Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter
by Megan Shepherd
Date Published: Jan 29 2013
by Balzer + Bray
Stars: 2.5

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.

          I have waited a long time to finally read the dark, creepy novel that is The Madman’s Daughter. I have owned it for a while now (my bookstore got it in early) and have now just got around to actually reading it. There are so many good reviews on it so I was excited.
          Not only was I disappointed on a level that I cannot even describe but I found myself so frustrated at times I wanted to rip out my own hair. I am very very fond of my hair so you can see how much this book really frustrated me. There are makeup marks in my copy from where I kept facepalming the book to my face. Seriously. 

Juliet, quite literally the madman’s daughter, is a few steps away from the streets, working at a laboratory in Victorian London with unsavory characters. Juliet, in the beginning, is strong, fierce, with willpower strong enough to take on any obstacle. Then she meets her old servant whom tells her her father is still alive on some random island in the middle of nowhere. Obviously, she believes him and ends up on the said island. After some really gruesome scenes where animal abuse and things far far far from humane happen, she somehow ends up with only half her freaking brain working. Everything she was before suddenly flies out the preverbal window. Ugh. Oh yeah, and her dad’s a total douchebag with a side of DOUCHEBAG. Apparently the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree for Juliet soon became just like him.
Out of all of the main characters ever, Juliet is the one I can say is my least favorite  I couldn't relate to her at all and how she couldn't make up her mind for two freaking seconds. She had a very easily impressible mind; she didn't have an opinion of her own by the end. 
The writing was madly beautiful at times, keeping me on my toes, but Juliet was just a horrible character. 
No, I didn't love The Madman's Daughter. Didn't even remotely like it. Only because of how ignorant the main character was. She literally lowered my IQ. Okay, okay, I'm done ranting about her. Just wanted to get that off my chest. So anyways, kids, read this book only for the writing. Not for the characters. Oh and if you are a kid, you probably shouldn't be reading this novel. Some parts of it are really gruesome, some part so much so that I almost quit it. 
Anyways, I would check this one out of the library rather than buying it. 

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