Title: The Madman’s Daughter
Author: Megan Shepherd
Format/Length: Paperback/360 pages
Publisher/Date Published: April 11th 2013/ Harper Voyager
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Historical Fiction-Horror
Description: London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself-working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumours about her father′s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.
Juliet is accompanied by the doctor′s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father′s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island′s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father′s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father′s genius-and madness-in her own blood.
3/5 stars —
I’m going to jump right into this mini review by saying that usually, I don’t mind love triangles. Often, I even like them. But in this one? Nope, no thank you. It was just completely unnecessary. It was the sort of love triangle that I felt like detracted from the actual story, rather than adding to it; I was more interested in the main storyline.
I suppose that you would classify this as a “horror” story, though leaned more towards the edge of creepiness, rather than holy-crap-how-am-I-supposed-to-sleep-tonight sort of story, which is what I was kind of expecting from it. In saying that though it did have some very creepy undertones which worked well with the mood and general feeling of the story. The characters, though, was another element where The Madman’s Daughter fell a little bit flat for me. Juliet, our main character, was bright and intelligent, yet her confusion of her feelings between our two love interests was tiring. I couldn’t say that I liked either of them, really, either, for various reasons.
Overall, though, if you’re looking for horror that isn’t too scary, a little gore, and romance, then you’ll likely enjoy this one. I’m looking forward to reading the sequels.
Also? Most of this story is set on a mysterious island. How cool is that?
Author: Nikita Rae
Publisher/Date Published: October 28th 2013/Nikita Rae, Smashwords
Category/Genre: Adult/Dark Contemporary Romance
Description: A girl with a dark history…
Avery Bresllin took a leap of faith when she changed her name. As Avery Patterson, she is no longer the daughter of a serial killer. No longer the girl who was bullied and abused through high school. A fresh name and a fresh start at Columbia University means Avery can leave all that behind. There’s only one thing marring her dream of a clean slate….
A boy with a past of his own…
Luke Reid has a lot going for him: sex appeal, badass tattoos and insane musical talent. Despite his guitar skills, his calling in life has always been to serve and protect. A NYPD cop by day, singer in rock band D.M.F by night, from the outside Luke seems like he’s got it made. But falling for a girl whose father was accused of deeply sinister acts—a man whom Luke shared a devastating history with, himself—only serves to complicated things.
Pieces of a puzzle….
Four symbols, four methods of destruction.
Dark secrets that threaten to destroy.
This was one of those reads that were free on iBooks; so, essentially, I didn’t expect anything from it. Self-published, New Adult, I didn’t think I would enjoy it at all. (I should point out that I don’t have a problem with self pub’ed books, however I have personally found there is definitely a difference between the quality of editing between self-published and traditionally published novels.) Also, my experiences with New Adult books haven’t been good at all.
First off, I’d like to say I don’t believe this novel falls into the category of Erotica, as I’ve seen it shelved on Goodreads. While I’d say the sex scenes are fairly graphic, the story does not centre around the sex. It’s an adult romance, yes, but threads of mystery and thrillers are twined throughout the story — and it’s not as shallow as some of the other novels I’ve read. I wish, also, that some of the minor characters (Leslie, Noah, Morgan etc.) had been fleshed out some more, as well. While I thought that Luke and Avery, as our main characters, were well-rounded and strong, the others I often got confused and mixed up between. Though I get they are only minor characters, some of the later story reveals would have had a greater impact on the reader if this was done.
And yes, there were errors. It could’ve done with a better edit.
But you know what? It’s not a bad novel. I liked it.