Book Review: Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Title: Daughters Unto Devils
Author: Amy Lukavics
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Horror

             
When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

This is SO NOT a book that I would normally gravitate to. I am not a horror fan at all. AT ALL. I can't even watch a movie preview for a horror movie without having nightmares. I can't even tell you how thankful I am that the ARC I received did not have the final cover art on it, because I would not have been able to touch it. Forget even reading it. I would not even allow it in my house. That is how much of a chicken shit I am!

This book reads like you are watching an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Utterly creepy.

A quick and easy read that kept me reading because I NEEDED to know WTF was going on!

Everything was a damn mystery! And everything was creepy as hell. I mean everything. From not knowing what happened last winter, that has our protagonist, Amanda, thinking that she has been "claimed by the devil." To abandoned houses smeared with blood from floor to ceiling, and hearing a baby cry. Not to mention some highly suspect neighbors.

No one will talk about what happened last winter, though we know it must be something horrible, because everyone in the family treats Amanda differently, to the point that her youngest siblings are even scared to be around her. Amanda also seems to be the only one hearing a creepy ass baby cry and hearing windows being pounded on and eventually seeing manifestations. That she can feel!!!!!

Interspersed with the scary, you will find the mundane. The family doing every day menial tasks, for example. Thank God for these moments because I needed a break from the creepiness.

Daughters Unto Devils also took some twists and turns that I did not see coming.

If you are looking for a book perfect for Halloween, I would highly suggest Daughters Unto Devils.

Bravo to Amy Lukavics on her debut!

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