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Daughters Unto Devils

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  3,096 ratings  ·  808 reviews
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 m ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Harlequin Teen
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: 99 cents on Kindle US today 8-12-17

Holy crap on a cracker! I put this book off for a long time because I had seen so many negative reviews when it first came out, but I'm sure glad I decided to start reading what I want because this book was down right creepy!



***SOME SPOILERS***

Amanda Verner is secretly seeing a boy named Henry in the woods and you know what they are up to! Then when he finds out Amanda is pregnant he leaves her; she's thinking he is going to marry her. NOT!

Amanda keeps this secret from her paren
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This book was a disappointment. It was described as Little House on the Prairie meets Stephen King. Well, you can take both out of it, because it's neither scary nor fun. It bears little resemblance to my beloved Little House on the Prairie because the people in that series had common sense and the main character wasn't a whining little feather-brained twit.

This book is not a horror. It's a psychological tale, which is to say, it is boring as fuck. Don't expect anything to happen. Don't expect any scar
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Wendy Darling
So if in some twisted universe, a Laura Ingalls Wilder type accidentally got pregnant and moved onto a farm that may or may not be cursed, would she:

a. abandon her home and force her sister to raise her child until she can return for it
b. lose the baby and fear that it watches her from the woods with its dead eyes
c. run for her life as Ma and Pa go crazy and chase everybody with pickaxes
d. find a boy with a twisted smile who helps her battle the unknown forces and l
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Kassidy
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
*3.75*
This book definitely freaked me out and gave me the chills!
Faye, la Patata
HEY, LOOK! I MADE A WALLPAPER OF THIS! Stop by the blog to download this and many more!



I may or may not have pissed my pants after reading this book.

Spoiler: I definitely did piss my pants after reading this book.

Horror aficionados, come and meet your match (made in hell). After reading Rin Chupeco's Girl From the Well and The Suffering, I've been on a frenzy hunt for the next book that would tickle my scary bone and leave me trembling in the night. I'm not sure if you guys know, but I  relish the feeling of getting scared. When my imagination goes out of controlWell and TheChupeco's Girlbook.
Horrorbook.
Spoiler:
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Flip me over with a spatula. This book did the very rare job of truly giving me the creeps. I mean, really and truly. Hairs on the back of my neck stood up, I had moments of forgetting to breathe and it was like a really bad idea to read it in the dark with the Kindle light turned down low. I had to keep cuddling my cats for comfort.

This is one of those books that seems to start with a fairly low-key plot and energy, still very intriguing and interesting, not boring in anyway but I did NOT expect some of
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

“I’m starting to believe that hell is everywhere.”

This was a bit of a pleasant surprise.

Amanda Verner’s family has always lived in mountain territory, but after a rough winter the previous year and the farmers all warning to prepare for an even worse one her father decides the family should relocate to the prairie. It is rumored that woods surround the area which will provide work for Pa in the form of furniture making and there's supposed to be plenty of abandoned cabins of former settlers who haStars
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ABookwormWithWine
⭐⭐⭐ / 5

This is my second time reading a book by Amy Lukavics and I know I can count on her for some creepy, horror YA fiction. Daughters Unto Devils wasn't as creepy as The Women in the Walls, and it actually had much more of a regular story to it than I expected it to. The last 40 pages were the creepiest for me, and the most... bloody.

The blurb pretty much tells you what you need to know about this one so I won't go into it, but I thought this was a relatively creepy, very quick read. I'm sure not ev
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Bradley
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, horror
Okay. It might be YA, but to me, it's horror all the way, baby.

I may not care all that much about old-tyme american settlement, little house on the prairie - type fiction, but there's a goodly number of creepy frontier horror out there in the wide world, and I seem to be stumbling upon them a bit more in the last few years. As I was reading this one, I was reminded about how much I like my Rasputina collection, and a special little song in the Violent Femmes collection, too, but more
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Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
Well there is one thing I can say about this book...it was short! Reading Amy Lukavics 'Daughters unto Devils' was one of the most disappointing reading experiences of my life. When a publisher walks up to you and says, 'You must read this! It's like Little House on the Prairie meets The Exorcist', expectations are naturally high. This book fell oh, so short.

