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Daughters unto Devils

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Daughters unto Devils

Amanda Verner, a 16-year-old Christian girl, just experienced a terrible winter in DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS by debut novelist Amy Lukavics --- her mother gave birth to a daughter who Amanda can’t stand, she had an affair with a boy and she had terrifying visions. When the Verners decide to move to the prairie, Amanda thinks this is her chance for a fresh start.

When Amanda arrives at her new home, however, she finds that her new start will not be as fresh as she thought; the inside of the cabin is covered in the past owners’ blood. As the days go on, things aren’t getting any better --- Amanda still hears voices and sees things, and the doctor and son that live in the woods aren’t helping to silence her doubts. Amanda is suddenly left questioning her sanity and wondering, is everything she’s been experiencing real or is she going insane?

I think this DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS is absolutely fantastic. The author completely kept me on edge throughout the novel. Most YA horror novels I’ve read follow classic tropes with little to no twists, but I’d say DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS completely defies the status quo.  I can honestly say I did not see the ending coming at all. I would love to go more in depth, but I don’t intend to spoil it for you.

Most YA horror novels I’ve read follow classic tropes with little to no twists, but I’d say DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS completely defies the status quo. 

I also liked how Lukavics shows how Amanda’s Christianity affects her view on the situation. For example, since Amanda had been sleeping with a boy she wasn’t married to before the move, she believes she has committed an awful sin --- a sin that might be the cause of everything that went wrong, since. I thought this was an interesting take because in most novels, protagonists don’t tend to think about their past or anything that could have led to repercussions.

That is not even the best part of DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS, though. For me, the major feature that stuck out was Lukavics’ attention to detail. During gruesome scenes, she went in depth to describe many things that just make your skin crawl and shiver. She also really helps you feel what the characters are going through.

Although it was a great story, I thought that DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS had some flaws, too. For one, I think there were definitely some parts of the book where Amy Lukavics could have elaborated on further. One example is Amanda’s relationships with her brothers and sisters. Yes, the reader knows how she feels about her sisters, Emily and Hannah, but you never know much about her feelings towards Charles and Joanna. Although it’s not a big deal, it most certainly is something that could have been improved on.

To sum up, I would recommend DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS to anyone who’s a fan of horror --- it’s not for the faint of heart. Lukavics brings a new twist to the genre and this would definitely be worth checking out. It’s an action-packed novel that will surely leave you trembling.

Reviewed by Linnea P., Teen Board member on September 29, 2015

Daughters unto Devils
by Amy Lukavics

  • Publication Date: September 27, 2016
  • Genres: Horror, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • ISBN-10: 0373211953
  • ISBN-13: 9780373211951