Review of The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1)  by Megan Shepherd


Review: I was really looking forward to this series and was really happy to pick it up at the library one day. But as I read the book and saw more and more of what the plot and characters were like, I was not impressed. I was quite let down when I finished reading this book, mostly due to the fact that the book was not as dark as I thought I would be. The characters were kind of awful the more I read about them, but I got that these characters were not suppose to be likable at this point in the series. Maybe its later in the series that I could come to like the plot and characters, but I don’t think I’m going to find out. Mostly due to the fact reading more of this series does not appeal to me at this point in time, maybe later, but I really doubt that.

Although there were many parts that were compelling to me to keep reading. Most of them had me on the edge of my seat just to find out what was going on.

3 out of 5 stars.

420 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Historical Fiction. Science Fiction. Horror.

Published by Balzer + Bray.

Summary: 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.

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  1. It’s just sad when you pick up a book with such an amazing synopsis and you’re let down on the end. But I will still put this book on my tbr pile (it really sounds interesting).