Daughters Unto Devils

Daughters Unto Devils

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, [2015]
ISBN: 9780373211586
0373211589
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm

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kirstd31 Mar 18, 2017

Very unnerving. Can Amanda figure out what lurks in the prairie before it destroys everyone she loves?

Cynthia_N Mar 11, 2017

Quite an unsettling novel! Quick horror read!

ElizF Feb 14, 2017

A riveting, quick read. Is 16 year old Amanda crazy or haunted? Will Amanda and her family survive another terrible winter? More creepy than scary, but still a good horror story.

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Jun 10, 2016

The oddly named "Daughters Unto Devils" may remind some people of "Little House of Horrors On The Prairie", but to me, it was more like a combination of H.P. Lovecraft "The Color Out Of Space" and "The Exorcist".

Our sixteen old heroine Amanda has just been abandoned by her boyfriend Henry when she tells him she's pregnant. Her sister/best friend Amelia gives Amanda the cold shoulder Amanda when she won't come clean to their pious Dad and even more pious Mom. The whole family can't get any sleep because their new baby was born blind and deaf, so she howls day and night. To top it off, hunter/trapper Dad decides it's time to move from their small cabin on the mountain in hopes on finding a bigger one out on the prairie.

DUD makes compelling reading, even when the characters' actions don't make a whole lot of sense. For instance, if would be movers found a cabin with fresh blood all over the floor, most people would say "Let's get out of here!" not "Let's move in!". If the land is supposedly cursed, why are they drinking the water? Why start off by telling your new neighbors your scariest family secret? If you're a furniture maker, then why isn't your baby in a cradle? Etc.

Yes, DUD is a scary tale, though it has more holes than a piece of swiss cheese. I hope Lukavics writes more novels when she plots a bit better and closes a lot more holes.

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