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The Madman's Daughter

by Megan Shepherd

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 12, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Madman's Daughter is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London-working as a maid and trying to forget 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''s alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she''s determined to find out if the 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 secret of her father''s new life: He experiments on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.02 in

Published: December 12, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062128035

ISBN - 13: 9780062128034

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to a new series The Madman's Daughter is about a teenage girl named Juliet who works as a cleaning girl at the local medical school, pretty much the only job she can get after her father disgraced their family when he ran away before being tried for crimes of illegal medical experimentation. Juliet's mother died years ago so she's been left on her own. After a run-in with one of the creepy professors causes her to flee, she begs her father's assistant Montgomery to take her to the island where her father is. On the journey there, they pick up a castaway named Edward and once they get to the island, Juliet finds that her father has been experimentating on animals to make them as human as he can. If it sounds familiar, the book is a retelling of HG Wells' The Island of Dr Moreau. First, I did enjoy this book. I don't read a lot of horror, not even YA horror, but the plot intrigued me enough to give this a try and I did read The Island of Dr Moreau when I was younger. I would suggest not googling the medical terms in the book because the pictures that come up are both horrifying and heartbreaking. The book describes the terms well enough so you don't need medical knowledge and you still get a pretty clear and disturbing picture of what's going on in the experiments. Juliet is the kind of character that I love. She's a survivor. It would have been easy for her to give up on herself so many times through the book, or for her to have hardened herself. Instead she's compassionate, she's smart, she's brave, and she's strong. There's definitely some plot twist in the book, especially toward the end. Some I saw coming, some I didn't. The book started off strong with the events at the medical school and Juliet running away but it evened out a bit in the middle parts and, unfortunately, that made it easy to set the book aside without the urge to pick it right back up. Once I got to the last 12-15 chapters though, the actions picked back up and I finished it in one sitting. There's a lot of emphasis on Juliet, her figuring out the secrets of the island and her father, and her development, and with it being in her POV, there's a bit of a lack of development for other characters like Edward and Montgomery, the two boys who make up a bit of a background love triangle. We do learn things about them but they didn't feel as fleshed out as Juliet's character. I definitely did enjoy reading it and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Date published: 2013-03-27
Rated out of 5 by from When I read this book , it was so compelling that I had a hard time putting it down. It was good and the ending was even better. For a first book by Megan Shepherd "I can say great book" L.Baldwin
Date published: 2013-02-18

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The Madman's Daughter

by Megan Shepherd

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.02 in

Published: December 12, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062128035

ISBN - 13: 9780062128034

From the Publisher

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London-working as a maid and trying to forget 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''s alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she''s determined to find out if the 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 secret of her father''s new life: He experiments on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. 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.

Editorial Reviews

?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)
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