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This book was so good that the author had me gasping out loud in
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Posted January 11, 2014
The writing was lighter than I'd have expected of a Gothic novel
The writing was lighter than I'd have expected of a Gothic novel. I was hoping for more darkness and exploration of the horrors on the island. It's okay that it doesn't go into substantial detail of the islanders; however, the details that are given are poorly organized in context, and they aren't ones that evoked horror within me. I know that the islanders should creep me out, but they just seemed like harmless creatures with some disfigurement. The same goes for the beast. So much suspense is supposed to be going on with the beast on the loose, but the plot is so unfocused and Juliet is kept so out of the loop that it didn't wasn't scary. It would have been nice to see Juliet investigate more on her own to help focus and further the plot. She's so powerless on the island that the addition of another perspective or two could also have helped flesh out the story.
The characters are flat and poorly developed. For the most part, Juliet is a likable character. She knows that her intelligence and curiosity makes her different from other girls, but she doesn't reject it. Still, she doesn't really grow as a character over the course of the novel; the largest change is her final acceptance about her father and who she is. However, the progression of her thoughts and feelings aren't really shown. More internal dialogue may have helped develop her character better, such as showing when she first suspects that her father may have done more than a simple surgery to correct her spine when she was an infant.
There isn't much substance to the guys other than an attractive face and a desire to protect Juliet, and her father is so wrapped up in his research he doesn't care about anyone unless they have a use for him. The romance was poorly done. While some of the scenes get a little swoony, there doesn't really seem to be a point to the kissing except the guys trying to claim Juliet. I'm getting a little tired of guys kissing girls without asking for their permission or bothering to check that there is more than a shared sexual attraction between them. The most intriguing development is learning about the secrets that Edward carries.
The premise to the story is interesting, but it could have been better executed. The Madman's Daughter doesn't have the power to stand alone as a novel. The plot is weak and the characters don't show any growth. It feels more like it's setting the stage for something greater to take place. Nevertheless, I am curious as to where the series will progress and will give the next book a try.
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