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Product Details

  • Series: Madman's Daughter (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062128051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062128058
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Madman’s Daughter Series Quiz - What classic novel should you be living in? By Megan Shepherd

One of the best parts about writing the Madman’s Daughter series was rereading a variety of classics to see which I wanted to use as inspiration for Juliet Moreau’s story. The three I based my trilogy on all had to have a common element—dark science—so I chose The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. While I was flipping back through all these great classics, I started to wonder which one would best fit my personality and be good fits for my friends’ personalities.

1. Which musician do you enjoy the most?

a. Florence + the Machine

b. Taylor Swift

c. Louis Armstrong

d. Rage Against the Machine

e. None. I prefer the sounds of nature.

2. What is your ideal climate?

a. the wind-swept sea

b. a beautiful, sunny spring day

c. summertime in the big city

d. a dark and stormy night

e. a tropical private beach

3. What is your dream occupation?

a. poet

b. wedding planner

c. investment banker

d. doctor

e. park ranger

4. What type of romantic are you?

a. I think there’s a single soul mate for me.

b. I fall in love easily.

c. I tend to love unrequited from afar.

d. I’m too dedicated to my work to look for love.

e. I’m a loner, though I’d like to meet someone.

5. Your favorite food is:

a. Who cares about food if I can’t be with the one I love?

b. birthday cake

c. Does champagne count as food?

d. a perfectly cooked rare steak

e. raw oysters

6. Your ideal pet would be:

a. a wild stallion

b. kittens!

c. a rare tropical fish

d. a snake

e. a dog


Mostly A’s . . . Wuthering Heights

All you want in the world is to curl up with a cup of tea on a rainy night and write your heart out in a journal. You’re highly emotional, a hopeless romantic, prone to outbursts of anger, joy, and sometimes madness. You’ve been known to stare out at sea and sigh at nothing in particular.

Mostly B’s . . . Pride and Prejudice

You’re a smart, upbeat person with close friends and lots of hopeless crushes. You can usually be found with your nose in a book, unless you’ve been dragged to a party where you have more fun than you expected. Life is full of misunderstandings and adventures.

Mostly C’s . . . The Great Gatsby

There’s nothing wrong with loving the good life. You like money, cars, parties, and money. You dream big, give generously, and don’t let anything stop you, which means your friends and admirers might be taking advantage of you. Still, you look really good on the dance floor.

Mostly D’s . . . Frankenstein

You have a dark personality that’s withdrawn from other people and dedicated to work and science. You might frighten small children. Or you might discover the cure for death. Either way, you’re probably pretty handy with a Band-Aid and a good friend to hang out with around Halloween.

Mostly E’s . . . Robinson Crusoe

No man is an island . . . but a man can be trapped on an island. You’re a natural loner, but that doesn’t mean you don’t like other people. You just can’t get off the island. You love fishing, sunbathing, and building shelters out of palm trees.

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Megan Shepherd's deliciously dark and exciting sequel to The Madman's Daughter (HarperCollins, 2013) continues with Juliet's return to London after her escape from her father's island. Life is somewhat easier for Juliet now that she is back—a former colleague of her father's has taken her under his wing so that she does not want for anything, she has a job developing grafted rose bushes, and her friend Lucy has welcomed her with open arms. But not all is well. The serum her father, the infamous Dr. Moreau, developed to keep her symptoms at bay is no longer working and she cannot seem to perfect a new and stronger dose; she misses Montgomery, her old friend and new lover; and one of her father's monsters, Edward Prince, now known as Dr. Jekyll, has also returned to London. To make it worse, a serial killer, dubbed the Wolf of Whitechapel, is murdering people who have wronged her, and a Scotland Yard inspector keeps questioning her about her father. Somehow, Juliet holds the key but can she survive long enough to save the ones she loves and unmask the conspirators who are behind the terror? Shepherd masterfully blends yet another classic horror story into a new setting, and the continuing echoes of H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau combined with Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde result in a book that resonates with evil and suspense. While the novel can be read independently of the first title, as enough of the backstory is given to make what is happening clear, readers will have a more satisfying experience if familiar with the previous installment. The psychological questions that Prince/Jekyll raises as to evil, desire, and nature vs. nurture add a depth of richness not often seen in young adult literature.—Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas

More About the Author

Megan Shepherd grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where her family has owned and operated an independent bookstore for over 35 years. Shepherd attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in international studies and went on to live and work in Costa Rica, Senegal, Scotland, Spain, and many other countries. Now, Shepherd has returned to Western North Carolina and is a full-time writer of young adult novels.

