Monday, January 18, 2010

The Devouring

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.

I loved pretty much everything about this book. Reggie and Aaron, our young heroes, are normal kids, but with added amounts of brains and bravery. Reggie is relentless in her pursuit to save her brother, even putting herself in grave danger. In addition to the supernatural problems in their lives, they still have to deal with school and family. When they contend with the Vour inside Henry, the Vour can be very manipulative and turn people against them, making everything more difficult. I really like and respect these characters. The entire mythos of the Vours is completely unique. I've never heard of any supernatural creatures quite like them. I can't wait to delve deeper and learn more about these mysterious and evil creatures.

I can't wait to read the second book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who can stomach more gore than is usually typical for young adult novels.

My rating: 5/5


Zombie Girrrl said...

Great review! I loved this book too. I read it on Sorry Night! Ooh, spooky.
Would you by chance be interested in doing a guest post/review on my blog? If so, email me at zombiegirrrl21 AT aol. I'd love to have you; I love your reviews and you always pick such interesting books! :)

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

I was directed over here from your feature over at Book Crazy! :)

And great review. It sounds a bit too gory for me but definitely gripping and creepy (in a good way).

Misty said...

So it's actually worth my time, huh? I've been so leery of books with a lot of blogger buzz surrounding them lately, because so many of them have turned out to be awful. But I love the cover, so I wanted to read this one, but that seems to be when they are at their worst: the cover is just a mask for a horrrrrrible book.
Might have to look into this one, then. I love it when I can actually like a book for more than its cover!

vvb32 reads said...

i had the same initial reaction as misty. i'll have to give it a try after all.

throuthehaze said...

Sound like a great read! I love the cover of this book :)

brizmus said...

I'm beginning to think that I might actually have to read this book. I've been skeptical, for some of the same reasons as Misty.

Happy (late) Valentine's DaY!

Amanda Leigh said...

I was with everyone else and wasn't so sure about this book either, but it's sounding like I'm going to have to give it a try. Great review! Thanks!

Sara said...

Sounds like a great book! And I really like the cover :)