Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Devouring

The Devouring
by: Simon Holt

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

Ooh yeah first book review of 2011! Woohoo!!  Are you excited?!  You should be!! Because this year I am starting things off right! I have had this book sitting on my shelf siiiince...hmm  probably since it came out in 2008.  I am so sorry Devouring!  Will you ever forgive me for leaving you on the shelf so long? Eh? What's that?  You're going to send the Vours to devour my soul?  NoOOooOOOoooO!!!   jerk!

The Devouring is one dark little book!  And it's all about conquering your fears.  I really liked Reggie as a character and loved her obsession with all things horror.  Kind of reminds me of a friend I have who also kind of thinks similar.  If you fear something, you should face it head on, it gives you practice to not be scared anymore.  This is what I loved about the book.  Reggie had a lot of things she was fearful of.  The real reason her mother left, the possibility of losing her brother Henry, and spiders.  But discovering the Vours, creepy smoke like creatures who make you experience your deepest fears, makes Reggie run straight in to her fears head first, if she wants to get out alive and save those she loves the most.

A truly gruesome tale with some disturbing images and one creepy little brother.
I'm looking forward to reading the next two in the series: Soulstice and Fearscape!


Steph said...

You know I really didn't get into this one... It was hard for me to finish. I thought that the plot could have been a bit more detailed and there could been a better story line. I think it was a book that had a younger age range, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Straylights said...

I agree that it could have been a little better story line, but you have to admit the carnival scenes were a little scawwie!

Marathon said...

Wasn't this novel just great and sickly creepy all around? I'm actually going to be reading the sequel pretty soon...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

Asher K.

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

I put off this book because I AM A WUSS. Seriously. And I hear that this book is scary. And I am SO not one for facing my fears. <<; But I mean, I totally have every intention of reading this. Yknow... in a couple of months... Anywho, great review! Sounds like you started 2011 off well!

Tammy (The Book Fairy's Haven) said...

I reckon I should give this one ago. Had I read this review last year, I would have probably still ignored it, but I just finished reading a creepy horror book myself and find that just maybe I need to read more books in this genre. You've definitely got my interest about the Vours and the cover of the book is pretty awesome too.