Friday, September 18, 2009

Soulstice by Simon Holt


The terrifying, nail-biting, and grossly intriguing sequel to The 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 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."


While The Devouring was only slightly scary, in Soulstice Simon Holt ups his game in a big way by making it a scarier and more thrilling read.

The one thing that really won me over with this was the action packed plot. Since, there was always some new twist and turn to come into action and more was told and explained about the Vours. This all made Soulstice go by much faster then it's prequel.

Unfortunately, the characters still weren't all the way there for me. This could partly be because I don't particularly like third person books since it always seems like you can't fully connect with the character and that's what happened in this. Sure, you understand Reggie's, along with Aaron's and Eben's, fears and struggles to overcome the Vours, but none of these characters truly jumped of the page and came to life. The same kind of thing applied to the writing, too. I do have to say, though, that while these two things weren't the best they could be, they defiantly improved from The Devouring.

Overall, Soulstice is a chilling and scary read that I suggest for a rainy night when there's nothing else to read or do. Lastly, while I didn't fully enjoy Soulstice, I still will be reading the third in the series when it comes out. Mostly because I want to know what happens next.

Grade: B

Soulstice is now out!

* Much thanks goes to AM at Little, Brown for sending me this!


  1. Thanks for the review! I haven't read either of these books yet. I like scary books so I might have to check these out sometime.

  2. I am on the fence about this one. I thought The Devouring was eh, didn't love it didn't hate it. But this one sounds better...I don't know....

  3. I loved this book. Holt is a throw back to all the classic YA horror that's been shoved out of the way to make room for the glitterpires. Blech. I had some of the same feelings about the characters although I liked Henry a lot. I felt he was the most dynamic of them all.

  4. Glad to see the review. I'd been interested and this helps me understand better what I might think of the books.

  5. I read the Deevouring and it was so good and I can't seem to find soulstice anywhere!!!

  6. i love the devouring...i was shocked when i heard there was a second book to it...
    but i cant find soulstice anywhere!!!!!!!!!
    but im not giving up....i cant wait to read soulstice!!!!!!!!

  7. I couldn't find Soulstice anywhere either so I ordered it online. Check out either Amazon or Tanum for online shipping. They'll definitely have it ;)


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