Title: Soulstice (The Devouring #2)
Author: Simon Holt
Publication Date: June 7, 2010
Published By: Little Brown, Books for Young Readers
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
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 in Soulstice, the second book in the thrilling The Devouring series, which School Library Journal called, "Comparable to books by R. L. Stine and Stephen King....A must-have for horror fans."
* I've written this review assuming you've read The Devouring, if you haven't you may want to come back when you have to avoid any "spoiling."
Soulstice seriousle ups the ante from The Devouring, it's not very often I like the second book in a series more than the first but in this case it is absolutely true. The plot became much more intricate, introducing new characters and secrets while expanding and deepening the ones you already know.
Reggie remains her strong willed and ass kicking self, enduring things I would never even imagine attempting. Always fighting for the people she care about and taking a beating on the way. Aaron manages to work up a little more courage, less talk and more action. And Quinn...well I'll just let you read and figure that one out on your own.
The absolute best thing about these books is the myth building and imagery. The fearscapes Holt creates remind me of the movie Silent Hill. These alternate realities where fear reins and everything from people with no faces, shrieking porcelain dolls to a never ending maze of identical stalks of corn scare the crap out of you. I don't know about you but possession freak me right out, and the myth building in Soulstice makes it too believable, Holt even adds a scientific explanation not relying solely on the excuse of "Hey, it's paranormal. Anything can happen, right?" If you read The Devouring and liked it, read on friends, Soulstice is even better. 5 out of 5.