The Devouring (The Devouring Series #1)

The Devouring (The Devouring Series #1)

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by Simon Holt
     
 

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When Reggie finds an old journal and reads about the Vours, supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the winter solstice, she assumes they are just the musings of some lunatic author. But soon, they become a terrifying reality when she begins to suspect that her timid younger brother might be one of their victims.

Risking her life

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Overview

When Reggie finds an old journal and reads about the Vours, supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the winter solstice, she assumes they are just the musings of some lunatic author. But soon, they become a terrifying reality when she begins to suspect that her timid younger brother might be one of their victims.

Risking her life and her sanity, Reggie enters a living nightmare to save the people she loves. Can she devour own her fears before they devour her?

Bone-chilling, terrifying, thrilling...what are you waiting for?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of spiders? Are you afraid of the dark? The death of a loved one? If you are alone on Sorry Night and you let your fear show, the Vours will take possession of your body. It will become an evil and murderous being. When the Vours take possession of eight-year-old Henry's body, his older sister Reggie must face her deepest fears in an effort to save him. Fortunately, she has read the handwritten journal that describes other people's experiences with the monstrous Vours. Armed with a vague understanding of what she is confronting, Reggie and her friend Aaron attempt to scare the Vour out of Henry. All three of them confront inconceivable horrors and nearly die in the process of trying to save Henry. This gruesome but gripping novel will keep you on the edge of your seat as you witness Reggie's terrors and contemplate your own fears. Reviewer: Denise Daley
VOYA - Kimberly Paone
Reggie (Regina) and her best friend Aaron are horror freaks-movies, books, television-they love it all. But when Reggie finds an antique journal at the bookstore where she works and reads an eerie story of an incident of body and soul possession on Sorry Night, she and Aaron begin to wonder if they have taken their hobby a bit too far. The Vours, creepy beings that feed off of people's fears, are invited into the house by a curious Reggie and Aaron, but it is Reggie's young brother Henry who suffers the repercussions. Once Reggie realizes that Henry's body has been inhabited by a Vour, and both Reggie and Aaron-with the help of Reggie's eccentric boss-have to face their own fears in order to save him. They could lose their lives in the process. The world of young adult literature is in desperate need of more horror-teens clamor for really scary, keep-you-awake-at-night stories. Holt's novel fits the bill in many respects and some teens (especially younger ones) will be sucked into the story for its spooky elements and moments of sheer disgustingness. Older, more erudite teens might find the characters rather whiny and hollow at times, and some of the twists and turns are utterly predictable and even cartoonish. Add this book to the collection if middle schoolers will not stop demanding scary stuff and they have read the Shusterman fairy-tale series. Reviewer: Kimberly Paone
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

Comparable to books by R. L. Stine and Stephen King, The Devouring will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Reggie is a horror fanatic. When she finds a journal in a box of used books at the bookstore where she works, she "borrows" it. It tells of the Vours, black smokelike beings that possess humans who can't conquer their fear on Sorry Night (the eve of the winter solstice). Reggie and her friend Aaron attempt to make the Vours materialize but instead they possess her little brother. In a fight to the death, Reggie joins the battle of humanity against the Vours. This story contains classic elements of the genre: a horrific monster, fusion (where two different entities are fused into one), and the process of discovery. The book has some graphic content, blood, and gore, which only add to the chills. A must-have for horror fans.-June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY

