Title: Of Monsters and Madness
Author: Jessica Verday
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Of Monsters and Madness, book one
Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: This book intrigued me with its idea, but its plotline seemed like a completely copy of The Madman's Daughter--except The Madman's Daughter was so much better.
This book was given to me by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Annabel Lee is going to live with her father from Siam, after the death of her mother. Desperate to please the father she's never known, she meets her father's two assistants, one dark and mysterious, the other gentle and kind. She hears of a series of murders--all of which her father might be implicated in. And as she digs deeper into her heritage, and her father's work, she finds that darkness may be so much closer than she could've ever imagined..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the lush, wonderful Gothic setting of this novel--it completely captured my imagination
-Annabel, the gentle girl who wants nothing more than to please her father, but at the same time, wanting to know her heritage
-Edgar, the mysterious young man who is so much more than he seems
What could've been better:
-I didn't finish the book--I stopped reading at 70 pages because the pacing was so slow
-As I said before, this book seemed like a complete copy of the previously reviewed Madman's Daughter, but much more poorly executed
-This book was just mediocre, and I didn't really like it
I liked the idea of Of Monsters and Madness, but the execution was subpar. Next on deck: Amity by Micol Ostow!