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The Devouring (The Devouring #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  6,259 ratings  ·  735 reviews
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, an
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 231 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I finished this book with an undecided feeling. It was a good read, and kept my interest. I'm not sure that I enjoyed it that much. A very interesting concept about creatures that take over the body of a person who is absolutely terrified on Sorry Night, which is the night of the Winter Solstice. I heard about this book, and read some positive reviews, and decided to go for it. I have no regrets that I did read it, but I have to say that there were things I could have liked better about this boo ...more
Kristi
I wouldn’t classify myself as a fan of scary things. I’ve been afraid of the dark for as long as I can remember, yes, I am still afraid of the dark. I do not like scary movies, I happened to watch It, the movie based on the novel of the same title by Steven King, when I was in elementary school, I don’t think I slept for weeks, and I still haven’t been able to watch the movie again. So, when I grabbed a copy of the Devouring by Simon Holt and read the synopsis, I have to admit I was a little sca ...more
Synesthesia (SPIDERS!)
Normally I do not dig horror books.
This is not totally true, I went through a brief John Saul phase in Jr. High school. I don't really dig gore and being scared out of my skin, but this book is very good.
What's good about it is the main character is extremely brave. She faces up to her fears to help save her brother. She isn't some wussy girl who needs to be rescued.
You don't really get enough of that in books, I think.
Anne
YA Horror isn't in the same league with Adult Horror, so I'm not going to try and compare apples to carpet cleaner. There's no point.

This was a really good teen horror story. I wish I had been able to read it when I was younger, because I'm sure it would have been one of my favorites.

The breakdown of the story is that a girl and her best friend (who happen to love all things scary), get their hands on an old journal that they believe to be someone's idea of a joke. Maybe the first draft of a nov
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Kim
3.5 stars. It was fun to read but I would have like this much more if I'd been at least 10 years younger. I don't have a lot to say about this book to be honest.

Some scenes in the book are really trying to gross you out and I wonder if anything will happen with Aaron.

It was good enough to make me want to find out what's next.
E.V.Franzmnn E.V.Franzmnn
OH-MY-GOOOOOOOSH,,,, I LOVE IT!. This book is amazing. It got me hanging in every word and the description was so vivid that got me terrified with every nightmare.
The vours are simply terrifying things that can get you if you get scary enough. They take your body and send your soul to a terrible place.
The worse part is that nobody knows that you are missing because your body is still there, but not your soul.
I get goose bumps just thinking about it.
The best scary book ever!!!!!

The Plot - Bloody
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Rachael
Reggie is a horror fan; she figures reading all those scary books and watching all those scary movies is a sort of preparation for the real thing, real fear. But for Reggie, real fear is just arachnophobia for example, something real she can name. So when she stumbles upon a mysterious journal detailing the horrors of certain demonic beings called Vours that take over human bodies, she dismisses it as a work of fiction. But she can’t deny the strange coincidence of her little brother Henry actin ...more
Lucy
Sep 03, 2008 Lucy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Darren Shan fans, teen horror fans
Shelves: horror, supernatural, teen
Regina Halloway loves scary stories. She reads them compulsively--she even works in a horror book store. Sometimes, she thinks she might be reading them to distract her from the truly scary things in her life--like the fact that her mom ran out on them, and they haven't heard from her in over a year, or the fact that her father is more and more distant every day. Or the fact that she is singlehandedly raising her little brother, Henry.

But mostly, Reggie just reads horror because she loves it. An
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Victor
Nov 13, 2012 Victor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans and R.L. Stine fans that are a bit older
Shelves: favorites
"Comparable to books by R.L. Stine and Stephen King... A must-have for horror fans."-School Library Journal

"A scary yarn spun at breakneck speed, perfect for those chilly winter nights."-Kirkus

"Irresistible."-The Bulletin



These three quotes are exactly what I thought when I was reading this! If those don't convince you then maybe I should give you some things that I liked in this masterpiece!

Killer mutated babies!

