Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Madman's Daughter Book Review

Recommended for: Fans of The Island of Doctor Moreau, Doctor Jeckle and  Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein
Read in April, 2014 — I own a copy
My Rating: FIVE STARS          

{Title: The Madman's Daughter}
{Author: Megan Shepherd}
{Published by Balzer + Bray}
{420 Pages}
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.

WOAH! This was quite an adventure. This was a chilling, fast paced thriller. If you are a fan of The Island of Doctor Moreau than you'll love this. It's actually a twisted version of it. This story had me spellbound to these pages. Megan made all the difficult language of anatomy, cells and vivisection seem like child's play.

Read the first page and you'll be mesmerized!

The minute I read the first paragraph I knew this was going to be a dark novel. Just the idea of scrubbing blood flecked floors and being in hallways compared to a graveyard raises the hair on my arms. The old English setting was perfect for this dark tale of a crooked doctor's daughter trying to stay alive while avoiding the perverse Doctor Hastings. It gets better with the eerie setting of a dangerous island housing gruesome creations made by her father. Oh, and there's love. Yes, Montgomery and Edward, the protagonist's boys of choice.
Its a very loopy relationship though.
Your back and forth between the two very often and just as you think she's made her choice and settled on one she ruins it with doubt. And it's just like...


Juliet is a very complex character, a young protagonist that is still struggling with her future when her past comes to bite her in the butt. She's suddenly forced to return to her past with Montgomery, her childhood friend and also ex-servant boy (or so he says). The minute Montgomery stepped onto the page though all the feels rushed at me like a linebacker. He is a handsome young doctor with a mysterious past but a heart wrenching story. He's got a spot in my top male characters. I don't want to spoil too much but he is even more of a genius than I at first imagined.

Now, I can't not say something about Balthazar. I could just wrap that abnormal beast in my arms and squeeze him tight! I love Balthazar so much. He's so sweet and innocent that it breaks my heart.
I want a Balthazar of my own....and I wouldn't mind a Montgomery either *wink wink*.


You have to read this! Add this to your Must-Reads and don't hesitate. It's a teeth clenching, mind-boggling adventure on the Island of Doctor Moreau.

And I just HAD to use Dylan O'Brien to describe how I was feeling about this book!

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