The Devouring (The Devouring Series #1)

The Devouring (The Devouring Series #1)

by Simon Holt

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Overview

When Reggie finds an old journal and reads about the Vours, supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the winter solstice, she assumes they are just the musings of some lunatic author. But soon, they become a terrifying reality when she begins to suspect that her timid younger brother might be one of their victims.

Risking her life and her sanity, Reggie enters a living nightmare to save the people she loves. Can she devour own her fears before they devour her?

Bone-chilling, terrifying, thrilling... what are you waiting for?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316027120
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Devouring Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 430,591
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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 after-school detention, he's continued 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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Devouring (The Devouring Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Reggie Halloway is a freshman in high school, she's a bit awkward, and since her mother left her family, she has had to take over the household duties and become a "surrogate-mother" for her younger brother, Henry. Reggie is a horror junkie. She can recall the works of Poe and Lovecraft from memory, but she also tries to make her little brother braver by reading him some of these same stories. While at work in a local horror bookstore, Reggie comes across a journal titled The Devouring, which contains the scribbling and drawings of someone that would put a madwoman to shame. This journal contains the creepy, shiver-inducing story of The Vours. The Vours are these demonic, creepy-as-hell beings that inhabit a host on Sorry Night (it's December 22), then devour their fear and take over. They turn your brother, sister, friend, or loved one into a hollow shell of what they once were. Then Henry starts acting strange - he becomes dark, cold, distant, mean. Reggie, with the help of her nerdy but enjoyable friend Aaron, comes to realize that what they wrote off as the musings of a lunatic are true. These creatures not only exist but they have taken Henry. Reggie then has to find out what happens when your deepest fears become reality. She needs to learn how to save the people she cares for by figuring out how to survive within a world that's one big nightmare. She has to decide if she can devour her own fears before those fears devour not only her, but also the people she loves. Talk about scary. This is not a story for the faint of heart. Sometimes the imagery is so vivid that you can picture it within your head. If you've never had a story that stayed in your head, then be prepared, because after reading THE DEVOURING it sticks for a bit. For me, at least, the story has made me think more about my own fears. Could I be so terrified that my guard was so low as to allow a demon into my head and let it put me in my own personal form of Hell? I don't think so, but you never know. You must conquer your fears, before they conquer you. It's a terrifying story, but terrifying in a good way. Put on some happy music, and settle in for a horrifying, yet fascinating, ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it on a sick day at home, and thought it was an intense page turner that captured my interest by the end of the prologue. With a repeted rhyme that could be said by an insane child in a horror flick, this tale is sure to chill you. It will have you flipping page after page, a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first story I read from the horror genre. I started this book for a 7th grade book report, and this book had stuck with me. I don't really know why, well actually I do know why I love this series so much. It's so different and creative, not like that stupid werewolf/vampire sh*t you see on TV these  days. If this was made into a movie or TV  show, I swear it would terrify and amaze people beyond belief.  If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. Great job, Simon Holt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good and im starting the second. There were a couple unexpected twists but thats what makes the book good.
Ennuri More than 1 year ago
I read this book on a whim. One of my friends got it from the library and I borrowed it from her. Within a few chapters I was hooked! The fear is written so well that it exudes from the pages and raised my pulse at each turn. It is for specific readers though, it is scary and causes nightmares if you aren't careful. This series has become one of my favorites. The story is original and will keep you guessing throughout the entire series! This is a definite must read for horror fans!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the most thrilling book iv have read yet its really scared me i should say, but over all it was so good that i couldn't put it down. I recommend the book to every one even those who don't read its so easy to read and one of the best story's ever I truly love this book
Kelseylovesbooks More than 1 year ago
I am just recently into the whole horror thing, I found this book in my local Barnes and noble, I just happend to come upon it I am a 16 year old who enjoys reading any kind of book. This book caught my eye by the little poem, you shall call it. I recommend it for any horror fan who loves a good tale, and it's thank god not one of those vampire books you see these days!, I've enjoyed this book so much I got the second book read it, and then in disappointment have to wait till fall for the third book. The book was so good I found myself dreaming about it and getting the chills from reading certain parts!, this book will always be one of my favorites!
Josilene_Areck More than 1 year ago
The Devouring has to be one of the most disturbing books I have read in a long time, probably ever! And its a teen novel!! But I mean it in a good way. The book is very creative in its story line and development of the plot it excellent. The characters are very round and complex. The mood and theme are extremely dark. The description is some of the best I have read in a long time. Although, the details get quite descriptive and a little gory when the story gets into the climax. Not what I expected at all! But all together a really good read, one time though for me. The depth the author goes to in describing how the psyche develops our most intense fears is amazing and chilling to the bone. Definitely and unforgettable book. I reccomend for anyone who likes dark and macabre stories, or Stephen King/Anne Rice.