Customer Reviews

This was a retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
I love how Shepherd is able to retell a story with such bravado and elegance, weaving it into the ongoing plot that spans a few books.
I can't wait to read the third book in the series.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Rivera on August 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
o 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 [book:The Island of Dr. Moreau|29981], this book brings us a twist an the famous tale of [book:The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde|51496]! And during the blending of the tales, Megan Sheperd doesn't miss a beat!

<i>**Warning: If you have not read The Madman's Daughters plot and character spoilers may be mentioned in this review. Turn away now if you have not read the first book and don't want anything revealed.</i>

This book takes places a few months after Juliet is set adrift from the island. She has been found and taken in by the wealthy and caring Professor Von Stein. While her life may seem to have taken a turn for the better, they have not. She is ill. The serum she was taking is no longer properly working. She is hurt over Montgomery's betrayal to send her off alone and guilt is nibbling her about how she aided in the death of her father. Then former wrongdoers unto her are found dead and murdered!

Talk about a lot to take on at her age! Sheesh. Double (triple?) lives, secrets and then murder?! It does not help when she knows who the murderer is....

Edward and Montgomery are also in the city for this book. Edward needs help, Montgomery has become a hunter and there are other dark secrets roaming the city streets. This book has a lot of great suspense and intrigue. It is darker and more violent than the first in my opinion. And more mature.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spiced Latte on August 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
“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 her in the past. And she knows that this is personal.

When she sees Edward, one of the creatures that her father created, she knows that they are very similar. And while trying to figure out the cure for each other, the beast has to be in control. With so much political drama and the group of people hunting Edward, the monster within her might not be quiet for long.

First of all, I'm so glad that I decided to continue with the series. The first book was a little too slow for me but I realized that it was a perfect set up for the series. The amount of action in this book was perfect and I loved how fantasy met reality. The author shows us how crazy it would be for a woman to be a scientist back in those days and to actually work in the lab and do research had to be kept a secret. Juliet definitely did not disappoint and I really liked her. Even though there was a small love triangle going on, it was not cliche and still interesting.

Can't wait for the next book!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on June 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
Book Two of The Madman's Daughter series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

What I Liked:

Believe it or not, I have a positive opinion towards this book. You'll see my next section, with the dislikes, and probably think that I absolutely hated this book. Not the case. I enjoyed it. I was interested throughout the book, even if the overall plot was cyclical. The events in this book kept my interest, even if some pissed me off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristina on February 5, 2014
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

love to see it when authors take already well know stories and remake them by adding their own unique touches. I didn’t read the previous book, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER, which pays homage to THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU luckily HER DARK CURIOSITY can easily stand alone as we are told enough of what happened previously to get what is happening. HER DARK CURIOSITY gives us a different take on THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE and its is a very dark tale filled with strange experiments, rocky romances, and murder. Overall the story is dark and twisty and psychologically creepy. The problems I had with this story are more character based as I never really connected with anyone nor did I really ‘get’ the love triangle as it was presented.

Juliet was fascinating to watch as she traverses London society hiding the fact that she is a product of her father Dr. Moreau’s animal-human experiments. I wish the story focused more on her dealing with her dual life as a high society lady and the daughter of a ‘madman’ but we only get a taste of her internal conflicts. Seeing her deal with her ‘madness’ was really fascinating and I would have loved for the story to have delved more into her dealing with her darker side. Juliet comes off as very smart and resourceful in the beginning of the story but when her two love interests come on the scene I began to question her decision making abilities in regards to her love life and life decisions.

On one end of the love triangle is Edward or HER DARK CURIOSITY’s Jekyll/Hyde. Edward is a creation of Dr. Moreau; a combination of many animals with a human. I loved seeing him deal with his dual nature which mirrors the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde story in that Edward’s Mr.
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