Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Devouring Review

Okay i started this on Sunday night and finished it on Monday night, not a long book, but for me reading that fast is a miracle and getting a blog post/review up the day after is even more miraculous. But i dragged my sorry butt out of bed at 5:00AM to get this post up before school. So here is what it is about:

15-year-old Reggie doesn’t know who penned the mysterious journal about the Vours, wicked creatures that inhabit children’s bodies on Sorry Night, the darkness of the winter solstice. Once inside a human, the Vour assumes the victim’s personality, banishing their soul to a dark netherworld called a fearscape. Frightening, but thought to be only the musings of an anonymous lunatic... until a midnight game awakens an ancient evil.
After playing with the journal’s incantations on Sorry Night, Reggie and her best friend Aaron discover the story of the Vours is all too real. When a demonic force consumes Reggie’s little brother, Henry, she must race to save him. Slowly, she uncovers the truth: Vours have existed since the dawn of mankind, feeding on humanity’s fright. Reggie acquires the ability to enter victims’ fearscapes, psychic prisons sculpted from pure terror. Once inside, she must empower victims to conquer their fear and destroy the Vours that have enslaved them.
Together with a small band of believers, Reggie wages war against an enemy she cannot touch or reason with, creatures powerful enough to enslave human bodies and steal souls without detection. The Vours gorge themselves on human fear—feeding their guile, their cruelty, and their power. A cataclysm called “The Devouring “ approaches, and only Reggie Halloway can stop it.

Phew that was long, but now for the review. after just finishing the book Undone this book had a lot to live up to. And did it ever, it surpassed by wildest dreams for a book. this girl Regina/Reggie is the main squeeze of the story and from the cover art, kinda cute too. But that is off the subject. On Sorry Night the Vours can get you, and this a just what happens to Reggies little brother Henry. If this book is anything but good, then it would be scary, so it's creepy in sooo many ways. Yup, Creepy and disturbing pretty much cover it. People have said not to read this at night for it will surely give you nightmares, well it didn't give me nightmares. But be warned; sometimes seeing a little kid act the way Henry does will get you freaked. Also keep in mind for when your reading this late into the evening that Vours hate the cold, light will pull them to you. :-)

This story isn't in first person, but on the Prologue it is in first person, because your reading it out of someones journal. But for someone that likes to read only first person POV books, this on wouldn't have worked any other way. The point-i think-is that we don't know what is coming and we don't know what Reggie is fearing at a certain moment, so if we were in first person we would know these things and not be surprised. Some of the fears are cliche' but the characters point this out throughout the story and I found that to be kind of funny. Reggie also has a best friend named Aaron, who is afraid of drowning. This dude is awesome and I related to him alot, except i don't fear drowning. Eben is a kindly old man who runs a local book that Reggie works at, but this man has something to hide, what it is? I don't know yet. I really hope that Simon Holt will write another book on the Vours, cause this was just too good. But remember-

"When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury yours fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter’s blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours.
No one will see it, the life they stole,
Your body’s here but not your soul…”

Buy this book, or the Vours won't be the only things you will be afraid of...


  1. I love the cover for this book, and have contemplated picking it up several times. Now I know I should. Thanks!

  2. Yeah!! i helped someone, i can know stop blogging happily. no i will never stop with bloggin, it's too much fun. :-D