BAND_GEEK More than 1 year ago
Edgy, thrilling, a real page turner.
KaykayKD More than 1 year ago
This book is more adult then R.L. Stein, but not as graphic as stephen king, so if you would want a book a little bit more mature then R.L. Stein, but not as gorry as stephen King this is the perfect novel for you.
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kearsten says: It took me a LOOOONG time to finish this one. The writitng is good, not great, and the characters are interesting, and the story is actually quite terrifying, but for some reason, it just didn't grab me.Reggie and her best friend Aaron are fascinated by an old journal Reggie found, detailing a young girl's discovery of freaky creature called Vours, which feed on fear. According to her account, Vours attacked the girl's brother, and possessed his body for the rest of their lives. Thinking the story simply that, Reggie and Aaron decide to test their fears on Sorry Night, when the Vours can feast, and get a thrill from the experience, but nothing else. However, Reggie soons notices that her little brother Henry is no longer himself...This is REALLY creepy , expecially when Reggie faces Henry's "fearscape" - the place Henry's consciousness has gone while the Vour is in his body, and is built of Henry's deepest fears which constantly chase and torment him. Killer clowns, rotting bodies, evil, flesh-eating demon babies... Yikes.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me a LOOOONG time to finish this one. The writitng is good, not great, and the characters are interesting, and the story is actually quite terrifying, but for some reason, it just didn't grab me.Reggie and her best friend Aaron are fascinated by an old journal Reggie found, detailing a young girl's discovery of freaky creature called Vours, which feed on fear. According to her account, Vours attacked the girl's brother, and possessed his body for the rest of their lives. Thinking the story simply that, Reggie and Aaron decide to test their fears on Sorry Night, when the Vours can feast, and get a thrill from the experience, but nothing else. However, Reggie soons notices that her little brother Henry is no longer himself...This is REALLY creepy , expecially when Reggie faces Henry's "fearscape" - the place Henry's consciousness has gone while the Vour is in his body, and is built of Henry's deepest fears which constantly chase and torment him. Killer clowns, rotting bodies, evil, flesh-eating demon babies... Yikes.NOT for younger teens!
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
15-year-old Reggie Halloway and her best friend Aaron Cole love horror stories. So when they find an old diary hidden among the inventory at the eclectic bookshop where Reggie works, they decide to try and summon the Vours¿evil spirits that take their strength from and attack our fears, and that take over humans at their most frightened.Their experiment fails, but Reggie¿s 8-year-old brother Henry hasn¿t been acting like himself lately. His skin is cold and he begins to do uncharacteristically disturbing things. Reggie is sure that something demonic is possessing him, and vows to get her Henry back. Her journey plunges the two friends into a terrifying adventure as they learn the horrifying truth about the Vours.I don¿t think I¿ve read something as straightforwardly horrific as THE DEVOURING in YA fiction before. Simon Holt¿s new series is perfect for Goosebumps lovers who are ready to move on to a higher level.The concept of the Vours is fascinating. It is clear to anyone how much thought the author put into creating his fictional monsters, monsters that feed off of fear and use it to conquer others. It is easy to read this as an important look into how humans interact with their own fears¿yet at the same time, it can be read for pure entertainment. Reggie and Aaron are solid characters who do well with carrying the bulk of the book¿s excitement on their backs.It¿s no Stephen King, of course. There are many moments when something disturbing is happening in the story, and yet the fear doesn¿t translate to the readers. (I think this is the main reason why I can stomach horror books but not movies¿it¿s not as frightening!) The disgust and horror of THE DEVOURING mostly comes from the gross-out factor: the Vours¿ ways of intimidation are highly physical. This physical-over-psychological type of horror makes it appropriate for younger readers, who will probably find it easier to be creeped out.THE DEVOURING is geared towards more impressionable younger readers, but veterans of YA lit will still be able to find entertainment from this decent series starter. I am intrigued to learn more about Reggie, Aaron, Henry, and the Vours in the next book of the series, SOULSTICE.
