. He’s always belonged in a family of Hunters while Sam never did. Dean was John Winchester’s right hand man, Sam belonged because he was his brother.

Now he actually has a family line he can be compared to other than the fact that John and him are both revenge-driven psychopaths. (I mean, he’s still a psychopath–he was warming his hands on a burning corpse!) He makes sense within the Dean-Sam dynamic because they’re not only brothers, they’re a partnership. Not only do their skill sets match, but what they like to do compliment each other. Dean will always doing what he does because that is who he is; he needs to always be doing right and saving people. And Sam will always be the scholar, because he is a man the strives for that.

Together, in a world of demons, monsters and Nazi Necromancers, they are the Hunter and the Man of Letters, descendants of the Campell-Winchester line.

And that’s all good.

PS: If the series doesn’t end exactly the same, or similarly to how this episode ended, I may get really upset. Because that was good, man. They find their places in a world that needs heroes in denim, with their own roles to play.