The Shadow Throne – Review

The Shadow Throne is the third book in the Ascendance Trilogy.

Jaron has defeated Conner and the Avenian Pirates, and, as skilled fighter with a  broken leg after having scaled a cliff with said leg, is facing yet more trials. Carthya is now at war with not only Avenia, but Gelyn and Mendenwal as well. There is literally no possible way for Carthya to have a fighting chance against these massive countries, especially without help from their allies, who are inconveniently far. To make matters worse, one of Jaron’s closest friends, Imogen, was taken recently by Avenia, and Jaron knows exactly why.

I really liked how The Shadow Throne finished everything up, while still being full of danger, humor, clever escapes and insults. Jaron really is an amazing character, everything about him shows that in the end he will be a great leader and deserves to live happily ever after.

I also like how Neilsen keeps the story moving. Up until the last page, you still want to read every word on each page, and the plot is just as clever and intriguing as the other two.

Also, Jaron is just downright amazing and I love to read about his adventures. I very much recommend the series to anyone who likes adventure, humor, defiance for the sake of good, selfless heroes, and clever tricks and insults, which Jaron has lots of.

I would give The Shadow Throne a 4.7 / 5, and the Ascendance Trilogy as a whole a 4.8 / 5

“Fight for the Future… Die for the Throne”


Part 2: Review — “Her Dark Curiosity”

book cover for Her Dark Curiosity, featuring a girl in a long black dress overlooking the city of London

I honestly could not wait to read this sequel, since the previous book, “The Madman’s Daughter”, had fascinated me. Like the first book, this one left me in anticipation for the third book, with all of the plot twists and cliffhangers. I really liked the combination of mystery, science, and the Victorian Era. Juliet, as the daughter of a genius madman who was conducting controversial and inhuman experiments, is a very skilled person who seems to be following her father’s footsteps. The themes of science and humanity make this novel an extraordinary one. The Wolf of Whitechapel was a very nice addition to the novel, and something that I would have not expected to read. The escalating mystery of the violent serial killer and Juliet’s growing illness make you want to finish this book as soon as possible. In “The Madman’s Daughter” series, you can never predict the ending.

However, like I said in my other review of “The Madman’s Daughter”, I did not like the love triangle that seems to be a major theme in this story. It turns the reader away from the focus of the story and takes the action away from the series. In my opinion, Juliet should have settled for either Edward or Montgomery instead of doubting which one to choose.

If you enjoy romance novels, I would recommend this book. If you enjoy science fiction or mystery novels, I would recommend this book, too. Even though this is science fiction, thus impossible in real life, some of the procedures are so well-explained they seem to make sense. However, if you are very sensitive to graphic scenes of surgery and murder, I would not recommend this novel.

Though it is a young adult novel, some parts of the series do not comply with this. In addition, the plot might be a little complicated to understand for younger audiences. Therefore, I would rate this book 4.5/5. +14.



Part 1: Summary — “Her Dark Curiosity”

book cover for Her Dark Curiosity, featuring a girl in a long black dress overlooking the city of London

“Her Dark Curiosity” is a young adult and science fiction novel by Megan Shepherd. Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, it is the second novel in “The Madman’s Daughter” series and is filled with breathtaking content that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

In the beginning of the book, Juliet Moreau has returned to her hometown, London, after running away from her father’s island. Montgomery had put her in a small boat by herself to send her away and save her from the burning island. Fast-forward a few months later and Juliet finds herself heartbroken and unsure about whether or not Montgomery — or anyone living on the island — survived.

Now alone, Juliet occupies a small attic as her workspace. Her disease is getting even worse, causing her symptoms like shaking hands, dizziness, shifting joints, and many more. Being the skilled daughter of London’s most gifted surgeon, she desperately tries to find a serum that will help her with her disease. She is running out of time, however, with the symptoms getting worse and worse with each passing day.

Finding a cure for her illness is not her only problem. After slicing Dr. Hastings’s wrist for attempting to abuse her, and being put in prison for it, Juliet is always afraid and paranoid. That changes when one of her father’s former colleagues, referred to as Professor Victor von Stein, one of the people who had turned her father in after the scandal, gets her out of prison. Guilty for having left Juliet and her now-dead mother, Evelyn, in the streets, the Professor takes her whole-heartedly into his home.

