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Grade 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
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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

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Devouring (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031602712X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316027120
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a terrifying story, but terrifying in a good way.
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The book kept you on the edge of your seat and it made you cringe in horror as you read the book.
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Anyone who loves horror, sci-fi or creativity of any kind should read this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carolina on September 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"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 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?

The Devouring is a truly horrifying read. The writing catches your attention from the beginning and you devour the book in one sitting. Some parts of the book just sent shivers up and down your spine. The book kept you on the edge of your seat and it made you cringe in horror as you read the book. Regina was a great character who never gave up, she tried to save her little brother no matter the cost.She also had real problems as well as demonic ones. The plot went in a steady pace that wasn't too slow but it wasn't too fast as well. It was just right. Brother/Sister relationships were tested, fears were overcome, and friendships were strengthened in this book.If you are a truly horror book fan you will not be disappointed. I eagerly await for the sequel!
-Carol
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ann-Kat @ todayiread.com on May 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
THREE QUICK POINTS
* Point 1: A bit chilling. At least, the beginning was. What would you do if some creepy dark creature offered to eat your fears?

* Point 2: Mmmm, cheesy cliché filling. The entire middle section of the book is devoted more to shock value than fear factor.

* Point 3: The end is curiosity inducing. If I didn't know better, I'd say I'd been devoured because I'm anxious to read the next installment.

SHORT SYNOPSIS
When her mother ups and leaves, Regina must help take care of her younger brother Henry while their father runs his construction business. Reggie, along with her best friend Aaron, is an avid reader and horror fan. One of her rituals with Henry is to read him scary bedtime stories, the most recent of which is from the journal of a seemingly crazy woman where she talks about frightening creatures called Vours. On a lark, Reggie and Aaron decide they're going to summon a Vour. Of course, they don't really expect anything to happen, but something does--to Henry--and it's up to them to solve the mystery and save Reggie's little brother.

MY THOUGHTS
Some parts were good, and some parts were lame, but something must have been done right because I have a burning desire to read the next book.

The story unfolded well; the process of Henry's devouring was downright chilling (that makes up the first quarter of the book). I was hoping the momentum would continue, but it petered out and the story became something straight out of a B horror movie.

Although Henry is acting differently (like people and pets dropping dead in his presence), neither Reggie nor Aaron wonder whether he's possessed until well after any clear thinking person would have. But I was willing to forgive that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By titania86 VINE VOICE on April 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reggie Halloway is a fourteen year old girl with many more responsibilities than a normal teenager. She has to act as mother to her little brother Henry since their mother walked out on them without a word and her father has proven useless in this respect. She is also a big horror fan and is lucky enough to have a job at a horror themed book store. She finds a weird journal in a shipment and borrows it for a little while. Within the journal is the story of the Vours, spirits that take over human bodies on the night of the winter solstice or Sorry Night. Reggie and her best friend Aaron decide to have a little fun and see if it's true by facing the thing they fear the most to see if they are taken over by the Vours. They aren't, but after that night Henry acts very differently. He destroys the things he loves the most, abhors the cold, talks in a very creepy voice, and revels in cruelty. Is he possessed by a Vour? If so, how can they save him without killing him?

I knew I had to read this book when I read a very positive review of it in a horror movie magazine. It isn't typical for them to review any young adult novels let alone give it a positive review. When I finally read the book a while later, it completely surpassed my expectations. I don't know what's happened to the teen horror books I'm reading lately, but I hope it's a sign of a continuing trend. This book creeped me out and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Some of the situations and characters used in the fearscapes to scare terrify the people are possessed by the Vours in their own minds are some of the most chilling I've ever seen or read about. I would absolutely love to see this novel as a movie, but because of the target audience, I fear it wouldn't be as scary as the book.
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