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Saturday, 6 July 2013

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Hello Everyone!

I'm not a big fan of horror books. Or films. (Well, apart from Jurassic Park, but watching Dinosaurs eat people isn't horror....) Still, I really enjoyed his book though it can be a bit disturbing (in a good way!) at times!

Title: The Madman's Daughter
Author: Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman's Daughter #1
Published: January 29th 2013
No. of Pages: 420

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.

4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost

Wow. The description is long...Anyway, I read The Madman's Daughter during Amber's debut-a-thon.....and it was the only book I read...I was busy, okay? Still, I'm SO glad I decide to read this first because I loved this book.

 I really enjoyed how much detail there was in this book. It made it very interesting and intriguing, which made me want to read more. I was particularly interested in the medical aspects of some details, because I would really like to go into some area of medicine. This made me admire Juliet because she was so eager to learn and secretly she did, despite her father sharing the views that women shouldn't be involved in medicine.

Like I said, I'm not a huge fan of horror films/books. That is probably due to the fact that watching C.S.I makes me an insomniac for weeks...(but I find it so interesting that I still want to watch it!). Still, The Madman's Daughter was scary and slightly disturbing...but in a good way! You know, in a sort of suspenseful manner that kept you on the edge of your seat and TRYING to figure out what was happening. For once, I may have actually liked being scared!

Onto the characters. My first thought on Juliet was that she was smart. Very smart. I felt so sorry for her having to live in all those awful conditions and deal with all those awful men. To be honest, it shouldn't have been all those mean surgeons treating people in the hospitals, it should have been Juliet. I did like Juliet, as she seemed quite a courageous and thoughtful (She was always scared that she'd have some of her father's madness in her) character, but at the beginning (this problem soon went away) I felt that she was being a bit naive.
This is because of how much she trusted her father, and the fact that she BELIEVED him when he didn't say that the accusations were true. HE LEFT JULIET AND HER MOTHER, WHO EVENTUALLY DIED, MEANING JULIET WAS ALL ALONE. I would expect a more angry, wary reaction, not an eager-to-please-puppy one!

This brings me to Juliet's father. I HATED him. The only way to describe him, is well and truly as a madman. Or a monster. He is pretty high on my top ten villain list. All his experiments are purely evil. There is not a shred of good ANYWHERE. He is a delusional mastermind who doesn't know when to stop and needs to stop playing God. (cue Paramore song)

We have a love triangle in this book between Montgomery and Edward. At first, I was unsure about either of them but then I settled on Edward. He just seemed nicer and like he really like Juliet. Plus, he didn't betray me Juliet.
But then came the ending....It was a HUGE shock. I did not expect that to happen! Especially not the way it did! I completely went over onto Montgomery's side because...Argh. I'm not allowed to spoil things...(Go read this so we can have a rant together!)It also makes me want to read the next book so bad, because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT....

I definitely recommend this review to anyone who likes mystery and suspense in a book. Also, if you like books that have lots of interesting details, than this would be a great book to read as well!

Bye! xx

rita xo

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