07 October 2009

Review: The Devouring By: Simon Holt

Title: The Devouring
Author: Simon Holt
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers, 256 Pages (June 1, 2009)
From: Purchased from Borders

Synopsis: "When dark creeps in and eats the light,

Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul..."

THE VOURS: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?

The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare?

Review: 4 Stars - After hearing so much about this book and it's sequel, I finally picked them both up and read this first in the series right away. Needless to say I was pretty creeped out and had to put it down for a day before picking it back up again. I think the main problem I had was that I started reading this while I was alone, in the dark with the only light coming from my book light.

The story held my attention creep outs and all…. The more I read, the more I wanted to find out about Reggie, her 'lost' brother Henry and Reggie's best friend Aaron. Simon Holt's idea for this story and the "Vours" was a great one and was something I'm glad to have not to have missed out on.

If not for the creep factor I would have been able to read this in one sitting. As with this ending, I look forward to it's sequel to see just what happens next. If you like scary, creepy books with a good story and a touch of something different, then this is without a doubt the series for you.

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  1. I keep seeing this one at my local bookstore, but have yet to pick it up. I think I will, now that I know what it's about! It seems like an interesting read, to say the least!

  2. It was a very interesting read to say the least. I have the second book in the series here waiting to be read. I'll get to it sopn, I just needed to read a few things that wouldn't creep me out between the two lol. Enjoy when you read!

  3. LOL that's understandable! I do the same thing! It can be a little overwhelming sometimes when you read a book with a story that irks you.

  4. That's the truth, plus... I'm kind of weird because when I find a series I like... it's hard to read the latest book knowing that it'll be awhile before the next one comes out. If you get what I'm saying lol.

  5. I totally get what you're saying! I just picked up the Van Alen Legacy, and am about halfway through..and I don't even know when the next one comes out, but I'm already shuddering at how long it's going to be!

  6. I just got that in the mail the other day too. I haven't started it yet. I'm trying not to read much because I'm waiting for Hush, Hush to get here. My fingers are crossed that I get it this week, weird that amazon hasn't sent me a email telling me it's been shipped yet.

    Oh well... and now I'm off to see when the next Blue Bloods book comes out lol.


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