Title: The Devouring
Author: Simon Holt
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 240 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2008
Reggie Halloway, fifteen-years-old has a lot on her plate, especially, since her mom left her and her family, almost a year ago, without warning. She forced to take a considerable number of extra duties around the house, taking care of her younger brother Henry, maintaining school, friends, and a job. And it doesn’t help that her father has been distant and uncaring ever since the day her mother left.
But things take a turn for much worse, when Reggie finds a mysterious old journal telling the story of mysterious creatures known as the Vours that inhabit human bodies in Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice. Reggie assumes that the journal, is merely the musings of a mental person. And so for fun Reggie and her best friend, Aaron decided to participate in Sorry Night and “try” to conjure up this so call Vours. During these hours the Vours steal the most afraid being and this year its Henry. Now it is up to Reggie to save her brother from this evil being. But first she needs to fully understand these monstrous creatures but most importantly overcome her own fears.
Reading this reminded me the good old days when I was a sixth grader reading R.L Stine books. In true Goosebumps and Fear Street nature these books were creepy. The main character, Reggie was likable and I could feel her frustration about the situation with her brother. I thought this was going to be a stand alone novel because form what I remember there was no indication of a sequel. But I don't care because I really, really want to read the sequel The Devouring #2: Soulstice. Can't wait to find out what happens next.
(Sorry, the review sucks read the book a while back. November of 2008 to be exact.)