Scariest clown scene I've ever read and I have read It by Stephen King!

This is
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Jackie
Aug 13, 2008 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror fans 16 and up, espcially John Saul fans
This is an extremely well written horror story that kept me cringing and reading late into the night. It concerns Regina and her younger brother Henry, who has become possessed by a demon-like entity called a Vour. Adults are pretty much absent in the picture (with one mysterious exception), so it's up to Reggie to figure out how to save her brother. This is one creepy book, and it leaves plenty of leeway for this to turn into a series. Yes, there's even a clown involved (ugh!). I'd liken it to ...more
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As far as covers go, The Devouring is pretty spectacular. In fact, it’s so good that I picked it up off the shelf in the store and decided I was going to buy it even before I looked at the blurb. Apart from being visually stimulating, it manages to capture the real essence of the story without giving too much away.

The blurb is pretty enticing as well. Check this out:

Vours:
Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

This isn’t how the ho
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carole
Freaky, with a capital F. You know those books you read that really play out in your head like a movie? Well, this is one of them. Holt does an excellent job really creating images from words. I can't say I'm a huge horror fan. But, this is the first book I've read on the subject so maybe my opinion is based on lack of exposure. Great book, amazing yet terrifying story.

Regina and her best friend Aaron are all about anything scary. Regina is a high school freshman who works part time at a book st
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juan carlos
excelente libro de terror, donde los villanos son escabros, las escenas llenas de adrenalina y el suspenso al final de cada capitulo te deja con ganas de más, lo cual propicia que termines el libro en menos de 1 día. Excelente lectura :)
Nely
I really can't say I am a fan of things scary. I avoid scary movies like the plague. To be quite honest, I always tell the hubs "if we are ever caught in a scary movie-type scenario, run with the kids, I'm going to be the one who trips and falls and gets keeeled by the monster".

With that said, The Devouring, was all that and a bag of chips for me. I was scared, I was excited, I was at the edge-of-my-seat, I was taken in from the start and spit out at the end... and then I couldn't stop thinking
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Alexandra
This is one of those books that I had heard so many awesome things about, bought at a Borders closing sale, and then left to sit on my bookshelf for months and months. Why did I do that?!
It was SO good!

The Devouring is a YA horror novel, but it's actually really creepy and well written. I like the way Simon Holt's mind works. From the very first page, I was sucked right into this story.

The School Library Journal compares Simon Holt to R.L. Stine which I guess I can see, but The Devouring is m
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Michelle. D.
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Jessica Saylor
Quick Overview: With an entrancing plot but slightly underdeveloped characters, The Devouring was a fun read that left a lot of room for a great series.

This book was nothing like I expected it to be. Looking back, I have no idea why I didn't pick this book up sooner. It has been sitting on my shelves for probably about a year, and I just ran my hand across it without taking a second look every time. If you are having the same problem, don't hesitate. This book is worth the read.

The Devouring h
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Vania
This book is instantly chilling. I was sucked in int he deep abyss of Reggie's fears. This tale is dark and deep, chilling me to the bone. A gripping tale of overcoming your deepest darkest fears turning them in on themselves.

Reggie starts off as a weaker character growing stronger and more assertive through her love and devotion for her little brother. She begins the novel with a theory that proves useful later: she immerses herself in horror and fright through movies and literature, knowing th
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Becky
Holt, Simon. 2008. The Devouring: Sorry Night.

"Stop, Reggie!" Henry barked from beneath his quilt. "Don't read anymore!" Regina Halloway shut the book. (5)

Regina--called Reggie by most of her friends and family--loves to read horror. Loves it. So much so that she works at a used bookstore devoted to the genre. But perhaps Reggie should have been a bit more thoughtful as to what she was reading her younger--and much more gullible--brother, Henry. Then again, Regina hadn't any idea that her latest
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Krista, Ambassador of Shimmy
I LOVED IT!

This book grabbed and held my attention. I raced through to the end and wasn't too disappointed. I was hoping for a stronger ending, but not all books can end the way I want them to.

