Mini Book Reviews: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd, Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

As most of you know, this summer has been pretty busy for me what with work, getting ready to move away to university, and trying to hang out with all of my friends for one last time before I leave! So, because of this, I have A BUNCH of books that I’ve read dating back to mid-June that I haven’t had time to review yet! I figured that instead of taking a bajillion hours to give all of these books full length reviews, I will have a series of mini reviews come out during the next few weeks, featuring three books per post, just until I get myself caught up. Sound like a good plan?? GOOD! (clicking the book covers will lead you to goodreads)

mini review if you find me

if you find me

*** Recommended to me by Judith. If she ever recommends something to you, you listen.***

Summary from Goodreads: There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

 What I liked: EVERYTHING!!!! I am not kidding. This book was fantastic! I couldn’t put it down the entire time I was reading it. Emily Murdoch is a writing genius, and this was most definitely one of the best – if not the best – debut novel I have ever read! Murdoch took such great care in writing from Carey’s POV as someone who does not know much about civilized life, and the way she describes simple things that Carey has never seen before is amazing. Also, being an only child myself, I really appreciate reading about a great sibling relationship as I don’t have one myself and love living them vicariously through books! Carey and Janessa are perfect, and are definitely up there tied for the top of my favourite sibling relationships along with Sam and Dean from Supernatural!!! Anyway, I can’t say enough good things about this book! READ IT NOW and thank me later.

What I didn’t like: Nothing. I literally have not one single complaint about this book. Except maybe that it could have been longer. So that I didn’t have to stop reading it so soon and that the amazingness would never end!!!

Swoon factor?: It’s not a huuuuge factor in this book, but there is this boy named Ryan Shipley, and he’s perfect. <3

Favourite character: Carey. She’s amazingly awesome and takes care of her little sister so well.

Favourite quote: “I answer her with my silence, understanding the full power of it for the first time. Words are weapons. Weapons are powerful. So are unsaid words. So are unused weapons.”

Rating:  5 hearts+ a million more hearts!

mini review the madman's daughter

the madman's daughter Summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I liked: This book was another fast favourite of mine! I’ve never read The Island of Dr. Moreau before, but I think I might have to now so that I can see what Megan Sheperd pulled from that book in her retelling. The Madman’s daughter was perfectly dark and creepy and had just the right amount of plot twists and shocks woven in! Juliet is a strong female MC, which I just love so much. I also was a fan of both male characters present, Montgomery and Edward, however I think I liked Montgomery just the tiniest bit more than Edward. Also, THE ENDING! Megan did an amazing job of leaving just me on a little bit of a cliffhanger, and throwing in another twist! I need the next book, NOW!

What I didn’t like: My only minor reservation about this book is that there is a bit of animal torture/death…. Now, had I known anything about The Island of Dr. Moreau, I would have been a tad more prepared for this. I am one of those people who react so much more to animal deaths in books/movies, so this was a little bit hard for me to swallow. Nevertheless, don’t let that hold you back from reading a fantastically creepy book!!!

Swoon factor?: I didn’t really fall hard for either love interest in this book, but like I said above, I like Montgomery a little bit more than Edward.

Favourite character: Juliet. She was the perfect strong female MC, with just the right amount of sass!

Favourite quote: “The ways of men and women are such a puzzle. And I could barely decipher my own feelings, let along anyone else’s.”

Rating: 5 hearts

mini review pretty girl 13

pretty girl13 Summary from Goodreads: Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts camping trip. Now she’s returned home…only to find that it’s three years later and she’s sixteen-or at least that’s what everyone tells her.

What happened to the past three years of her life?

Angie doesn’t know.

But there are people who do — people who could tell Angie every detail of her forgotten time, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her personality, otherwise known as her “alters.” As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?

What I liked: Pretty Girl-13 has some crazy heavy subject matter, and the way that Liz Coley deals with it and writes about it is amazing. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of research that would have had to go in to writing a book like this. Pretty Girl-13 goes to show just how much the human brain is capable of, and how far it will go to protect you. This is one book that I literally couldn’t put down, and I had finished it in a matter of only a few hours. Kudos to Liz for writing such an entertaining book!

What I didn’t like: The only thing holding me back from giving this book five stars is that unfortunately, it was a tad too predictable for my liking. By the time I had made it to the HUGE OMG moment, I had guessed it. But still, it’s an amazing twist, if not slightly too much strangeness if you know what I mean.

Swoon factor?: As much as I love for books to have a love interest and kissing, this book wouldn’t have been able to incorporate that, and that’s ok. It would have been waaaay too much and would have made everything a big mess.

Favourite character: Due to spoilery things, I can’t tell you who my favourite character is, except for that it isn’t Angie… Read it and find out!

Favourite quote: “For three long years all I’ve wanted is to know what happened to you. Now, I don’t honestly know if I want you to remember.”

Rating:4 hearts

Well ladies and gents, there you have it! Three mini reviews for three good books! Let me know your thoughts on any or all of the books below, and also let me know what you think of the mini review idea!! I love getting feedback from all of you lovelies <3

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7 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd, Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

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  2. “If she ever recommends something to you, you listen” AWWWWW! I’m so happy you read If You Find Me and loved it like I did. The sibling relationship is one of my favorite things, and that’s definitely my fave quote. So beautiful! Also, Emily Murdoch is such a sweetheart.

    I started The Madman’s Daughter months ago but never really got into it/had time to finish it. I’m excited to finish, HOWEVER, I don’t really like the torture part. I’m pretty sure in one of the first chapters they already do something like this and, ehhhh. Not for me. I’m still very excited for this one, though!

    I bought Pretty Girl 13 two weeks ago, and now I read your review I’m VERY excited to read it. I love dark contemps a lot, and I can’t wait to get into this one. I do hope I won’t find it as predictable though, because I like it when books surprise me!

    • Emily is literally one of the nicest people ever! When she tweeted me I fangirled soooo hard LOL!

      And as for the Madman’s Daughter, yes… there is a little bit of torture stuff that happens which is hard for me to read too. Honestly, just skim those parts. The details aren’t important, but the book is just too good to miss out on!

      And YES! I hope you love Pretty Girl-13 and that youre a little more surprised by it :P Happy reading! <3

  3. I shall definitely be adding If You Find Me to my TBR pile – I’ve just heard too many great things about it now not to. RE Madman’s Daughter, I’ve heard some really gushy reviews of this one, but I’m a romance reader at heart (and I like there to be just 1 guy – not 2!!) and not particularly sold on historical settings so I think I’ll wait on this one. Great reviews, really helpful, thanks!

  4. I’m so glad to see you liked ‘The Madman’s Daughter’ so much. I loved it, but unlike you, I had known about the gore of ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ and although I haven’t read that book it’s certainly on my TBR pile. Definitely, my most favorite book (thus far) of 2013.

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