Picks up several months after the last book left off. Juliet has returned to England and now we reinterpret the story of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde. (Edward returns as the somewhat obviously named Mr. Jackyll.) Various characters from the first book return - some in more plausible fashion than others.
I didn't find this story as interesting or compelling as The Madman's Daughter. It was fine, but I doubt I'll ever reread it. Sets up for a final book in the trilogy which looks like it will probably reinterpret another gothic horror story which I probably shouldn't name in a review that doesn't allow spoiler tags.
As with the first, the writing lends to the Gothic horror of the classics. Juliet, daughter of Henry Moreau finds herself back in London being pursued by one of her father's creations. Written with Jekyll and Hyde in mind, the beast in question is both man and monster. It's up to Juliet and her colleagues to decifer the mysteries behind his arrival as well as the letters her father has sent to London.
For the most part, this book appeals to the darker readers. Filled with gore and some mild themes, it hits the horror/thriller genre and can be a might unsettling to the more sensitive reader. I, however, love the classics and this series captures much of that same essense. I will save my final opinion for the last volume.
I absolutely love the layer of madness that is present throughout the book under the normalcy. And the best example to show that is the character of Juliet. She is walking a very fine line between being completely like her father and her own curiosity. The author does a beautiful job in isolating Juliet from the rest of society which works very well in sympathizing with her in regards to the actions she takes
Questionable actions were taken. Risky decisions were made. Secrets were exposed, and loneliness and desperation led to regrettable choices yet our characters stay strong, with a mind to focus only on what and who they can save and protect in this book and most definitely, the next.
The Madman’s Daughter series has a great concept, adding a new twist on Victorian classics. I had high hopes for this series, but the second novel, Her Dark Curiosity, was a major disappointment.
I admit I skipped a few pages because it was agony waiting for anything interesting to happen. I think I would have been better off simply reading a Wikipedia entry about the book or reviews with spoilers, instead of wasting time reading this book. And thank goodness I borrowed the book from the library. I probably would have regretted buying it.
Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/review-her-dark-curiosity/
So basically, this book took everything that made an emotional impact in the first novel, and undid it. Every sacrifice, every decision, every awesome, analytical, science-loving, non-squeamish trait of Juliet's. I would have been happy with the end of The Madman's Daughter, honestly, I didn't need any closure.
But Megan Shepherd decided Juliet needed...duh duh DUH! A love triangle.
Spoiler alert and all: the EXACT SAME LOVE TRIANGLE that happened in the first book. Haven't we been through this already? Yes, yes we have. But hey, let's keep Juliet from thinking at all about her condition, or science, by having her obsess over two boys.
Hey authors who write love triangles: why don't your lovelorn characters ever choose C) neither? Nobody needs a relationship, guys, it's just another element of life that's equally rewarding and taxing.
Basically, this awesome fictional female role-model was utterly destroyed. Didn't Juliet have conviction, before? Didn't she have purpose? Didn't that not relate to boys at all? Yeah.
Megan Shepherd is struck from my list of favorite authors for this book. Don't read it. Especially if you liked The Madman's Daughter. It'll just ruin the positive experience.
This book was a great read, but I read it first instead of " The Madman's Daughter." I cheated in a way.
"In this sequel to The Madman's Daughter, 17-year-old Juliet Moreau has escaped from her mad scientist father and made a life for herself in London. But she hasn't given up on her own scientific experiments, nor has she reconciled her conflicted feelings for the dashing Montgomery and the part-human, part-beast Edward. And when a series of bloody killings strikes London, Juliet realises that escaping from her father's nightmarish legacy will be much more difficult than she had suspected. For another eerie Gothic thriller with a scandalous love triangle, try Kenneth Oppel's This Dark Endeavor." Teen Scene March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a2d2fecb-0036-4e36-bcd4-d3276847a40f?postId=2f01dac0-7358-4d12-879a-5d09c90eb51c
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