Book Review: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

January 20, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Book Review: A Cold Legacy by Megan ShepherdTitle: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman's Daughter #3
Published by: HarperTeen on January 27, 2015
Genres: Gothic, Historical, Retellings, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 400
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After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

I received this book for free from The Publisher 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: Her Dark Curiosity, The Cage

One Line: A stand-out conclusion to one of my favorite series!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

A Cold Legacy was everything I was hoping for and more as a conclusion to this amazing series. I’ll admit, I was hoping for a dark and horrific tale, and while there certainly was some of that, it wasn’t as intense as I expected. Still, the story line drew me in and I needed to know how things would end for this cast of characters. My biggest gripe with this book was that there wasn’t nearly enough scenes of “the Beast”. He is a villain you can’t help but like. As for the pacing, it was a bit slow, but then again, each book’s pacing was a bit slow, to be honest. Things still flowed nicely and I still found myself glued to the pages nonetheless.

I loved how Megan threw one heck of a twist into Juliet’s story that totally turned the tables for her. I’ll admit, it bugged me at times how long it took for Juliet to finally make a decision about herself and whether she really is as dark and crazy as her father, but then again, that’s just how her character is. She definitely did some things I didn’t agree with and honestly wanted to shake her for.

Oh how I love Juliet and Montgomery! I swear, Megan had me at the edge of my seat with their roller coaster relationship. It felt so fragile to me and I was so scared that it would break. They both are keeping quite a few secrets from each other and even their personalities seem at odds with each other at times, despite how much they love one another. Sometimes it made me wonder if they were truly right for each other, yet I still wanted them to stay together. The way Montgomery looks at Juliet, you can see the love there. I would’ve loved to have been in his head during all this as well.

Overall, A Cold Legacy was a great conclusion to a pretty awesome series. I loved how Megan took three separate classics, retold them with her own personal spin, and wove them all together into a cohesive, thrilling, and haunting series. This speaks wonders for her writing. I was definitely captivated by her worlds and the internal struggles of each of her characters. I highly recommend this book, and this series, to readers of all kinds. Epic story-telling, eerie undertones, a wicked plot and intriguing characters makes for one heck of a read that I know everyone will enjoy.

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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