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Alternate Cover Edition Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is. Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and th Alternate Cover Edition Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is. Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both? This novelette introduces you to Madly and prepares you for the quest of a lifetime

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Alternate Cover Edition Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is. Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and th Alternate Cover Edition Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is. Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both? This novelette introduces you to Madly and prepares you for the quest of a lifetime

53 review for Madly

  1. 4 out of 5

    oliviasbooks

    Not really worth reviewing in my opinion. One thing was ridiculously noteworthy, though: The mermaids' tails are of the conveniently modest and young-adult-like clean sort: "By the time I had unclasped my bra and slipped out of my panties, I could feel the protective sheath of shimmering blue-green scales covering me from nipple to nipple and down across my belly to obscure my nudity." Ehhhh? I thought scales were part of the merfolk's nature and not a costume? How can they use their nipples for Not really worth reviewing in my opinion. One thing was ridiculously noteworthy, though: The mermaids' tails are of the conveniently modest and young-adult-like clean sort: "By the time I had unclasped my bra and slipped out of my panties, I could feel the protective sheath of shimmering blue-green scales covering me from nipple to nipple and down across my belly to obscure my nudity." Ehhhh? I thought scales were part of the merfolk's nature and not a costume? How can they use their nipples for - let's say - feeding, if they are hidden under a "sheath of scales"?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jalyn

    Let me start off by saying that I didn't realize this was such a short book that cut off right before things really started happening. I found this for free on Amazon right after I finished the Blood Like Poison series by M. Leighton. I liked her work so much that I wanted to read more of her stories. This book is about a girl named Madly who is a mermaid princess. It sounds kind of silly, so I'm glad I didn't know much about this book before reading it because I probably wouldn't have picked it Let me start off by saying that I didn't realize this was such a short book that cut off right before things really started happening. I found this for free on Amazon right after I finished the Blood Like Poison series by M. Leighton. I liked her work so much that I wanted to read more of her stories. This book is about a girl named Madly who is a mermaid princess. It sounds kind of silly, so I'm glad I didn't know much about this book before reading it because I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but I'm glad I did read it because I can already tell that I'm going to like this series. It looks like it's going to be a mixture of a bunch of fairy tales and that has me kind of pumped. There's action right off the bat and it continues through the whole book. This is my first mermaid book and I'm excited to read Madly and Wolfhardt, which I just bought on my Kindle :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Crane

    Ok. Let me start off by saying that this is on my list of Top 10 favorite books. That is definitely saying something. We start off with Madly, a mermaid, who's content in her life but things turn to upheavel as they usually do in stories. The one she thinks she wants soon becomes the one she might be forced to marry. The one she can't have soon becomes the one she can't live without. That sounds fatastic doesn't it! It gets better. Jackson is a dream. He's moral and strong and fights with himself Ok. Let me start off by saying that this is on my list of Top 10 favorite books. That is definitely saying something. We start off with Madly, a mermaid, who's content in her life but things turn to upheavel as they usually do in stories. The one she thinks she wants soon becomes the one she might be forced to marry. The one she can't have soon becomes the one she can't live without. That sounds fatastic doesn't it! It gets better. Jackson is a dream. He's moral and strong and fights with himself so hard to do what's right for their people and Madly. He knows that her loving him would mean trouble for her and tries to spare her that. He's harsh but sweet. He's rugged but soft on the inside. Madly is so blind to his utter fascination with her and it's incredibly endearing to read that instead of whining and aloofness about relationships. These two are destined in more ways than one. Then we throw in some werewolves! Fascinating how she threw these ideas together. The action and background to the story was just right. There would be a twist in the love story and then something magical would happen and Madly would be forced to fight or bicker with someone. Then she'd be back to pining for Jackson right before having to jump in the water and be pulled down water drains. Mrs. Leighton has swiftly become a favorite of mine and I'd suggest you check out her work. Her other series, Blood Like Poison is genius and I'm about to start her many others. Happy Reading!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Books

    This was actually an immensely enjoyable and highly original little quick read. It’s very well-written and engaging and I pretty much liked everything about it, except maybe for the swoony romance which induced some eye-rolling, but overall I definitely recommend it to readers looking for something a little different. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series some time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    In this novelette we are introduced to Madly James and the world in which she lives. On the surface, you would think she is a typical 17-year-old, but in actuality, she is a princess. Atlas, her home, lies deep beneath the sea. Magic protects Atlas and the town of Slumber. Here, she and her friends attend school and learn to interact outside Atlas with the human world. Then something happens, something that hasn't happened in hundreds of years, a Mer is murdered, but that is only the beginning. In this novelette we are introduced to Madly James and the world in which she lives. On the surface, you would think she is a typical 17-year-old, but in actuality, she is a princess. Atlas, her home, lies deep beneath the sea. Magic protects Atlas and the town of Slumber. Here, she and her friends attend school and learn to interact outside Atlas with the human world. Then something happens, something that hasn't happened in hundreds of years, a Mer is murdered, but that is only the beginning. Someone has released the dreaded Lore, and they are holding Atlas, and Madly's family captive. As a result of the murder, someone from Madly's past steps back into her life, Sentinel Jackson Hamilton, hotness incarnate, the object of her affection for as long as she can remember. The problem is that she is betrothed to another who like her, is of royal blood. He is also her best friend, Aidan. Not only does Madly have to deal with the crisis of saving her race, but also the battle between her heart and her head, because the heart wants what the heart wants. This is the perfect beginning to an absolutely awesome series. I loved Madly, and Jackson, well let's just say he makes you sizzle just to think about him. Aidan and Jersey (who is also Jackson's sister), are Madly's best friends and they have been together forever. They were fun to get to know, especially Jersey. The story is fast paced, entertaining, and romantic. Trust me, these Mer folk are some you really want to get to know. M. Leighton has done an outstanding job of laying the groundwork for a mesmerizing series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    This was just a romance novel for young girls complete with brooding rude anti hero hunk, instaluv, dipsy dumb giggling airhead MC and dumbass friends, more luv and a background story with dangerous stuff happening that is overshadowed by the LURVE. Bleah!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sans

