Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (September 29, 2015)
Cover Rating: <3
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.
With some suggesting that this book is like Little House on the Prairie means The Exorcist you know that expectations will be high. Too bad Daughters Unto Devils didn’t live up to them. While I was expecting something disturbing, and deliciously creepy with a hint of gore I was met with a book that was a slow burn and dull to the core. Thank goodness this was quick read something that could be returned to the library.
While Daughters Unto Devils tries to be intense and mysterious, it falls flat with the over the top supernatural occurences that I actually laughed instead of feeling the spine tingling fear that I was meant to feel while reading this. Not only that but I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Which to me is important. Also I didn’t care for the religious aspects of the novel. But I understand because this is the 1800’s and religion was a big thing and having a baby out of wedlock is a big no no. But the constant references towards the devil was rather annoying. Every time something weird and spooky happened. The family blamed the devil and sung hymns. I guess that’s the point but my goodness.
Overall, Daughters Unto Devils is nothing but a slow read with 2 dimensional characters and a storyline that was really meh. Seriously, the author had plenty of room to flesh out the characters and make this story so much more but to me it felt like she gave up have way through or was lazy. Also, I’m the type of person that love suspense and intense settings when reading a horror story. I want to be scared and freaked out but this book just didn’t deliver. It didn’t live up to my expectations.
Still I would gladly recommend this book. Just because it didn’t live up to my expectations doesn’t mean it won’t live up to yours. As I’ve said before, I’m the type that loves scary and creepy and not all people are that way. So if you’re looking for a quick little read during the Halloween season, Daughters Unto Devils is the book to pick. Yes it’s not quite The Exorcist but it’s entertaining for what it tries to be.