Series: The Madman's Daughter #3
Published by Balzar + Bray on January 27, 2015
Genres: Classic Retelling, Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Monsters, Mystery, YA, Young Adult
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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.
~ Juliet, Montgomery, Lucy and Balthazar are on the run from London police, with a very sick Edward in tow. But it’s okay, because there’s a light (over at the Frankenstein place) *one million cool points if you got that RHPS reference.
~ After much peril they end up at Elizabeth’s home, the modest Ballentyne castle. The servants role out the lukewarm welcome carpet.
~ Edward is on death’s doorstep, and it appears his Beast personality will be the last identity standing, until Edward is able to give them a way to save him. Of course, it would be operating on his brain. And bringing him back from the dead.
~ Lucy is so hard core Team Edward in this book, she puts the Twihards to shame. Even Juliet, whom while I love her I also think she makes questionable moral medical choices, is taken aback at Lucy’s fervor.
~ But poor Juliet has other issues on her plate- she has Montgomery pushing for her to be more like her perfect mother and less like her crazy father, she has Elizabeth’s expectations to fulfill, her jealous servant to mollify, and then there’s the Hensley issue.
~ I don’t want to spoil anything about Hensley… but imagine the kid from Pet Cemetery, only older and living in your crawlspace.
~ And then there’s her wedding to Montgomery to plan- which I have a few issues with. I actually liked Juliet better with crazy Beast Edward… I know, I know, I have issues, but I feel like Montgomery doesn’t always accept Juliet as she is, and of course, he’s hiding secrets from her. And he seems to still be upset over the people she killed in the last book.
~ The major issue, though, that Juliet is struggling with is who she really is. Is she her father’s daughter? Her mother’s daughter? The fortune teller, Jack, tells her to “know her demons”, which I loved. Because with Juliet there is usually so much happening around her that she never really gets to examine herself and her motivations.
~ Juliet’s relationship with Elizabeth is a fascinating one, as she learns from her about the the Frankenstein method. I wish there had been more scenes between the two, and in fact, more focus on all the girl power that was under the Ballentyne castle roof.
~ However, since you know this book is based on the Frankenstein legend, you can bet that Juliet is going to be hiding some scalpels behind her back too.
~ There is a lot of crazypants medical science in this book, but I loved it. I loved Elizabeth’s loyal servants, and the whole Scottish moor setting. I still don’t love Montgomery for Juliet, but I think she’s got a bright, if crazy, future ahead of her.
Juliet Moreau- our tough, smart and resourceful heroine, although a wee bit driven.
Montgomery- once servant, then the boy who left, now the man by her side.
Edward Prince- one of Juliet’s father’s creation, still battling his inner beast.
Lucy Radcliffe- Juliet’s bff, on the run and in love with Edward.
Mr. Radcliffe- Lucy’s father, who is looking for his daughter.
Balthazar- loyal companion of Montgomery and Juliet.
Elizabeth Von Stein- descendant of Victor Frankenstein, she is the keeper of his journals.
Valentina- servant in Elizabeth’s castle and bitter over Juliet’s arrival.
McKenna- head servant at the castle.
Hensley- strange young boy at the castle. Likes mice and hidden passages.
Jack Serra- fortune teller who seems to know quite a bit about Juliet.
Sharkey- still an adorable dog.
My midnight moment had more to do with two characters- Hensley and Jack Serra- the fortune teller in particular held my interest and I was impressed with how Shepard worked his storyline in. Hensley I just enjoyed because creepy kids are creepy. And the thing he does to the one guy… *shiver*
Oh, I take that back, my MM was definitely finding out how much Valentina wanted to work under Elizabeth.
Stop the Clock:
Of the entire series, Her Dark Curiosity was probably my favorite, but this comes in a close second. Of all the source material, Frankenstein was the one I was most familiar with and it was fun wondering how it was going to fit into Juliet’s story. I know these books are in the YA section, but Juliet is not your average YA heroine, she’s usually the one doing the saving and she makes choices that most heroines wouldn’t because it’s not the popular choice. I love that. The romance, while present in the series, is never the whole story. It’s more about Juliet’s journey into womanhood and learning to separate herself from her father’s legacy.
A Cold Legacy (The Madman’s Daughter #3) gets a Midnight Book rating of: