ARC Review: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Title: A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter #3) 
Author: Megan Shepherd
Genre: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction 
Source: Edelweiss
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015
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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.

Out of the whole series A Cold Legacy is my favorite. Megan Shepherd created and amazing story full of horror, action and romance that kept me wishing for more. 

Juliet, Montgomery, Balthazar, Lucy, and Edward have escaped London after killing three of the men who were going to steal her father's research. But not only do they have to worry about Lucy's father hunting them down, Edward is deathly ill and if you doesn't get the medical attention he desperately needs he won't make it. Soon after arriving at Elizabeth's manor in Scotland. Juliet learns things about herself, as well as the inhabitants of the house that will change her life forever. 

In my review of Her Dark Curiosity I mentioned how I felt Juliet made horrible decisions and she wasn't the kick ass heroine that she was in the first book. I take that back. In A Cold Legacy Juliet totally becomes that heroine that I knew she could be. Of course, she still makes stupid decisions with out thinking them through, but I figured out that that is her character. Over all though I am happy with Juliet turns out to be, how she has grown and changed since the first book. 

A Cold Legacy has an interesting mix of characters, some of which I enjoyed. Others annoyed the hell out of me. I liked Valentina's character at first, I was curious of her past, why her hands were a different color from the rest of her body and why she was so desperate to become the heir of the manor. Then she took a turn and became frustrating. Balthazar is a character that will always hold a place in my heart. I loved every scene he was in, his loyalty, his kindness. If anything good came out of that island it was Balthazar. 

The love triangle is solved, finally! The whole thing was so sweet and cute. There are so many feels involved though, so don't say I didn't warn you before hand. A Cold Legacy was just a book that did nothing but evoke a ton of feels. 

I have nothing bad to say. I loved everything about this book, as well as this series. The ending of A Cold Legacy was bitter sweet, I finished the last page with tears in my eyes. Good or bad? I won't say, let me leave it at that. I am really looking forward to future books by Megan Shepherd.

RATING: ★★★★★

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1 comment

  1. Hmmm, I'm still so torn about Her Dark Curiosity and this one! At least in this one the damned love triangle is resolved in this one!
    Great review Amber!


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