SoulStice: The Devouring Book 2
Simon Holt
Little, Brown Young Readers (2009)
ISBN 9780316035712
Reviewed by Neha N. Kashmiri (age 14) for Reader Views (5/09)

 

It has been six months since Sorry Night – six months since Reggie’s little brother, Henry, was possessed by the Vours, the demonic beings that can inhabit human bodies. Reggie managed to save her brother and now it’s all over. Actually, no it isn’t. The plaguing nightmares haven’t gone away and the terrifying visions are back. Reggie broke the rules when she saved her possessed brother and now the Vours are looking to break some of their own.

The investigation of Quinn’s death is still going on and the police are getting closer to Reggie and Aaron. How can they explain that the town golden boy was really a Vour that tried to kill them?

Henry is still suffering and may have been left with a power that would be useful in protecting them from the Vours, if she decides to tell him the truth about his possession.
An old enemy has come back from the dead asking for Reggie’s help. Can she trust him, or is it a plot to lure her to the Vours?

And what about Eben and his secrets that may tell Reggie and Aaron more things they need to know about the demons?

Reggie has to learn who to trust and who to be wary of in this haunting sequel to “The Devouring.”

“SoulStice” is most definitely creepy. Gore and blood do nothing to scare me, and thankfully neither of those things was overused in this book. I really enjoyed the psychological aspects of the book, the parts where Reggie goes into fearscapes and goes through whatever scared people as they grew. Simon Holt really keeps the story going without rushing or being too slow. I’m looking forward to sequels that promise to be just as good. Simon Holt’s book is a must for horror fans.

 

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