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Book Review- The Madman’s Daughter

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I missed reading thrillers and I forgot exactly how much I enjoyed them until I read this book. I have heard raving reviews about it for a while, but now I know firsthand how great it truly is!

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

One thing I love about thrillers in general is that when they’re well written, you can never see the surprises coming. This book was done really well in that regard. It also kept me on the edge of my seat, and I couldn’t put it down from the minute that I picked it up until I finished it. Even before Juliet reaches the island, her story is exciting.

The animals made my blood crawl, and as the plot unfolded I became more and more emotionally invested in the story. Sometimes I’ve noticed that when romance is involved in creepy plotlines like this one, I only get more attached to the characters and their romance. Speaking of which, there is a love triangle in this book, but it felt soft and well done, not annoying like most of the ones you read are. There isn’t a love triangle for the sake of one, there is a girl drawn to two different men in a natural way. That is okay, in my book. I thought it added to the story.

The ending broke my heart into little pieces, but maybe I’m just sentimental. I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to read the rest in the series (I believe there’s three?) and spread the word about these great books.

Highly recommended for anyone not looking for the typical YA and lovers of gothic horror and old timey literature.

Happy Spring!

Olivia

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Book Review- Ten

I wouldn’t normally read this book. I get terrified very, very easily. At random stuff, at actual scary stuff, it doesn’t matter. I’m a big fat scaredy cat. But I had heard great things about this book, and I decided to go for it. I wasn’t disappointed!

Ten teens. Three days. One killer.

Meg and her best friend Minnie are super excited to go to a party on Henry Island. Only the coolest kids are invited, and it’s going to be the greatest weekend ever- no parents, just fun. But when the rest of the party doesn’t show up, and a storm begins to rage outside, they get nervous. With no connection to the outside world, things start to get downright creepy. A strange DVD in the T.V., and then people start dying off. Meg is racing against the clock to find the killer before they’re all dead. Is it one of the ten kids or someone else? (my apologies for the crappy summary. Here’s Goodreads’ if you’d rather: link)

Creeptacular! It’s just as bone-chilling as it sounds. I really enjoyed how the author managed to make it more than pure frights. It was so much more than a bunch of dead teenagers. They each have a story, and as we find out throughout the book, they each have a reason the killer wants them dead. It was a mystery in addition to all the creeps and thrills. By the end, I had absolutely no idea who the killer was, except that it couldn’t be any of the people who were already dead.
There was a nice romance between Meg and T.J. I was impressed that they were able to focus on each other for even a moment given all of the people dying and whatnot. But while I would normally protest that romance is completely unbelievable in life-or-death situations, I liked it. Meg really needed someone to talk to, because as it progresses, the weekend gets more and more frightening. I would need someone to talk to, too, if all of my friends were dying.

I can see why this novel was pretty hyped up. It was well written, suspenseful, and will fit well in todays teen market. The majority of teens really enjoy stuff that creeps the heck out of them, and even for adults this will do the trick. I love the ending, and I think the entire book was very well thought out. Not to be missed for anyone who loves or is writing a thriller or horror! Or maybe even someone like me, who avoids it like the plague. Great for the reluctant teen reader in your life.

Just make sure not to read it at night.

Olivia

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