Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Devouring by Simon Holt

The Devouring by Simon Holt
Pages: 231 Little Brown
Release Date: September 1st, 2008

The Vours: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter  solstice.

When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For 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...


Simon Holt creates a world full of fear. His detail on everything gives you a perfect vision of what the characters see and do, and these details may send shivers down your spine.

Regina Halloway, as a main character, I felt was a tad bit flat. I get that she is a die-hard horror fan, and she cares deeply for her brother, Henry...but, that's about all I've got. I felt the same about most of the other characters as well.

Though, the Vours, in my opinion, were great. They are nothing like a normal ghost, except maybe for the fact that they possess people. No, the Vours feed off children's fear. This may seem like a great deal-- give a Vour a place to stay and live life without fear--but, where do the minds of the children go afterward? Do they really get rid of all their fears?

I read this whole book in maybe two sittings. It is a really quick and fun read. I do really recommend this book. The plot is incredible, even if the characters are a bit flat. I do feel the characters have plenty of potential in the next book: The Soulstice. Even if you don't like the book, you have got to admit, the covers are gorgeous! Don't deny it; you know you do. =)

My Rating:


Reason for rating:

  • The characters are a bit flat, but have potential to become three-dimensional as the story progresses.
  •  The plot really draws you into the story.
  • The details Holt uses create a creepy, yet enjoyable world.
  • It's a quick and fun read.
  • Holt takes a creative approach to what we think of as ghosts.

~Tye <3

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