Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Review: Her Dark Curiosity, by Megan Shepherd @megan_shepherd

What a dark and twisted story is Her Dark Curiosity! I love how the story continues on from The Madman's Daughter, and just drifts from The Island of Dr. Moreau  to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It's brilliant!

Juliet is back in London, faring much better since she has been taken in by Professor von Stein, a former colleague of her father. But she has secrets too. She's becoming more and more ill and is desperate to find a cure.

Also, there have been several murders, and Juliet is connected to all of the victims. All of them have hurt her in some way. Who is killing all of Juliet's enemies, and why?

I can't answer that. Just suffice it to say that things get dicey. There are old characters that return and new ones to be introduced to. People are not always what they seem. Juliet is desperate to save her life, and the lives of her acquaintances. And she gets lots of help from some unlikely corners.

I was mesmerized by Her Dark Curiosity. Its surprising. It's macabre. It's dark. But, even though it's gory, I didn't find the descriptions of the violence and the creatures to be very vivid. I mean, it didn't turn my stomach. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I guess it depends on your taste.

I loved the characters' progression in Her Dark Curiosity. And I loved the setup for the next story, based on Frankenstein. Can't wait!

Recommend this Madman's Daughter Series to those who enjoyed the classics they are based on. Or anyone, teen or adult, who enjoys a dark macabre mystery.

Published by Balzer + Bray, January 28, 2014
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
432 pages

Rating: 5/5

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  1. I really loved this sequel and can't wait for the third book! I liked The Madman's Daughter, but I felt that Her Dark Curiosity was more compelling.

  2. I so loved the first one and have this one lined up soon. Great review. It is a dark series but I love it.

  3. While I didn't love the first book, I am curious how she retells the classics in her books. I really liked Montgomery and was sad to leave him on the island. I didn't care for Edward but I do have my guesses about him. I'm looking forward to picking this one up when it comes to the library.

  4. I have this one next up on my reading list, so I skimmed your review, but I'm SO happy to see 5 stars! It sounds like it's going to be a dark, twisted ride, and I'm looking forward to being back in such an atmospheric story. Lovely review!


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