The characters were completely flat and two dimensional, and Lukavics' world building leaves a lot to be desired. Her language
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Totoro
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
"waste of paper " is my only explanation for this book :D
not scary, just stupid, illogical and gross
Beth
RATING FOR THE FIRST 3/4: Low 2 stars
RATING FOR THE LAST 1/4: Solid 5 stars


I am REALLY stuck between 3 and 4 for this.

Until the AWESOME finale, it was actually more like 2.5 stars.

I can't tell you how much I was anticipating this book. When I got an ARC, I whooped and danced and started reading it the minute it was in my little hands, expecting that I would have it finished within the night. It wasn't that long, I love horror, and Amy Lukavics seems like a reall
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Going into this I was expecting something magnificent, something horrifying and original but as I started it, instead I realized more than anything, this would more than likely just be an odd, unusual read and not at all creepy or scary. In fact it took me a very long time to really understand Amanda and even like her. I'm still not sure that I like her, but oh boy, did we get a good hard, long look inside the inner workings of her mind.

*shudders* This read might have started with li
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Jennifer
★★★
Daughters Unto Devils is a standalone, young-adult story of horror written by Amy Lukavics. This title is her debut novel and I found it very promising. Although some parts felt a bit too simple at times for my personal taste, I thought Ms. Lukavics excelled at creating a creepy and dark atmosphere which I thoroughly enjoyed. By setting this story in the 1800's and isolating the characters from help when faced with a pretty constant threat of doom, my attention was easily held. Oh, should I mention the sour
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
I love horror. In any fashion. Adult horror, Young Adult Horror, Classic Horror -if it's horror, GIVE IT TO ME! Now, YA horror is typically hit or miss. What permits it to be YA - the writing style? Or the main character's age? Or what exactly? Sometimes it's a hit or miss with me (to be fair, so is every book really), and with this one, it hit right down the middle for me.

Here's the thing. This is only 251 pages. I was halfway through the book and while I was enjoying the story, I w
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Leah Clifford
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the perks of knowing the author is getting an early read! This book is utterly terrifying. UTTERLY. TERRIFYING.
Dannii Elle
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-hazes
Amanda is one of seven children to an impoverished family but is soon to add one more mouth for them to feed due to her unmarried, pregnant state. She is keeping her swollen belly secret from all but sister Emily as the family move to the mountains, where they hope for an easier life for their large brood. But the mountains have other ideas for them...

This, as a YA, begun more explicitly than I had anticipated and I was also continually impressed by the blood and goriness that were i
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Arlene
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, that was pretty creepy! I actually had to create a new GR shelf for this book. I have never read a YA horror novel before, and Daughters Unto Devils definitely sets the bar! I am seriously creeped out! Yes that was quite the scary story there!

Amanda Verner has lived her entire life with her family in a mountain cabin. However after a horrible winter that left them traumatized to the brutal conditions of mountain living, her father takes the advice of Henry the post boy about mo
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Amerie
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for atmospheric, slow-building horror
I devoured this in two sittings, late at night and as soon as I woke up the next morning. I knew I'd love it after only the first few pages; the atmospheric, slow-building horror found its way under my skin, and though there were quite a few unsettling details in the beginning and first half, I was surprised to find myself afraid to walk the halls in the dark. This story about sisterhood and love and pure evil--not to mention old-fashioned husband/wife dynamics--builds to one of the most satisfy ...more
Book Riot Community
It’s late summer, the time of year when I read all the horror novels I can in anticipation of the fall rush. This one is definitely the scariest, the creepiest, the most riveting I’ve found this year. While it’s YA, it’s scarier than plenty of adult horror I’ve read. Take Little House on the Prairie, add religious mania, rural isolation, demons, ghost babies, the scariest cabin in the woods of all time, and you’ve got yourself a book you really shouldn’t read alone at night. — Jessica Woodbury ...more
Cameron Chaney
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
"I'm starting to believe that hell is everywhere."

