Monday, October 17, 2016

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Title: The Madman's Daughter
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publication Date: 01-29-2013
Publisher: Blazer+Bray
Pages: 420
Synopsis:  "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."

I enjoyed myself reading this book it wasn't the best book I ever read, but it still was a great book. The plot was very intriguing and a little unpredictable at times. I was personally hoping this would be more thrilling than it was. However it did really have a creepy factor to it. You shouldn't read some parts if your light to the stomach. At times The Madman's Daughter storyline was lacking a thorough plot driving element. This is the perfect book to read during the Halloween season and I'm quite excited to see where the rest of this series takes us readers.

The four main characters we really get to know is Juliet, Edward, Montgomery, and the Doctor. The story is told from Juliet's perspective and I think she is an excellent main character to read from. She does have some faults like any character, but there's so much room for more development. I'm sort of hoping she gets a little bit more darker. Edward and Montgomery are the two love interests sort of. I personally feel that Juliet loves Montgomery and likes Edward as a friend. The Doctor is a crazy person who you can't reason with. I don't like him, but I wouldn't exactly call him the villain of the story either.    
The last 100 pages were filled with so many different plot twists that it had me on the edge. The ending of the book reminded me of the way The Darkest Minds ended. I really enjoyed where the author took the book. I'm curious on how things are going to go in the next two books. I hope it gets darker and way more sinister. This book is a solid 3.75 star rating. Have you read this book? Have you read the other books? Remember keep looking for your Once Upon A Time. 

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