Review: The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
Cassandra Rose Clarke

Angry Robot
I received an e-ARC from the publisher in return for a review.
Released January 1, 2013
391 pages
Science Fiction / Romance / Robots / Feels

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"Cat, this is Finn. He's going to be your tutor."

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is now to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion...and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world, and in Cat's heart.

I honestly can’t keep track of all these “Daughter” name books, so I wasn’t completely sure what book this was when I opened it up on my Kindle during our first of many hour-long lines at Comic Con. But then there was a robot and robots make everything better, so instead of moving on to something more action packed, I stuck with the slow burn part political, part romance, part sci-fi, all adult book and found myself getting lost in it while convention chaos went on around me.

I suppose the proper blogger phrasing would be that The Mad Scientist’s Daughter gave me feels, lots of feels. Like serious “my heart hurts what is happening” feels. It starts when Cat is a small girl and her scientist father brings home an associate named Finn who will be living with them, working in his lab and acting as Cat’s tutor. There is something a little bit off about him, so Cat immediately decides he’s a ghost and tries several experiments to confirm her suspicions. She is, of course, wrong because Finn is an incredibly lifelike android and he quickly becomes her only friend. The rest of the book follows Cat as she grows up and tries to reconcile her relationship with Finn with the feelings and political views of society in general.

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Review: Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Her Dark Curiosity
Megan Shepherd

Balzer + Bray
I received an ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Released on January 28, 2014
420 pages
YA / Classic Retellings / Scifi / Mad Scientists

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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.

I like when I get the chance to read a sequel back to back with the prior book because I go in remembering who all the people are and their relationships to each other. I don’t have to fumble around for a few chapters trying to piece together what has already happened and how it fits into a new story that may happen months or years later. I think having that knowledge still fresh in my mind helped me enjoy Her Dark Curiosity a little more than if I’d been left trying to remember pieces of the previous book from a reading months before.

SPOILERS FOR THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER AHEAD

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