Monday, February 9, 2015

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

A Cold Legacy
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
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I don’t know if you remember the move 10 Things I Hate About You but it asked a seriously tough question “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever be just whelmed?” Whelmed is exactly how I felt about A Cold Legacy.

I had ridiculously high expectations for this book. It follows one of my favorite stories, Frankenstein, and after Megan Shepherd thoroughly creeped me out in the previous two novels I expected the same with this installment. Instead, the story was slow to start and the mystery was bland. I was just whelmed.

I think I would have been okay with the slow start if the mystery had been a bit more involved. After the ending of Her Dark Curiosity, what with the beasts they’re trying to bring back to life, the deaths of the scientists and the police chase. I expected this story to feed off that plot but this novel begins a new chapter that has more to do with Frankenstein then anything that came before it. Juliet does often think about her father and what happened on the island and in London but there wasn’t a lot of carry over and I found myself missing the creepiness that pervaded the other two novels.

My favorite thing about this book was the character development we got to see from Lucy, Juliet’s friend. Looking back on the flippant girl she was in The Madman’s Daughter you would hardly recognized her! I loved her independent spirit and the fact that she was willing to do anything for those she loved.

Overall, A Cold Legacy left me feeling whelmed. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t amazing either. I wanted to be stunned and creeped out by the final book in this series and instead it just felt like an end. I do have high hopes though for Megan’s next book The Cage, coming in May!


  1. I've not even started this series yet, but I will soon. I think it's rare to absolutely love every book in a series. There's always the book that makes you wonder what the author was thinking at the time of writing it. Sorry that it left you wanting more. Great review!

  2. Awww. I enjoyed the first, felt iffy about the second so I didn't bother with this one and I'm so sad it let you down. I'm not sure I'll even read it. :-(