Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Book Review: The Devouring
Book 1 in the Devouring Series
AUTHOR: Simon Holt
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: horror, series
PREMISE: Reggie has turned to horror tales to get her through her mother leaving their family, however when the horror tales become real and threaten her brother. They're not so much fun...
MY REVIEW: It's been so long since someone not named R.L.Stine has just done good old fashioned horror. Horror that does not include a romance between a vampire or a werewolf. So for me, this book was very refreshing. It was rid of all the tropes that have been plagueing YA lately: Plain girl (usually unpopular) finds love with hot mystical creature, love triangle, girl having to choose between two guys yada yada. It was so nice to see.
There were even some nice interesting psychosis things in the book. The author actually had REASONS for why these people acted the way they did and made his characters three dimensional. Granted, the book isn't without problems. It feels a tad rushed at times, I wish Reggie had gone through some more character growth because what growth she did go through felt flimsy and quick to be honest, plus the writing itself was pretty amatuerish. But all in all, a solid scary horror book for those tired of all the romance taking over their horror genre.
WHO SHOULD READ: horror book fans, those that like R.L.Stine
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five monsters