Thursday, 6 March 2014
Review: The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter #1) by Megan Shephard
The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter #1)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publication Date: January 23, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Due to the sequel being released in January, I thought it was a good time to start the series. The Madman's Daughter excelled in bringing thrill and the same time, introducing me to the work of H.G. Wells. Based on The Island of Dr. Moreau, I'm very impressed with Shephard, taking on a classic and twisting it into with one of her own. One of my favourite novels Nevermore was also based on the work of someone else's - Edgar Allan Poe. I've noticed that most of the books that I loved are ones that have been revamped into a whole new definition of new and unique.
Daughter of Henri Moreau, Juliet no longer lives the wealthy life she had when she was a child. Instead of growing up with pretty dresses and glam, she takes on the role of a maid at an early age. When she discovers that her father is still alive, she follows his assistant, Montgomery to her father's private secluded island. With mystery surrounding the island, the novel was extremely hard to put down. It was the first book that I read in one day in 2014 which was challenging to achieve due to the stack load of school work that needed to be finished.
When I first discovered The Madman's Daughter, I've seen it shelved as horror, which kept me from the series. But after seeing this one being in a lot of favourites list of 2013, I thought January was a great time to pick it up especially with the sequel also being released on the same month. From my point of view, I didn't find this to be scary at all. I admit Shephard created a dark and gruesome thriller, but it didn't scare me. Let me tell you, I am the biggest wuss out there. I refuse to associate myself with the horror genre. When I first watched Paranormal Activity, I was scared out of my wits that I had my cousin accompany me to the washroom. Heck, I even slept beside by my mom for a whole month because I was so paranoid. There was not a moment in the book where I was utterly horrified or had me running to my mom's room, instead I was engrossed to the plot and the gruesome details that Shephard provided. Sure, it's creepy and dark. But horror? I don't think so.
As for the love triangle in the book, I didn't mind it too much. Was it awful? No, not at all. But was it necessary? That one is a difficult to answer. One of the things that pushed me to go on was who Juliet was going to choose. I enjoyed both love interests Montgomery and Edward. But out of the two, Montgomery wins the battle for me. Mainly, because of the chemistry and memories they had when they were younger. Montgomery was easy to unravel, but Edward was swarmed with secrets.
Leaving on a cliffhanger, it is guaranteed that I will be picking up, Her Dark Curiosity. I'm unbelievably impressed with this one so I hope that the sequel will bring no disappointment. Shocking twists and gruesome details, there is a lot to unravel with The Madman's Daughter.