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The Devouring (The Devouring Series #1)

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Samantha Clanton, aka "Harlequin Twilight" for TeensReadToo.com

Reggie Halloway is a freshman in high school, she's a bit awkward, and since her mother left her family, she has had to take over the household duties and become a "surrogate-mother" for her younger brother, Henry.

Reggie is a horror junkie. She can recall the works ...
Reggie Halloway is a freshman in high school, she's a bit awkward, and since her mother left her family, she has had to take over the household duties and become a "surrogate-mother" for her younger brother, Henry.

Reggie is a horror junkie. She can recall the works of Poe and Lovecraft from memory, but she also tries to make her little brother braver by reading him some of these same stories. While at work in a local horror bookstore, Reggie comes across a journal titled The Devouring, which contains the scribbling and drawings of someone that would put a madwoman to shame.

This journal contains the creepy, shiver-inducing story of The Vours. The Vours are these demonic, creepy-as-hell beings that inhabit a host on Sorry Night (it's December 22), then devour their fear and take over. They turn your brother, sister, friend, or loved one into a hollow shell of what they once were.

Then Henry starts acting strange - he becomes dark, cold, distant, mean. Reggie, with the help of her nerdy but enjoyable friend Aaron, comes to realize that what they wrote off as the musings of a lunatic are true. These creatures not only exist but they have taken Henry.

Reggie then has to find out what happens when your deepest fears become reality. She needs to learn how to save the people she cares for by figuring out how to survive within a world that's one big nightmare. She has to decide if she can devour her own fears before those fears devour not only her, but also the people she loves.

Talk about scary. This is not a story for the faint of heart. Sometimes the imagery is so vivid that you can picture it within your head. If you've never had a story that stayed in your head, then be prepared, because after reading THE DEVOURING it sticks for a bit.

For me, at least, the story has made me think more about my own fears. Could I be so terrified that my guard was so low as to allow a demon into my head and let it put me in my own personal form of Hell? I don't think so, but you never know. You must conquer your fears, before they conquer you.

It's a terrifying story, but terrifying in a good way. Put on some happy music, and settle in for a horrifying, yet fascinating, ride.

posted by TeensReadToo on September 11, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not that scary...

The story took awhile to engage my interest and I don't know if I would have kept reading after the first chapter if I hadn't heard good things about it on other blogs.

Reggie is a normal teenager who resents having to play mother to her younger brother and doesn't ...
The story took awhile to engage my interest and I don't know if I would have kept reading after the first chapter if I hadn't heard good things about it on other blogs.

Reggie is a normal teenager who resents having to play mother to her younger brother and doesn't like that she has so much responsibility at such a young age. It was refreshing to have a believable teen with no superpowers as a lead character, and that is one of the reasons I kept reading.

After reading an old journal about evil creatures called Vours to her younger brother Henry, Reggie begins to suspect that Henry has become a victim and is trapped in a living nightmare. It's up to Reggie and her friend Aaron to figure things out and try to save Henry. The story started off a little slow, but did pick up the pace after awhile.

Gave this book a 3/5 rating as I thought it was just okay. Didn't keep me on the edge of my seat or scare the pants off me, but didn't bore me to tears either. The fears that the characters have to try and overcome were a little cliched and I would have liked to have seen a bit more originality there, but the descriptions were pretty well done. Since I already own the sequel, I'll read it to see what happens next, but I'm in no hurry. I'd recommend that you check out several reviews to make up your mind if you want to read this one or not, as some people loved it while my reaction was more tepid.

posted by alexia561 on January 2, 2010

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Not that scary...

    The story took awhile to engage my interest and I don't know if I would have kept reading after the first chapter if I hadn't heard good things about it on other blogs.

    Reggie is a normal teenager who resents having to play mother to her younger brother and doesn't like that she has so much responsibility at such a young age. It was refreshing to have a believable teen with no superpowers as a lead character, and that is one of the reasons I kept reading.

    After reading an old journal about evil creatures called Vours to her younger brother Henry, Reggie begins to suspect that Henry has become a victim and is trapped in a living nightmare. It's up to Reggie and her friend Aaron to figure things out and try to save Henry. The story started off a little slow, but did pick up the pace after awhile.

    Gave this book a 3/5 rating as I thought it was just okay. Didn't keep me on the edge of my seat or scare the pants off me, but didn't bore me to tears either. The fears that the characters have to try and overcome were a little cliched and I would have liked to have seen a bit more originality there, but the descriptions were pretty well done. Since I already own the sequel, I'll read it to see what happens next, but I'm in no hurry. I'd recommend that you check out several reviews to make up your mind if you want to read this one or not, as some people loved it while my reaction was more tepid.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Wouldn't buy in print

    The writing skill was good, nothing special. The horror often went for gory, shock and awe images of scary things, instead of any real fear. Mostly because the descriptions of the main character's fear were nonexistent at times, and cliche otherwise. The best thing about this book was the relationship between Reggie and her little brother, it was believable and often sweet. However every other character lacked personality, and several existed only to further the story without adding anything. I wouldn't waste the money to buy it on paper, but as an ebook just to pass the time it was alright.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

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    Eh.

    This book was okay for me. I was more like an influence of a lot of other books rather than one individual book...but then again, that's how most of the teenage books are today. I'm just saying I could easily forget it, not that I didn't enjoy it at the time (which I did), I just wouldn't read it again.

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