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 out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.
Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the whole idea is super interesting and more than slightly horrifying, but one the other, there were patches of slow spots that I struggled to get through.
The characters all had so much potential, but they hit a point of being vaguely interesting and just kind of stopped. As well as this, there was also a love triangle, which was pretty annoying ’cause I felt it wasn’t needed, it was just a “plot device” to up the “drama”, but it really just took from the book.
However, I found the idea of Dr. Moreau’s experiments horrifying. One scene in particular gave me chills and left me slightly rattled (which is hard to do!). Juliet, once she figures out what her father is doing, does something that more YA characters need to do; she runs.
Juliet borders somewhere between mildly interesting and so-so, because while she will act almost completely on her instincts and does have some of the madness inherited from her father, she will also try to tell herself that her father is still the good, slightly eccentric scientist she knew and loved as a child. There’s one quote in particular that tells you how she grew up: “To me, blood smelled like home”.
I have never read the book that this was based on, so I don’t know how close it was to the plot of the book. This novel was good in parts, lacking in others, but the end…the end was so fantastic. This series is a trilogy, and I think I’ll continue it; I want to know what happens next, especially to Juliet.
Meanwhile, I am reading reading reading, yet my TBR list is bigger than ever. I have no idea how it’s possible, other than I’ve been haunting Epic Reads AND Goodreads, and there are so many good books out there.
But I don’t think that the TBR list is going to shrink anytime soon, because this weekend is going to be hectic. We have a fundraiser planning thing today, a baby shower tomorrow, and a wedding shower on Sunday, plus all other weekend stuff like grocery shopping. AND I’m in full throttle preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo, which will hopefully go well. My word goal is only 15,000 so it should go well.