Early Review: Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter, #2) by Megan Shepard

January 27, 2014 Review 0

Early Review: Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter, #2) by Megan ShepardHer Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard
Series: The Madman's Daughter, #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 28, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Romantic, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 368 pages
Source: Edelweiss
Sexual Content: some sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

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.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

I 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. Hyde aspect slowly grows more powerful and bleeds into Edward's personality more and more. There are a lot of questions of whether Edward is the separate from his more Hyde-like beast nature or the beast is merely a part of his personality which I loved reading about in this story. Juliet and Edward are both products of her father's experiments and they both seem similar in personality which makes their attractions somewhat understandable. But there is one scene that had me mentally shouting at Juliet for her stupidity in regards to Edward/beast's actions.  I slowly started to lose some respect for Juliet as her interactions with a clearly violent and unstable man continued.

The other end of the love triangle has Montgomery who met and fell in love with Juliet in THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER while her father's island. I got the Juliet/Edward romance as their relationship is pretty well developed in the story and they are dealing with similar issues regardless of Juliet's insistence on staying close to a clearly unstable individual but Juliet/Montgomery made no sense. He comes into the story without having seen Juliet for a year and we are barely given any real reasons to like him.   Montgomery comes off as manipulative and a touch dominerring to the point that I wanted Juliet to just forget both men and find some other worthy suitor. I loved the story when it focused on the plot rather than the love triangle.

Aside from my annoyance with multiple characters and the main love triangle, HER DARK CURIOSITY is able to take the already dark story of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE and make it even darker with spurts of action and murder filled with gore.

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1. The Madman's Daughter

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