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SoulStice (The Devouring, Book 2) Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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Grade 8 Up—Fans of The Devouring (Little, Brown, 2008) will eat up this chilling sequel. Six months earlier, Reggie saved her younger brother from the demonic Vours, evil spirits that possess humans on the winter solstice. Now Reggie's uneasy life is disrupted by the ghoulish reappearance of Quinn, her Vour-possessed past crush back from the dead, who seeks her help in stopping the Vours from taking over on the fast-approaching summer solstice. Reggie's ability to enter the "fearscape," or personal hell, of one possessed by a Vour and bring the human spirit back to life pits her against the Tracers, who simply kill the person to exterminate the Vour. Nightmarish imagery and unexpected plot twists move the story along as Vours and Tracers are continually revealed among the population of Reggie's rural Massachusetts town. Fear and tension will keep fans of the first book turning the pages right up to the cliff-hanger ending, despite weak character development and workmanlike prose, but those who missed the earlier volume may feel lost.—Joyce Adams Burner, National Archives at Kansas City, MO
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About the Author

Simon Holt's writing career began with a horror fanzine in high school, the publishing of which overheated the school's photocopier. Undaunted by detention, he's continued to pursue writing ever since. Holt supported himself as a hotel night clerk and a handbag salesman before becoming a full-time novelist. A comic book collector and amateur musician, he makes his home in Chicago.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316035718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316035712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the six months since Reggie, with the help of her best friend Aaron, rid Reggie's brother Henry of the Vour that possessed him, the Vours have been relatively quiet. But now the summer solstice is approaching, and the Vours begin to reign terror on them once more. Then, Reggie is visited by the most unexpected person, who helps reveal just how deeply infiltrated the Vours are in Reggie's life and helps her realize that her strange powers have put her in far more danger than she really knows.

Like its prequel, Soulstice carries a thick, palpable air of danger and suspense that is unsettling and engrossing. In this sequel, readers learn much more about Vours and how they operate, answering some unaddressed questions left in The Devouring, and at the same time further scaring readers as Reggie discovers that one person after another in her life is somehow involved with the Vours. Reggie also explores fearscapes a bit more, which are imaginative, creepy, and sometimes a little gory, but also explore the idea of fear and its causes, effects, and manifestations. Though Soulstice doesn't have the downright, creepy feeling that the first book did, the characters are further developed and the stakes are higher, making it easy to get attached to them and be concerned for their well being. The unexpected, jarring ending will leave you exclaiming with injustice and fear for Reggie and her friends, and hoping for a third book very, very soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Beck VINE VOICE on November 5, 2009
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Vour - an essence that brings your own fears to the surface by creating illusions, sounds, anything to scare you to the brink. When this happens, they enter your brain and the real you, the emotional you, is hidden in a place called a fearscape. You're destined to stay in your horrific dreams while the Vour lives through your body. Emotionally awful for you and terrifying for others too because they adapt to human existence and no one knows they are living among us (and, of course, a major personality change occurs - and not for the good most times).

When Reggie - number one good gal - and Aaron (her faithful sidekick) decipher a journal's cryptic messages, Reggie determines how to turn the tables and defeat the Vours in her personal dilema. However, in doing this, Reggie opens her brain and body to their influence. This particular essence, however, was not controlling Reggie as they do other humans - her control over "her fear" enabled her to enter their territory (fearscapes) while they were still in control of their hosts.

Going in and locating the lost souls of those that have been invaded brings her ability to the attention of the Vours. Their one rule - the Winter Soulstice was the only night the fear spinning vours could take over their human hosts. When Reggie broke rules by entering their "domain" and to find the hidden soul of the host, she opened up all kinds of possibilities. The Vours want to understand this in order to break their single rule and start entering humans during the opposite time of year - the Soulstice. Their take-over of humanity would be much easier if they were not limited to one night pr year!

This is a good tale, a scary tale and in my opinion, much better than the 1st, The DeVouring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't read the first book in the series there will be spoilers.

The first thing I want to say about this is that it is probably my new favorite series! I loved both this and the first one. They were both the perfect mixes of scary, funny, and cute. I definitely never really thought that I would like the books when I started but I was so wrong.

Soulstice begins six months after the ending of The Devouring and I really got into it from the very first page. Reggie's visions from the Vours are getting worse but she doesn't know who the Vour is. She knows Quinn is gone but she also knows that there are more Vours in her small town and they continue to torment her, her brother, and her friend. And things seem to be getting more intense for all of them and Henry is finally getting his memories back. And Reggie gets an unexpected visit in the middle of the night that I really did not see coming. The book really took off from there.

The one thing that tore me up about this book was how sad I felt for Henry. He was only eight and he had no clue what had happened to him or why he wanted to hurt people that were mean to him. He thought he was the monster when it was just the Vour inside him. I felt so bad for him. He was too cute. =]

Oh and I will warn you that the end is a total cliffhanger. I never expected it and there were so many other things that I couldn't have predicted would happen in the book. It was just so great! But yeah if you don't like waiting you might want to hold off on reading this one until we know when the next book will be released.

Overall, I think you can tell what I think about this series. Check it out because it is purely awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on January 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
While The Devouring was only slightly scary, in Soulstice Simon Holt ups his game in a big way by making it a scarier and more thrilling read.

The one thing that really won me over with this was the action packed plot. Since, there was always some new twist and turn to come into action and more was told and explained about the Vours. This all made Soulstice go by much faster then it's prequel.

Unfortunately, the characters still weren't all the way there for me. This could partly be because I don't particularly like third person books since it always seems like you can't fully connect with the character and that's what happened in this. Sure, you understand Reggie's, along with Aaron's and Eben's, fears and struggles to overcome the Vours, but none of these characters truly jumped of the page and came to life. The same kind of thing applied to the writing, too. I do have to say, though, that while these two things weren't the best they could be, they defiantly improved from The Devouring.

Overall, Soulstice is a chilling and scary read that I suggest for a rainy night when there's nothing else to read or do. Lastly, while I didn't fully enjoy Soulstice, I still will be reading the third in the series when it comes out. Mostly because I want to know what happens next.
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