(The Madman's Daughter, #3)
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 400 pages
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.
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If you have NOT read The Madman's Daughter & Her Dark Curiosity please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
This series is over and I'm sad about this. Character wise, probably one of my most enjoyed series. However, none of the books outshine the first book, The Madman's Daughter and I think I know why (besides the fact that it was brilliant). The only story I wasn't familiar with was the first one, The Island of Dr. Moreau, so it was fascinating to me. However, I am familiar The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde as well as Frankenstein. While I loved the incorporation of those stories to the story and world Megan created I think that ignorance of not being familiar with the first book's story made it all far more fascinating to me.
I did love this conclusion, even if it creeped me out (hello, this shouldn't be a surprise as there's been many times in the previous books I've cringed or been creeped out - it's what's made these books so great) and maybe I did cry a time or two. Maybe my heart hurts for a character or two, still but it was perfect. I was little bummed for the lack of romance for the first half of the book. Montgomery and Juliet almost felt like strangers to me, the way they were around each other and it made me sad to see. But have no fear, the second half of the book truly made up for it.
There's not a whole lot I can say about this book without giving too many spoilers. It's a fantastic conclusion to a great series. It's dark, like all the books have been; it's violent but again, this shouldn't be a surprise. It's a perfect blend of every element. I was really sad to see it end because ever since the first book, I've been in love with Montgomery and have had a fascination with Edward and Juliet, as individual's. I've really become attached to them and it's always so hard letting go. Sometimes, I find myself not finishing series because I don't want to let them go. I had to read this thought because I needed to know how it ended and I wanted to see everything come together.
I think if you've loved this series as much as I have then you'll be entirely satisfied with this ending. Sad, absolutely but happy at the same time. It's great and I really hope you'll agree.
Thank you so much to HarperCollins for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.