23 October 2015

Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

I am not a horror fan. I looked at this book and was like, nope, I bet I don't like this. It's terrible of me, but I put off reading this book for as much as I could, pushing it further and further down my to-read list when suddenly, I just mentally slapped myself around the head and thought what would Shia Lebeouf say?

"Sometimes I believe the baby will never stop crying.

Sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner fears she is losing her mind. When her family move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, Amanda hopes she can leave her haunting memories behind: of her sickly Ma giving birth to a terribly afflicted baby; of the cabin fever that claimed Amanda's sanity; of the boy who she has been meeting in secret...

But the Verners arrive on the prairie to find their new home soaked in blood. So much blood. And Amanda has heard stories - about men becoming unhinged and killing their families, about the land being tainted by wickedness. With guilty secrets weighing down on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or within her soul...

Can I tell you something positively crazy? I actually liked this. Liked it enough to give it 3 stars even though I went in with the mentality of thinking I won't like this and was taken aback by the unusual voice. I don't know if it's because I've not got a lot to compare it to, seeing as I stick mainly with contemporary, fantasy or dystopian themes but I did really enjoy it. I'm saying it so much because I am genuinely surprised considering what I felt before I started reading.

I don't know exactly when this is set because my history skills are appauling and not once in the novel does it state, but you just know from the voice and story that this is set before a time of vehicles and phones and everything we're used to. This was perfect for me because if someone said, ah yes it's the turn of the 18th century, I would have had to google it. As well as horror, I normally avoid history like the plague. And what's more, there are serious religious overtones, again something I would rather not read. But somehow, all those things I dislike in a novel made for a pretty good read because it was excuted well.  It created fear (not the hardest when you're playing with the whole cabin in the woods setting, but still), created guilt that I could understand based on the circumstances (religion, you know) and had me reading to see what would happen next because it felt like it was anyones game, literally anything could happen.

The pace was great for the majority, I happily inhaled the beginning of this book and couldn't tear away when twist after twist came about. The only downside was the ending, it all happened so fast and left in such an openly eerie way that I was left thinking - okay? But maybe that is just a horror thing. Reviews I peeked at were describing this as overly creepy and terrifying but I didn't get that. Sure, I can see why it might be scary, but I doubt I will actually be having nightmares over this.


  1. I am definitely adding this to my to read list! Sounds like something I'll really enjoy!

    1. Let me know if you read it! Wanna hear your thoughts :)

  2. This one's been on my TBR for a while now. It sounds like a fun read!

    1. Fun, creepy but easy! I got in to it so quickly.