kittykay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve always loved horror movies. Most of the time, they divide in two categories : absolutely scary or incredibly funny. This seem to be true for horror books, too, and The Devouring was definitely on the scary side. With the action beginning right from the start, the book is a fast paced story that brings you quickly to the end, with a few surprises on its way. I read it in almost one sitting, unwilling to put it down before knowing how all this would end.One of the book¿s strenght was the characters, and most importantly, Reggie. I thought she was a complete character, in turns strong and scared, driven and unsure. Reggie is an horror fan, and you can see it in various moments, by her references to her favorite books and movies of the genre. She also has an interesting family story, and while I sometimes had a hard time connecting with her character, I did appreciate how this story comes into play through the whole book.I would definitely recommend this book to horror fans. It¿s a little too much to be called paranormal, but if you like nightmarish stories with a few gory details and a teen protagonist, this might be just right for you! The book will take you through the most various fears, from drowning to spiders with a killer clown on the way (I HATE clowns! They scare me, so you can guess, I didn¿t really like that part!) Plus, the setting was original enough and there wasn¿t a dull moment.The Devouring, which has just been published to paperback, ends up with an opening that suggests a sequel. And sure enough, I found out that a second book is to be out in September!
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty much a stock horror title. I didn't think there was much to distinguish it from others. A teen realizes that her little brother is possessed by a demon and must work to save him. Many scenes are quite scary, so this is not for the faint of heart. Horror fans will love it!
DF6B_SamanthaD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was very intriguing, horrific plot and even some rather scary scenes. A I read it took me into another demension where your fears do become real.
rfewell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was OK. I think it's going to be a series
LynnSigman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Super creepy horror for YA. Couldn't read at night!
roguelibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot: Reggie loves horror so when she finds an eerie old diary written by a madwoman and talking about monsters she is fascinated. The diary writes of Vours, monsters that will appear on the Winter Solstice or Sorry Night, steal your soul and inhabit your body. But when Reggie and her friend Aaron try to summon the creatures as a lark, things go horribly wrong. Her kid brother is suddenly different, cruel and inhuman. She suspects that he may have been taken over by the Vours and she will do anything to get his soul back.This was a horror tale the way I like them: eerie and suspenseful without ever being gory. It is a story about facing your fears and about trust, in particular the fear that come from not being able to trust those you love most. It was also a quick, fun read that doesn¿t give you the time to get bored.Reggie is a very strong character, capable of facing her fears and protecting those she cares about in the face of overwhelming odds. Her friendship with Aaron is also refreshing; as in Holly Black¿s Tithe we find a teen boy and girl who are good friends without being forced into a romantic relationship. There is some romance in the novel though it is a minor element. The resolution of this romance will surprise, however.The novel is well written and without any unnecessary elements. The excitement continues to mount until the climax of the story with barely a moment to catch your breath. And though the book comes to a satisfying conclusion, Holt leaves just enough suspense to sustain you until the next volume, Solstice.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was so good I wanted to stay up at night to finish it. The prologue was so good and gripping that I had to continue reading it to see what would happen. The book had all the makings to become a horror movie itself. The writing was great and an easy read. It had very well written descriptions of horror scenes which is enough to put the reader on edge. Some parts were so well written I found myself reacting to it out loud while reading. Fear is the main theme here, and Reggie has a giant phobia of spiders. Naturally, there are many scenes which include spiders. I'm rather scared of spiders myself and I could just feel my skin crawl as I read the parts where Reggie is constantly terrorized by them. As said before, the horror scenes are excellent and picturing them isn't so hard. It brings the reader right into the book as if one was beside Reggie herself. I like Reggie. She's the typical horror heroine you find in horror movies. Strong, attempting to live life as normal as possible, until the Vours come in and turn her life upside down. Her friend Aaron is also, your typical side kick in a horror movie who is the brains and helps Reggie get to the bottom of understand and figuring out the Vours. Then there's Eben, who's the mysterious good guy but with a horrible secret. However, like any horror movie, it doesn't stop there. There is a second book out (called Soulstice) which I am definitely getting once I have the chance to. The Devouring is definitely worth reading if you feel like reading something creepy and terrifying. Yet, there are still questions to be answered. There is blood and gore in the book. So those that aren't partial to it should avoid this book. However those that want a scare should definitely pick this up. Overall, one of my favorite reads of this year. I am glad I picked this book up. I was pleasantly scared.
