Review: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Title: Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter #2)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction
Format: e-Book
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
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To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it. 
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. 
With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

When I finished The Madman's Daughter I had no doubt that I was going to love Her Dark Curiosity as well, and I did. But the story was a bit slower then The Madman's Daughter. All considering though Megan Shepherd still left me biting my nails in suspense, avoiding sleep to know what would happen next. 

In Her Dark Curiosity Juliet is back in London, trying to rebuild her life after the events on her Father's island, and loosing Montgomery. But since her return Juliet has only been getting sicker, and in order to keep her body from shutting down and rejecting all the foreign organs and tissues she must find a new cure. Soon London is being plagued by a serial killer, whose victims are being killed the same way as the the islanders from The Madman's Daughter. Now Edward is back and desperate for Juliet's help, his Beast side is winning, slowly taking over Edward and Juliet is determined to save herself and Edward before they run out of time. 

I am going to blame Juliet's characterization in Her Dark Curiosity on what had happened in The Madman's Daughter, that she is traumatized, hurt, betrayed and heart broken. Otherwise Juliet made making bad decisions and trusting the wrong people a new habit of her's. I am hoping she becomes stronger by the end of this book, because in The Madman's Daughter I had described her as an awesome kick ass herione and this one I feel like she just lacked in that department. 

I did how ever like to see her struggling with that dark side of her, the side that is curious about experimentation and in her father's work. (Though she will not admit that) It left me curious in what she was going to do next because she didn't exactly seem stable at times. 

This love triangle is going to kill me. I am praying it some how gets resolved in A Cold Legacy because if not I may pull my hair out. I do not like Edward. I don't trust him, he has given Juliet no reason to trust him, yet she is still attracted to him and his Beast side. (I think?) Though she repeatedly tells Edward how much she still loves Montgomery, she still sleeps with him. (I wasn't very happy about that.) So I wasn't a fan of the romance in this book until Montgomery's return. Then I was frustrated again because there is literally no trust between them and it always results in them fighting. 

I think if it wasn't for the love triangle being as frustrating as it is I would have gave Her Dark Curiosity five starts instead of four stars. The  ending how ever has me itching to start A Cold Legacy. 

RATING: ★★★★


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