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Sunday, March 21, 2010

New fan of horror here!

Wow.  That is all I shall say for now, because I don't want to ruin the awesomeness.  Just, wow.  The Devouring by Simon Holt was definitely not what I was expecting.  It was better!

Synopsis: 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?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?

My Review: When I first picked up this book months ago, for some reason I got the impression that this was set in an alternate world.  The Vours sounded like scary creatures meant to terrorize villagers, similar to M. Night Shamalan's films.  Boy was I wrong.  This terrifying story is set in modern day, which coincidentally enough only makes it scarrier.  The novel starts with a chilling and horrific account of a young boy being left to be devoured by the Vours by his own father, his little sister the only witness to know what truly happened to him.  It then jumps to Reggie and her family.  Reggie is obsessed with horror.  Cheasy B rated horror movies, Stephen King, and Lovecraft abound.  Her best friend Aaron is equally obsessed, and they both thrive on fictional horror.  Both of them are in for a rude awakening when the nightmares don't stay within their dreams.  The two must confront their own fears to overcome fear itself.  Together the two must rescue Reggie's little brother's lost soul, and must fight the Vours; entities that they cannot begin to understand.  This novel is filled with gruesome horrors and nightmares that I could never dream up.  It's twisted and horrifying, yet completely brilliant.  I've never really gotten into horror before, but I tell you I now am a huge fan.  I cannot wait to get my hands on Solstice to find out what happens next!  

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