Title: The Devouring
Author: Simon Holt
Reading Level: Young Adult
“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?
When Reggie’s mom left she had to step up and take her place. She now has to cook dinner, do laundry and take care of her little brother. So when her brother starts acting strange and violent it’s up to her to save him. Reggie along with her friend Aaron will discover that all those scary stories they have been telling each other just might be real and living under the same roof as Reggie.
I haven’t read a horror book in a very long time. I’ve always loved horror stories and I thought what better month to read one than October? The book started off very strong. Creepy from the very beginning.
Reggie and Aaron, the main characters were great. Both had there quirks. The setting of Cutter’s Ridge was fantastic. It generally seemed like somewhere something scary would happen.
The Vours were scary! The beginning of the book read like a horror movie and I was pretty creeped out. Here comes the BUT.
The last hundred pages or so took a big turn that was almost laughable at times. It went from being freaking scary to annoying. That being said I still enjoyed the book. There was a plausible reason for the turn the book took. When you read it you will see what I’m talking about. I have already order the second book Solstice and plan on reading it. 3 Stars