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  1. says:

    I finished this book with an undecided feeling It was a good read and kept my interest I'm not sure that I enjoyed it that much A very interesting concept about creatures that take over the body of a person who is absolutely terrified on Sorry Night which is the night of the Winter Solstice I heard about this book and read some positive reviews and decided to go for it I have no regrets that I did read it but I have to say that there were things I could have liked better about this book The opening was excellent really unnerving me I started this book right before bedtime and I had to read a little bit of a romance book before I turned off the light and went to sleep It sets the reader up to know this wouldn't be an especially gentle horror storyWhen I asked myself what didn't uite ring true to me about this story I am encouraged to go and analyze it I didn't dislike the main characters Reggie was a sympathetic protagonist She's been forced to grow up too fast coercedencouraged by her father to take the role of her mother who left the family and has not returned She's only fifteen and she wants to do the normal things that a fifteen year old does but she is pretty much forced to raise her younger brother Henry who is eight since her father works a demanding construction contracting job and is emotionally withdrawn Going into the story you feel her longing to be 'normal' and to not have the weight of the world on her shoulders Mixed in is some resentment towards her younger brother who has gotten clingy instead of independent This sets the stage for what will happen in this sibling relationshipReggie works in a small bookstore that caters towards the horrorgothic tastes She unpacks a box of books and finds a diary looking book in the box called The Devouring which she decides to read with her best friend Aaron on Sorry Night She and Aaron expose themselves to their individual worst phobias and chant the mysterious poem at the beginning of the journal This somehow seems to activate the vour to take her brother's soul for he is the most frightened in the house Reggie puts him to bed and he sits in the dark afraid out of his mind easy prey for this evil beingFrom there this story turns into a 'Bad Seed' kind of narrative as Henry becomes increasingly not like himself He becomes cruel and violent commiting acts that are increasingly disturbing Reggie doesn't put two and two together at first which I found annoying Clearly her brother is not acting normal and his skin becomes very cold to the touch It takes too long for her to get a clue but I was glad that she is scolded by her boss at the bookstore Eben for diddling around with this journal and she didn't know what she was doingReggie has to face her worst fears and delve into the fearscape where her brother's consciousness has been entrapped in order to get him back and to save him from the Vours They are after her as well They thrive on fear and Reggie has walked a tightrope of being brave she's a major horror buff and fighting her real life fears I thought this was a good message about not letting your fears control you and facing the truth instead of avoiding the acceptance of things that you don't want to face and you know you cannot changeI liked Reggie's buddy Aaron who is a bit of a geek and who shares her love of horror movies but also has a fascination with serial killers He is a true friend to her the whole time and I got the impression he might have a crush on Reggie although she's fixated on footballer player and popular kid uinn Aaron is in for the long haul facing danger and his devastating fear of drowning to help Reggie get her brother's soul back and to vanuish the vour that is controlling his bodyWhat I didn't particularly care for in this story I felt that Reggie and Henry's dad was too one dimensional He seemed like a plot point only coming around to scold Reggie for not doing enough and to treat Reggie badly when he starts to believe the Un Henry's lies He didn't seem all that real to me and wasn't that loving Okay I can acknowledge that he was in a bad place having lost his wife and trying to raise his kids without her But there wasn't enough signs of his love for his kids shining through Also I wished there was closure about their mom disappearing You don't really get too much information other than she's gone and Reggie secretly wished she was dead rather than face that her mom ran out on her I would like to understand what was motivating this flight We know that Reggie was close to her mom and they had girl talk session in the bathroom when she cut Reggie's hair That's why I didn't understand what prompted her to leave and there didn't seem to be any signs that she was fed up either The book doesn't really give enough information on this to feel like there's a whole story there and so I am forced to see the mother as yet another poorly fleshed out character I thought the book was a tad too gruesome There are some pretty long detailed scenes describing acts of cruelty or the aftermath that I am not sure how appropriate they would be for a younger audience I had some issues with them and I'm 36 years old I think the author is targeting the young adult audience who loves slasher movies and these teens wouldn't have a problem with these scenes I can't fault him on that but it didn't seem to fit in with the somewhat gothic vours concept It seemed to go in a 180 degree direction in fact The organic nature of the vours came out of left field leaving me with uestions I wasn't uite expecting that I'm wondering how these pieces fit together in fact There is a seuel to this book but I'm not sure how motivated I am to read it at this point I might pick it up later on to get some closure However I can't say I was blown away by this story and felt motivated to commit myself to this series However I freely admit it was a great book to read on Halloween and very suspenseful I think Mr Holt is a very good writer and has a talent in horror But unfortunately this book doesn't get out of B grade territory for me because of the lack of depth with the parents and also with Henry I couldn't feel too much for them Also there were some parts where Henry is treated rather brutally by his sister and Aaron because of the vour inside him that made me suirm It felt like child abuse irrational of me but there you have it It just needed a little depth for me to feel strongly about it For a basic horror book for teens that doesn't reuire much emotional commitment or analysis this is a good one I just like a little with my reading

