Author: Megan Shepherd
Series: (The Madman’s Daughter #2)
Published: January 28th 2014
Categories: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
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Summary: 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.
As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.
As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.
With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.
Review: Well, well, well, I liked it. I liked a lot. And that is saying something since I’m not really a huge fan of the first book, The Madman’s Daughter. Although I do find the story fascinating enough that I hopped into Her Dark Curiosity without so much expectation. It turned out to be a very engaging read. I was glued to every page because I really wanted to know on what was really happening on them. The cure, the murders and well, the culprit. Juliet predicament didn’t end when she left the island.
Juliet was living with Professor von Stein and his niece. Her situation was changing for the better. And everything was starting to look better until she heard about the murders. Most of the people that are killed were someone related to her. Someone that wronged her. Based on the way they were killed, she was thinking of one person who could do such a thing—Edward Prince. It turned out that he was indeed the person responsible for the crime. He was there for Juliet, as well as looking for the cure. Now, they need to find the cure and at the same try to prevent the beast in him from taking another life. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it looked like it wasn’t the only problem they needed to face.
A lot has happened and I liked most of it. Juliet was looking for the cure for herself and for Edward as well. I already had a spot for the guy. Even though I found out his involvement on the murder, it still not lessened my interest on him. I actually felt concerned about his character. I mean, I’m not exactly rooting for him and Juliet. But I really just felt sorry for him because his struggling between the darkness that was part of him and his determination to eliminate it. It was a huge slapped in the face when Juliet cannot return his feelings for her. But I’m glad that Juliet didn’t abandon him. He desperately needed help. I can understand why he did what he did in the end because like I said, he was desperate already.
I’m not really fond of the romance, unfortunately. Montgomery needs a little more development. I still see him as love interest and nothing more. You could also say that they were involved in a love triangle; although it was pretty apparent who she really wants. Regardless, I don’t think that what has happened between her and Edward is something should be hold against her. Lapse of the mind, loneliness, I really don’t dwell much on her reason. I get her.
Ironically, there were people who actually thought that her father had revolutionized their modern science. One even said that what he did were not really evil. His intentions on his creation weren’t malicious on purpose. I completely agree to that. That’s one of the things I like about the story and there’s a lot more where it came from: the involvement of Scotland Yard, finding of the cure, the true relation of Edward and Montgomery, and Edward’s decision at the end; I’m absolutely waiting for more interesting things to come.
I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “You’re no one’s daughter anymore. You can think for yourself, take care of yourself. You’re Juliet, and that’s enough,” — Edward