Monday, December 1, 2008
The Devouring by Simon Holt
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Summary: Reggie finds a mysterious journal at her job at a local book store. She reads it compulsivly and learns about "Vour". She finds it to be an interesting, imaginative story or the diary of a lunatic. She decides to read it to her little brother Henry, who she basically takes care of. Her mom ran out on them and her dad is also busy. Her brother finds the "Vour" to be scary and the fact that Sorry Night is the next day makes him fear it more. Reggie and her best friend, Aaron laugh at the book and on Sorry Night, try to find the "Vour".
After Sorry Night, Henry acts strange and he just keeps on getting stranger. Reggie thinks that he might have become a "Vour". She must go past her deepest fears and bring back her brother.
Notes: This book was very creepy, yet addicting. The writing was alright, but it could have been better. I liked the characters for the most part. Thought their fears seemed very cliche. I did like this part of the book:
"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 creation of the "Vours" was convincing and well developed. The ending wasn't that great. It was too abrupt. I had a lot of questions, left unanswered. In all, If you are looking for a bone chilling read, I would recommend it.
As always, Happy Reading!
Peace out, Sarah.