Sunday, January 13, 2013

REVIEW: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)
Megan Shepherd
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Release Date:  January 29, 2013
Source:  Edelweiss 

Goodreads Summary:
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.

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.

My thoughts:

Wow, what can I say about this book?  It far exceeded my expectations and also gave me a new favorite author!  The Madman's Daughter left me feeling shocked, excited, and definitely wanting more.  No matter what I write here, it won't do the book justice.  Juliet has  lived a sad, stressed life before she meets up again with a servant from her childhood.  After that, her world now reels out of control.  I really don't want to say anything that might give away any part of the book, so I'll just write how this book made me feel.    I actually got scared at some points, as well as teary eyed, and anxious.  It was so beautifully written, Megan Shepherd is now a favorite of mine.  It's too bad that this book is her debut novel because I want to read more!  I think my husband is tired of hearing about it because I've been talking about the book since I started it. LOL  Does anyone else do that?  From what I hear, there will be 2 more books to this series.  I have already put them on my TBR pile.
Don't walk, RUN, and go buy this as soon as it comes out!


  1. Great review! I can't wait to finally get my hands on this one. :)
    +New GFC follower!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Thanks! I really don't know how the other books of the year are going to stack up to this one. It was that good in my opinion.

  2. This book was a little hard for me to read with the experiments-made my stomach roil. Glad to see you enjoyed it though!

    1. I do agree that there were a couple of times that I wanted to skip that part but I just trudged ahead.

  3. Hey there. Great review. I read this for the 2013 DAC and am so glad I did. I love all her descriptions and felt like I was there in the sugery room. Scary and gross in a good way!

    1. The 2 parts that really freaked me out were the operating room scene in the beginning with the rabbit and the one where Juliet and Alice are in the room together.