Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

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, 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.

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 17

I haven't been pushing this book review back because I didn't like it. Oh, no. It was amazzzing. Simply, I've been so freaking busy! But still reading, no worries. The Madman's Daughter is an incredible book. Everything about it was unique--something that hasn't been done before, or in a long time. I read an interview with the agent who said it was in a genre of its own. I would have to agree, although if I had to pick one to stick it in, I'd say it'd go under that gothic/mystery/thriller category. At times, it was a scary book! And the whole idea of animals being morphed into humans is creepy. And the monsters and the unknown out on that island is absolutely suspenseful and captivating. 

Which brings me to the setting. Outstanding! It was one of the things that made the book for me. The lush green life of the jungle mixed with the old compound sold me. It transported me to a secluded world where no one exists but mad scientists, one-of-a-kind creatures, and a love story.

Next, characters. Let's be honest. Juliet was...a little annoying at times. Enough screaming and yelling and making mean comments about Montgomery that are (maybe?) supposed to sound like compliments. However, I do give her credit as she has a bit of daddy issues. Mr. Moreau is the cruelest of cruel. Throughout the book I honestly didn't think he could get worse, but he did. Again and again and again. However, I did admire her pushes and pulls to learn more about her father's work. Curiosity is something we all have in us, I think!

There were so many twists and turns and mysteries in this book that from page one I was hooked. (Cliche, but seriously.) The pacing of this novel is breakneck. At times in the beginning I felt it went a little too fast. It seemed rush. But then I got used to the pacing and it made everything ten times better. There really wasn't a boring page. 

Lastly, the boys. Edward never did it for me, but Montgomery...well, let's just say he's made my list of top character crushes and he's up there with boys like Perry from Under the Never Sky, Warner from Shatter Me and Ren from Nightshade, so you know he's good. He's that dangerously genius, rough but sweeter than you'd ever imagine, hardworking, well, sex god (or something like that). One thing I really appreciated was that (for the most part) Juliet stuck true to her gut about the boys. It was a strange love triangle, so for those of you who are sick and tired of love triangles, I would still give this book a shot. It's not really what it seems... 

To sum this book up, I would just call it strange. If you've read The Island of Dr. Moreau, this is a must-read novel for you. Juliet, his daughter, tells the flip side of the story. And if you haven't, well then dip into the world of madness and horror in this original debut! 

This book is in stores now! 
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We gave this book away in December, but maybe we'll be giving away its sequel in the future, which is inspired by Frankenstein this time! Dun dun dun! 

Happy reading!
Rachel, age 17


  1. I really need to read this! It's been staring at me from my shelf and I've only heard good things. You've got me curious about the love triangle. I've never read the original story of Dr. Moreau, but I'm still really intrigued by this one :0)

    1. Oh Sarah you MUST! This is the first book you won from us, right?? Well, I do think you'd enjoy it. It's a little something different, but it's nice to get a refreshing read. I don't think you'll have read one quite like this one! But first...go write a scene from your own book! ;)


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