The Madman's Daughter - Megan Sheperd

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The Madman's Daughter - 
Megan Sheperd
Released: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Baltzer+Bray

Synopsis: 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.

What I thought: I love historical fiction, so I was super excited to read this one - plus it has a lot of really good reviews. We start with Juliet in London, living her life years after her families scandal. From there the adventure sets sail to a little island off the coast of Australia, where he father (who was presumed dead) is in fact alive, and still conducting the experiments that got him chased out of London. Juliet doesn't believe all the rumors and she's determined to make a new life with herself by his side. Plus there is the gorgeous Montgomery and the brooding secretive Edward, so what could go wrong?

Juliet is a strong-willed character, which is so different from a lot of the women of that time period. She doesn't give up easily, she is fierce and she had a temper that would put any man to shame. Not to mention her attitude would definitely give the likes of Katniss a run for her money.

The island and it's inhabitants are full of secrets, and nothing is going to be what you expect. At least for me, it wasn't. This book is very descriptive, and draws you into the island, into the action and danger that grows in every passing chapter. You'll be torn between Montgomery and Edward, as the relationships of these two love interest expands until bursting point.

But my favourite part was the end. I love a good ending, and that's really what sticks in my mind the most- what you are left with. This one left me in so much shock, I had to hum and rock myself for a few minutes while my brain processed it all... So watch out!

If you love all things creepy and weird, this is the book for you!

The Good: This book had so many wicked twists that I didn't see coming! I love books that do this to me!

The Bad: While the ending did have a killer surprise, I found myself really pushing myself through the last 25 percent. It felt way too dragged on for my liking.


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Claire Blennerhassett

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1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked it. I would have been disappointed if you hadn't since this looks so good and the cover is great.


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