The Devouring - Simon Holt


“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?

Review: Woooooooow.

If I can be corny for a moment, I am pretty sure this book is called The Devouring because it’s how you will absorb this book. I completely devoured it. In one sitting. Start to end.

Definitely, unquestionably the best horror novel I have ever read, YA or otherwise. I was completely engrossed and sucked into this storyline by the first chapter. I have never ever read a book quite like this, the story line was so original. I can imagine this book making an incredible movie. If it’s not already in the works, then it should be!

I really cared about the characters. Regina (Reggie) showed so much strength and courage which I really admire in my female protagonists. The types of things she had to overcome were huge in order to try and save her brother Henry when he becomes possessed by a Vour. I really cared for little Henry who was so scared and vulnerable - I was rooting so much for Reggie to save him!

Vours…… oh my gosh. Completely terrifying. They prey on the very things you are fearful of. They paralyse you. They can completely destroy you. There were certain scenes in this book where my heart was racing, I was completely scared. I adore this book.

If you’re going to read any scary books over Halloween, this one should be at the VERY top of your list. This book is the first in a series, the sequel is called Soulstice and the third book is titled Fearscape. Start reading!

Rating: 5 out of 5

What do you think?

  • Oh yes, this sounds like a good’un - and I love the creepy face on the cover :-)

  • Giselle says:

    What? This is a scary book? I really had no idea. The cover is so colorful it doesn’t give out that vibe. I’ll definitely read this I love scary books! :D

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    • Melissa says:

      Oh I know, this is a beautiful cover. HOWEVER! If you google it, the UK version had a cover that was absolutely frightening of like a rotting skull with flesh on it… not kidding! haha So they made a nicer cover. :)

  • Scarlett says:

    so glad you liked it and that is was scary!! I’ll have to move this up in my TBR pile! great review!

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