Saturday, June 8, 2013

Spooktacular Sunday: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Sheperd

Book Description:

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 were 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.

Inspired by H.G. Wells's classic The Island of Doctor 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.

Jenny's review:

Juliet knows that her father is considered mad within London society. She has been outcast because of his actions. Her father fled London, then her mother died leaving her to fend for herself and find her way. But when a childhood friend reappears, she knows that he has the information she needs to find her father. Montgomery does not want to help her, but she forces him to take her on the long journey to the island that her father has been living on. When she arrives at the island she slowly finds out why her father is a madman, he has been doing procedures on animals to make them a mix between humans and different animal species. As the island erupts into violence and Juliet finds out more of her father's secrets she must get away. But is is to late.

This was a very interesting and crazy book. The story of Juliet just wanting to find her father, and then to find him and realize that he is not the person she thought he was, was terribly depressing.  Then when she must find a way to escape from the horrors of the island and her father. What was interesting in this book, while a terribly depressing and scary story, I found myself wanting to finish as quick as possible to find out if Juliet escapes. But then the end was terrible, I literally groaned when I finished the last page, hopefully there is a sequel so that I can find out. Crazy teen read!

I borrowed this from the public library.
ISBN: 978-0-06-212802-7

This review was originally published at Jenny's blog:
http://ateacherreads.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-madmans-daughter.html

Author website:
http://meganshepherd.com/

Update:
Some exciting news about The Madman's Daughter per the author website. The book has been optioned for film!



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