Author: Megan Shepherd.
Published: January 27th 2015 by Balzer + Bray.
Sort: The madman’s daughter #3.
The madman’s daughter.
Her dark curiosity.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
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.
Warning: don’t read the blurb from this book if you don’t want to spoiler yourself. It’s safe to read my review if you haven’t read any of the books.
The thing I really liked about this series were the different scientific experiences. I love that Shepherd decided to explore that side of science and it was well-written and detailed. In this book we get to see Juliet and her attempts to bring someone back to life. That was my favorite part of the book, filled with bloody and gore details. The Frankenstein twist was nicely incorporated into the storyline and this shows that Shepherd knows how to write an engaging story.
The setting was creepy. Juliet and her interesting friend group escape after a big happening in London. They arrive on the remote estate from Elizabeth, where mysterious things are going on. Juliet starts to wonder if they haven’t arrived in another dangerous place, like her father’s island. The bodies in the basement, the strange noises; I couldn’t get enough of it. It gives a haunting atmosphere and it makes sure there isn’t a boring moment. There was also a surprising twist at the ending of the book. It was great Shepherd made that decision and I didn’t see it coming. I thought it would be more clichéd, but she went with a more realistic approach.
The only thing that still let me down were the characters. I have a love/hate relationship with Juliet. In the first book I was charmed by her, the second book made me want to stab her and my feelings are a little indifferent when it comes to A cold legacy. She has her bright moments and I admire her scientific work. It’s great to see what she is capable of, if only she could let go of her naivety and sometimes downright stupidity. I like that she is loyal towards her friends and her worries felt realistic, but she could use a good shake every now and then.
I give zero fucks about Montgomery and Lucy. Edward is the only character I was interested in, because he is such a complex figure. Montgomery holds information back from Juliet and he seems to think he can change her. It seemed to me there were moments where he tries to kill her passion for science. It’s definitely a dangerous path she tries to take, but love is also about supporting each other.. Lucy was an egoistic, annoying whiner.
Altogether, I’m not sure if it’s a series I would highly recommend, but if we forget the tragic Her dark curiosity I would say it’s a pretty solid story with an interesting science aspect.