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The Madman's Daughter by [Shepherd, Megan]
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“A deft twist on a familiar classic, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER has the best of everything: beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance” Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

“Romantic, haunting, and full of spine-tingling thrills, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER kept me reading late into the night” Veronica Rossi, bestselling author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

"This story is definitely unlike any others we've read in a long time – and in a good way. We're eager for the series to continue!" Seventeen magazine

“Unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave [readers] craving more” Publishers Weekly

“Fun to read… creepy, with twists and turns” USA TODAY

“Nicely blended horror and homage” SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1187 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QU6W52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an interesting take on the H G Wells classic 'The Island of Dr Moreau'. The historical period is well researched and authentic and the voice for the time period only wavers a little in places.

Juliet is a great character but I would have liked more 'show' that she is analytical and governed by logic or emotion (or hormones) and less of her telling us that this is the case. Still her story is interesting and her viewpoint never becomes irritatingly weepy or hysterical.

As with HG Well's original novel, if you have any knowledge of medicine, science or genetics then bits of this will really irritate you, unless you allow yourself to suspend disbelief. In point of fact Shepard has cleverly allowed enough authentic anatomy and biology in whilst keeping the rest deliberately vague - a good choice when dealing with patchwork animals!

I suppose the thing which irritated me was the way Juliet vacillated between Montgomery and Edward. It seemed that whichever was in the room at the time was flavour of the month. In fairness I can see that this is a set up for Juliet trying to reconcile the two sides of herself - the fatal curiosity of the scientist and the virtuous Victorian girl. I haven't read anything about the second book but I have a feeling that a certain Robert Lewis Stevenson novel may become a theme... Still for an MC who knew her own mind and was clearly very intelligent, her indecision and refusal to face facts was a bit annoying.

In the end though, the reason this got three stars from me rather than four, was that I found the ending somewhat unsatisfactory. Not enough threads were tied up and once again Juliet is propelled by the actions of the men around her rather than steering her own course. Still a good read and if you like embryo sci-fi with a touch of the macabre wrapped in a Victorian bow, this one is for you.
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I was very interested in The Madman's Daughter as soon as it came through the post. Firstly, the cover is fascinating, with the drawing of the heart and the different shades of red used to hint at something perhaps a little darker inside. And the description on the back was very intriguing, as someone who has recently started branching out and trying other genres of books, I was really looking forward to reading this!

Juliet Moreau used to have a good life, her father, Doctor Moreau was very successful and so they had a comfortable life. However, a huge scandal appeared when Juliet's father was accused of horrific experiments, causing Doctor Moreau to disappear. He was believed to be dead, and although no one ever proved that these awful experiments had actually happened, Juliet was still haunted by the thought of them and how it ruined her life. After running into Montgomery James, a servant who used to work in their house before the scandal, Juliet discovers that her father is still alive and working on a remote tropical island. Together with Montgomery, Juliet makes her way to the island, with no idea of what will be waiting when she gets there...

Wow. I don't quite know how to describe it. The Madman's Daughter had me gripped, so much so that I found it hard to do or even think about anything else over the course of the few days that I read this. I will say now, it is very creepy, but it is creepy in a way that draws you in and has you turning the pages desperate to know what will be uncovered next and where the story will lead you!

Megan Shepherd's writing is truly fantastic. There are a few gruesome scenes in the novel, but Megan has a talent of writing it in such a way that it terrifies you and urges you to read on at the same time.
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Ever since I heard about this book waaaay back at the end of 2012, I knew that I wanted to read it. It's just taken me a lot longer than I'd planned to get around to it. The Madman's Daughter was a book that I was really looking forward to. It sounded like it was going to be such a creepy read, and it definitely was!

I knew that this book was based on The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells but I've never read it. In all honesty, I'd never heard of it until I noticed that this book was based on it. So I never really had any idea what was going to happen before I started reading this book which actually wasn't a bad thing because I did end up really enjoying it (and now I want to read The Island of Dr. Moreau).

Megan Shepherd's writing style is fantastic. It was engaging, fast-paced, creepy and kept me hooked the whole way through the book. I'd heard that this book was slightly scary, but I never found anything scary about it. It was insanely creepy sometimes though and I was left with shivers and chills quite a few times, but there weren't any scary parts.

I did really like Juliet's character, even if I did think she was slightly naive sometimes. The incident at the start of the book when Juliet is trapped in the college just showed me how strong of a character Juliet was. She really isn't afraid to go to whatever lengths she must to protect herself and I liked that about her. She's also a pretty feisty and determined character. When Montgomery tells her she can't come with him, Juliet puts up a fight until he eventually has to give into her.
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