Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trilogy Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter Synopsis:
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. MoreauThe 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.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

Her Dark Curiosity Synopsis:
To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, 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 clawlike 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 her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

A Cold Legacy Synopsis:
After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I've had The Madman's Daughter trilogy on my tbr (to be read pile) for quite a long time. A few months ago, it was Halloween, and I thought it sounded like the perfect creepy read. Therefore, I read the whole trilogy during a Halloween readathon. I am a little disappointed in myself for waiting so long to pick up the trilogy. It was so good. The trilogy spent all of this time sitting on my Kindle, being neglected when I could have been reading it and enjoying it.

The trilogy as a whole was phenomenal. It was a creepy heart stopping ride from The Madman's Daughter, to Her Dark Curiosity, to A Cold Legacy. There was never one time where I got bored with the trilogy, and wanted to quit. It had me laughing, crying, and everything in between. When the ending of book one, The Madman's Daughter, happened I wanted to chuck my Kindle at the wall. I kept yelling "No! No! This cannot be happening!". It's far and few in-between that a series makes me get that emotionally involved.

The characters were wonderfully written. I like how each character evolved over the course of the trilogy. Sometimes authors write entire series where there is no character growth, or maturity, and that drives me insane. These characters were almost completely different human beings by the end of A Cold Legacy, especially Lucy. Without a doubt, she was my favorite character. At the beginning, I completely hated her. She was stuck up, selfish, and shallow. However, by the end of the trilogy, she had turned into a badass, responsible woman. I ended up loving her, and respecting her a lot.

The Madman's Daughter trilogy (which consists of The Madman's Daughter, Her Dark Curiosity, and A Cold Legacy) was one of my favorite trilogies that I've read recently. It had the perfect amount of creepiness, suspense, and intrigue. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great, creepy, read.

I give The Madman's Daughter trilogy: 4/5.

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I received this trilogy from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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