Rating: 5 Stars
I want to wrap this writing up and eat it.
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
Wow. Just wow.
Now, I loved the first in the series, The Madman’s Daughter, because, from the title alone, you know it’s going to be completely unique in the sea of YA books.
And this one shocked me. So many times. At first, I was expecting a series of things to happen that are usual in second books in series, especially coming from the ending of the first book, but I feel like this author has completely redefined my expectations of the second novel in a series.
First of all, the things that happen with Edward? Yeah, didn’t see that one coming.
And there’s a certain part (You know exactly what I’m talking about if you’ve read it) that I had to re-read about a dozen times to make it actually compute in my brain that it just really happened. Because it’s not something you see often in YA books, AT ALL. And, I won’t lie, it was kind of refreshing.
Honestly, this whole novel was like a breath of fresh air for YA novels.
This is one of those rare books that you know you shouldn’t look ahead to see when your favorite character will pop up again (*coughEdwardcough*), you really do, but the temptation is too great and you skip ahead to read (and re-read) the lines of your favorite character. Not that any of the characters are boring, but geez, the lines.
I also really love Juliet. I mean, the girl is so different in the female-protagonist genre. She’s capable of skin curling violence, won’t think twice about doing it if necessary, and somewhat knows she’s walking a fine line between sanity and madness. But she still makes the tough decisions, because sometimes that’s all you can do. And I love that! Call me insane if you like, but I love a protagonist that isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty (possibly with blood) and doesn’t freak out about it!
I love, love, love it!!
And even though she knows some of her choices might not be seen as right by everyone else, and you as the reader aren’t even too sure yourself, Juliet still pushes forward! Because guess what??! She doesn’t go on and on about how horrible she has it! There are no pages about how sorry she is or how much she regrets what she has to do!! No self pity!! Wooott-woott!!
Oh, and the writing? Breathtaking.
I want to fangirl over it.