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Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,331 ratings  ·  483 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 420 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Balzer+Bray
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
“Compassion?” he hissed. “Why would you have sympathy for a monster?”
“Because we’re not so different!"
*minor spoilers for the first 1/3 of the book*

The main character makes some dangerous, questionable choices.

She is desperate for answers. She makes some extremely risky decisions.

There is romance.

There is a love triangle.

I REGRET NOTHING. NOTHING, YOU HEAR ME?! Call me a hypocrite. I don't care. I freaking loved this book. The writing is fantastic. The characters are wonderful. The mystery ke
So many thoughts are still swirling inside my head after finishing this book. Where to begin? Well, let's start with the obvious. I loved it! It has all the best of the first book but with some darker plots in motion. More danger, suspense and intrigue than The Madman's Daughter. While the first book is a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau, this book brings us a twist an the famous tale of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! And during the blending of the tales, Megan Sheperd doesn't ...more
Saniya(Will Herondale is mine)

Expected publication: January 21st 2014

Jan 26, 2014 Nick rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

Last year, I absolutely loved The Madman's Daughter. It was dark, atmospheric and suspenseful. It also ended in a brutal cliffhanger that had me raging and at the same time dying to read this second book. I had high hopes going into Her Dark Curiosity, but it ended up being so disappointing and I felt like it suffered from second book syndrome.

Juliet was someone I admired in the first book, but in Her Dark Curiosity she plain out annoyed me with her poor decision making skills. It was frustratin
Lindsay Cummings
haunting. gorgeous. a PERFECT sequel to book 1, and I am literally DROOLING for book 3. this is one of the best series ever! so creepy, so well written and imaginative, yet so believable. the author's writing style makes me want to die, it's so beautiful. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

Basically, book 3 starts out shortly after Book 2 leaves off. Juliet and her group is on the run, after the events that went down at the very end of book 2 (will not spoil it for those who haven't read book 2 yet! But it's B

And that's my review.

That too.


Full review to come closer to the release date (EDIT: LOL yeah no just kidding about that), but if you need something to hold you over, Mel and I did a thorough discussion review for Her Dark Curiosity on the blog, full of rants and snark. Enjoy!
Erin Arkin
Her Dark Curiosity is book 2 of The Madman’s Daughter series. Because it is a while yet until the book releases, I won’t give anything away. I enjoyed this book and thought it was a solid second book to the series. If you liked The Madman’s Daughter, definitely check this one out when you can.

This book picks up with Juliet back in London after Montgomery sent her away from the island and Shepherd did a great job of sharing the things Juliet went through on her journey without making us start the
Aug 14, 2013 Starr marked it as to-read
2014.... a whole year? After that ending I have to wait so long for the next??? I think I may die from the anticipation omg T_T
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
As far as second books go, this one is right up there. A tight plot, good suspense, awesome pacing and great writing.

Juliet has grown on me. She has her moments of pure frustration, but in the end, you'll come to love her. She is ashamed of her unnatural curiosity towards all things bloody, but she does embrace it in time of need. She is repulsed by how alive she feels when she feeds her curiosity, but she is unable to stop, which makes her a very sympathetic character.

Its amazing that the roman
Finally done. Shepherd's writing-style is wasted on a book filled with irritating characters and a disgusting love-triangle. I liked the overall story, but I had a hard time trying to stop myself from throwing the book against the wall. Juliet is one of the worse characters I've read about this year..

I wish I could say ‘I’m not sure where it all went wrong,’ because I know. This book suffers from the most horrible love-triangle I’ve seen last year and it
Oh my gosh! The first one was based on The Island Of Dr. Moreau and the second one is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde??? And I am *pretty* sure who is going to be playing the title role! AWESOME!!!


Well, well, well-- what a deliciously creepy, no down-right horror filled, sequel! Now I had some issues-- namely with a few of the characters. Some annoy me, some anger me, some I just plain don't trust AT ALL. But others were AWESOME. And this story-- the tie in of The Isle of
Dec 27, 2012 Annie marked it as to-read
YES!!! THERE'S A SEQUEL! Maybe I won't die just yet...
Also, after reading the Madman's Daughter, I had no idea it was inspired by the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
If anything, I would have thought Frankenstein with the whole creating "aberrrations" thing. Having read both books, I can honestly say I think Frankenstein is more relevant to this book.
But that's just me. Whatever...
YIPPEE for a sequel!

Rating: A nice beginning, an ENORMOUSLY frustrating middle, and a decent ending. But worst of all, a Love Triangle of DOOM.

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

This review contains spoilers for book one, The Madman's Daughter. To read my review, go here.

I wrote a post on Friday about one of the greatest bookish tragedies out there: Second Book Syndrome. Sadly, this is the book that inspired that post, as I thought it was an enormous letdown compared to its predecessor, which I actually thoroughl
Apr 05, 2014 Summer is currently reading it
Shelves: books-i-own
Her Dark Curiosity is the second book in The Madman's Daughter series. Juliet Moreau has escaped the island and returned to London, where she is trying to rebuild her life and find a cure for her gradually worsening illness. Her work is interrupted by a serial killer, a murderer who chooses victims that have somehow wronged Juliet, and Juliet begins to worry that someone or something has followed her to London.

