Daughters Unto Devil by Amy Lukavics was recommended to me by Mindi (@Gowsy33 to any of my bookstagram friends on here). Well, she didn’t know at the time she was speaking directly to me, as it was one of her IG stories. BUT if I have learned anything it is that when she says she likes a book, then I NEED THAT BOOK! It’s pretty simple actually. One review said it was like Little House on the Prairie if it had been written by Stephen King. Those two recommendations paired with the Amazon summary were more than enough to get me excited for this one:
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.
The cover of this book is a little terrifying to me. Based on the cover alone, I did not know going into it that it was, in fact, a YA novel. But I actually enjoy most of the YA novels that I read so that didn’t deter me one bit. But I do not think it has to be categorized as a YA novel; it can be categorized as simply a horror novel. There are so many messed up and creepy scenes and events in the book that the reader can look past the fact that the general audience is teens. I mean some of those scenes are SO disturbing. Without giving too much away, I can say that I will never EVER see ants in the same way again. Or scarecrows. Or pigs. Or cabins. Or cabins that have blood-soaked floors that I so often visit.
Being a YA novel, the pacing was fast but you still get a chance to know all of the characters. I even became emotionally invested in two of them and was slightly heartbroken a time or two. With every page and every scene the story builds suspense and terror until it’s rather shocking conclusion that knows the wind out of you.
Amy Lukavics is an author that is slowly seducing me and I am eager to choose the next book of hers that I will read! 3.5 stars out of 5 for me on this one!