At this point, Juliet’s life is starting to look more promising. Her best friend, Lucy, might marry Scotland Yard inspector, John Newcastle. She doesn’t really like him, because she likes another mysterious gentleman, but Juliet thinks she will be in good hands for now. Everything seems to be going great. Well, almost great. That is, because of her progressing illness, and something else…

It all started when she went to the meat section of a store. She had become familiar with the butcher after buying animal organs in an attempt to recreate her father’s serum. The butcher tells her that a killer, nicknamed as the “Wolf of Whitechapel”, is roaming the streets of London, killing his victims in a violent way, tearing them apart “like an animal”. When she hears about this, Juliet has a sinking feeling. “That’s how Edward had killed his victims”.

She didn’t think much of it, at first. London is a big city, where many murders happen. Her views toward the recent murders change once she learns the victims’ names. First, Annie Brenton — a “friend” who had stolen a ring, the only thing Juliet had after her mother’s death. Then, Daniel Penderwick — the person who had taken the fortune of Juliet’s family after the scandal. Juliet found the third victim herself, after following traces of blood in the snow. It was the girl-thief who had tried to steal Juliet’s silver buttons not more than half an hour earlier. What was most remarkable, however, was that she found a flower dipped in a pool of blood. She later learns that this type of flower doesn’t grow in London.  This means that someone must have brought it from a tropical place. “Flowers dipped in blood. That is his mark.”

Juliet can’t help but notice a pattern- all the victims had wronged her in the past. That is what she thinks, until the Wolf of Whitechapel kills the Professor. Juliet is, once again, heartbroken; all the Professor had ever done was help her. The real question is what will Juliet do now? Is Edward the Wolf of Whitechapel? Will she find Montgomery? Will she find a cure for her illness, and will her life ever be normal?

Part 2: Review – “The Madman’s Daugther”

I have mixed feelings about this book. Personally, I found the story incredibly unique and interesting. The plot and vivid descriptions of “The Madman’s Daughter” definitely deserve a 5/5 rating. This novel has the perfect combination of the Victorian Era, along with crazy and complex science. While some people may find it hard to read through the procedures (which occupy a decent portion of this book), I thought they were fascinating without being disturbing. However, there was too much romance and drama, which took away from the story. The fact that Juliet was attracted to both Edward and Montgomery at the same time was cliché and boring. Still, there are unexpected turns that make it almost impossible to know anything before it is mentioned. It is also worth mentioning that, depite some cliché themes, the ending was so different than what I expected, which is always a great quality in a book.

I would recommend this book if you like romantic novels, science fiction, or just science in general. The focus on the scientific and medical field  is what makes this book amazingly fascinating. However, there are some graphic scenes during the surgeries, so if you do not feel comfortable with that, this book is not for you. I must also mention that the plot may be difficult to understand, mainly due to its complexity. I look forward to reading the other two books of “The Madman’s Daughter” series. 4.8/5. +12.


Luner Chronicles Scarlet book review

cover of the book Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Review by sumaiyasblogpage

I am back with another book review and this time its the second book of the Lunar Chronicles. In my opinion I don’t think that this book is as good as Cinder, but it’s still a wonderful book and I really liked it. Scarlet is similar to the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood.

In this book Cinder, the protagonist from the previous book ,meets Throne (a new character) and together they escape the prison. Meanwhile, in France, Scarlet’s grandmother is missing and Scarlet is working hard to search for her, but no one knows where Scarlet’s grandmother is. Until she meets a street fighter named Wolf who might know about her grandmother’s whereabouts. So she decides to go with Wolf to find her grandmother. During this time Scarlet falls in love with Wolf and trusts him, but Wolf has some dark secrets that are unknown to Scarlet. When Scarlet finds the mystery behind her missing grandmother, she crosses path with Cinder and Throne, now the country’s most wanted fugitives after escaping prison. Together Cinder, Throne, Scarlet and Wolf decide to team up against the dangerous Lunar queen and to keep earth out of Lunar control.

I would rate this book 7.8/10. The author did a pretty good job writing this, but I still like the first book, and the next books in the series are really exciting. I hope you read both Cinder and Scarlet. Overall I really enjoyed the whole series and I will be doing a review on the 3rd book in the series, Cress. Let me know if you want me to review any other series.

