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The Madman's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Megan Shepherd
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For fans of Libba Bray, this first book in a gothic suspense trilogy is inspired by H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau and has been hailed by New York Times bestseller Carrie Ryan as having "beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance."

Following accusations that her scientist father gruesomely experimented on animals, sixteen-year-old Juliet watched as her family and her genteel life in London crumbled around her—and only recently has she managed to piece her world back together. But when Juliet learns her father is still alive and working on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the old accusations are true. Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's insanity. 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.

Editorial Reviews Review

Songs in the Mood for Madness: The official playlist for The Madman’s Daughter

I am lucky to have friends with impeccable and diverse taste in music. On a beach vacation with several friends, I casually mentioned that I wanted to put together a playlist of songs that fit the different moods of The Madman’s Daughter, but that I wasn’t sure where to start. All I had to do was ask! My friends suggested the following songs. Not only do they capture the passion, emotion, melancholy, and madness within the pages of my book, but I listen to them whenever I’m feeling angsty or just need to close my eyes and be swept away to another place. Jeremy, Ana, and Jason, I owe you a big thanks!

Jun Miyake, “The Here and After”: There’s something so intriguing about the exotic sounds in this song. I love how the idea of “happily ever after” isn’t as simple as it sounds.

Florence and the Machine, “Seven Devils”: When I listen to this eerie, dramatic song, I think about how the greatest dangers come not always from outside, but often from something within each of us.

Arcade Fire, “Ocean of Noise”: From the claps of thunder at the beginning to the transition into lyrics about stormy seas, I can’t hear this song without thinking about how nature and human relationships mirror one another.

Azure Ray, “The Devil’s Feet”: Azure Ray’s mood hits the feel of The Madman’s Daughter so well that I included two of their songs! “The Devil’s Feet” tells a great fable about a girl who has to overcome a dangerous temptation.

TV on the Radio, “DLZ”: We all have a side that’s a little devious within us, and this song brings out that side in me when I’m writing about the darker things in the world.

Cat Power, “Werewolf”: Haunting female voices is a theme in this playlist, and this song has fantastic lyrics about the alluring power monsters can have on our emotions.

Danger Mouse featuring Jack White, “Two against One”: This song is a little crazy, a little whimsical, and totally cool. It makes me just want to hang out with friends and have fun.

Azure Ray, ”Sea of Doubts” : The lyrics of this song talk about taking a journey to get past fears and embrace life. It’s a hopeful message for a song that starts out melancholy.

Lykke Li, “Silent My Song”: To me, some of the lyrics in this song hint at the dangers that linger within the lines between science and art.

Manchester Orchestra, “Jimmy, He Whispers”: Every time I hear this song, I think about how complicated relationships can be, and how sometimes loyalty can lead us to overlook dangerous faults in one another.

The xx, “Infinity”: The mix of male and female vocals here makes me think of times I’ve tried to move on from relationships and how bittersweet and heartbreaking love can be.

Radiohead, “Everything in Its Right Place”: Nobody does creepily atmospheric lyrics and mood like Radiohead. This song captures the unsettling, split feeling that several characters experience during The Madman’s Daughter.

Agnes Obel, “Philharmonics”: I’d love to waltz to this strangely beautiful song that talks about how luxury and excess aren’t all that matter.

Portishead, “Mysterons”: These lyrics make me think of that old phrase “Be careful what you wish for.” Sometimes what we think we want ends up being exactly the last thing we need.

Joanna Newsom, “The Book of Right-On”: Joanna Newsom’s oddball voice is truly unique, and though the lyrics are vague, this song reminds me of how girls can be much stronger than many people think.

Mazzy Star, “Fade into You”: This heartbreaking, sweet song makes me think of how love is never perfect. We all have flaws, shortcomings; and sometimes love just misses the mark.

Agnes Obel, “Wallflower”: I like to think of this instrumental piece as a modern version of some of the haunting music young women might have played on the piano during the Victorian era.

From Booklist

The advantage this series starter has over monster reboots like Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor (2011) is that teens aren’t as familiar with the story of Dr. Moreau, and so the ungodly plot developments may yet surprise. Shepherd follows H. G. Wells closely but from the perspective of the good doctor’s 16-year-old daughter, Juliet. Six years after her father’s banishment from London following outrageous medical experimentation, she joins him on an isolated island where he continues to tinker with the combination of human and animal genes. Beneath Dr. Moreau’s fancified insanity and the unsavory medical specifics (the two best elements of the novel), this is a romantic-triangle book first and foremost, as Juliet trembles, blushes, and heaves her bosom at both Moreau’s hunky assistant and a dashing castaway. However, Shepherd distinguishes herself from her paranormal romance contemporaries by eschewing purple prose and focusing on sympathetic side characters (the dog-bear hybrid servant Balthasar) and fascinating dilemmas (the budding religious awareness of the creatures). Anyone who doesn’t pick up the next volume is mad! Mad, I tell you! HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Nearly every publisher wanted this book and no wonder—it’s already sold in six countries and been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

Product Details

  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOLW0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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83 of 99 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed its potential by a mile February 17, 2013
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A new take on the psychological thriller, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter was bursting at the seams with potential. Through the eyes of Dr. Moreau's 16-year-old daughter, Juliet, it provided a new perspective and insight to the nefarious madman and his island of chimeric creations. At least that's what it was supposed to do. Aside from the blatant correlation to Stockholm Syndrome, you'd really have to sit around and analyze and dig deep into the plot to derive any other type of deeper psychological meaning. And, really, you shouldn't need a shovel to enjoy a book.

