Book Review: Her Dark Curiosity

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"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.

You may recall that I really liked reading The Madman's Daughter. So I was totally on board with reading Her Dark Curiosity, the sequel.
Seriously, I will NEVER learn. I feel like I've read so many bad follow-up novels, I need to send flowers to an author every time they write a sequel that's decent.

So basically, this book took everything that made an emotional impact in the first novel, and undid it. Every sacrifice, every decision, every awesome, analytical, science-loving, non-squeamish trait of Juliet's. I would have been happy with the end of The Madman's Daughter, honestly, I didn't need any closure. 

But Megan Shepherd decided Juliet needed...duh duh DUH! A love triangle. 

Spoiler alert
the EXACT SAME LOVE TRIANGLE that happened in the first book. Haven't we been through this already? Yes, yes we have. But hey, let's keep Juliet from thinking at all about her condition, or science, by having her obsess over two boys. 
Hey authors who write love triangles: why don't your lovelorn characters ever choose C) neither? Nobody needs a relationship, guys, it's just another element of life that's equally rewarding and taxing.

Basically, this awesome fictional female role-model was utterly destroyed. Didn't Juliet have conviction, before? Didn't she have purpose? Didn't that not relate to boys at all? Yeah.

Megan Shepherd is struck from my list of favorite authors for this book. Don't read it. Especially if you liked The Madman's Daughter. It'll just ruin the positive experience. 

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