The general premise is someone is inhabited by a Vour which is basically and alien-like creature who takes over a human's body. The original human ends up in a place of eternal terror where all his/her biggest fears are realized and made into reality. Well, the person you love ends up there, you have to fi
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Mariah Hansen
This book is very spooky. I was unsure if I would like this book but after I got more into it, I found myself intrigued with Reggy trying to save her little brother from these "so-called" vours. It is very adventurous and I can not wait to read the sequel. I know what she goes through day to day taking care of her little brother and the fustrations she has. I wonder if I would have the strength to overcome my fears as she did. Anyone who loves books that are creepy and spooky--this is the book f ...more
Kirsti
It was kind of...lame. There are very few times I feel too old/mature to read a book aimed at children/teens, but this felt like one of those times. It was predictable, the action moves too fast, and the characters are flat. Every character, mind you. Absentee parents, with Dad in two modes when he appears; angry at his daughter (but he lets her get away with every arguement) or the try hard Dad trying to make life perfect without his wife. Goofy best friend (not a love interest) two stereotypic ...more
Jamie Belmudes
SPOILERS!!!!

I was amazed by this book. I loved every bit of it. The vours was totally creepy. The clown in the end was the creepiest. This dream world was unreal. It was like the worst nightmare that this kid had to live through while he was possessed. But his sister who got him in this mess was brave enough to get him out.

Reggie just didn't believe in the vours. When Henry starts acting different she starts to watch more closely. When she discovers that the vours has a hold of her brother she d
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Ashley
pg. 37 Great. Now I'm scared to be scared.

Yeah, see, I've already got a feeling that bad things are going to happen in this book.

Like this:



Just an example.

Pg. 88
Ah, so this is one if those annoying stories where the kid gets away with being completely evil on the merit of being a kid. Grrr.

Pg. 141
Let me just say that Reggie is easy braver than I could ever be. Those Vours are some scary puffs of smoke. I'd be packing up and leaving town.

Ch 14
Oh, no, poor Henry. Clowns are bad enough when you ar
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Natalie
“When dark creeps in and eats the light, bury your fears on Sorry Night. For in the winter’s blackest hours, comes the feassting of the Vours. No one can see it, the life they stole. Your body’s here, but not your soul…”

Reggie has always been a fan of the gothic, the supernatural, the horrific. One day, while working at the local bookstore, she comes across a book called The Devouring and, thinking it’s just another horror novel, takes it home. As Reggie and her best friend, Aaron, peruse the bo
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Gemma
Oh. My. Jellybeans.

This book was kind of amazing.

I'm not sure what I was expecting; all I knew was that I didn't think the Devouring would or could possibly be as good as it was.

At risk of getting gushy here (something I try to avoid), the Devouring was unlike any other book I've read for a while. It combined a blend of good, strong, likeable characters with new, interesting premise with well executed storyline. It's a paranormal book, yes, but there's nothing even remotely Twilight about it.

I
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Michael
I grew up reading pretty much anything by R.L. Stine. The Nightmare Room series was my favorite, but I read plenty of others by him in my preteen years. The Devouring kind of brought me back to that time in my life, simply because it reads like a young-adult Goosebumps novel. That's probably why I enjoyed it so much.

The novel follows Reggie, a horror fan who reads all kinds of horror books, watches scary movies, etc. So when she stumbles across an old journal detailing the Vours, she's intrigued
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BookChic Club
This is a perfect Halloween read if you want to keep the Halloween spirit going. It's difficult to put this book down, and Holt's prose keeps the pages turning. It's an intriguing storyline and extremely original. It sounds like there will be more books regarding the Vours, as the ending is left fairly open, but I can't find anything confirming anything more from this author. I also absolutely LOVE the cover- it's so eye-catching and beautiful in a sort-of horror-ish way. A little warning though ...more
Vanessa
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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 continues to pursue writing ever since. Holt supported himself as a hostel 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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“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...”
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