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A Cold Legacy

(The Madman’s Daughter #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,507 ratings  ·  709 reviews
After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I pressed the scalpel to the base of the brain and cut.

I knew every fold of skin, every joint and artery. I’d memorized human anatomy on pages in a book, and I felt it beneath my own fingers. My fingers were shaking, but I took a deep breath and thought of my father’s steady hands, and mine stilled.

“My God,” Lucy said, watching with rapt attention. “You really were born for this.”
Many authors have tried to replicate the classics. Most have failed. No young adult series have done it as succes
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it

This is a satisfying conclusion! However, it is my least favorite of the trilogy and I am conflicted over the ending. I loved the parallels to Frankenstein along with the plot twists.
Sasha Alsberg
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Plot twist after plot twist! This book was truly spectacular. Such an amazing way to end a trilogy!
There's always that particular series that just hits me right in the feels; that last installment of a series that lifts this huge weight from my body from all that built up excitement, anxiousness, anger, and sadness I was carrying throughout the novels until the very end and leaves this huge hole of emptiness in its stead--making me wonder what happens next. That dichotomy between the bittersweet ending that leaves me satisfied and the depressing realization that the series is over and I have ...more
Ah the end if here! It is a bitterwseet moment for while I am saddened that Juliet's adventures for us are over, I an most pleased with the way Megan Shepherd tied everything together. While many trilogies can leave loose ends we get very few here. And even those we get are of our own making and are not pertinent to Juliet's story. All the plot twists are answered nicely. And let me tell you, there are plenty of plot twists!

This book picks up immediately following Her Dark Curiosity. Our Favorit
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“No matter how much Montgomery pushed me to be like my mother, he was wrong. Only my father’s legacy could guide me now. Father had created man out of animal, but he’d never conquered death before. I could.”

This was a really good end to the series, and I loved all the twists!

“Consider this your first lesson: always wear an apron you don’t mind getting dirty. Very dirt
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

Considering I read the first two books a while ago, and still remember the first book's ending, I knew I had to put this book off for a bit. I just didn't realize I would pick this book up almost a year later. Oops. I just didn't want the trilogy to end. I found the parallels to the different books so well done. It made me want to go and find the original classics and read it myself since I haven't read the
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
Book Three of The Madman's Daughter series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher


Summary (from Goodreads):

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to
Lindsay Cummings
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Omg it was so perfect and sad and amazing and now I'm depressed because this series is over! it's my favorite Gothic YA series EVER. ...more
3.5 stars

I have no idea how it happened, but somewhere along the way, The Madman's Daughter became one of my favorite series, which is particularly weird because my feelings for this novel are erratic, inconsistent and undeniably bipolar. And yet, in spite of all the flaws, the groans of frustration, the irritated eyerolls and the many times I yelled at the book "Juliet! What the hell is wrong with you?! You seriously can't be that stupid!", I still love this series dearly and I am a lot sadder
Trina (Between Chapters)
After the 2nd book in this series being on my list of least favorite books of last year, I KNEW I wasn't going to like this. I should have just stayed away but I was hoping it would surprise me with an awesome Frankenstein retelling. Frankentein is one of the few classics I actually enjoyed studying so I was totally down for a YA retelling. I really felt like that's not what I got though. It was more like a very loose sequel to Frankenstein set years after that story, with Juliet discovering his ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Wh-what is this?

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A third book? Let me guess:

There will be a love triangle
Julielkt will wrestle with
a. her past
b. her nature
c. her feelings
Someone thought to be dead will reappear

To this I say:

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That's so been-there-read-that of the first two books. And

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So, in summation:

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Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

Great ending to a great trilogy!
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Me Starting this Book:


I decided that for me to be able to successfully get out all my thoughts and feelings for this book, I should add all of my status updates:

10/24 marked as: to-read

04/26 marked as: currently-reading

04/26 page 67
17.0% "Shut up, Lucy. He doesn't love you."

04/27 page 108
27.0% "Don't let a stupid boy tell you what to do, Juliet! Just do you!"

04/28 page 199
51.0% "NO! NO! NO! That can't happen! That br
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
This book made me want to roll around on the floor. Not because it gave me and good feelings but because this book was so bad. And I hate that it was bad. This was my first review of 2015, my first read, and the end to a wonderfully morbid trilogy I fell in love with. I wanted to love this. But this sucked.

This is an emotional review, you're warned now.

I will say that the travesties that happened to Edward (there were so many) were one of my major reasons for disliking this novel. He deserved be
I've come to think of this series as one of those hidden gems. Which may be kind of odd because the first book did get a decent amount of ratings, but let's face it. This was nowhere near the level of those other very well known books.
And it's not everyone's cup of tea either. There are faults within these books, flaws that sometimes you can't overlook. But you really do have to respect this series. How often do you read a trilogy that twists and ties the classics, The Island of Dr. More
3.5 stars

So this wasn't the worst book, but I guess I just wasn't in the best reading mood.

