Sunday, 19 June 2011

Soulstice Review

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."

My Thoughts
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.

*This book was purchased by me.


  1. Great review! This looks good. Don't be a stranger; stop by my blog and say hi! I'm not sure if we're fellow followers, but I follow you!

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  2. I read & reviewed the first book. It is most definitely creepy. I regret reading the first book before i went to bed! Totally creeped me out that night..Ended up sleeping with the Tv on. But i should probably pick up this one! Awesome review.

    -Romona @ the YA fairy

  3. AHH! I bought The first and second... But I'm anal and I need to buy the third before I read the series... (I know- *freak* but you love me)

  4. @Book Brunette I totally get, I wish I has Fearscape now. I'm freakin out. I'll probly end up buying it today :)

  5. Soulstice is the nail biting, spine tingling sequel to The Devouring. Simon Holt dishes out another horror, nightmare filled novel, as Reggie must battle the Vours not for her brother this time, not even just for herself, but for everyone as she learns just how formidable and organized the Vours are. Where the first book is centered around the Winter Solstice, Soulstice is centered around the Summer Solstice, a day when the line between our world and the Vours is at its lowest, and the Vours are at their most powerful.


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