Book Mash [17]

A feature on Nawanda Files that is math...for books, where we mash up new and old releases with books, tv and movies. What equals our favorite reads? Find out in the simple equation below. (Posted by Becca)



Combine a spooky setting with a great cast of characters, paranormal elements with a classic horror feel, and writing that evokes the same creep as R.L. Stine and Stephen King.

What do you get?



The Devouring
by Simon Holt
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 
Series: The Devouring #1
Release Date: September 1st, 2008
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The Vours: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.

When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.

To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?

The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare?


I decided to mash this book because it's a hidden gem that not very many people have read. It's by far my favorite YA horror book, and it's definitely reminiscent of classic horror films that don't necessarily scare you to death but you're just really impressed by the end. Like Stephen King. None of his book adaptations to film have every frightened me, but I think they're damn good. Read the first chapter of The Devouring and then the next paragraph. Trust me, you will be sucked in.

Plus, this book features one of the coolest poems:

"When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul..."

Have you read The Devouring? Do you agree with the Mash?


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22 comments:

  1. Oooh, I've been wanting to read the Devouring and Ten! Both books have had my attention for awhile now :) Great post!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Thanks Janina! Both books are great. And it's almost October, a perfect time to start some YA horror!

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  2. Nice one, that poem sent chills down my spine. I don't usually read scary books because I'm a whimp and get scared quickly. But I've heard a lot of good things about this one.

    -Mari @ The Sirenic Codex

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    1. That poem is so awesome, right? I love it! And that's understandable. Horror books are not for everyone.

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  3. I love me some horror stories so I'm definitely going to have to check this one out!

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    1. Yes! You should if you like the genre. It's the best.

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  4. OOH I have this one but I haven't read it yet! I really loved Ten hope to read this one in October!!

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    1. October is the perfect month for The Devouring ;)

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  5. Believe it or not I'm heard only of Ten. Others are mystery for me. But I must say that The Devouring sounds like a really interesting story. I'm not into horror but this one doesn't sound typical. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. The Conjuring just came out! It's a pretty good scary movie -- not too frightening that you'll lose sleep.

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  6. Like Tanja, I've only heard of Ten. *hides* I must go fix that

    Great mash up! <33

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  7. Wow. I loved Ten, absolutely LOVED The Conjuring, and Goosebumps was my childhood best friend. I've got to try The Devouring now.
    Thanks for the awesome recommendation! ;D<3

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    1. Oh you have to read The Devouring then. You'll love it, Kelly :D

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  8. Sounds like a fantastic book! I love creepy books especially Goosebumps when I was young lol. Adding to the TBR!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. I loved reading Goosebumps as a kid too! Those books are so campy :D

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  9. I have not heard The Devouring but it sounds really good especially because it has a creepy and spooky concept like Goosebumps :)

    -leigh

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    1. It is really good! If you like any of those things, you should definitely give it a shot :D

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  10. Goosebumps! God, I used to love those. And the show too - I'd watch that and Are You Afraid of The Dark? all the time when I was younger! Ahhh the memories.

    Haven't heard of The Devouring before, but if it's a mash-up of those books then I'm definitely checking it out :)

    - Allie @ Little Birdie Books

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    1. Are You Afraid of the Dark? I loved that show! Probably more than Goosebumps.

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  11. I've had The Devouring on my shelf for a long time and keep meaning to get to it. I am definitely going to bump it up the TBR pile now!

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    1. You definitely should bump it, especially for October, the perfect month for a horror book!

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