- Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
- Format: Hardback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 43mm | 476g
- Publication date: 29 January 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0062128027
- ISBN 13: 9780062128027
- Sales rank: 109,800
For fans of Libba Bray, this first book in a gothic suspense trilogy is inspired by H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau and has been hailed by New York Times bestseller Carrie Ryan as having "beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance."Following accusations that her scientist father gruesomely experimented on animals, sixteen-year-old Juliet watched as her family and her genteel life in London crumbled around her--and only recently has she managed to piece her world back together. But when Juliet learns her father is still alive and working on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the old accusations are true. Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's insanity. 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.
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By Michelle SedeÃ±o 02 Apr 2013
Originally posted on my blog: http://michelleshoutsrandom.blogspot.com/2013/04/book-review-madmans-daughter-by-megan.html
Have you heard of animals turning into humans--in a not-so humanistic appearance--from an operation? A vivisection? Never heard of it. It sounds totally creepy and unrealistic, but Juliet found out that this was her father's "project" and has been part of her life ever since. Why, in the world, would a sane person do that? Sure, he is genius, but also a madman. She is truly a madman's daughter. But how can she erase her father in her life? How can she live with all these inhuman creatures and unhumanistic doing?
I don't think I've ever read a historical fiction before--creepy historical fiction, I may add. But I got myself into reading this book and there's no turning back. The first chapter already showed a potential of how good this book will turn out to be. I wasn't prepared on what happened next, though. It freaked me out. Kinda. :D
Dr. Moreau, Juliet's father, is real crazy, I hated him myself. He wants to think of himself and others as a god and he wanted to make his people. Everything he did and said in this book was unbelievable and just insane. Juliet, however, didn't get the insane genes from her father, though there are times that she doubted herself. She is a beautiful girl with strong personality that captured Montgomery's (her father's assistant) and Edward's (a castaway) heart.
The Madman's Daughter is based from the book The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G Wells. I didn't know there was an original book until I read the author's acknowledgements. There was even a movie! Even though I have not read the original book, I know that the author wrote her version of the book that's new and thrilling for the younger audience. The romance was not an exception. Megan Shepherd had a way of telling a romantic story even in a dark and twisted set-up, and didn't failed to make me like it.
The pace was enough to unravel mysteries still had me guessing. It was then I remembered this is a trilogy. I think the author revealed a lot in this book that left almost nothing to reveal on the next two books. Even after the I-Cannot-Believe-That-Just-Happened! ending, I think a sequel would do but not a trilogy. But who am I to talk? Megan knows how to do her magic!
* A copy was provided for an honest review.
"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
Back cover copy
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.