I listened to The Madman's Daughter last year, and while it wasn't a perfect book, it
“It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it. ” - The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

4.5 out of 5 stars

Setting:London; 1895

Coverly Love?:Oh my goodness yes!! I love everything about it; the dress she's wearing, the scene of London, the creepy atmosphere. I just love it!!!

Plot:It's been months since Juliet Moreau escaped the madness of her father's island and his horrific creations. She has gotten back into societies good graces, has a rich benefactor taking care of he
Initial Thoughts: This sequel to The Madman's Daughter was an enjoyable read. Juliet is back from the island and is adjusting to life in London with her new Guardian. A serial murderer is on the prowl and it doesn't take long for Juliet to realize that the crimes are all related to her. Juliet is also struggling with her humanity and her illness, working hard to find a cure.

The Review:
Her Dark Curiosity was the much anticipated sequel to The Madman’s Daughter. In the first book, we met the teen
2.5 stars

Blythe and I do a discussion review on the blog, here's the link to check it out: http://findingblissinbooks.blogspot.c...

*A full and proper review will come closer to the release date. The main issue was the romance. ANGSTY, LOVE TRIANGLE, POINTLESS AND NOT LOGICAL.

* Change of plan: no longer reviewing this one

Life is wasted on the living [Elena]
5.0 off the scale stars!!

"Was he worth more than my soul? My sanity?
I was already a murderer, after all. Already damned.
As he lay dying and my thoughts turned fast as the carriage wheels, the horses whisked us
away, far north, where the heath grew and wind twisted the trees, to a place where people were
To a place we’d never be found.
To a place where I might lose myself to the same dark madness that had claimed my father.

Oh, this
Lady Danielle
A spoiler free review for both The Madman's Daughter and this book!

It appears a lot of people found this book to be a disappointment; usually, whenever there’s a book that’s been hyped and loved by many, I find the read to be a letdown and wonder what everyone has read that I didn’t. What did I miss? What was so special about the book? Now the tables have turned. I should be wondering what did I read differently that made me love this book so much and the others hate it… frankly, I don’t give a
Ashleigh Paige
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via Edelweiss.

The Madman's Daughter was not great, but it was good enough to entertain with its atmospheric writing and creepy setting. The romance took up a little too much time, but once we got back to the fun stuff, it really was fun. Her Dark Curiosity is nothing like that and is a large step down from the quality of the first book. The all-consuming romance really is all-consuming this time, taking ove
Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦
“Call it sentimentality. Call it curiosity.
Just don't call it madness.”

Her Dark Curiosity was the perfect follow up to the Madman's Daughter series. I actually think I liked it a lot better. Few months after Juliet returned from the island, she is now living with Professor who makes sure that she has everything she needs. No longer a maid, she is now considered an established lady who can marry without having any drama in her life. But then people start dying all around her. People that hurt
Kellen Gustafson
Well, Her Dark Curiosity was quite a ride. Same as the last book, plot twist after plot twist, I think there was one every chapter! I gave it four out of five stars because I found myself get bored with the dialogue at times, that's why it took me forever to read this book. But, once I had about 100 or so pages left I couldn't stop reading!!! Definitely going to pick up the third and final book in this amazing trilogy but I have to wait till January 27th ): I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW BECAUSE, YET ...more
The Bodacious Book Babe
Review also published on Addicted to Ink.

This is the second book in The Madman’s Daughter trilogy, and I loved the first one with it’s spooky tale, strong heroine, and deep questions about humanity. This book starts off with Juliet, having made it back to London and now in the care of one of her father’s old friends. Her injections are no longer effective and she’s desperately looking for a cure while trying to forget everything that happened on the island and the people she left behind. Then a
Aug 08, 2014 Christine marked it as maybe-read
UGHHHHHH Why did I spend two days forcing myself to finish reading this book when I have so many other books on my shelf that are so much better. This book was like watching a horrible soap opera, no wait it was worse it was like watching a never ending walk of shame. But thank God I'm finally done with this book.

I don't mean to sound so harsh, I have nothing against Megan Shepherd. In fact I actually really enjoy Megan's writing style. But it's all wasted on a disturbing and quite frankly disgu
Originally posted at:

I only started reading this series because I received an advanced copy of Her Dark Curiosity from the publisher, and I'm really glad I did! I've come to love these books, it's subject matter and the characters, and I found that this was as dark as the first one. The story picks up a couple of months after the events in The Madman's Daughter, with Juliet's return to London. It's interesting to see how the island has changed Juliet, and
I loved the first book and actually did not know when the sequel would arrive. Seeing it just made me snatch it up, ohh that pretty cover! I was eager to delve into the world of Juliet Moreau again.

In this book, Juliet returns to London. Abandoned by her love Montgomery and wanting to forget the island of horrors, she is taken in by the Professor, a kind friend of her father's. In the mean time, she tries to recreate the serum to stop her illness from taking over her completely. She cannot forge
"Sometimes you have to embrace the darkness to stop it"

I'm a bit delayed in my review (4 days and 2 other books read in between) but I couldn't bring myself to write the review... I don't know why exactly.

We are about 2-3 months from the events at the end of TMD #1. Juliet has been taken into by one of her father's long time colleagues, Professor Von Stein. She's back in high society, much to her dismay. With the murders going around in London and with all the victims being those who've strik
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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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“Call it sentimentality. Call it curiosity.
Just don't call it madness.”
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