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A Cold Legacy: The Madman's Daughter, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

High body count, low believability in Frankenstein homage.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Loved it

I loved this series. It was very interesting how Shepherd tried in Frankenstein. Some violence and some mild romance. Great read.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

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The scope and ambition of the Madman's Daughter trilogy is quite impressive. Author Megan Shepherd had the burden of stringing the heart and soul of three sci-fi classics together using the same main characters. And she had to make those characters meld into each literary world. In A COLD LEGACY, Shepherd introduces the world of Frankenstein's old digs wonderfully. The manor, the flooded moors, all the secret passageways, and the strange people who live there will make the reader dive right into the story.

The problem lies in how the characters from the other two Madman books fit in here. The love story between Juliet and Montgomery already feels played out, making Montgomery add little to the story. Then Juliet sneaks around him to toy with secret experiments (ones she completes so quickly -- heart and brain surgery and a transplant in only a few hours, whoa!) and seems suddenly fanatical again just because she has a crazy-scientist father. She doesn't care what her mentor or her future husband will think at all. Not only is three-hour massive surgery rather unbelievable, so is Juliet's moral recovery.

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