Historical, Young Adult

Curiouser and Curiouser

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

The Skinny: Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive. – From Goodreads

BFF?: So you know how I said Juliet first impressed me and terrified me at the same time? Let’s just say I moved a little (or a lot) more towards “terrified” after reading this sequel! Juliet’s back in London after her treacherous voyage back from the island and, despite her bout of good luck, she’s slipping more towards the dark side. I still really loved her and felt scared for her, but some of her thoughts truly scared me. As we see how she begins to understand her “illness” and her father’s past, along with the past of several others, her reaction to this understanding becomes questionable and more and more like her father. I still have hope for her, but I did question some of her behavior!

Readability: I put down The Madman’s Daughter and it took me forever to pick it back up. This one, however? Refused to put it down! I couldn’t bear to part with it without knowing what happens.

Crush Level: 7
So after the ending of The Madman’s Daughter and learning the truth about Edward, my preference for him pretty much disappeared. After he reappears in this book, I began to develop hope that maaaaybe things would change and work out. But I just couldn’t bring myself to root for him as much as I could. But there was someone else I started to root for, hence the crush level of 7. But since it’s a little spoilery, you’ll have to highlight starting now: Montgomery comes back and he’s honestly better than ever. He’s still a little tormented about his past, but manages to push past it to return to London and Juliet. Even though he really only comes to catch Edward, when he reunites with Juliet sparks fly and you can genuinely tell how he cares for her. But what really got my attention with him was that he was so protective of Juliet, but trusted her to step aside and let her do her thing. It was a good mix, especially compared to the other men in this book.

Commencement Speech: When I finished The Madman’s Daughter I couldn’t WAIT to start this one. And I was totally not disappointed. It brought the same mystery ad fear that the Madman’s Daughter had, but set in spooky Victorian London. And while I knew what the “mystery” was, for the first part of the book I loved how scared I got. Very good follow up and cannot wait until the next chapter!

Yearbook Quote: None! ARC!

Superlatives – Most likely to be this, no that, no this, no that, no this, no ahhhhhhh!

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