  2. says:

    YA Horror isn't in the same league with Adult Horror so I'm not going to try and compare apples to carpet cleaner There's no pointThis was a really good teen horror story I wish I had been able to read it when I was younger because I'm sure it would have been one of my favoritesThe breakdown of the story is that a girl and her best friend who happen to love all things scary get their hands on an old journal that they believe to be someone's idea of a joke Maybe the first draft of a novel they were writing According to this book there are evil spirits who can enter and take over your body one night a year if you are frightened enough So in the tradition of Bloody Mary they call the spirits up as a joke Except they aren't scared Unfortunately the girl's little brother is in the houseand he is terrifiedTo adults who have been weaned on Stephen King there is nothing here that they probably haven't seen a million times before But to those new to the genre? Brrrrrr Nothing says creepy like a possessed kid Especially one that you loveThis is a trilogy so the ending has a conclusion but you know nothing is really over for those poor kids Good stuff It's well written and I was chewing my nails even though I guessed the probable outcome I'd recommend it for teens looking for a spooky read or adults looking for Horror Lite

  3. says:

    Normally I do not dig horror booksThis is not totally true I went through a brief John Saul phase in Jr High school I don't really dig gore and being scared out of my skin but this book is very goodWhat's good about it is the main character is extremely brave She faces up to her fears to help save her brother She isn't some wussy girl who needs to be rescued You don't really get enough of that in books I think

  4. says:

    I wouldn’t classify myself as a fan of scary things I’ve been afraid of the dark for as long as I can remember yes I am still afraid of the dark I do not like scary movies I happened to watch It the movie based on the novel of the same title by Steven King when I was in elementary school I don’t think I slept for weeks and I still haven’t been able to watch the movie again So when I grabbed a copy of the Devouring by Simon Holt and read the synopsis I have to admit I was a little scared to read itAnd it was scaryfreakysuspenseful But besides that it was a great novel Yes me scardy girl enjoyed reading a “horror” novel I can’t really compare it to any other novels of that nature but I can say that I thought the plot was wonderfully crafted The whole concept of the Vours was masterful I hope I don’t run in to any of those things on Sorry NightI also appreciated the fact that the novel kept the gruesome elements to a minimum Instead of being overkill the few mentions where actually an enhancement to the tale I’m eagerly waiting to begin the next novel in this series

  5. says:

    If you don't learn how to be scared you'll never really learn how to be braveWhat a fun little creepy story surprise I wasn't sure what I was getting in to I didn't read the book write up I just check the cover and a few friend reviews and I was in I love reading horror so I was excited to give it a tryReggie is just your average girl she loves horror stories her little brother She's a fill in mom after their mom left She stumbles on a journal style story completely on accident The story describes a scary night for the kids and about Vours and fears and how they are tied together Little did Reggie know that the same night she was challenging her fear of spiders her brother was challenging his fear of the dark and the story he'd read Little did Reggie know the change that would happen and all they would go through all because of fear and the bookIt was creepy and interesting and a uick fun read

  6. says:

    OH MY GOOOOOOOSH I LOVE IT This book is amazing It got me hanging in every word and the description was so vivid that got me terrified with every nightmareThe vours are simply terrifying things that can get you if you get scary enough They take your body and send your soul to a terrible placeThe worse part is that nobody knows that you are missing because your body is still there but not your soulI get goose bumps just thinking about itThe best scary book everThe Plot Bloody fantastic Its was what first got my attention well the second actually the first was this amazing cover LoL and it got me hooked to it till the cliffhanging end I can’t say enough of how I enjoy its twists and totally new monsters that creeps the shadows looking for worm bodies to take over I can only imagine what twist mind would come up with such monsters It’s got to be wonderfully twisted LoL The Characters Reggie is this addicted to scary stories and loves to feel the adrenaline that invades the body the minute you get scared out of your skin She is brave way too brave for her own good Her brother is the one I related the most I guess it’s because you have the same unreasonable fear of clowns LoL Sorry but the person that said that they were funny have a mind twisted then mine And mine mind is way twisted believe meThe Writing Is in third person not much my taste but it’s written in a way that I can still see trough Reggie’s eyes I simply love the way that the writer describes the sounds and the fear and I could almost feel the cold bit my skin in the snow and listen to the baby’s sound in the silent well you’ve got the idea Describes things very well without being boringConsiderations The scary books never really got my attention and the books I’ve read in the past was from Stephen king and I really like it but never give much chance for this genre of literature until The Devouring This book made me fall in love twisted and creepy love LoLJust one thing that I think is a miss so romance no kissing no noting I think it could had been of that in it I’m a romantic after all LoLThis is me waiting to read the next book in the series

