The Madman’s Daughter By Megan Shepherd


But he’d already turned to the door.  It had a strange knob: a smooth, straight cylinder and hook latch with holes for the fingers.  The keyhole had been soldered closed.  “Isn’t there a key?” I asked.  “No need. Only the main gate is locked.”  He tugged on the latch a few times with his middle finger.  “The interior doors have a safeguard.  Only five-fingers can open them.”….”Five-fingers?”

Published: January 29th 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Series: The Madman’s Daughter #1

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This book was awesome!  That’s all I really need to say I think….haha!  I picked up this book at the library.  I had seen it on and it was on my ‘to read’ list, so I was pretty excited they had a copy!  I’m also going to say that I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up or added it to my ‘to read’ list, so I was pretty surprised at what the store entailed!  Here is my review for this great book!

This book was inspired by H.G. Well’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau.  The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.  I for one, could not put this book down!  Last night I read a whole whopping 300 pages in one sitting!

Sixteen year old, Juliet is orphaned and abandoned.  He mother died when she was young and her father was accused of a gruesome scandal and skipped town, later to be thought of as dead.  One night Juliet finds something strange that makes her think her father may still be alive, but would all the rumors about him be true?  Could he really be the ‘mad scientist’ everyone says he was?

Juliet sets out to find out more about her father’s whereabouts and runs into a long lost childhood friend and her father’s assistant, Montgomery.  She finds out that her father is in fact alive and is living on a remote island and she is determined to sail with Montgomery to it, even though he warns her not to.

What she finds on the island when she gets there, is way beyond what she could have ever imagined her father was capable of and yes, the rumors were true.  As Juliet uncovers its dark and dangerous secrets, the island may prove far more dangerous than being penniless on the streets of London.

A captivating tale that kept me on the edge of my seat, constantly unsettled, and never sure who to trust, The Madman’s Daughter is a definite, new favorite!

Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel) By Emily Kimelman

Unleashed book cover

Published: September 26th 2011 by Createspace

Series: A Sydney Rye Series #1

Literary Awards: Awesome Indie of the Year (2011)

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Huge thank you to the author for sending me her book for review!  I found Emily on and the cover art of this book really caught my eye.  Emily will be featured in the month of August and I will be doing an interview with her, so keep an eye out! 🙂

Like I said, the cover caught my eye right in the beginning.  I don’t typically judge books by their covers, but do have to say, if the cover catches my eye, I’m going to pick it up and see what it’s all about!  So glad I got my paws on this one!

The story starts us out with meeting the main character, Joy Humbolt.  She feels like she is at a dead end job working for a little coffee shop.  On this particular day we meet Joy, she has just told off a customer and her boss, landing her with being fired, leaving Joy sort of on the happy side.

It’s been a long few days for Joy, she lost her job, broke up with her boyfriend and adopts a dog named Blue.  When an opportunity is presented to take over a dog-walking business for upper-crust clients, it’s as though it is to good to be true.  As we find out in the story, it is.  Joy gets caught up in a murder investigation that will literally change her life. Joy’s curiosity get’s the best of her and she starts investigating the situation on her own.  Someone wants Joy out of the picture, but she and Blue are not going down without a fight.

This story was very well written and kept me wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next.  Joy’s character was wonderful.  Learning new little bits of information that she finds out, keeps Joy struggling to understand what she has gotten herself into.

There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you wanting more!  I especially loved the ending, but I will not spoil it for any of you!  This is the first book in the Sydney Rye series, if you like a good crime mystery then you will love this!