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

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,582 Ratings  ·  2,917 Reviews
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
Nov 03, 2015 Kassidy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I loved this book! It is so twisted and crazy, and I really enjoyed how dark it is. It's been a while since a book has actually freaked me out a little and this one did that! It's just so weird and messed up, but I couldn't stop reading. I really love the writing and Juliet's voice. I felt sucked in by her story.
There is a big love triangle, which I think turns people away from it. I personally enjoy love triangles and I think this one was done fairly well.
The ending took my by surprise along w
Sasha Alsberg
Oct 23, 2015 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing
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!!
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
Khanh (the Grinch)
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
Will M.
Juliet Moreau is living a somewhat normal teenage life in London. The rumors of her father's past never left her, but they made her a stronger and smarter woman. With a genuine interest in science, she can indeed call herself her father's daughter. Everything was going normal until she once again meets Montgomery, her father's young assistant. Their crossing of paths changed her life for good.

I am quite impressed with this book, especially because this is a YA book. I haven't read an amazing YA
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.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Nov 10, 2014 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, gothic
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
Sophia Sardothien
Mar 18, 2015 Sophia Sardothien rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2015
Official Rating: 4.8 Stars. This book is incredibly enjoyable, it is inspired by H.G Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau (which I have yet to read) However I still enjoyed reading this book a lot regardless :D The story is extremely unique and different, I'm so glad I picked this up. The plot was amazing though the beginning was a tiny bit slow, however towards the middle there were a lot plot twist. I won't say the plot twits were extremely shocking but it is indeed unpredictable. The other thing I ...more
* 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
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
Whitley Birks
*zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*sasdfj huh? Oh, is the book over? Well, I guess I’d better review it, then.

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
Wow, I did not see that ending coming. If you can look past a very cliché and unnecessary love triangle, I can actually highly recommend this! It's a twist on the classic The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells and it's full of suspense, eerie atmosphere and some surprising twists and turns. I already got the sequels and I can't wait to read them, since they're based on two of my favorite classics - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein!
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
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Dec 18, 2015 Amelia, the pragmatic idealist marked it as lost-interest
Shelves: ya-kids-teen
would be a perfect idea if not for the blasted love triangle.
“The world knew my father as a villain. I knew him as the thin man in a tweed suit who carried me on his shoulders during the Royal Guard’s parades. I needed to know which man my father was – the monster, or the misunderstood genius.”

This was a really creepy and entertaining story, with several twists to the tale!

I really liked Juliet and the other characters in this book. I felt sorry for Juliet and everything she had been through with her father being labelled as a madman, and her mother dyi
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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May 24, 2015 Caitlyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-reads
I picked this book up at the library by chance, thinking it was the first book in another series, but I cannot begin to tell y'all how happy I am that I did. This book was dark, gritty, and rough. It was grotesque and sad but in an incredibly addicting way. I was a goner after the first chapter, that's how good this is.

Juliet is the madman's daughter, the creepy crazy Dr. Moreau. He is both twisted and deluded, a deadly combination. He left Juliet and her mother when Juliet was about 10. The no
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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
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
Bark's Book Nonsense
Oct 15, 2014 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, horror, ya
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
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
Jan 08, 2013 Kat (Kindred Dreamheart) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, blog-review, own
"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
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Intense to say the least! I can't even believe that ending! I loved this!
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
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

---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
Apr 07, 2015 Elena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Holy shit this book was freakin' insane!
And I loved every bit of it!

Review to come (I feel like as soon as my exams are over I have to write a hell of a lot of reviews :'D)
Krishna *needs a pink katana*
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 naturally daddy issues.

Hobbies: Dissecting, angsting, daydreaming

Aug 10, 2015 Whitney rated it liked it
I don't really have too many thoughts about this book. It was good but it wasn't mind-blowing. Also there's a really annoying love triangle. I'm tempted to continue the series because of the cliffhanger at the end but I really don't feel a need to.

I liked the story and where it was going but the narrator, Juliet, could be really annoying sometimes. But the writing was good and I always like a story that's set in Victorian times. Not one of my favorites but it was a good read!
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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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