Part 1: Summary – “The Madman’s Daughter”

cover of the book The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Review by evant794

“The Madman’s Daughter” is a novel written by Megan Shepherd, and is the first out of the three books in her “The Madman’s Daughter” series. Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, “The Madman’s Daughter” is a science fiction novel.

The setting takes place during the 1800s in London, England.  Juliet Moreau is the main character of the novel. Her father, Dr. Moreau, used to be London’s best and most widely recognized surgeon, making him a very wealthy individual– but that was before the scandal happened.

Fast-forward, six years later, and Juliet Moreau went from being a happy, young, rich girl with loving parents and many servants, to being a poor sixteen-year-old orphan who makes a living as a maid at King’s College. The only person who seems to care about her is Lucy. Juliet and Lucy have been friends for a long time, back when Lucy’s parents thought that Juliet was a good influence to their daughter, but that changed. However, even though Lucy’s parents do not approve, they are still friends.

One evening, right after her shift, Juliet meets Lucy, who had been waiting for her in the cold. After socializing with some drunk male college students, all of them, including Juliet, decide to go inside the college to explore, only to find a group of students performing vivisection (dissection performed on a still living organism) on a rabbit. Juliet, wanting to end the poor creature’s misery, cuts its head off. When she sees the chart according to which the college students are performing surgery, she sees her “dead” father’s signature – which is what makes her want to search for him.

She desperately searches at a hotel in hopes of finding him. To her surprise, she finds Montgomery, her old friend and servant, who is about to leave London in two days, only to go back to her father with a ship full of supplies for his crazy experiments. After cutting the tendons in Dr. Hastings’s wrist, who calls the police, Juliet convinces Montgomery to take her with him.

Their trip is a long journey with a boat, accompanied by wild, loud animals in cages, Balthazar, who has an awfully deformed face and body, a very aggressive captain, many storms, and an almost-dead castaway, Edward Prince. Juliet is thrilled to reach her father’s island. From the moment she sets foot of that island, though, it feels like something is wrong – terribly wrong. Then her father “jokingly” throws Edward into the water and lets him drown, until Montgomery decides to finally save him.

While Juliet lives there, she sneaks into her father’s laboratory at night, since she cannot hold her curiosity in after long hours of hearing the terrible, horrific screams of desperate animals. To her surprise, she finally finds out about “the scandal” that has ruined her life. Her father, being an amazingly skilled surgeon, performs vivisection on animals to transform them into humans. This requires numerous complex surgeries on the animals’ spines, and replacing their organs with a variety of animal organs. The result? Monstrous beings, also known as the islanders. The worst part is that he does not anesthetize them, therefore making them suffer an enormous amount of pain. She also gets suspicious when she learns that these islanders take the same treatment as her and starts questioning her existence. Though Montgomery keeps telling her that she is thinking irrationally, since her treatment is for her pancreatic disease, while theirs is to keep their bodies from rejecting organs, Juliet is convinced that there is something wrong with her.

Juliet knows the she will not be able to live a life like this; knowing that her father is the madman everyone was talking about. Also, the creature that is free, slaughtering the islanders, is not making the situation any better.  She must escape – fast. Even though the plan was to escape with Edward, Montgomery, and Alice, the plans change – and they change a lot.

“In the darkest of places, even love is deadly”.


Cinder book review(Lunar Chronicles)

cover of the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Review by sumaiyasblogpage

The book Cinder by Marissa Meyer is an amazing book! It’s full of surprises and has so much action mixed with fairy tale. Cinder is a second class girl that lives in the future where cyborgs exist. She has a very mysterious past that she never knew about. However, after she gets blamed for her stepsister’s illness, she is forced to volunteer to find a cure for the illness by her stepmother, and something strange happen On the other hand people from space watch to make their next move on earth to conquer it.

This story is full of action and fairy tale, and Cinder does have a Prince Charming that is falling for her.

Cinder is a different version of Cinderella, but her happily ever after gets extended to the last book since Cinder has something bigger to accomplish rather than just getting her happily ever after with her Prince Charming.

I read this book in two days because it was so good. This book is for those who love fairy tales and action. Hopefully others like it as much as I did. I will also be reviewing the rest of the Lunar Chronicles. I give this book a 5 out of 5 because I loved it so much and for the way it kept me hanging at the end.

Sumaiya R 7th grade