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Her Dark Curiosity

(The Madman’s Daughter #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  7,198 ratings  ·  1,019 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, 422 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Balzer+Bray
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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 m
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I loved the drama in this book, there was so much going on! The plot has so many twists and turns, it was hard for me to put the book down. I also love the thought-provoking ideas in this story revolving around science experimentation and morality. I just found the story fascinating and I love the setting. I also really enjoy Juliet's character and reading from her perspective. With that said, her internal struggles can get aggravating and repetitive at times, but she definitely has reason to be
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 Sheppard doesn' ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

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
Sophia Sardothien
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
THIS BOOK IS UTTERLY MAD a stunning sequel to The madman's daughter :D I ABSOLUTELY ENJOYED THIS BOOK maybe like 0.1 star more then the first one which is extremely rare as I tend to enjoy the first books in series a lot more :D This book continues to question my moral beliefs :) highly recommend, can't wait to read the last one!
Lindsay Cummings
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2013 marked it as to-read

Expected publication: January 21st 2014

Sarah Elizabeth
“I stumbled back against the empty table, stunned. The thread slipped from my fingers, along with the spool of my sanity.
The murderer was the same. Somehow, even though I’d thought him dead, Edward had done this.”

This was a really good sequel, which this time turned into a real ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ kind of story!

I really liked Juliet in this story, and I felt sorry for her in the way her illness was taking over her life, and the fact that she had been abandoned by Montgomery. I did think
Juliet's back in London, and her new guardian is a kind and gentle man who is in turn a great father figure for her. Then dead bodies that are murdered in the same fashion as the island murders are showing up around the city. Juliet can't help but wonder if the beast escaped and has targeted her as its next victim.

What can I say about this book? Intense. Dramatic. Shocking. Thrilling. That's a good summary of what I believe this book to be about. Not only did Megan write a well written second no
3.5/5. This series is just really fun. It's pretty creepy and atmospheric (love me a story set in Victorian London!!) while also being a bit overly dramatic at times. It has a few rather annoying YA tropes (hellooo, love triangle!), but it's also properly scary and dark and takes some twist and turns I didn't necessarily expect a YA book to take. I'm super glad to have found this on my audiobook app, as it's the kind of story I prefer to listen to these days, plus, the audiobook narrator is pret ...more

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!
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-release
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
Jean Menzies
This review was originally posted on my blog:

Probably the only book I was in any sort of true state of anticipation for this year was Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd, the sequel to The Madman's Daughter. I read the first book in the series only days after its release, quite by chance based on a goodreads recommendation, so this book has been an entire year in the waiting. The first in this series was based on The Island of Dr Moreau and this latest in
Feb 07, 2013 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
Rating 4.5 (Ish, that love-triangle... was it necessary?)

“My plan was a cruel one, dangerous, yet I couldn’t deny that the curious corners of my soul curled at the thought...”


Her Dark Curiosity wasn't as near as painful as I expected it to be (the romance in the first book made me roll my eyes too often).... on the contrary, despite the love triangle (that was...thank the heavens, toned down in this book) I found the sequel to The Madman's Daughter to be deliciously dark.

The first line...

Mel (Daily Prophecy)
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
Erin Arkin
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-love, series
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
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
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love Dr Jekyll and mr Hyde. This made a beautiful book with the characters I love. I was afraid the author was going to butcher the classic but I soon came to love the plot. I loved the theme on darkness and light or good and evil. I loved that Juliet killed the Kingsmen. It was amazing! Please read this series it’s so good!!!
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Book 1 in a series is worth five stars, you may hesitate to pick up Book 2. What if the sequel can't live up to the quality of its predecessor? I needn't have worried, because Her Dark Curiosity is another smashing read from Megan Shepherd. The novel opens with science, which bodes well for the rest of the story, a battle not to cure but to perhaps manage a violent condition. I'm not sure why Juliet shags Edward, but otherwise it's a fabulous read that I definitely recommend. (NOTE TO ANIMA ...more
“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 o
Trina (Between Chapters)
2.5 stars. Enjoyed the end but most of the book I was just waiting for things to pick up. It wasn't uninteresting, but I think I was just too familiar with the original story to enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one.

I was really frustrated with the main character this time. I'm sure she was the same way in book 1 but for whatever reason I could overlook it because of the situation she'd been thrown into. This time around I wanted to strangle her! She flip flopped more than America S
Dec 27, 2012 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!
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

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
nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I think this is my new favorite series. I can't say anything bad about this. Even if I could, it might be stuff I don't mind. So, it took me a lot longer than I thought to get back into this series. Mostly because I wasn't in the mood for it.

Now, I loved the first book and couldn't wait to read the next book.What I love about the books, is what the story will be about. That and the covers are beautifully done and eye catching.

The last one, had tones of the Island of Dr. Moreau and in this,
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading, my mind is jumbled in questions and the aftermath of what happened. I don't want to ruin anything for you. It's one of those books that can't and shouldn't know any spoilers before reading. You also have to remember every detail given to you to fit in the pieces.

Juliet takes on so much at her age. She is an unyielding realistic character who is feisty but smart.

There is a love triangle, but it isn't annoying. It has a real purpose to build to the plot and put danger and obstacles
Mar 02, 2013 marked it as to-read
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh I LOVE this series! Her Dark Curiosity was an amazing sequel! Highly recommending this if you're in the mood for dark and creepy stuff.
I can't wait to see how this series concludes.
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New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of several young adult and middle grade novels. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, two cats, and an especially scruffy dog.

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The Madman’s Daughter (3 books)
  • The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)
  • A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter, #3)

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