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Her Dark Curiosity (Madman's Daughter Series #2)
     

Her Dark Curiosity (Madman's Daughter Series #2)

4.6 18
by Megan Shepherd
 

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ISBN-13:
9780062128072
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
Madman's Daughter Series , #2
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
56,394
File size:
564 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Her Dark Curiosity 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd Book Two of The Madman's Daughter series Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: January 28, 2014 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Believe it or not, I have a positive opinion towards this book. You'll see my next section, with the dislikes, and probably think that I absolutely hated this book. Not the case. I enjoyed it. I was interested throughout the book, even if the overall plot was cyclical. The events in this book kept my interest, even if some pissed me off. The romance was horrendous, but I think things get resolved at the very end of this book. ONE CAN HOPE. Juliet has returned to London, but she is getting weaker and weaker, since the injections are working as well as they used to work. As everyone should have expected, Edward appears in London, and he needs her help. He can barely control his monster side, a side that wants Juliet, a side that Juliet is attracted to. But Juliet is determined to create a cure for herself, and for Edward. Even though she loves Montgomery, he's not there, and Edward is, so everything is all about Edward. I'm a little bit cynical when it comes to Edward. I don't like him at all, as a character, and as a love interest. He's a creature, an abomination, and he shouldn't exist. I wish someone would just kill him already! Meanwhile, I really like Montgomery, and not just as a love interest. He's definitely the better man in this book, even if Shepherd wants readers to think that he is "bad" or "has secrets" or has "done terrible things", or whatever cliches authors invent to make decent people seem "bad".  I wasn't a fan of Juliet in this book - she had a little more backbone in the first book. However, if things go a certain way in the third book, I'll overlook her poor character in this second book. Sequel slump, you know? Although, I gave this book and the first book the same rating. But technically, books in series should get better and better, right?  Anyway. I did enjoy the plot of this book (not necessarily the series' plot). I was curiously as to who was doing the killings - even when we think we know who was doing them, it seemed like more than one person was killing in London. And all of the digging into Juliet's father's past was interesting. I'm curious as to how Shepherd will use all of this past knowledge in the third book. I am looking forward to reading the third book, after this book's ending. If this book hadn't ended the way it had, then I would not be looking forward to reading the third book. This book was mediocre at best, hence the rating. 2.5 stars was my original rating, but I'm giving it 3 stars because of the ending. Please let certain things happen and the love triangle be resolved. Please please please.  What I Did Not Like: While my opinion of this book was overall pretty positive, there were still some things that I didn't. For one, I feel like the skeleton plot of this series is going in circles. Juliet is questioning her humanity, her sanity, her romantic feelings, her past, her being like her father. It gets tiresome, the woe-is-me attitude, the romance drama, the back-and-forth human/monster dilemma thing. I feel like nothing ever gets resolved, in any of the books. I understand that this book is part of a series, but each book could resolve something. For example (and this might spoil things for book one, if you have not read it yet), how do we know if her father is really dead? How do we know if Edward is really going to die, or even Juliet, because of their animal attributes? Because I know Megan Shepherd LOVES her stupid little love triangle in this book, and so she wouldn't possible have Edward die. No, Juliet is going to be a hero and save the day by creating a cure for herself and Edward. And then she'll really have to choose between her and Montgomery. Everything goes back to the romance in this book. Why would Juliet agree to help Edward? Where did Edward comes from, to begin with? OF COURSE he survived from book one. We can't just have someone important and a part of the love triangle die, can we? Is there no such thing as tragedy in books anymore? And why does everything have to be planned so that we get the "perfect" love triangle, waiting to be resolved in book three? Gosh I hate love triangles. I hate them so much.  The sad thing is, Juliet knows that she doesn't LOVE Edward like she loves Montgomery. She knows that her animal side is attracted to Edward, but she really LOVES Montgomery. Yet she keeps being an insecure pansy who doubts that Montgomery loves her, that she loves Montgomery. She's the equivalent of a modern-day bimbo floozy, in my opinion. Her knowledge in science and medicine isn't even that great, from what I saw in this book. STOP VACILLATING. Stop making dumb, rash, thoughtless decisions, like consorting with the wrong people. As "smart" as Juliet is supposed to be... she acts really dumb in this book. So. I didn't like the romance, UNTIL Montgomery reappears. You knew he was going to come back. If Edward did, he would too. Once Montgomery was back, I breathed a little. Especially at the end. Although the end just sets up everything so that Juliet will throw herself into creating a cure for Edward. Montgomery will be jealous and angry, because he thinks it's a waste of time to try to help something that is an abomination, that shouldn't exist. AMEN. WHY DOES JULIET WANT TO SAVE EDWARD. He's a creature, a monster, something that shouldn't exist. He's no one's blood relation, not a human being, nothing. UGH. Would I Recommend It: Um. If you read the first one? Then yes, it is worth reading this sequel novel. Especially if you're a fan of Montgomery or Edward, in terms of the romance. By the end, things get pretty clear, in terms of the romance. This is a love-triangle-based series, so I know how important romantic decisions are. Heck, I'M glad the love triangle is (hopefully) resolved. I hate love triangles. If you haven't started reading this series, hold off. Don't start reading until the third book comes out - or maybe don't bother at all. Especially if you absolutely hate love triangles. Because this love triangle might survive into the third book, who knows. It shouldn't though. Rating: 3 stars. I think I liked this one about as much as I liked the first book - even though the ending of this one made me super pleased. These books have a way of balancing the good and bad, into a nice middle-of-the-road 3-star mixture. I cannot wait to read the third book, because of the way this one ended!
