January 31, 2014

[Review] The Madman's Daughter by Megan Sheperd

Title: The Madman's Daughter
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA, Historial Fiction, Horror
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon | TBD | Kobo | B&N

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.

Book Review
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of this book. I wished that I had read the original book by H.G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau, I did, however, watch the movie staring Val Kilmer, but it was such a long time ago, that I don’t remember much of it.

The characters of the book, you either loved them, hated them or just flat out didn’t trust them. I immediately disliked Dr. Moreau, he was rude, arrogant and had no emotional attachment to his own daughter, Juliet. He treated her like she was a nuisance. Always trying to order her around and assuming his fatherly role after years of being MIA.  

Montgomery wasn’t quite a gentleman, but he still had that air about him. You immediately like him right off, he seems very up front, even though he does hide what Juliet’s father does. But he does everything because he deeply cares. Whereas Edward, on the other hand, just seems sneaky right off the bat. I never did trust him. He seemed to always be hiding something and wasn’t always honest.

I did like Juliet’s character. She always seemed to be optimistic. Always giving the benefit of the doubt, even when she shouldn’t. She was tough, only because she had to become that way after her father’s crimes. She could take care of herself but always wanted someone there for her. She took a lot of crap from her father’s crimes and then from her father once she reached the island, but yet, never gave up. I admire her for that.

The story was fascinating. I was really not expecting the ending and who the “culprit” was. I actually shed a tear or two with the ending because it was very unexpected. So I’m hoping that I can get some resolve in the next book.



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