Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

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.

My thoughts: I’m drop dead and with my mind blank. Seriously. I have no words to describe the novel I’ve just read. Just…


And now I just found out that it isn’t over and that it’s going to have sequels!! I’m so happy because the ending to this book left me speechless. It’s the first time this ever happened. I can truly agree to the fact that this book became one of the best books I’ve ever read in my few years on this planet. Well-written, beautifully describing, engaging conversations and characters with strong and deep features. This was the first novel ever to give me Goosebumps and butterflies in my stomach, but not from excitement, from for disgust and fear and… ok a little bit of excitement. What can I say? I like a little bit of blood. :P

I have nothing to say about this one. The ending, as mentioned before, and all the unfolding of this novel left me in utter shock and inner conflict. Juliet is a great character: strong headed, resolute, but also timid and profound, with a lot of layers underneath it. I mean, when your father is cast out of London accused of being a lunatic and heretic, all your wealth becomes ashes, your friends desert you and your mother dies when you’re young, it’s kind of obvious that she would built such walls around herself for protection.

I’m team Montgomery, the family butler’s son, all the way through. He’s a gentleman, sweet and seductive, but without leaving his wild – since he was raised in the middle of beasts, it’s expected. He was one of my favorite characters because he had secrets that made my chin drop to the ground, but you’ll have to read to find out what.

This book was based in an classic novel and I must say, compared to Splintered (view my older posts for this review), this book is hands down better. No unnecessary parts, everything fell into place as if it always belonged there. I can’t wait to read the book that gave base to write this one, as well as all the other volumes of this one! Highly recommended for everyone who likes some mystery and adventure, with a touch of blood and gruesome, passion and suspense.


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