Oct 21, 2013

Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 4

Dont Look Behind 
the Bookshelf
Welcome to Day 4 of Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, you madmen and madwomen. (You can see yesterday's post here.) Since you've opted to brave yet another day behind the bookshelf (the bed may have the Boogeyman, but even worse things reside back here), I've decided to give you a little treat. Another author and another spooktastic post! Please raise your beakers for...


Megan is the author of the deliciously creepy The Madman's Daughter and its forthcoming sequel Her Dark Curiosity. Her first book features an odd island, swoony romance, and freaky animal mutations, making it perfect for Halloween. So it's only fitting that Megan is sharing her...

Top Ten Animal-Human Hybrids

Genetically speaking, we humans aren’t so different from animals. So why are we so terrified by the idea of creatures that exist somewhere on the spectrum between the two? From ancient legends to cheesy horror movies to modern day science, animal-human hybrids have always captured our imagination. Here are my top ten:











Experience the madness
Title: The Madman's Daughter
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publishing Date: January 29, 2013
Pages: 432
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In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells'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.

Mad enough yet?
Title: Her Dark Curiosity
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publishing Date: January 28, 2014
Pages: 368

To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

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.

The Madness is Spreading
“Anyone who doesn’t pick up the next volume is mad!” ALA Booklist
“A deft twist on a familiar classic, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER has the best of everything: beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance.” Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth Trilogy
“Romantic, haunting, and full of spine-tingling thrills, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER kept me reading late into the night.” Veronica Rossi, author of the Under the Never Sky Trilogy
The Mad Scientist
Megan Shepherd was born into the book world, growing up in her parents' independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2013), and THE CAGE trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2015). When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. She is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.

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For more madness...
Thank you for tuning in to this awesome post with Megan Shepherd! I sincerely hope you check out her sites and read her books. (I loved The Madman's Daughter.)

If you're up for even more madness, come back tomorrow for another author and another creepy post with Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf. I'm pretty sure you won't want to miss this one. And the author may have a thing for brrraaaiiins.


  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made the list?! That's the most awesome thing I've seen all day! How have I not read this book yet? I need to go fix that real soon, cause I have a copy! Any friend of TMNT is a friend of mine!

  2. Some of these selections totally creeped me out, but MR. TUMNUS!! He will always be a favorite of mine. Best faun ever. <333


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