The Devouring #2: Soulstice

Paperback | June 7, 2010

bySimon Holt

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The terrifying, nail-biting, and grossly intriguing sequel toThe Devouring.

It's been six months since Reggie first discovered and fought against the Vours, malicious and demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on the eve of the Winter Solstice.

The Vours still haunt Reggie, but only in her dreams-until one night, when an unexpected visitor turns her nightmares into reality.

The battle against evil continues inSoulstice, the second book in the thrillingThe Devouringseries, whichSchool Library Journalcalled, "Comparable to books by R. L. Stine and Stephen King....A must-have for horror fans."

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The terrifying, nail-biting, and grossly intriguing sequel toThe Devouring.It's been six months since Reggie first discovered and fought against the Vours, malicious and demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on the eve of the Winter Solstice.The Vours still haunt Reggie, but only in her dreams-until one night, when an unexpected vis...

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 continued to pursue 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 a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:June 7, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316035742

ISBN - 13:9780316035743

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Soulstice by Simon Holt -- It has been six long months since Reggie learned and had her first terrifying encounter with the Vours. After freeing her brother Henry from the Vour inside of him, and gaining the power to enter other people’s fearscapes and save their souls from these evil creatures, Reggie finds that she’s caught up once again the horrors of the Vours. With so much going on, it’s hard to know if you’re trusting the right person, but the Vours were up to something, and Reggie will do anything in her power to stop them – no matter how high the stakes are. -- Everybody knows that one you are in love with a book and when you know the sequel is going to come out, that you want to read the next book so badly, but it usually doesn’t turn out as good as the first one. Well it was the opposite with this book. I thought that Book 2 in The Devouring sequel was SO MUCH BETTER than the first. Maybe it was just my mood, but seriously. I enjoyed reading this book so much. I think I remember ranting on about how there was a bit too much description used in the writing, but while I was reading Soulstice I just ate it all up. This was an amazing horror book to read, and it captivated me all the way through to the very last page, unlike the first book in the series. There were some parts where it was really easy to tell what was going to happen next, and the author must of realized because he found ways to mix it all up. The plotline was a more interesting and thick, I found that because we had the background story of what happened in the first book, and we had this amazing terrible horrific idea of events going on in this one – it made everything so much better!!! AND THEN THERE IS THE END. The very end. I probably should have expected that it would happen but OMG. I think I have a fear of going insane and people strapping me down, so that just freaked me out. But it was amazing all the same, and I applaud Simon Holt for this work of ART. 4.5. Hmm. Must be in a damn good mood. Website as usual everybody, The Third book is out now, I’m curious about how good it will be judging from The Devouring and Soulstice On another note, I would like to say a congratulations to myself and my 4 lovely followers, (three of which are probably unactive. But that’s okay, because it makes me look popular.). Around this time of the month a year ago, I was doing my first review on here, for the first book in this series. HAPPY ONE YEAR FOR INSUBSTANTIAL YAYYAYAAYYAYAYA. Read now, party later, I’m a nerd sometimes, but that’s okay, MRR
Date published: 2011-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect sequel Being the sequel to The Devouring, I thought the book was perfect. It lived up to its expectations and provided me with an entertaining, thrilling read. I’m usually dubious about sequels, as they tend to focus more on character development and thus either end up being dry or being stuck in a rut when it comes to plot. Soulstice however has no problem carrying on the story and the plot flowed easily. It was clear and to the point. There was substantial character development - just about every character evolved differently (either for good or for worse). As the story was interesting, this was an easy flowing read for me and like The Devouring, it got me from the start. It’s the type of book you have to read either through one sitting, or drop all the other books you’re reading to finish this one. It’s definitely an attention grabber. The book had all the makings of a horror movie, but by reading it, it makes it much more thrilling and more scary as it leaves it up to the reader to imagine the sights, the smells, and the sounds. I love the dream sequences the most. That’s where you can look into the author’s imagination and really appreciate it. Besides the horror aspect of the novel, there’s also a bit of comic relief (however not so much as the previous book). It makes the story take a break from the horror and although die hard horror fanatics might think it’s unnecessary I thought it was well done and placed in strategic points of the book where it fits just fine. As for the story’s predictability, well I sort of figured out what Quinn was up to. However I don’t consider that to be a negative point in the book. I don’t see anything that needs improvement. The cliffhanger ending made me nearly want to pull my hair out though, and I’m really eager to read the third book; Fearscape (due out in October of 2010). Overall perfectly written sequel, cliffhanger ending. What more could you want in a horror?
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sinisterly Stunning This novel keeps you on the edge of your seat, or wherever you may be reading it. With ghastly descriptions that make you feel as though you're experiencing the horror yourself, and some "bad guys" you love to hate. Reggie is a daring heroine, but also has her moments that show she is human and therefore fragile and scared of the things that go bump in the night. Everyone should give this tale a try, but of course you've got to read the first part before.
Date published: 2010-08-12