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
Her Dark Curiosity was just as creepy as its predecessor. Actually, considering scenes towards the end, it's even creepier. LOVE TRIANGLE I might as well get the romance out of the way first. Yes, there's still a love triangle. It's not something I expect most readers to enjoy, but I didn't mind it. It wasn't the most amazing part (which is why I'm keeping this brief) of the story, but I still liked it.  JULIET Oh dear . . . what are you doing, Juliet? By the end of this book, it's clear that the heroine is walking down this dark and dangerous path. She's becoming more inclined to explore the darkness and madness that we first saw in The Madman's Daughter. She's definitely not an easily likable character. I expect many readers to disapprove of her actions (especially towards the end, where she makes some shocking decisions). Juliet really struggled with the darkness inside her in this sequel, which made her a very interesting character. I'm really curious as to how she deals with that darkness in the next book. Will she succumb to it or decide to fight it instead? THE EXPANSION OF MADNESS I loved how Dr. Moreau's experiments expanded in this story. They weren't secluded to an island anymore. More and more people were revealed to be involved in the madness, and I loved how the author did this. It allowed for a few (no, many) new conflicts to arise. OVERALL Her Dark Curiosity wasn't as engrossing or as great as The Madman's Daughter. The sequel still had the creepiness, twists, and mystery that I absolutely loved in the first one. There was even another killer ending that left me dying for the next book. If you liked The Madman's Daughter, you're going to want to read this one too!  I have one more thing to add: I love how the books are retelling of classics. It makes them all the more interesting! *I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. 
Anonymous 4 months ago
Edge of your seat. Gruesome, loving and exciting! New situations at every turn! Get ready!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Her Dark Curiosity is the second book in The Madman's Daughter Trilogy by Megan Shepherd. This book was inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I thought the Jekyll/Hyde aspect flowed quite well from the first book into this one. Juliet is back in London trying to find a cure as her symptoms worsen. I'm still at odds with the love triangle. I think she's going to end up with Montgomery, but I feel like she's better suited for Edward. Romance aside, the writing is beautiful and sets up the dark, eerie, and twisted setting perfectly. Juliet's character is so well built that you can really understand her conflicted emotions about the creatures and the experiments. So, even when she leans towards the dark side of things more, it's completely understandable and makes sense for her character. In other words, you can easily envision life in her shoes, as disturbing as it may be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course it wasnt as amazing as the first in the Madman's Daughter trilogy, but in no way did the author miss the mark or do a single thing that was glaringly wrong or disappointing. It is a success because it kept my interest all the way through and ended in a way that left me wanting more. It was a true continuation of the original story and i hope the third book feels the same-only with a neatly tied up and fulfilling ending of course;)
Erica_Lynn More than 1 year ago
This trilogy is amazing. Love, Fantasy, action.....Keeps your turning the pages for sure.
