The Madman's Daughter Trilogy
eGalley from the Publisher via Edelweiss
Balzer + Bray
Megan Shepherd's gothic suspense trilogy, inspired by the stories of H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Mary Shelley, is perfect for fans of Libba Bray, Leigh Bardugo, and classic horror and science fiction. This collection also contains a sneak peek of The Cage, the first book in Megan Shepherd's gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race.The Madman's Daughter, inspired by The Island of Dr. Moreau, is the story of Dr. Moreau's daughter Juliet, who travels to her estranged father's island only to encounter murder, madness, and a scintillating love triangle.Her Dark Curiosity: Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this tantalizing sequel explores the hidden natures of those we love and how far we'll go to save them from themselves.
A Cold Legacy: With inspiration from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman's Daughter trilogy explores the things we'll sacrifice to save those we love . . . even our own humanity.
The Madman's Daughter: I'm impressed by the adaptation and MShepherd captured the moral ambiguity of The Island of Dr. Moreau. I love the tempered darkness Juliet's world presented and how her loyalty eventually became her greatest weakness. Juliet is an engaging heroine in the sense that I found myself easily pulled by her confounding state. I understand why after everything she still seeks his madman of a father with high hopes for something different from what she was made to believe. Of course, like in H.G. Wells' novel, Juliet's bound for disappointment.
Her Dark Curiosity: Following the events in Dr. Moreau's island, Juliet finds herself dying and dealing with a monster attack back in London. I love the Jekyll and Hyde aspect and the person assuming this role is quite fascinating. I absolutely love how MShepherd twisted the story turning it into one horrifying revelations. What ruined it for me though is Juliet and her blasted indecisive heart and that stupid love triangle YA authors just love to employ. *in a singsong voice* Oh I'm in love with someone else but since I'm lonesome how about I sleep with you for one night and forget about it the next day?.
A Cold Legacy: or the Frankenstein novel. The darkest of the trilogy, and obviously where things came to a head. I still dont like Juliet, however the rest of the characters made up for my slight dislike of their heroine. Edward, in particular, is the most interesting of them all. I believe he is the soul of the trilogy, the Madman's legacy, and I hope he gets a spin-off. His character is very rich and I wouldn't mind reading more of his adventures. A Cold Legacy is the height of this trilogy's moral conflict, nature v. nurture, science v. religion, and MShepherd handled it well.
The Madman's Daughter Trilogy: This project is very ambitious but MShepherd pulled it off brilliantly! This trilogy managed to capture the essence and feel of the gothic classics MShepherd based her books on. The novels are dark, foreboding, the theme still relevant, the conflict very provocative, and the resolution hit me hard.
This series might be marketed as YA-Fantasy, but it doesn't have the telltale whimsy and immaturity I often find in young adult books. Juliet is naive, but her naivete stems from hopeful optimism than ignorance. More importantly, The Madman's Daughter Trilogy is a very intelligent series. Nurture v. nature issues are tricky to tackle, controversial even, but Juliet handled her father's genius and stigma in a very thoughtful manner, managing to both claim, condemn it, reshaping it as her own. There's nothing "young" about this series apart from the characters' ages and how chaste the romance is. MShepherd successfully wrote a series that will transcend taste and genre preferences. This is definitely one of the BEST "YA" series I've read in a long time. MShepherd, you're a genius, and if you're reading this, I hope I managed to convince you to try this series out.