A review by romiress
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Reread in 2021, and I am a bit less enthralled with it than I was. Original review below:

Oh man. I loved this book. I really did. Somehow it managed to take several elements I despise and make them into fantastic literature. I hate love triangles. I really do. Most of the time they are entirely unconnected to the main plot and quite poorly done. This love triangle felt important to the plot and realistic. You could understand why she fell for both men, which is a small miracle in the YA genre, where I almost never feel like I know what they see in each other.

The ending was fantastic (and definitely not a cliffhanger), and the book wraps itself up nicely enough that it could count as either a stand alone or as part of a series, and I'll no doubt end up reading the rest just because I enjoyed the first so much.

It felt atmospheric, and most of all realistic. Not in the monster bit, which was realistic enough to get a pass, but in how the characters reacted. The characterization feels excellent, and I felt like everyone developed through the story.

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