Thursday, September 26, 2013
Review: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Except that I found myself really enjoying it, so I feel like I NEED to talk about it.
Coming back to the fact that I don't read many "scary" books, I don't know much about the foundation of this book The Island of Doctor Moreau, but I didn't really find that to be an issue when reading this book. Back story was included in a way that didn't feel like I was reading a recap and there was enough of it where I was able to read without feeling like I was on the outside of an inside joke. So on that note, well done Ms. Shepherd.
This story is dark. Period. There are twists and turns and some really really scary elements that both fascinated me a little bit and freaked me out at the same time. The whole "playing God" thing and how it can get out of hand...yeah, I'm not going to get into the real life parallels or anything but I definitely found myself thinking about them long after I finished reading. I love it when books do that -- when I can be completely sucked in by the plot, imagery and descriptions while reading, but then have the themes and tropes linger into my own introspection and thoughts when I don't even have the book in my hands.
There is a love triangle in this book, but honestly, it didn't really take over the story for me -- but what I did notice is that I really didn't have a "favorite". I liked Montgomery. I liked Edward. I liked that Juliet was conflicted, but not a doormat. This story was not overrun with swoony moments, and while I'll be the first to admit that I am a sucker for good "swoonage", they would have been out of place with the tone and darkness of this book. Is "dark swoonage" a thing? Because maybe it could be called that? Whatever it was, it worked.
I read this book right before my book rut started...and I think it was a good thing. It had a little bit of everything. Historical elements, the creepy factor, some romance, the fantasy...and the WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE ending that makes me really excited for the next book.
I definitely recommend it to anybody who is having an "I can't decide what I want to read moment."
**On a side note, I had the chance to briefly meet Ms. Shepherd at the BookMarks Festival this month and she is lovely :)