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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Review: Soulstice by Simon Holt

The Vours: Evil, demonic beings

that inhabit human bodies on
Sorry Night, the darkest hours
of the winter solstice.

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.

I received the second book before the first, The Devouring, so I had to read these out of order. I really hate to do that and I just got book #1 so I'll be starting again from the beginning. While I obviously missed out on the background information provided earlier I still was able to follow along in Soultice easily enough. From what I have read in other reviews the background has been established in the first book so this one jumps right into the action.

Reggie fears the Vours are planning more evil. No longer are they limited to attacking only in the winter. Summer Soultice is coming and the Vours will be able to enter humans and prey on their fears. Only Reggie can stop them with her ability to protect others when she enters their dreamscapes. But there is more danger than anyone realized. The Vours have assimilated with humans and there are more than expected. And they could be anywhere, within anyone.

This story has plenty of action, suspense and horror. I was anxious to see what would happen next with the endless possibilities of the dreamscape. There were many twists and turns as details of the Vours emerge. The cliffhanger ending has left me so anxious for the third and final installment. You'll be sleeping with the lights on after you read this one!

Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release date: 9/09
Pages: 272
Price/format: $16.99/hardcover
Type: YA paranormal/horror
Ages: 8th grade and up


  1. Oh no! Reading a series out of order drives me crazy. I look forward to seeing what you think of the first one :)

  2. I like the concept of this books, but I'd want to read them in order. They sound pretty cool. I wonder if my library has them.

    I read the Dexter series out of order, but I'd also watched the first season on HBO, so I did have a background.

  3. I just read a book out of order and I swear I will never do it again. This one sounds pretty good and I'll be interested to see what you think of #1.

  4. It must have been good if you want to go back and read the first one now.

  5. I can't read books in a series out of order...just can't do it. It does sound like a good series though.

  6. Sounds like a good one for you. I am a bit too freaked out to read this one..but you do tempt me.


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