My favorite Halloween book is The Devouring by Simon Holt
It really is a great creepy read, and if you're into that sort of thing, I'd highly recommend it!
Below is my review of The Devouring. Keep in mind that it was one of the first reviews I ever posted on this blog, so the style's a bit different than my current ones (though I did do a bit of editing and updating)!
Reggie has always been a fan of the gothic, the supernatural, the horrific. One day, while working at the local bookstore, she comes across a book called The Devouring and, thinking it’s just another horror novel, takes it home. As Reggie and her best friend, Aaron, peruse the book, they discover the world of the Vours, demonic creatures who possess humans by preying off of fear.
For Reggie and Aaron, it’s all just fun and games, until Reggie’s little brother, Henry, starts exhibiting strange behavior. Then, bad things start happening. Henry’s babysitter turns up dead, and Reggie finds Henry’s pet hamster in the toilet with a broken neck. Henry begins lying to their father, getting Reggie in trouble for things she didn’t do. When Reggie starts experiencing fear-induced hallucinations, she begins to wonder if the Vours really are just storybook monsters after all.
The Devouring is a compelling young adult thriller that focuses on the element of fear. Even though the Vours are fictional beings, I found it easy to relate to the fear described in the book, mainly because fear is a natural reaction that all of us, as humans, experience at one time or another. In addition, The Devouring doesn’t just focus on supernatural issues, but normal, teenage problems that the characters face as well. The book was very well-written and suspenseful, and kept me turning pages the entire time. Be warned though, it does end with a cliffhanger, leading into Holt’s second book in the series, The Soulstice.
Cover: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Writing Style: 4.5 stars
Overall: 4.5 stars