SpeedSD More than 1 year ago
WOW!! I thought Megan Shepherd's take on the Island of Dr. Moreau was great, but she has outdone herself with this one. How does one take the story of Dr. Moreau and weave in the tale of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde? Shepherd has taken these two classics and expertly figured a way to do just that. We start this entry to the trilogy about a year after Juliet left the island alone and uncertain of her future. She has been taken in by an old acquaintance. She is searching for a cure for her illness. Please, if you did not read The Madman's Daughter, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK YET! For those that have, I am sure that you will not be disappointed (well, maybe with the cliffhanger ending, but it is a trilogy after all). Shepherd's talent at recreating timeless stories is amazing. You will be amazed at how she makes these stories flow seamlessly into one another. I will say that this book (unlike the last) did have some sex, though it was not graphic and not gone on and on about. However, it was discussed and did happen, so if you are a parent or that kind of thing bothers you, please keep that in mind. That being said, I would suggest this book to any 15-16 year old and up (boy or girl) who is interested in this genre. The themes behind the tales are what really keep me from recommending them to anyone one younger. Thank you Ms. Shepherd for this book. I cannot wait to see how you possibly bring Frankenstein into the mix, but I am off to read the next (and last) one to find out! -- SPeed
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Yeah, I think this is my new favorite series. I can't say anything bad about this. Even if I could, it might be stuff I don't mind. So, it took me a lot longer than I thought to get back into this series. Mostly because I wasn't in the mood for it. Now, I loved the first book and couldn't wait to read the next book.What I love about the books, is what the story will be about. That and the covers are beautifully done and eye catching. The last one, had tones of the Island of Dr. Moreau and in this, Jekyll and Hyde. And the third, well, can't wait to read it. As I was reading, I was thinking, how could I not want to read this. The writing is of course, well done and the character development, atmosphere tone it has going for it is also good. And of course, moments where I think it will go in one direction, it surprises me and goes in another and I can't help but smile at that. Thanks for that book. You get hug points for that. The characters of course are also good. Especially Balthazar and Lucy. I also admire how strong and well, even if she clearly, Juliet still tries to be brave and does something and has her friends at least. Basically, a really good sequel. If the writing is just as good in this series then I'll definitely be looking out for the author's next series or book.
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Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
Her dark curiosity “I stumbled back against the empty table, stunned. The thread slipped from my fingers, along with the spool of my sanity. The murderer was the same. Somehow, even though I’d thought him dead, Edward had done this.” This was a really good sequel, which this time turned into a real ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ kind of story! I really liked Juliet in this story, and I felt sorry for her in the way her illness was taking over her life, and the fact that she had been abandoned by Montgomery. I did think she made some crazy decisions at times, and really pushed things at points, but it seemed clear that she was once again doing this to help other people. I knew that we’d definitely have at least one of Juliet’s beaus turning up in this book though, and yay(!) they both did! “What secret?” I asked. When he didn’t answer I let the fork clatter to the floor and grabbed his suit lapel a little roughly. “What other secret was Montgomery keeping from me, Edward?” “It doesn’t matter. You loved him, and he left you. I’d never do that to you. I’d sooner cut off my own hand than do anything to cause you pain.” My fingers were still coiled in the stiff fabric of his lapel, and he whispered, “If only you’d give me a chance…” The storyline in this was really good, and we got quite a few twists and surprises! I liked the murder/mystery part of the story, I liked not knowing who would pop up next, I liked the little twists we got thrown with regards to Juliet’s father’s work, who Lucy’s new Beau was, as well as the question over what Juliet should do about Edward. “I leaned my head back against the worn wood of the stairwell, eyes closed, uncertain if I was making the biggest mistake of my life by helping a murderer, or if I had found the one person in the world who understood me.” I really liked the romance in this story too! The love-triangle certainly escalated in this story, with Juliet’s chastity a thing of the past, and even a proposal! “I want to be just a man, that’s all, who isn’t marked with bruises, who can walk the streets without worry that he’ll kill someone.” He swallowed, as his hands again closed over mine. “Who can love you as you deserve to be loved.” “Before I knew it, his lips found mine. He tasted of blood and sweat, and it twisted my insides into sharp angles. Tears started down my face but he kissed them away, cupping my cheek, trailing rough fingers along the smooth skin of my neck. “I was so afraid I’d be too late,” he whispered into my hair. “I’d have torn him apart if he’d hurt you.”” The ending in this was so good! There was plenty of action, gunshot wounds, death, and once again it was time to flee! Really looking forward to book 3 now! “Come with me,” I whispered, “I need you.” The tensed muscles in his back eased. “You know I’d follow you anywhere. Though I fear we’ll both end up damned.” “You wouldn’t have abandoned me, and I’m not going to abandon you.” 8 out of 10.
AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
Watch out because Megan Shepherd is back. Last we left Juliet Moreau, she was floating away from an island in the middle of the ocean. Now she's arrived back in London and everything should be fine, however, she still isn't able to outrun her father's crimes or his influence. I entered Shepherd's second novel with a full understanding that she would blow my socks off. I wasn't disappointed. Much like before, we see that no one can be trusted, even those closest to Juliet - not even the characters we find ourselves routing for. Her Dark Curiosity is richly atmospheric. The novel's entire tone is carefully tempered between Juliet's encroaching madness and her slipping sanity amongst the terrible murders plaguing Scotland Yard. Much like we saw in The Madman's Daughter, no place is truly safe. Juliet is positive she's identified the killer, but the truth is too horrible to even contemplate until it is staring her in the face. Of course, the killer isn't Juliet's only problem. A victim of her father's experimentation, her health is declining and she is desperate to find a cure. Unfortunately, the cure's costs may be beyond those she's willing pay; that is, as long as her sanity is intact. Throughout the novel, Juliet fights to keep believing that everything her father's science created and brought to light is evil. Here we see that those she trusts most, are causing her to doubt this belief. Juliet is petrified of becoming her father and the Beast doesn't help her out too much. No single character is truly helpful when it comes to aiding Juliet in dealing with her own madness and that of her deceased father's. We do see multiple characters commenting that science itself is not evil. Instead, they insist that it's what people do with that knowledge that makes it good or evil. The love story was... I'm not even sure how to explain it. Considering what she did, I do feel like Juliet moved on a tad too swiftly; yet, at the same time, she hasn't really moved on at all. However, part of me wonders if perhaps this is a reflection of Juliet's madness because I'm not sure I understand the reasoning behind her latest decision. There were a few things I saw coming, but I think knowing they were going to happen caused me more anxiety. Things kept happening and the people and the other future events that had seemed liked they were just around the corner weren't showing up when I desired. Her Dark Curiosity is a masterful continuation of The Madman's Daughter trilogy and I'm eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this epic story.
vleighwrites More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh. Megan did it again with the second book in THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER series. I was utterly captivated from the first page and read the book in mere hours.  The story picks up with Juliet having returned to London, and it's non-stop action from the start. People she believes to be dead return--including one with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dilemma, who Juliet cannot help but save. Romance twines with the adventure, and a deep friendship with her best friend, Lucy, is one of my favorite parts of the story. I loved watching Juliet tap into her darker side and give in to her madness, all to save those she cares about. And with an ending that leaves me anxious for book three... this story was fantastic.  I love Megan's prose, her strong ability to pop me into Juliet's head, to make me feel and see all that Juliet experiences, and the emotions that she invokes in me when I least expect it. Thank you, Megan, for another fantastic story. I cannot wait for book three!
Tween_2_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This book was creepy, interesting, and a whole lot more of creepy. Plus, it takes place (partially) in Victorian London. It's a retelling of a classic story, and the sequel, which came out on Tuesday, is as well! I had actually preordered this book, but it had never arrived at my local indie store because they accidentally ordered the UK edition! I had needed by Thursday night because, guess what, I was going to a signing in which one of the authors was Megan Shepherd! The other three were Robin Constantine, Megan Miranda, and Kasie West (all of whom I love). So, I ended buying the book at the event. Story time, the event was AMAZING! There were two different signings in my area and after the first one, I REALLY wanted to go to the second one, but I was busy the next evening. The authors actually recognized me from twitter (so cool!) and we talked before the even started. I got a total of twelve books signed and will be giving three of them away soon alone with some awesome swag! Story time over. I was intrigued with The Madman's Daughter, but Her Dark Curiosity really pulled me into Juliets' world. It was so creepy and amazing. This was a retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The main character Juliet really struggles with right and wrong in this book. She sometimes worries she's going mad and wonders whether science is truly good or evil. I love Juliet, I really do, but I had one problem. So, Juliet is into Montgomery, even though, for the longest time, he wasn't into her. Edward likes Juliet and though Juliet returns his affections, she can't admit it, even to herself. Don't get me wrong, I like Montgomery, he's nice, but I will find a way to kill him if I have to because he is currently in the way of my ship! I really like Edward and Juliet together because, even if they don't bring out the best in each other, they bring out the strongest. Montgomery doesn't fully realize the extent of Juliet, constantly underestimates her, and we all know he's lying to her! The plot was incredibly fast paced and had a million twists and turns. It was one of the few books that I could not predict what was going to happen. There were betrayals left and right, and constant danger. I would not have wanted to be in the characters' shoes. Victorian London is often romanticized in a lot of novels, but this gives you the real deal. The end totally took me by surprise and now I'm dying for the final book! The good, the bad, and the ugly. You will be drawn into the madness. I give it five stars!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