Kirkus Reviews
"When the dark creeps in and eats the light, / Bury your fears on Sorry Night," begins this creepy tale that reads like A Nightmare on Elm Street with a dollop of demonic possession. Reggie Halloway, a mousy girl and avid horror fan, discovers a strange journal while working at an occult bookstore. Upon investigation, she learns about the Vours, horrific demons who feed on fear and take over the body, morphing its host into a cold, cruel creature. When, as a prank, Reggie and her friend Aaron attempt to summon a Vour, things go horribly awry and a Vour takes over the body of her little brother, Henry. Reggie then must battle the Vours to try to get her brother's soul back into his body. In this introductory volume, cinematic in its scope, Holt borrows conventions from many horror films, including a Stygian carnival complete with killer clowns and dreams in which injuries can manifest themselves in the real world. A scary yarn spun at breakneck speed, perfect for those chilly winter nights. (Horror. 14 & up)
The Bulletin
Reggie is a horror junkie who can't get enough of creepy movies, stories, and books, so she is naturally thrilled to stumble upon a mysterious old journal that describes the Vours, demonic beings that can enter fearful human bodies once a year. Although Reggie initially assumes the journal to be fiction, it quickly becomes clear that her timid younger brother, Henry, has actually been possessed by a Vour. Suddenly, Reggie is faced with a brother who kills his own beloved hamster and threatens her life, but she is certain that the Henry she loves is still there underneath. Although the diary gives few clues about how to actually exorcise demons, Reggie is determined to save her brother, even if it means facing unberable fears of her own. The fear-created world where Henry is stuck is remarkably creepy, built out of the most alarming imaginings of a young boy (murderous clowns, abandoning mothers, grotesquely dying children make up a few of the obstacles through which Reggie must travel to get to her brother). In addition, the intriguing local roots of the Vours, presented mostly through snippets of the desperate journal entries, add a layer of historical depth to this otherwise straightforward, modern novel. Horror fans will likely find the crsip writing, effectively relentless pacing, and haunting concept irresistible.
From the Publisher
Comparable to books by R. L. Stine and Stephen King, The Devouring will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Reggie is a horror fanatic. When she finds a journal in a box of used books at the bookstore where she works, she "borrows" it. It tells of the Vours, black smokelike beings that possess humans who can't conquer their fear on Sorry Night (the eve of the winter solstice). Reggie and her friend Aaron attempt to make the Vours materialize but instead they possess her little brother. In a fight to the death, Reggie joins the battle of humanity against the Vours. This story contains classic elements of the genre: a horrific monster, fusion (where two different entities are fused into one), and the process of discovery. The book has some graphic content, blood, and gore, which only add to the chills. A must-have for horror fans.—June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY, School Library Journal"

When the dark creeps in and eats the light, / Bury your fears on Sorry Night," begins this creepy tale that reads like A Nightmare on Elm Street with a dollop of demonic possession. Reggie Halloway, a mousy girl and avid horror fan, discovers a strange journal while working at an occult bookstore. Upon investigation, she learns about the Vours, horrific demons who feed on fear and take over the body, morphing its host into a cold, cruel creature. When, as a prank, Reggie and her friend Aaron attempt to summon a Vour, things go horribly awry and a Vour takes over the body of her little brother, Henry. Reggie then must battle the Vours to try to get her brother's soul back into his body. In this introductory volume, cinematic in its scope, Holt borrows conventions from many horror films, including a Stygian carnival complete with killer clowns and dreams in which injuries can manifest themselves in the real world. A scary yarn spun at breakneck speed, perfect for those chilly winter nights.—Kirkus

Reggie is a horror junkie who can't get enough of creepy movies, stories, and books, so she is naturally thrilled to stumble upon a mysterious old journal that describes the Vours, demonic beings that can enter fearful human bodies once a year. Although Reggie initially assumes the journal to be fiction, it quickly becomes clear that her timid younger brother, Henry, has actually been possessed by a Vour. Suddenly, Reggie is faced with a brother who kills his own beloved hamster and threatens her life, but she is certain that the Henry she loves is still there underneath. Although the diary gives few clues about how to actually exorcise demons, Reggie is determined to save her brother, even if it means facing unberable fears of her own. The fear-created world where Henry is stuck is remarkably creepy, built out of the most alarming imaginings of a young boy (murderous clowns, abandoning mothers, grotesquely dying children make up a few of the obstacles through which Reggie must travel to get to her brother). In addition, the intriguing local roots of the Vours, presented mostly through snippets of the desperate journal entries, add a layer of historical depth to this otherwise straightforward, modern novel. Horror fans will likely find the crsip writing, effectively relentless pacing, and haunting concept irresistible.—The Bulletin

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316035736
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
Devouring Series, #1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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