Review: The Devouring (The Devouring #1) by Simon Holt

Review: The Devouring (The Devouring #1) by Simon Holt

Review: The Devouring (The Devouring #1) by Simon Holt

The Devouring by Simon Holt

Series: The Devouring #1
Genres: Young Adult
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1st 2008
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
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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?

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This was great! It was just like the perfect scary movie in the form of a book! All of the descriptions were so vivid that it was easy to become lost in the story and just go along for the ride.


Reggie is 16 years old and has had the responsibility of caring for her younger brother since their  mother disappeared. She’s not thrilled about having to behave like an adult at such a young age, but she does all she can to give her brother a normal childhood. In one of her rare moments of teenage irresponsibility, she takes a spooky old book home from the used book store where she works titled The Devouring.


It turns out that the book is actually and old journal that’s about some strange creatures called Vours. and after Reggie and her best friend Aaron read from it some very strange things start to happen.  Most notably, Reggie’s  sweet little brother morphs into someone who she should fear over night. My stomach was tied in nots whenever, Henry walked into the room! This kid is Creepy with a capital “C”, and I will never look at a hamster again without thinking about him! Once she figures out exactly what’s happening to her little brother, Reggie won’t rest until she finds a way to get him back to normal.


I am a girl who loves her romance; but when the plot is this interesting, the romance can just get in the way sometimes.  I love the fact that Reggie’s best friend Aaron was just that, her best friend! Shocking I know!

Their relationship might develop into more as the series progresses, and if it does I won’t mind, but I also don’t care if it just stays where it is.  There’s a minor love interest in the form of Quinn the highschool quarterback, but it’s just sort of there to help the main plotline have a smoother progression. The focus of this story was Reggie and her journey to save her brother.


I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you anything about the creatures in the story so here goes! The Vours feed on the fears of their victims, and  are seemingly impossible to defeat. The scariest thing about them is the fact that they can take over the bodies of humans. They could be living among you and you would have no idea until it was too late. In other words, THEY ARE AWESOME!!!!!

Go into this book expecting to have a great time and to have your pulse accelerated with quite a few scary moments!

I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up because it can get pretty scary!

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