Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

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Title: The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter #1)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Release Date: January 1st, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, historical fiction, fantasy
Purchase link: Book Depository


Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London, working as a maid and trying to forget the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumours about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he's alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she's determined to find out if the accusations were true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the secret of her father's new life: He experiments on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. 

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.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was drawn into the story from the very first page, Megan Shepherd's writing took me to historical period London. As Juliet made her journey from the dingy basement of the university's medical building to a remote island where her father had free rein to carry out his experiments on animals, I was there each step of the way. The imagery created is so real that at times it felt as if I watching rolls of old films in my mind.

It has an interesting premise, what with a mad scientist, Juliet and two handsome love interests all being on an island filled with strange natives. Although I did make a right guess about one of the secrets which Juliet's father kept from her, I was surprised by other plot twists.

I enjoyed reading about the romance, maybe a little too much. Just a little. There's Montgomery, who was once a servant in the Moreau household before the scandal that changed Juliet's life took place. And there's Edward, a castaway Juliet met on her journey to the island. The interaction between Juliet and the two love interests are sometimes so charged with sexual tension. And I loved it.

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