Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Madman's Daughter

Title: The Madman's Daughter

Author: Megan Shepherd

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Release Date: January 29, 2013

My Rating

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.

Via Goodreads

Alrightie, I seem to be on a book reviewing spree!
I finished The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd about two weeks ago, and let me tell you guys, this is a book that will remain embedded in your mind and keep you pondering all day.
The plot line is very well thought out and interesting in a dark, gothic way.  The story pokes at some odd subjects, like vivisections (operating on a live and aware person/animal/anything that breathes) and messing with God's creations.
The main character, Juliet, is super sweet and likable and I felt a connection to her that I am sure many others will feel.  She is a little impulsive, though.  Montgomery (*involuntary sigh*) is the cream of the crop of guys in this book.  He is a gentleman, he is handsome, and he is caring, and wrapped up in a perfect package and topped with a red bow!  So, I might have an itsy-bitsy crush on a fictional character.....  He's perfect for Juliet.
The story has a love triangle, but it becomes obvious early in the book who Juliet will choose.  Edward ( the other love interest), is like the dark side of the yin-yang piece.  He is handsome (obviously... why are all guys in books so darn good-looking?!), mysterious, and a little pushy (*ahem* waterfall scene, for those who have already read it).  I mean, I liked Edward, but he's not that great in comparison to Montgomery.
The Madman's Daughter has its' fair share of adventure, mystery, and creepiness.  The whole monkey-people-island-dweller thing freaked me out.  When I found out what the people on the island really were, I was like "OH SWEET GOSH, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS?!"  ( I guess you guys have probably figured out that I am very vocal on my opinions while reading a book)
Overall, I would give this book a 4.5/5 because of the wonderful narration, the amazing cover ( I had to do it!), the intriguing plot line, and the lovable characters.  So, if you like old-world, gothic novels with semi-modern characters, then pick this book up!


  1. I agree with you but I don't see how Juliet is that relatable. I mean she is a bit crazy herself...anyway you should read The Island of Dr. Moreau! The Madman's Daughter is just a retelling of the H.G. Wells novel! Though I have to admit The Madman's Daughter is much better.

    1. I will definitely read that!! Thank you for the comment, anonymous reader who I do not know the identity of!


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