  7. says:

    Reggie is a horror fan; she figures reading all those scary books and watching all those scary movies is a sort of preparation for the real thing real fear But for Reggie real fear is just arachnophobia for example something real she can name So when she stumbles upon a mysterious journal detailing the horrors of certain demonic beings called Vours that take over human bodies she dismisses it as a work of fiction But she can’t deny the strange coincidence of her little brother Henry acting very strangely—and after Sorry Night the only time that Vours can invade bodies And when Henry’s behavior becomes erratic and destructive Reggie realizes that she had no idea what real fear was before—because now she’s living itThe Devouring is a suspenseful paranormal novel with elements of horror Its strongest point is by far its uniue plot which I found exciting original and unpredictable with its combination of mystery familiar problems and all encompassing fear The characters on the other hand are a bit hard to connect with even Reggie with her fierce determination She was a little too easily blinded by cute popular boys and seemed to be spooked easily despite her claims to have conuered her fears Another problem I have was that I often felt removed from the story despite vivid and horrifying details because it felt so unreal Part of this is due to how fast paced The Devouring is; Reggie had to adapt almost too uickly sometimes it seemed to each new situation I am a little disappointed because thought The Devouring would’ve been better but it is still an interesting read with a scientific twist to fearFans of Peeps and The Midnighters trilogy both by Scott Westerfeld and The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong will likely enjoy this intriguing readreposted from

  8. says:

    This review can also be found on my blogBuddy read with AmyCW general scary scenes and abandonment by a parentThis is another rereadfinally finishing a series that I’m taking part in And I am really glad that this book lived up to the hype I put in my brain This isn’t a popular series In fact only three of my friends have read and rated this book Crazy right? The Devouring follows a broken family Reggie is in high school and has to fill the role her mother had before she left the family Her father is a workaholic and she had a little brother Henry She goes to school cooks cleans takes care of her brother and also works at a bookstore At her job she finds a weird journal with an insane story about Sorry NightSorry Night is when the Vours can come into human bodies Vours are demonic beings that make people live their worst fearsReggie doesn’t take the story seriously until she has toI read this book wayyy back in high school and I remember really enjoying it Enough that I found and bought all three books I don’t remember reading the whole series but I must have since they’re all rated by me on GoodreadsIt was a funny and creepy book I loved reading it in the mornings while I drink my coffee When I had to leave for practicum or work I couldn’t wait until the next morning so I could pick it right back up The story was fun The characters were great And I can’t wait to rediscover where the rest of the books take me

  9. says:

    35 stars It was fun to read but I would have like this much if I'd been at least 10 years younger I don't have a lot to say about this book to be honest Some scenes in the book are really trying to gross you out and I wonder if anything will happen with AaronIt was good enough to make me want to find out what's next

  10. says:

    Regina Halloway loves scary stories She reads them compulsively she even works in a horror book store Sometimes she thinks she might be reading them to distract her from the truly scary things in her life like the fact that her mom ran out on them and they haven't heard from her in over a year or the fact that her father is and distant every day Or the fact that she is singlehandedly raising her little brother HenryBut mostly Reggie just reads horror because she loves it And when she finds an old journal called The Devouring she brings it home and reads it It tells of creatures called Vours that can attack people through their fears and then inhabit their bodies They come into our world on Sorry Night the eve of the winter solsticeNaturally Reggie and her best friend Aaron can't resist summoning the Vours on Sorry Night But they aren't the ones who are possessed instead Reggie's little brother Henry starts acting stranger and stranger until Reggie realizes that he's not Henry any he's something older and darker Something terrifyingTo save her brother Reggie will have to face her deepest fearsThe writing in this book is not strong and it nearly lost me with its clunkiness in the first couple of chapters It felt a little cliche and tired and I could predict exactly what would happenBut then the horror starts and damned if this book isn't scary It's truly terrifyingly scary At one point I almost had to stop reading and take a breathSo it's not a work of great literature What it is is a top notch teen horror novel Fans of Darren Shan will eat this upA warning though this book does have a satisfying ending it's the jumping off point of a series and is open ended I definitly want to read

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