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Her Dark Curiosity

by Megan Shepherd

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 20, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Her Dark Curiosity is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.

Winter frost coats the outside of the Royal Botanical greenhouse where Juliet Moreau spends her days, but the thick, steamy air inside reminds her of her father''s tropical island-and the secrets she left behind. Now back in London, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau''s horrific legacy-though someone, or something, hasn''t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one-by-one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three claw-like slashes, Juliet fears one of her father''s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure for her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in a world of scandal and danger. London''s high society can be just as vicious as wild animals, and the elegant city as harsh an environment as any jungle. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer-Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson''s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the split natures of those we love and how far we''ll go to save them from themselves.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.22 × 5.88 × 1.12 in

Published: January 20, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062326538

ISBN - 13: 9780062326539

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Need A Stronger Romance! I have to admit, the first book was much better. There was more drama and romance. This was basically all about the mystery of Edward.  He is really psychotic, I have to admit. I loved him in the first book, but I didn't find him to be my favourite male in this one, not at all. He kept me wondering, does he really love Juliet? Montgomery was kind of sneaky too, even though he had a really big soft side, which I thanked him for. But, I didn't see any romance or love in this one at all. Juliet didn't like any of them, and Montgomery liked her but she didn't show him that she liked him back. The big shocker towards the end of the book was weird... I didn't know how the characters would react. Juliet is much more grown up in this book. There is no mystery to her life anymore, and she knows everything that is happening. I have to admit that some points were dull, and I got bored a few times, but I still overall enjoyed the game the author played with us here. Team... Montgomery? I guess... MORE STRONGER ROMANCE PLEASE AND LESS UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES AND I'm all good...
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel! This is a sequel to The Madman’s Daughter and picks up soon after the first one left off. It’s been a couple of months since Juliet’s return from the island and she’s trying to settle into her old life back in London. When people from her past start turning up dead with vicious claw marks slashes through them, Juliet fears it’s one of her father’s creations that has escaped from the island. She’s determined to find it before the police to keep her father’s experiments out of the hands of people who just might try to re-create them. I am a huge fan of re-tellings and I especially love when there’s a dark twist to them. This one, a re-telling of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, was really hard to put down. I really liked the first book and the dark plot started there was present in the sequel as well. The writing was just as addicting in the first book and the pacing made it really hard to put down even when you know you have to work early in the morning. Juliet was my favorite part of the first book but here, there’s a whole new cast of supporting characters who were all interesting in their own rights. I particularly liked Lucy, Juliet’s best friend, and their friendship. It could have easily turned into a girl-hate-girl-over-boy trope but instead we got this amazing female friendship that, while they did discuss boys, wasn’t built around boys. The professor who took Juliet in and his daughter Elizabeth were also great. I loved getting to learn details of Juliet’s parents through them, especially Juliet’s mother. Juliet still was one of the best parts of the sequel. She’s this smart girl interested in science and medicine in a time when girls aren’t allowed to do much. She struggles with what her father did and what happened on the island; it doesn’t just disappear from her mind now that she’s back in London. Because of her fears and insecurities about being like her father, she makes some horrible decisions. She’s human, she’s flawed, she’s prone to bad decisions and mistakes. It’s great. There is a love triangle that had been slightly present in the first book that gets more focus in this one. This is a triangle that makes sense to me. Juliet is torn between the boy from her childhood that she’s always liked and the boy who understands her in ways no one else can. Right now, letting go of either would be like letting go of a part of her and she’s not ready for that. I was able to figure out a lot of the twists that came in the book. There was never really a jaw-dropping ‘did that really just happen?’ moment because of that. Even with that though, I did enjoy this one just a little more than the first. The ending has me really excited for the last book, especially if it’s the re-telling I think it might be. And with the cover art for the first two being so gorgeous, I really can’t wait for the reveal for the third one. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT Juliet's back in London, and her new guardian is a kind and gentle man who is in turn a great father figure for her. Then dead bodies that are murdered in the same fashion as the island murders are showing up around the city. Juliet can't help but wonder if the beast escaped and has targeted her as its next victim. What can I say about this book? Intense. Dramatic. Shocking. Thrilling. That's a good summary of what I believe this book to be about. Not only did Megan write a well written second novel, she made me more interested in her character's lives. That's something that's very hard to do and something I know lots of people will do. The mystery surrounding the murders fueled my need to know WHY. It was incredibly brutal how they were killed, and what goes on in the final scene is just so gruesome, I don't even like to think about it. Now to the characters. I love how different Juliet is in this one. Her thoughts are just so incredibly dark and vindictive that I couldn't help but gasp at certain parts when she thought of them. She's also struggling with her thoughts only because she doesn't want to become as mad as her father. Yet there's that tiny part of her that relishes and it's scary as heck! Love for Montgomery is still there in her heart, but he's keeping secrets and I was dying to know what they were. I also enjoyed reading about a certain other lover of Juliet's, but I won't name him because it could be a potential spoiler. I just liked their banter and wit when they were talking to one another. It also helps that he understands her better than she understands herself. And lastly, my favourite character..Balthazar the sweetheart whom I find just so huggable and kind. Overall, this book is easily devoured and there's also a hint to what retelling is next for this trilogy. More please?
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Follow Up Wow! Megan Shepherd has done it again. Just what I needed. Her Dark Curiosity is everything I'd hoped it would be after thoroughly enjoying The Madman's Daughter. I was worried that as the second book doesn't always live up to the expectations following a stellar first novel but I needn't have. Megan Shepherd delivers another excitingly terrifying and beautifully written follow up.  I can not rave about both of her books enough! My only problem is that her books are so enjoyable to read that I finished them far too soon! My last word: Unputdownable! 
Date published: 2013-11-22

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Her Dark Curiosity

by Megan Shepherd

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.22 × 5.88 × 1.12 in

Published: January 20, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062326538

ISBN - 13: 9780062326539

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Winter frost coats the outside of the Royal Botanical greenhouse where Juliet Moreau spends her days, but the thick, steamy air inside reminds her of her father''s tropical island-and the secrets she left behind. Now back in London, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau''s horrific legacy-though someone, or something, hasn''t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one-by-one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three claw-like slashes, Juliet fears one of her father''s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure for her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in a world of scandal and danger. London''s high society can be just as vicious as wild animals, and the elegant city as harsh an environment as any jungle. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer-Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson''s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the split natures of those we love and how far we''ll go to save them from themselves.

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