Monday, January 28, 2013

ARC Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter
By: Megan Shepherd
Release Date: Jan. 29th/13 (Psst that's TOMORROW GUYS!)
Publisher: Balzar & Bray
Source: ARC swap with another blogger
Find The Madman's Daughter on Goodreads here
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
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:
A dark and youthful twist on a timeless classic!

I went into The Madman's Daughter with high expectations, as everyone has been raving about this title, and I was not disappointed! 

I'm not typically one to pick up a horror novel, but The Madman's Daughter was able to capture and keep my attention within a couple of sittings. This book has it all, mystery, adventure and of course ROMANCE! Be warned there is a bit of a love triangle in this book, and I think I'm one of the last ones whom actually enjoys this element in YA, haha. 

Montgomery had me swooning and gritting my teeth throughout The Madman's Daughter. He's definitely my kind of guy- sweet, kind, smart, handsome, strong (I really could go on all day listing his great qualities), HOWEVER, there is one quality that kept irking me, and Juliet, throughout this book, and that's Montgomery's eagerness to do Dr. Moreau's bidding. Come on Montgomery you're better than that! (This is what I kept wanting to shout, haha). Edward, while not classically handsome, has his own charm as well. Wow did that last sentence sound ever shallow! What I really enjoyed about Edward, was the element of mystery that came with his character. He's definitely hiding something about his past and I, along with Juliet, was eager to uncover that mystery. There were a few scenes between Juliet and these boys (separately of course!) that definitely had me thinking this was a ages 14 & up read, but nothing graphic or explicit.

Juliet was a great character and I really enjoyed reading her narration. As well, I enjoyed the complexities of this character and her internal struggle in battling between good and evil. I'd categorize her as a vulnerable heroine. She's been through and seen a lot, but she's a survivor. 

One thing I will advise to those interested in this book is to be warned of the gore. There's a lot of experiments with innocent animals that may disturb the faint of heart, (to be honest I was a little disturbed with a few descriptions), but Shepherd does not shine a positive light on this.

The ending of this one was a killer! I need to know what's going to happen next!

Ultimately I would recommend this to all YA fans, with the exception of those with weak stomachs. Horror, adventure and romance all come together to create a delicious debut!

Happy Reading!!!

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  1. This book is going to be in my hands tomorrow! Great review. I'm not exactly opposed to love triangles but I HATE insta-love! I didn't realize this book was more toward the horror end of YA. Thank you for the heads up :)

    1. Thanks so much FD, I hope you enjoy it! And I'm happy to hear i'm not the only one who enjoys a good love triangle haha :)

  2. YAY! I'm so glad you weren't disappointed! Can't wait to read this, fantastic review!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

    1. Thank you so much Sunny! I hope you enjoy it as well! :)

  3. I really want to read this. I will be asking our libray to get a copy.

  4. This is one of my most anticipated 2013 releases, I hope I get it soon. I am yet to see a negative review. Glad to hear you liked it too.
    And I hate animal torture scenes...I just finished Ashes by Ilsa J Bick and I was more disturbed by a scene where a dog is tortured than about the humans being chewed on. Wonder what that says about me ;)

    1. Don't worry, I was the same way as a kid, if I watched a Western or something and there was a big shoot out, I'd always cry over the horses instead of the cowboys

  5. Oh man I loved this book so hard! Can't wait for the next one! Great review

  6. I love this book so much! THAT ENDING, ah! I cannot wait for the sequel! Thanks for the review! :D

    - Ava

  7. This book looks and sounds lovely. I really want to want to read it. Everyone I know have been raving about it. The problem is I can't decide if I should buy it now or wait for it to come out in paperback.

  8. I LOVE this book, and I agree with you all the way on this book <3 That ending seriously just like.. killed me and I can't wait for the sequel! Like really! I NEED it! Thanks so much for the review! :D Such a good book~

  9. I've heard a lot about this book, but was a bit hesitant since I don't read a lot of horror. Thanks for the review. I'll definitely read it. :)

  10. What an interesting and captivating book this sounds like. Montgomery sounds like my kinda good guy. Thanks for the recommendation.