Amy Lukavics breathes some eerie horror back into YA literature with her debut novel Daughters Unto Devils. And dang, is it a good debut. It is being coined "Little House on the Prairie meets Stephen King" which I feel is the best way to describe this dark little yarn.

This historical story follows 16-year-old Amanda who lives with her family in a secluded house surrounded by woods. The only contact she's ever had with a boy her age is a messen
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Stacee
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I heard about this book from Gretchen McNeil and was instantly intrigued. This story is so creepy, it's delicious.

The overall story is a bit of a slow burn. The setting and family life make for a very Oregon-Trail-like feel and it definitely adds to the atmosphere. By the time the last 1/4 of the book was unfolding, I was sitting straight up in my chair, turning the pages as fast as I could.

Overall, it was a quick read with one hell of an ending. I'm still not entirely sure what happened in pa
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Rebecca McNutt
Spooky and eerie, this book has all the elements of a good horror novel, but there's a lot more to it than that. Set in a rural area, readers are introduced to a young girl who, as a result of isolation and insanity within her home, nearly lost her mind to cabin fever and claustrophobia. Now she's over it - or so she thinks. What follows is a psychological thriller unlike anything else.
Jessica
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is called Little House on the Prairie as written by Stephen King, and yes . . . yes it was. It was horrifying. It was grotesque. It was really, really scary. And it had a ton of potential, I can see why this debut book caught a publisher's eye, and I can see where Lukavics is definitely one to watch. I am not the hugest fan of horror, being as I am a big ol' chicken, but the premise of it really grabbed me. I did feel that some of the potential was not realized. The book is quite short ...more
Miranda Reads
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars3.5 stars
I'm starting to believe that hell is everywhere.
Amanda Verner, sixteen, lives with her parents and siblings in a remote mountainside cabin.

The last winter was absolutely terrible. Her sickly mother was pregnant and began wasting away. She gave birth to a blind and deaf child who cries...and cries...and cries... Amanda went stir crazy.

Things are just starting to get marginally back to normal.

But now she realizes there's nothing to do except studying the bible and sayistars
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Jessica Woodbury
I have zero bad things to say about this book. A YA horror that doesn't skimp on creepiness or character development, with a plot that consistently raises the stakes and twists and turns in a way that feels completely organic.

A lot of horror can feel like it's written around this huge climax that doesn't really deliver. Not so here.

If you like horror but don't read Young Adult, you should make an exception. It's as good and as creepy as any adult horror novel.
Brandie
Very creepy and quick read!
thepessimisticreader
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TheBookSmugglers
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Aptly described as “Little House in the Prairie meets Horror”, Daughters Unto Devils (Harlequin Teen, September 2015) is a pretty decent and scary YA Horror that meshes historical drama and psychological trauma.
Amanda’s family has recently survived the harshest winter of their lives: a big family trapped inside a small mountain cabin for months, with a pregnant mother in the throes of a fever that almost took her life. No one talks about Amanda’s mental breakdown that happened then but they all fear
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Amber
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sinfully good and devilishly terrifying – finally someone has written a real horror novel for young adults! If I could give it more than 5 Stars, I would!

Read the rest of the review, here: http://www.memyshelfandi.com/2015/09/...
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Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother's bookshelf.

Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Fro
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“You are stronger than you think you are. You are not your thoughts. The only devil inside of you is the one you created yourself.” 12 likes
“The Lord works in mysterious ways, all right. Wish a baby dead, get another one in return as punishment. This is my reckoning.” 7 likes
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