Wednesday, January 29, 2014

[Book Review] Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)Madman's Daughter 

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

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Madman's Daughter is the kind of story that makes you want to stop reading it but you can't because you just have to know how it ends. And it ends.. wow. Won't spoil it for you.. 

Story takes us to old London where women were married off based on their social status that seems to follow them everywhere they went. Juliet Moreau used to be one of those girls but after then scandal with her father and her mother dying, she had to find a job and survive on her own. After finding her father's notes, she tracks down her childhood servant that tells her that her father is still alive and lives on an island. 

When she gets to the island, she sees a man scientist that will do anything just to discover something new. Like making animals into humans and throwing away his "failures" that got a taste for blood and want revenge

“We're going to die, aren't we?" I asked bitterly. 
He held me so tight I could hardly breathe. But I wanted tighter still. "Not here. I swear it.”

First things first - I hate her father. He was selfish, arrogant, mad, and had no respect for women. I'm not a feminist but he was seriously a pig. Juliet's character really surprised me and I did not expect her to be so clever. There were a hint of love triangle but when you mix that with a hint of adventure and monsters - that's when it gets interesting. Great read, a little slow but I'm planning on reading the second book in this series

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