When I first read The Madman’s Daughter by author Megan Shepherd I had been pulled into an amazing, mind-blowing, addictive read. The story of Juliet Moreau, her father’s beast-men creations and the island where they have been kept far from society was unlike anything I had read before and instantly made it one of my favorite novels that I’ve gotten to read. It was dark, romantic and (most importantly) well-written. The way it ended on a cliff-hanger had me well aware that I would have to get reading the sequel Her Dark Curiosity as soon as possible. Her Dark Curiosity was not what I expected it to be and I mean that in the best of ways. The story (a retelling of Jekyll & Hyde) still held all the great properties from The Madman’s Daughter but things take a new turn as Juliet’s story progresses. In the sequel, Juliet has returned to England, putting her father’s murder and the horrors on the island behind her. Now living with her guardian and trying to find her place in high society, Juliet is aware that even in death her father is still with her. Without a cure for her illness her body is slowly beginning to grow frail and it’s only a matter of time before things take a turn for the worst. It isn’t until there are a new series of murders that Juliet begins to grow worried. Especially when she discovers that each killing not only effects somebody who has wronged her but that the victims all have three distinct claw-markings and a flower left behind. All of these murders exactly like the ones on the island. Juliet can’t believe that there’s still a possibility of Edward still being alive however she quickly learns that anything is possible and that the past and past obsessions are about to return to haunt her. In order to stop the murders and save herself, Juliet learns of dark secrets and how the only way she can save herself and those around her is by succumbing to the same sciences that drove her father mad. Her Dark Curiosity raises the stakes. Everybody felt like they were at risk, the story was nothing but fast-paced and kept me on my toes. I wasn’t sure what would happen next but what I was sure of was that any character could become a victim to the killer introduced in the novel. It was awesome and at the same time left me freaked out because anybody could die. Nobody felt safe in the novel and by the time it reached its conclusion I was having pretty bad trust issues with getting attached to anybody. There’s a lot more romance in Her Dark Curiosity. I don’t want to say too much because there are just so many spoilers but I’ll say that: a) there’s more romance. More kissing. More love. More reasons to ship Juliet with other characters. b) You know that Juliet has a choice to make when it comes to the topic of her romantic interest and I personally know who I hope she ends up with… c) With more romance also comes more drama and more psychopathic monsters that are obsessed with Juliet, having an ‘if I can’t have you nobody can’ mentality. In comparison to The Madman’s Daughter, Her Dark Curiosity is faster. Everything that happens is just so fast, no two scenes are the same. It’s great. By the time I reached the 50% point of the novel I was shocked that it wasn’t the ending especially with the growing craziness that takes place in the novel. Juliet’s at risk, everybody’s at risk, people are searching for cures, secrets come to light—it was pure madness. I loved it. With the way that this novel ended I am absolutely dying to get to read the last novel in the trilogy. I need to know what happens next in both the story and in the characters’ lives. I would have to recommend this series to fans of darker, grittier novels, readers who want a dark romance and to any fans of historical fiction who want some science thrown into it. There is no doubt that this is one of my favorite book series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that she's a local author! Mire tocime on the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read her first book and couldn't wait to read the second, hoping now for a third!  Loved the storyline, the surprises, the love triangle, all of it!
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Sailon More than 1 year ago
Stigma comes with a name. In London society, being the daughter of the infamous Dr. Moreau and his despicable experiments has only made Juliet Moreau's life harder. But an old family friend has taken Juliet in as his ward and given her a respectable place in society once again. She now has the opportunity to rebuild her life with a father like figure. Juliet isn't so lucky because the life she is building is unraveling just as quickly. The vaccines that have kept the experiments on her at bay is no longer working. Desperate to find a cure, she discovers that she will go to extreme lengths to find her cure...but is she desperate enough to become a monster just like her father?  London is also being plagued by a murderer. The murderer's style is very familiar and haunting. It seems the murderer's victims all also have a connection to Juliet. Her Dark Curiosity is a dark and ominous journey for Juliet. The world isn't black and white but through out her plight she discovers shades of gray.  Quickly enveloped by this unique twist to the famous story of Dr Moreau and his creation, I was utterly drawn in by Shepherd's creativeness and writing style. Her Dark Curiosity is a fabulous and intriguing mystery with a wonderfully brilliant cast of characters that will seize your imagination.  I received this ARC copy of Her Dark Curiosity from Balzer + Bray in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication January 28, 2014.