January 5, 2016
Daughters unto Devils is set in the time of pioneers and prairies and with that comes all the complications of that time. The coming winter is anticipated to be an extreme one. In order to prevent the terrible events from last winter from reoccurring, Mr. Verner has to move his family off of their mountain. The move to a new cabin takes this family on an unexpected journey with unforeseeable consequences.
May I just start my review by saying,” Bravo, Amy Lukavics.” This is the very first time I have picked up a Young Adult book that actually gave me chills. I have read Stephen King books that didn’t creep me out as much as this book did. That being said, this book has adult situations and adult language and should be read by the older end of the Young Adult Spectrum.
The characters in this novel are pretty close to how I would have expected them to be in this time period. I am sure that there are things that aren’t historically accurate, but for the most part it seems to be pretty close to what I expect. Amanda is a willful girl who is determined to break as many rules and commit as many sins as she can. She is a pretty typical teenage girl, trying to find out what her beliefs are and where she fits in, in the universe. While Amanda makes some less than ideal decisions, she grows a lot as a person throughout this novel. That is of key importance, especially in YA novels. The rest of the characters are more like background noise to Amanda’s inner turmoil.
The setting of this story is fantastic, what could be more macabre than a haunted prairie? The way they lived life in those days and were so close to wild dangerous animals is enough to strike fear in me without all the other miss happenings taking place. The author is brilliant for choosing this time period and setting for this particular story.
The writing style of this novel is beautiful, and draws you in from the very beginning; even the slower portions of the story were interesting. It makes the book an unbelievably fast read. This is one of those stories you put down unwillingly and anticipate picking up again.
I wish this novel hadn’t been so short; it made the ending feel a bit rushed which is a major pet peeve of mine. I love an action packed ending, when properly executed. Furthermore, the ending left me with way more question than it answered, which in stories like this , is typically the desired effect, but still frustrating .
All in all, this was a very good read and I would definitely recommend it to horror book lovers. I’m going to give it 4 out of 5 stars.