Dec 7, 2023

Books from the Backlog #60


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks. This meme is hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books!


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.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.


So I added The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd to my TBR pile in April of 2015. I thought it sounded intriguing and I was hearing good things. Then I think not too long later, or a few months, I'd really have to check my photo albums in storage, it could've been a year later too, I added the rest of the trilogy to my pile as I was attending the Southern Festival of Books where Megan was attending and I thought why not get them all signed?! I have a bad habit of doing this sometimes...but then other times I don't and the books go out of print. So really, it's 50/50 that something bad will happen: either I won't like it all that much and have all the books, or I'll love it and stupidly didn't buy the books!





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