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The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter #1)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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Emily May


I really feel like I gave this book a fair chance, I read it all the way to the end because I kept wanting to love it and get caught up in the atmosphere of this Victorian horror story - but it was not to be. Not everything I have to say about The Madman's Daughter is bad, so thankfully this will not be a wholly negative review, but there were a number of things I didn't like and those elements combined with long periods of slow, plotless boredom made me feel this was no more than a two-star re
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Sasha Alsberg
Wow! this book surprised me in the best way possible. So interesting and mysterious. A must read! And that plot twist at the end....gahhhh! On to book two!!
Wendy Darling
* Riveting beginning with fantastic scenes of horror
* An uneven middle that I'd love to do all kinds of unholy surgery to, especially the over-emphasis on the uninteresting and rather tedious romance(s)
* But saved by a great premise, awesomely freakish moments, solid writing, and a bang-up, untraditional ending.

Author to watch! Review to come.
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Mostly creepy, very gory...and sometimes sexy and hot, which makes me feel very uncomfortable with myself. It is not the most exciting read; if you want fast-paced action, look elsewhere. This book is atmospheric and psychological above all else. Lest I inadvertently made it sound boring, it is not. There is plenty of adventure...the heroine finds herself travelling halfway around the world to a wild, mostly uncharted island, after all, but I feel that the ambience and overall tension in the boo ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Nov 10, 2014 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone who might want to read a more animalistic version of Unwind
Warning : inappropriate koalas ahead.

It happened again. I waited too long to read a book that I knew I was going to like. Instead, I picked up too many books along the way that were nothing but a crap shoot.

What I'd hoped for : Creepy. Gory. Spooky.
Did it happen? : Check, check, and check.

What I wasn't looking for : Overdone Romance.
Did it happen? : Uh...twice. In a way I wasn't expecting.

No, there were no actual threesomes. Sorry to disappoint.

This book was a retelling of The Island of Dr.
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Giselle
Well... The Madman's Daughter is clearly its own kind of disturbing! It's cruel and grisly--I kind of loved it! If you enjoy bizarre "mad doctor" stories, if you enjoy Gothic novels in general, then this book is for you!

As a big fan of Gothic novels, I can tell you that they are much more than just a book. They stand out. Being able to write a good Gothic novel is an art in of itself. The biggest part of what makes them great is the rich atmosphere that they exude. If an author is able to create
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Blythe
* I just lowered my rating from four stars to a generous three because, having read the second book, how I feel about this book as a whole and its ending is much more negative than before.

See, I have this really annoying problem (yes, it's a problem. Others may call it a skill, but trust me, when you have it, it's a problem) where, if I go into something knowing that there's a huge twist in the end, I will introspect every little detail that I normally would have overlooked had I not known there
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Jamie
What a great twist on a classic story. The Madman's Daughter is a spinoff story for The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. While you can read this book without reading the other, I encourage the reading of both. Especially to see where the inspiration for this book comes from. Some parts follow very closely the story of Wells' book and others quite different. In particular is Megan Shepherd's original character, Juliet.

Juliet is the daughter the the infamous Dr. Moreau. She is 16 and orphaned on
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
Every girl wants to believe the best of her father, doesn’t she? I barely remember mine, but no one could convince me he was anything other than perfect. Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau, once a proper young lady and now no more than a servant, is desperate to learn the truth of her father, the man who abandoned her and her mother and left them to starve. When her father’s former servant and now assistant Montgomery shows up in London, Juliet talks him into taking her to her father, on a
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
would be a perfect idea if not for the blasted love triangle.
Bonnie
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
A copy of The Madman's Daughter was provided to me by Balzer + Bray/Edelweiss for review purposes.

'Dead flesh and sharpened scalpels didn't bother me. I was my father's daughter, after all. My nightmares were made of darker things.'

I feel the need to start off by saying I didn't dislike this book but obviously considering my rating I have some explaining to do. There was creepiness, there was a decent story line, but the pacing was so incredibly slow that it had an adver
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Whitley Birks
*zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*sasdfj huh? Oh, is the book over? Well, I guess I’d better review it, then.

THE GOOD
Juliet, our main protagonist and narrator, was pretty decent for the first few chapters. Smart, hard working, determined, but not without her female friends and wistful dreams. I liked her, really I did, but only at the start. Sadly, this goodness didn’t last.

The writing, while not my style, was certainly atmospheric. Although it also had this strange tendency to be vague a
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Guadalupe
Apr 10, 2012 Guadalupe marked it as books-that-i-need-to-read
Recommended to Guadalupe by: Goodreads
Need to read this book.

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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
My review style is, and always will be, to write up my review right after I complete the book, and I do mean right after. If I can't write the review, I will save the last chapter until I have time. Doing otherwise would allow me to slack off, and I would never get anything reviewed, as well as giving me time to forget the book. The downside of this reviewing method, one I just have to accept, is that occasionally I have to try to compose a meaningful, coherent review while shell-shocked by what ...more
Melanie
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3.5 stars

Add some science, romance, grotesque, deformed animals and an abandoned Victorian gothic setting in the historical era and there you have, The Madman's Daughter. This book cannot be described as fun, weaved heavily with mystery and horrific writing, this book should be more described as like the title suggests madness. Pure madness.

Ever since her mother died and her father, a once loved scientist was also pronounced to be dead, Juliet's life has been
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Bark's Book Nonsense
This is a young adult novel with a love triangle. You have been warned.

“Edward and Montgomery were suddenly both by my side, each taking an arm.

My face burned as I looked between them. Two boys, two sets of hands on my wrists. One rough and calloused, the other strong yet smooth. My emotions knotted tighter, threatening to cut off my circulation.”


I picked it up knowing this and expecting the above because I was seduced by the plot. The “madman” is actually Dr. Moreau. Yes, that Dr. Moreau. The o
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Joy (joyous reads)
head desk

this is all but the reaction you will get
from this reader who’d rather soon forget
this novel’s hype ran at a fever pitch
but it gave me hives and made me itch.

it could’ve been so good
and I’d imagine most of you loved it
as you should
but I really could not digest
a love triangle is not what I behest

i’m sorry I could no longer continue
i’m sorry my enthusiasm you couldn’t renew
a heroine whose heart was not in it
but for two boys – I just don’t get it.

i’m sure there’s more to this story
but I’ve
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Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
"To me blood smelled like home..."

I have a love/hate relationship with anything goth-emo-horror. I love to read it, but hate to be scared or creeped out. Terrify me and I resent you. But do nothing and I shall call you "bunny". See you can't win.

I remember The Island of Dr. Moreau movie when I was little. My older brothers were obsessed with it and kept it on repeat in the VCR. While I was usually around when it was playing, I can only remember snippets from covering my eyes. When I heard this w
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
This book and I got on about as well as this:

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Why? Because of:


A lot of this:

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with a lot of this:

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equals me doing this:

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and this:

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but there are admittedly some fun creepy things... like this:

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(you can blame Meg for that last gif)

~1 star for writing
~1 star for twists
Krishna *wants to be a black wolf*
Possibly this isn't a very original idea, but anyway.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the high school yearbook version of The Madman's Daughter!

Moreau Island High School

School slogan: No is not a word

The Students:

Juliet Moreau

Has the potential to become best student of the year...if she gets out of her own way.
Brains and beauty in one package...not that the boys noticed her brains.
Naturally talented at everything...so naturally daddy issues.

Hobbies: Dissecting, angsting, daydreaming

Favouri
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Scarlet
3.5


---Immediate Reaction---

I haven't read The Island of Dr. Moreau so I had no idea what to expect going in, but this was surprisingly good - in a dark, twisted way. The last few chapters were a thrill ride. I wouldn't have guessed the plot twists in a million years.

I have my reasons for the somewhat low rating (more on that later) but for now, I just wanted to say this: The Madman's Daughter is a very strong debut in the horror genre.


---Full Review---

An intriguing start and an amazing end, marr
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Kristin
Juliet Moreau, a former debutant of high society London has succumbed to scrubbing the exsanguinated operating room floors of King’s College.

"Dead flesh and sharpened scalpels didn’t bother me. I was my father’s daughter, after all. My nightmares were made of darker things."

Admittedly, I have never read H. G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau, nor did I realize that this was an adaptation of it before I began reading. I did see the 1996 movie adaptation with Val Kilmer, but considering that was
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Kevin
Oh The Madman's Daughter did you surprise me!

I knew going in this book was suppose to be a "Gothic Horror," so duh I'm reading that, but I knew very little else about it. I was so happy with the horror portions of this book and of course the ending, that ENDING!

We first meet Juliet, a self proclaimed orphan after her fathers whereabouts become unknown and her mother dies, working for a University as some sort of maid/cleaner. Juliet's life took a turn for the worse when her father was accused o
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Jen
My goodness, you guys. This book is unlike anything I've ever read. The Madman's Daughter is full of grit, savagery, and intensity. Because of this, it's memorable and terrifying at the same time. This book is absolutely unput-downable and totally addicting.

The prose itself is one thing that I have to mention: lush and beautifully written, it adds more to the already mysterious and hypnotic mood to the story. From description to description of the island to the creatures, the visual images Sheph
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Natalie
Dark, creepy, atmospheric shockingly good take on a HG Wells classic.

I just had to read this book I'm such a big HG wells fan. I have a lot of his books and one big collection which my lovely boyfriend got me which I absolutely adore. To be honest I haven't read the island of doctor Moreau in a while. But I do remember the basic storyline and just how creepy the whole atmosphere of the book is. It is not Hg wells most widely known book but I always felt it needed a redo.
This book does not disapp
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Louisa
The love triangle ruined what could've been a perfectly horrific Gothic YA.

Plus, the name Edward's been kind of ruined.

Jessie Marie (Jessie Marie Reads)
Had me at London 1894. If the apocalypse comes, I'm gonna be one unhappy obliterated person right here for not getting to read this...
Jennifer
Nice twists at the end! Dying to know how the series will continue! Loved Montgomery!
Katy
Apr 22, 2013 Katy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who like these sorts of YA PNR love triangle things
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: People who enjoy YA paranormal esp. with romantic triangles
Trigger Warnings: murder
Animal Abuse: Vivisection

My Thoughts: It's so crazy how much things have changed since the time period in which this is set. Take this section:
He rolled up my sleeve, then brushed a finger against the sensitive skin of my inner elbow. My breath caught. I was alone in a young man's room, letting him touch me in places he shouldn't even see.
Oh my
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AH
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd is a dark and creepy tale. It has a certain Gothic feel to it and as I read the first part (set in London), it felt as if I were watching an old black and white movie.

The Madman’s Daughter is a retelling of H.G. Wells’ classic The Island of Doctor Moreau but told through the point of view of his daughter, Juliet. I absolutely adored Juliet. She was so bright, so strong. Juliet did what she needed to do to survive. I loved Juliet’s tenacity. When she finds
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Megan Shepherd was "born" into the book world, growing up in her parents' independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2013), and THE CAGE trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2015). When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. She is represent ...more
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