Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
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 its rather shocking conclusion that knocks 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!
About Amy Lukavics
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Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in Northern Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother’s bookshelf.
When Amy isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys playing roller derby, cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms.
Her novel THE RAVENOUS was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the Superior Achievement in a YA Novel category, and DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS was a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers 2017.