Friday, September 25, 2015

Feature Friday ARC Review : Devils Unto Daughters by Amy Luckavics

*Feature Friday is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to feature YA books that have not yet been released by reviewing them.

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

PublisherHarlequin Teen
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Source: ARC

The Story:

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.

- via Amazon
RatingFOUR Gold Stars!!!!

My Review

I loved this book! I could not put Daughters Unto Devils down unless I absolutely had to (only to work to make money to by more books).

Opening Line:

The first time I lay with the post boy was on a Sunday, and I broke three commandments to do it.


The premise of 
Daughters Unto Devils, to me anyway, is Little House on the Prairie meets The Exorcist. I mean, come on, who would not want to read that? I was hooked from the opening line. And what an opening line it was!

The pacing was interesting. While not exactly slow, nothing really scary happened until the end. However, as I was reading I did not notice much. At least not to the extent that I could put the book down for extended periods of time. I mean I zoomed right through it -- granted it was a fairly short book -- but still I was so drawn into the book there was not a moment I did not want more.

Gritty and eloquent, I so loved Lukavics' writing. It was so refreshing to reading something not so prime and proper. Overall, Amy Lukavics is a talented writer and she has made my short auto-buy list. Daughters Unto Devils was real, frightening and I did not want it to end. Without a doubt, I recommend Daughters Unto Devils to anyone who is interested in horror - it is a must-read.

Character Breakdown:

Amanda Verners - Her character was real to me. She drew me into the story. At first, I thought she was completely nuts but as the story continued, I honestly began to sympathize with and see her more as a troubled teen growing up in a very different time. 

She is trying not to sound desperate for my sake, but still i can sense that she is pining for him. And by the way he turns around, looks into her eyes, and steps close enough to kiss her if he wanted, it's clear he feels the same way. This is when I fully realize that the post boy from the mountain never loved me at all. - pages 159-160

Pa Verners -- Oh man, did I not like this man. There were time when he was just plain mean. And I wanted to choke him.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from Daughters Unto Devils:

Ma to Amanda: "I tried and tried, but in the end there was no room for me, oh no.
She stops eating for a moment,tilts her head curosiously. "Because you already have a devil in you, girl. I can see him whispering in your ear right now."

Sinner.  - page 213

Meet the Author:

Amy Lukavics lurks within the pine-topped mountains of Arizona, along with her husband and two precious squidlings. When she isn't reading or writing creepy stories, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing video games. Daughters Unto Devils is her debut novel.

***Check out Amy Lukavics' website for more information about her and Daughters Unto DevilsHERE

Happy Reading!


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