Monday, September 28, 2009

Soulstice by Simon Holt

Author: Simon Holt
Category: Horror
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Six months. That’s how long it’s been since Reggie found Macie’s journal and since Reggie freed her brother Henry from the Vour that had taken him. That also means it’s been six months since Quinn Waters has been missing.

In those six months a lot has happened, but the Vours have also gone dormant except in Reggie’s dreams. The Vours still haunt her there, until one night when an unexpected visitor becomes not a nightmare, but a reality.

Even though the Vour that had taken over Henry is gone, he still has nightmares, but he is now stronger than he was before. Reggie has also stopped trying to protect him all the time and finally begins being somewhat honest with him.

But what Reggie and Aaron, her best friend, don’t realize is there are more of these Vours than they ever thought possible in their little town. And once they start realizing that Henry and Quinn weren’t the only one’s Vourized, it becomes clear that things aren’t always how they seem, and that you better be careful who you put your trust in. You never know who might be a Vour, and who isn’t.

There was no loss in the creepiness from The Devouring to Soulstice. Unlike most sequels, Soulstice did not succumb to the “sophomore slump.” Soulstice not only held strong, but it also held its own fabulous story. There’s plenty of the same action and twists that you fell in love with while reading The Devouring.

I must admit though, Soulstice definitely ups the creep factor and imagery that once again puts you in a Hell that is not your own, but that is even more twisted than you can imagine. Despite it being a sequel, Soulstice could easily stand on its own. While skipping The Devouring would in my opinion be a mistake since you would miss out on a lot of important story points, but Soulstice does cover enough background points that you could still read it without reading book one.

Needless to say, this definitely lives up to its horror classification. I wouldn’t exactly call it “bedtime reading,” since when I tried that I laid in bed for an hour with the images of demonic creatures running through my head. But despite the creepiness, I loved every page! I found it to be totally fascinating and absolutely unputdownable! And now, I can’t wait for the third book in the series. I need to know where Reggie’s next adventure takes her, and us readers.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds really scary. I will have to look for the 1st book The Devouring. Is that one as scary?

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  2. Nice review! I have the Devouring in my TBR pile! This must be good, it was "unputdownable". Ha ha great review(:

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  3. I hadn't heard of this series, so I'm really glad you reviewed this book. I'm definately interested now!

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