Google+ Reading Teen: Quick-Fire Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Friday, February 22, 2013

Quick-Fire Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Uncorrected Proof Edition edition (January 29, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062128027
ISBN-13: 978-0062128027
Buy the book on Amazon

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.

At a Glance:

I was very excited about The Madman's Daughter. I'm so glad I saw all the hype on Goodreads and Twitter.

There were so many awesome aspects to this dark gothic novel. Juliet is basically an orphan, she scrubs blood off the floors of The Kings College Medical facility. She is very determined and strong minded for a girl in old London. Once she figures out her father may still be alive and living on some remote island, Juliet goes to extremes to see him again. She soon learns that he is very much alive and well, and still up to his gruesome, horrifying experiments.


I absolutely loved the cover. This cover was one reason why I was so attracted to this book.


There was some pretty good action scenes. Very dramatic, and not for the weak of heart. A lot of blood and gore, and just plain weird goings on. This book is very creepy, gory, dark. Yes, the action scenes were heart pounding for sure.


There was some romance. I'm not sure I would say that this book centered around Juliet and Montgomery's romance, but it's definitely in the background. This is a trilogy, so maybe Megan Shepherd is taking her time. Which I like very much. However, there are a couple pitter-patter in your heart moments.

Oh' and a small love triangle in the mix.


Juliet for sure. She stood up for what was right, and doing that against your own father is not easy. You see, Juliet's father is an evil dangerous scientist who does experiments on living people and animals. Plus, Juliet has to survive the scary dense jungle, on an island, far far away from anywhere else.


Montgomery, he was dreamy. It was a little odd, just because he has been Dr. Moreau's assistant since he was a small boy. Montgomery loved Dr. Moreau, he was a father figure to Montgomery. Montgomery knows though that what is going on on that island is not right.

Favorite Supporting Character:

Balthazar the beast, he was so sweet and kind, yet scary at the same time.

Something I loved:

The writing. The gore and scary parts. Montgomery. The overall dark feel of the book.

Something I hated:

The pounding in my chest!


YES! When I read the last page, I screamed Noooooooooo. Don't. You. Dare.

Would I recommend it?

Heck yes!

Will I buy/keep it?

I bought it from Amazon, taking a chance that I would love it.

Book Doppelgangers:

Cross between Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Profanity: Mild
Sexual: Moderate (attempted rape)
Violence/Gore: Heavy 

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  1. I'm 25% in - glad to know you liked it, the hype made me want to try it :)

  2. I also totally loved this book! It really surprised me by just how creepy it was and the writing matched just beautifully. Great review =)

    Emily @ Falling For YA

  3. Sounds cool, will definitely keep an eye out for this one!

  4. I was gifted this from a blogger friend and am really excited to have time to get to it. It sounds like a book I will love. I am all about creepy and gory!!

  5. Yeah this book was too creepy and gory for me-lots of scenes made me want to skim to avoid the worst parts.

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