The book actually has a great start (maybe that's why I was so disappointed that it didn't really amount to anything?).

Juliet has not seen her father (or even known if he was alive) for years - not since he fled the country, leaving Juliet and her mother to fend for themselves, when suspicion began to arise about his inhumane experiments. Now Juliet works as part of a janitorial staff at a medical school, cleaning up blood and other fluids left behind from the students' experiments (predictable much?).

By chance, Juliet discovers evidence that her father is not only alive, but he might be living at a nearby inn. Following her lead, Juliet does not find her father, but she finds the next best thing: her former childhood friend and servant, Montgomery, who apparently fled with her father and now works as his assistant at his new location on an island off the coast of Australia. Montgomery is only there getting supplies to take back to the island, but Juliet decides there is nothing for her there anymore and she might as well go with him.

She boards the ship for the journey.

At this point, I'm like, "OMG! WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, fast-paced and twisted! August 19, 2014
What a great twist on a classic story. The Madman's Daughter is a spinoff story for The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. While you can read this book without reading the other, I encourage the reading of both. Especially to see where the inspiration for this book comes from. Some parts follow very closely the story of Wells' book and others quite different. In particular is Megan Shepherd's original character, Juliet.

Juliet is the daughter the the infamous Dr. Moreau. She is 16 and orphaned on her own. Her father fled the country after information about his scientific experiments got out and her mother died several years later. From wealth to poverty and ridicule Juliet has not had the easiest life. Yet she is smart and educated. Quite knowledgeable in science, especially for a woman of that time. I must say I liked her inner strength and while she is may be unsure of her own "unlady-like" interests I simply find her ahead of her time.

She runs into her childhood friend (and her father's assistant) Montgomery who informs her that her father is alive. Against his better judgement she insists on being taken to him. On their journey to the island they come across a man named Edward. And the three of them, along this Balthazar (Montgomery's assistant) go to the island.

There things take a turn for the twisted. And anyone who has read The Island of Dr. Moreau know what I speak of. For those that have not, read it or this for more information. What I will say is that Dr Moreau is a very dedicated, and obsessed scientist. His experiments come above all else in his life. And that can come with unexpected prices for everyone.

Dark, often psychologically twisted with some romance and madness thrown in this adventure.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Curious, and Disturbing December 10, 2014
By Auggie
When it comes to dark and disturbing, this book takes the cake. Or, at least a piece of the cake. Ok. The cake sans the delicious icing. Whatever. What I’m trying to say here is that the plot is gripping and the settings are the stuff of nightmares, but the substance of our protagonist is lacking. Infact, the reader may find that they’re more interested learning about the villain than they are about the protagonist.

Juliet is on a quest. Find her father and discover the truth of what happened all those years ago when Dr. Moreu was cast out of society, labeled a madman, and her entire life fell into the gutter. Literally.

Juliet’s initial goal was the find her father, reunite in a tearful and emotional reunion, and get an explanation for why he’d abandoned her for all these years. Then it becomes “chase the boy”. It especially becomes “chase the boy” when Juliet finds out her Dad (who I envision looks like Jared Harris) really is certifiable and probably extremely dangerous to boot…. And now she’ s trapped on an island with him and his human-animal hybrid creations. Oops.

Our initial preview of Juliet is that she’s nervous she’s inherited her father’s madness, which certainly would have made her more interesting. To some extent I was eagerly expecting that to be the case. However, mercy killings and a morbid curiosity for the “magical science” that her father was creating wasn’t enough to justify her fears. They seemed to be normal reactions to outrageous situations. I began to find that the only thing interesting about Juliet Moreu were the characters that surrounded her and her increasingly strained relationship with her nutty as a fruitcake dad.

Not to say that this book wasn’t a spectacular display of disturbing ideas(vivisection?! VIVISECTION?!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars fine adventure/YA heroine love triangle reimagining of Island of...
Okay, so 3.5 stars, really.

Perfectly readable, nice descriptions, floridly emotional and plucky heroine, sign-posts you can see a mile off--all combine to make a... Read more
Published 9 days ago by kbirdlincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment
Love these books. Adventurous, riveting, fascinating. Last but not least, beautiful writing and imagery. Solid characterization and emotional arc.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Like a low grade horror movie
It was fair. Like a low grade horror movie.
Published 21 days ago by Tammie Mortensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this series
I thoroughly enjoyed the "Madman's Daughter" series. The books were well written, the plot exciting, and, page after page, the story built. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Walsh Fam
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, terrifying
Part gothic, part horror, part romance...I was swept away by this. The imagery was startling, beautiful, terrifying... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Karina Almeroth
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Mysterious, Peculiar
This book is a retelling of H.G Wells' “The Island of Dr. Moreau (taking place in the gilded ages), I find this story extremely unique and different, it was definitely a dark... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Sophia Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, frustrating Main Character
This is a tough one to review but I am going to do my best, I had a few issues but overall I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books/trilogies!
I don't usually read sci-fi or books that have sequels or trilogies. But boy, am I glad I picked this one up! I absolutely loved it! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance
I really enjoyed this book and the other two books in the trilogy. I had not read the Island of Dr. Moreau so I decide to read that first. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NY Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars The Madman's Daughter
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd contains just the right amount of horror to keep me interested without totally scaring me to death. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LynnDell P. Watson
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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.

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