Monday, March 9, 2015

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepher [Review]

A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter, #3)4 out of 5 Robots!

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Series: The Madman's Daughter #3
Genre: YA Horror/Historical Fiction
Release: January 27, 2015
Hardcover:  400 Pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
A Cold Legacy is the last book in a series of books based on classical horror novels (The Island of Doctor Moreau, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein).  We left off with Juliet and her friends fleeing to Scotland to escape the men looking for her father's research.  Edward is mortally wounded and everyone is desperate to save him.  Juliet et al, find themselves at Balletyne under the protection of Elizabeth von Stein and things are not quite what they seem at first.  But Elizabeth also holds the key to saving Edward's life, but the mortality of it is very much in question.

Here is what I liked:
**I LOVE the horror elements to this series.  While this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, I think that it was right in keeping with that “gothic” feel. 

**I also love the fresh take on some well known class horror novels.  Megan Shepherd does an amazing job of reworking them.  You can easily identify elements from the classics, but get a whole new story out of it too.  This is perhaps the series’ strongest suit. 

**I really like Juliet as a protagonist (although she does some pretty shady things this go around).  She really struggles with her identity and her darker nature, but she is also very loyal and caring.  But she is also willing to live in the grey area.  She struggles most with the idea that she is ok with living in the grey area and feels that she should more concerned about that. 

**I also really liked the ending.  I thought it was a good conclusion to the series and probably better than we could have hoped for given how dicey things were getting.  The ending was super intense!

**I liked the manor and its denizens.  Elizabeth and her wards are especially interesting.  Some of them were incredibly very creepy and you know it is not going to turn out well.

Here is what I didn't like:
**I really liked Lucy in the previous books (although her weakness bothered me a bit), but she pretty much goes off the rails in this book.  I didn’t really like seeing her character dissolve into this crazy, hysterical person.  Especially since she is the only one who was not involved in some kind of unethical human experimentation (or an experiment themselves).  I felt it was a bit of a departure of character for her. 

**The other thing that bothered me was all the secrets Juliet was keeping from her fiancé, Montgomery.  Juliet was so hell bent on saving Edward that she started doing things behind his back, knowing full well that he would not approve.  This probably wouldn’t have bothered me as much if she didn’t try to rationalize that once Edward was better that Montgomery would totally be fine with what she did.  Um, no.  Come on, Juliet.  Montgomery isn’t the biggest fan of Edward.  He isn’t going to be jumping with joy. In fact, Juliet drives me a little crazy in this book.  Her decision making skills really worried me sometimes.  

**Speaking of Edward – everyone goes through phenomenal lengths to save him.  But the whole time I couldn’t help but wonder if they shouldn’t just let him go.  Especially considering that the Beast was still lurking under the surface.  I got a little tired of everyone going crazy trying to save him. 

I think this series is a true diamond in the rough and I wish it got more attention.  It is skillfully done and at times disturbing, but always fascinating.  I found this to be the weakest book in the series (although it was still quite good!) and that it went off the rails ever so slightly.  I had a harder time siding with Juliet and really questioned her actions.  I came to despise Lucy, which is too bad because I think her character deserved more than hysteria and fainting spells.  BUT!  I still think this is a series worth reading.  Especially if you are a fan of dark subjects and horror.  (Though, maybe not for the faint of heart).

Other Books in the Series:
1. The Madman's Daughter
2. Her Dark Curiosity
3. A Cold Legacy

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment :

  1. Nice review! Lucy did go nuts, but Juliet bothered me even more. I was surprised at some of her decisions--wanting to like her, but thinking "NO! Don't do that!" Love this whole series. I've been talking it up in my library.



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