Book Review: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

February 26, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Book Review: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan ShepherdTitle: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
Series: Madman's Daughter #2
Published by: HarperCollins on January 28, 2014
Genres: Historical, Horror & Ghost Stories, Retellings, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 432
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five-stars

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.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: A Cold Legacy, The Cage

One Line: Even better than the first, I loved it!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

I love how Shepherd is able to retell a story with such bravado and elegance, weaving it into the ongoing plot that spans a few books. Her Dark Curiosity is based off of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and I think it was a great way to continue Juliet’s story after what happened on that island. You get the same beautiful writing, the characters have grown and changed, and Shepherd packs in a lot of action, drama, and a bit of horror to make one stellar read.

As the story progresses, Juliet comes to battles with the monster inside her as she tries to find a cure. Meanwhile, a figure from her past comes back to her in a gruesome way and they both have to fight the clock to save them both from their inner demons, literally. It becomes clear early on who the killer is, but I liked that Shepherd kept me guessing, even just a little. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was someone else in particular. I didn’t expect so many murders and crazy things going on, but I loved it and soaked it all up! I wonder what that says about me?!

We also get a couple more characters from the first book, which I was dying to see again, and as the kill number grows Juliet and the gang realize things are more complicated and sinister than they all originally thought. You learn very quickly that you can’t trust anyone! Of course, there is the on-going love triangle, which broke my heart a bit. You have one guy who truly understands Juliet on a level no one else can, for obvious reasons. And then you have another guy who has loved her all his life. Honestly though, I’ve been Team Montgomery from the start and things haven’t changed yet. Shepherd provides plenty of angst, excitement, and a few surprises from each angle of the triangle to get you all kinds of riled up.

This book was an all-around great read and I’m so glad it exceeded my expectations. The ending was gruesome, exhilarating, and yet, promising. I’m seriously dying to read the next book, which will be based off of the story, Frankenstein. Oh yes, I just know Shepherd will do amazing things with that one!

About Megan Shepherd

Megan Shepherd was “born” into the book world, growing up in her parents’ independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2013), and THE CAGE trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2015). When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. She is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.

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