Friday, May 02, 2014

Book Review: The Madman's Daughter

Friday, May 02, 2014
Title: The Madman's Daughter
Author: Megan Sheperd
Genre/s: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Released Date: January 29, 2013
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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.

My Thoughts:

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd was a letdown for me. It has a slow beginning, lackluster middle and meh ending. I expected more from this book.

Juliet Moreau used to have everything; a mansion-like house, fancy dresses, jewelry, money and a good reputation. But everything was ruined after the rumors spread about her father’s illegal experiments. He ran away without taking Juliet and her mother with him. He didn’t even write a letter to them explaining what happened and he was presumed dead by everyone. Now, 7 years after he left, Juliet discovered that her father was still alive and living in an isolated island in the Pacific. Juliet needed an explanation; she wanted to know the truth straight from her father. So accompanied with Montgomery (her father’s assistant), Balthazar (Montgomery’s assistant) and Edward (a castaway they rescued), she went to her father’s island without a clue on the horror that awaits her.

I have to admit, I don't read a lot of historical fiction because it's a hit or miss with me. When written correctly, historical fiction will transport you back in time as if you were actually there but if done poorly, it will just transport you back to your boring history class or whatever subject bore you. Sad to say, The Madman’s Daughter was the latter for me.

My first impression on Juliet was pretty good. She was an independent, fearless and clever girl who can take care of herself. She was also stubborn and her curiousity was insatiable. I like the girl I met in the London despite her poor situation as a maid. But I don't know what happened to her because when she came to the island she became this whiny, insecure, guillible, cowardly girl. I guess the presence of her father caused her childish behavior and I don't like this version of her. Not even a bit. I think, Juliet dragged the story down and it was sad because I was actually liking the gruesome/creepy vibe this novel has.

Overall, this book is not for me but I'm still going to read it's sequel because I heard it was based on Dr. Jekyll and Hyde which I'm very intrigued about.

My Rating

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