So A Cold Legacy has some great chilling moments, which I really enjoyed. This one has a lot of with the coming-back-but-not-the-same thing.

I personally didn't like that storyline too much. Especially with (view spoiler) B
Sophia Sardothien
I thought this was an amazing conclusion to the trilogy. However maybe because I was having a reading slump I did not enjoy reading this book as much as I want, in a certain point I just started hating everyone Lucy in particular I find her devastatingly annoying. As for the plot, there were parts that I did not expect coming but I definitely was not extremely surprised by it.
Kyla Harris
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Plot - 17/20
Characters - 15/20
Creativity - 19/20
Writing - 18/20
Pace - 9/10
Ending - 8/10
87/100 =
4.5/5 stars

I love this series so much! I'm so happy I decided to pick it up. The story and charaters are all unquie. The writing is creepy keeping the suspense real as well as your pulse racing, but not to bad! The reason it got knocked off a 1/5 a star was there were a lot of times I wanted to yell at Juliette. She made a lot of stupid choices that I could obviously see were wrong and stupid. Be
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What darkness began, only madness can end.

Filled with chilling suspense, dark science, and a highly atmospheric setting, A Cold Legacy is the finale book in author Megan Shepherd's trilogy The Madman's Daughter - a conclusion that I have been breathlessly waiting on with high anticipation.

Dark Science, Frankenstein and "Perpetual Anatomy."

Inspired by the classic Frankenstein, author Megan Shepherd once again gives her readers a story that incorporates unique elements from a Gothi

Beth  (YA Books Central)
"What darkness began,
only madness can end..."

This is one of my most favorite series ever. When I began the first book in the series, The Madman's Daughter, I was immediately drawn into the dark, creepy world of Juliet Moreau. Her story fascinated and scared me at the same time. I am a huge fan of Young Adult and Horror and this series is a perfect mix of those two genres.

The cover of A Cold Legacy is by far my most favorite in the series. The dark color scheme is the perfect blend of color
Emily Donnellan
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I don’t know if you remember the move 10 Things I Hate About You but it asked a seriously tough question “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever be just whelmed?” Whelmed is exactly how I felt about A Cold Legacy.

I had ridiculously high expectations for this book. It follows one of my favorite stories, Frankenstein, and after Megan Shepherd thoroughly creeped me out in the previous two novels I expected the same with this installment. Instead, the story was
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I was so bored by the first 3/4 of this book. I loved the first book. The sequel was only kind of meh, but this one was very bleh until closer to the end. I almost put it back on the shelf several times, but I honestly just wanted to see the series done so it didn't niggle at me the way the rest of them do. ;)

Plus, it's been awhile since I read the other books in the series, so I didn't remember key details, especially from the sequel. Maybe if I'd read them all back-to-back, things would have b
Andi S
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a digital ARC of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

1. Here we go. I really hope you’ve read the first two, and if you haven’t, go read them now and come back to this review when you’ve finished, okay?

I absolutely love this series, for many many reasons. The first book – if you haven’t read it – is based on The Island of Dr. Moreau – while weaved into this fantastic tale of Juliet Moreau. The second book is based on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and both of these book
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

“When you can never die, do you ever really live?” -loc 4184

WOW. *cues applause* This book was amazing. Everything I needed/wanted/begged for in the final book of the magnificent trilogy. Shepherd enchanted me (and a lot of you reading this) with the first novel The Madman’s Daughter. I have to admit, the sequel didn’t thrill me. I had some problems with it—mostly just “meh” feelings during some of the scenes and
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 stars**

Originally posted at:

Immediately after finishing Her Dark Curiosity, the second book in the series, I was DESPERATE for this one. Out of the three gothic novels that this series is based on – The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein – I’ve only read Mary Shelley’s. I, in fact, actually had to write a paper on Frankenstein and Dracula, focusing on the elements of gothic literature. This series
Mel (Daily Prophecy)

To say that I disliked the second book Her dark curiosity would be an understatement. I absolutely LOATHED the sequel to The madman’s daughter. There was nothing about the book I liked, but based on the first book and the promise of A cold legacy I decided to give this series another shot. It’s not only a good feeling to cross another series of my list, I’m also happy to announce this was much more enjoyable.

Warning: don’t read the blurb from this book if
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

I loved The Madman's Daughter! Her Dark Curiosity was a bit of a letdown, but this book most certainly wasn't!

On the run, Juliet, Montgomery, Lucy, Edward (who is deathly ill), and Balthazar, make it to a very remote Scottish home (thanks to Elizabeth von Stein). But both the home and Elizabeth's family have secrets. Shown by the secret passages, the servants with non-matching appendages, and a creepy little boy. When Juliet
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I went back to look at what I read this year, I still can't believe that I read this whole series in one year. It is one of the best Gothic YA series I have read thus far. What makes it unique is that each book focuses around a classic Gothic fiction novel. If you know me, then you know I'm a sucker for reimaginings of any classic. I was anticipating this one the most though because I couldn't wait to see how Frankenstein played a role in this novel.

I was so scared that this book was not go
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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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