titania86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** Engrossing and cultivating this book had me sitting up straighter and opening my eyes wider from page to page. One moment it¿s 4pm and the next it¿s 6pm and I¿m two thirds done the book, and I¿m thinking to myself where did all the time fly? This book was truly thrilling. It had all the needed scare factors¿spiders, fear of drowning, of being lost and forgotten, clowns, even vampire babies that suck and drink from your ankle! The scenes were so well described and detailed it brought out the fear in me. It may be cliché and it may be overdone but once you start reading you¿ll see how Simon used these fears completely differently from what I¿ve seen or read. I also love the alternating point of views toward the end. It added to the scare/suspicion factor to the book. Nice touch, of course it had me turning the page faster and faster XD Since it is supposedly a series, expect to be left with a lot of open ended questions. I¿m going to be quite lenient on the issues for this book for now but we¿ll see how it turns out for the next book.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a series by Simon Holt. The 2nd book "Soulstice" is coming out in September '09. I wasn't able to find how many books are planned for this series so if anyone knows; speak up!Reggie and Aaron are horror fanatics. Reggie finds an old journal at the horror bookstore she works at. The journal talks about Vours, evil entities that can take over your soul during winter soulstice. The Vours can only enter the minds of people who are truly afraid. In an effort to scare themselves silly Reggie and Aaron try to tempt the Vours to take over them by daring each other to face their worst fears on Winter Solstice. They are disappointed that nothing happens but Reggie's little brother is not so lucky; he has been a scared little boy since their mother left and the Vours find him easy pickings.In other book reviews I have mentioned that I don't like scary things; be they books, movies, or haunted houses. Well for the other woosies like me out there, beware, this is a scary book. For those who revel in all things horror; you will be delighted. The horror aspect in this book is more around the magical/psychological type of horror. Although fans of classic horror get their due too; with the appearance of an ax wielding clown, refreshements laid out in open rib cages, and people buried alive. Also if you have any type of fear of spiders I would steer clear of this book.The book itself was very well written. The characters were likeable and engaging. The idea of the people you love and trust becoming evil incarnate overnight is very Exorcist; and totally creeped me out. I really liked Reggie and Eben, the bookstore owner. I felt for all of the characters. The book was fast-paced and I couldn't put it down. This is a book that focuses less on high-school life and more on the unusual events in Reggie's life; which I enjoyed. If you really enjoy all the gossiping and angsting that is included in some young adult books like this you might be disappointed.There was some swearing in the book, but it was pretty mild. I was also surprised that the book was very scary without being excessively gorey. The story was a good one and was tightly put together and well thought out. This book works well as a stand alone book; although Eben mentions that the Vours are just the tip of the evil iceberg.So, the million dollar question is will I read Soulstice when it comes out? I am tempted to; The Devouring is a fascinating book and a quick and engaging read. Do I want to have to sleep with the lights on for another night and suffer nightmares for a couple nights? No, not really. I found Laura Faria Stolarz's "Blue is for Nightmare's" to also be too scary for me. So if you loved "Blue is for Nightmares" you will probably love this book. I actually thought the Devouring was much more creative and interesting than "Blue is for Nightmares".As a great young adult horror book I think this book is a winner. For me personally it is just too darn scary.
HarlequinTwilight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reggie Halloway is a freshman in high school, she¿s a bit awkward, and since her mother left her family, she has had to take over the household duties and become a ¿surrogate-mother¿ for her younger brother Henry.Reggie is a horror junkie. She can recall the works of Poe and Lovecraft from memory, but she also tries to make her little brother braver by reading him some of these same stories. While at work in a local horror bookstore, Reggie comes across a journal titled The Devouring, which contains the scribblings and drawings of someone that would put a madwoman to shame.This journal contains the creepy, shiver-inducing story of The Vours. The Vours are these demonic, creepy as hell beings that inhabit a host on Sorry Night (it¿s December 22), they devour their fear and take over. They turn your brother, sister, friend, or loved one into a hollow shell of what they once were. Then Henry starts acting strange - he becomes dark, cold, distant, mean. Reggie, with the help of her nerdy but enjoyable friend Aaron, comes to realize that what they wrote off as musings of a lunatic are true; these creatures not only exist but they have taken Henry. Reggie then has to find out what happens when your deepest fears become reality. She needs to learn how to save the people she cares for by figuring out how to survive within a world that¿s one big nightmare. She has to decide if she can devour her own fears before those fears devour not only her, but also the people she loves.Talk about scary. This is not a story for the faint at heart. Sometimes the imagery is so vivid, that you can picture it within your head. If you¿ve never had a story that stayed in your head, then be prepared, because after reading The Devouring it sticks for a bit. For me, at least, the story has made me think more about my own fears. Could I be so terrified that my guard was so low as to allow a demon into my head and let it put me in my own personal form of Hell? I don¿t think so, but you never know. You must conquer your fears, before they conquer you.It¿s a terrifying story, but terrifying in a good way. Put on some happy music, and settle in for a horrifying, yet fascinating, ride.
flamingo1325 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very nice start for the series, with lots of potential. I loved the entire plot line and idea behind the story, and though some events were certainly predictable there were one or two twists that made me want to keep reading. I couldn't put the book down, and am certainly enthralled with the series now.