    That may have been the longest it's ever taken me to read 30-ish pages. I shall now drop this book. Thusly.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Santistevan

    I got this book for free on Amazon and I liked it. The story is really interesting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie_la_geek

    For this review and more visit my blog There is nothing more disappointing than reading a book that you are sure you are going to love, but ending up really disliking it. I had no real reason to think that this book would be bad. It is about mermaids (which I happen to quite like), it focuses on a forbidden romance, (which being the moron that I am happens to get under my skin every time) and it has an extremely high rating on Goodreads. It seems as though everyone loves this book…everyone but me For this review and more visit my blog There is nothing more disappointing than reading a book that you are sure you are going to love, but ending up really disliking it. I had no real reason to think that this book would be bad. It is about mermaids (which I happen to quite like), it focuses on a forbidden romance, (which being the moron that I am happens to get under my skin every time) and it has an extremely high rating on Goodreads. It seems as though everyone loves this book…everyone but me. I will start with a positive. The book’s cover is simply gorgeous, I love it. If I could rate this book on its cover alone it would get a 5 star rating from me. But judging a book by its cover is wrong, as we all know. So why did I dislike this book so much? Well, firstly it is brutally unrealistic. Here are some examples: The main characters find the dead body of someone they know and care for. Five minutes later they are laughing and talking about going to the beach, also one of them is ogling the ‘typical YA’ hot guy. Because you know, who cares that this person is dead, that dude is hot! There are other things too. Madly (who I will get to in a minute) is a princess who has to save the world…but she still has time for, and people still expect her to go to school. Obviously education is more important than saving the world from imminent danger. Another reason I didn’t like this book is the characters. I didn’t like them. They could have walked out of any other YA PNR book. You have Madly, the perfect one. Jersey, the bubbly and hyperactive best friend. Aiden, the boy next door who is a bit of a wimp, he should be the one the perfect girl should fall for if it wasn’t for Jackson, the ‘hotter than hell’ broody, moody and quite frankly miserable one. Madly is the one I had a real problem with. I thought she was terrible and completely dislikeable. She acts like a spoilt brat and when she is not doing that she tends to be fainting, and if she is not being a spoilt brat or fainting she is wondering why Jackson sets off fireworks, butterflies, shivers and any other physical reaction she can have when he touches her and Aiden doesn’t. Also, despite Jackson practically telling her (it really is that obvious to everyone) that he is into her she spends a lot of time asking herself the following questions: why is he looking at me like that? Why doesn’t he like me? Why is he acting this way? She is completely oblivious. I guess it is safe to say I will not be carrying on with this series. On paper everything looked great but in reality I was totally disappointed. I would not recommend this book. However, I seem to be the only one who wouldn’t so maybe you shouldn’t listen to me and try it for yourselves.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angela M

    Find more of my reviews at www.readingangel.com After seeing several tweets about this series and it's main hottie over the last week I had to see what all the talk was about, so I decided to buy the first novella and see for myself. I was not disappointed! I started Madly while waiting in the doctors office with my husband and every time the poor man would try to talk to me he would quickly get shut down so I could continue reading. I was immediately sucked into this unique world of a mermaid pr Find more of my reviews at www.readingangel.com After seeing several tweets about this series and it's main hottie over the last week I had to see what all the talk was about, so I decided to buy the first novella and see for myself. I was not disappointed! I started Madly while waiting in the doctors office with my husband and every time the poor man would try to talk to me he would quickly get shut down so I could continue reading. I was immediately sucked into this unique world of a mermaid princess, her friends, and escaped fairy tale prisoners. Madly is a spunky teenager who just happens to also be a mermaid princess and the only hope for her family and her kingdom. Just in the short 50 pages of this novella I really enjoyed getting to know her character and that of her friends Jersey and Aiden. Jersey is the kind of friend who seems like she would always be up for some mischief-making and Aiden is so sweet and loyal. We were also introduced to super hottie Jackson. If I had one problem with this book it was that what little there was hinted at an upcoming relationship was frustrating. I was ready for it to speed up...haha. He is one swoon-worthy male lead! Protective, strong, and although he is a little aloof its not in a mean way. He's also very funny, which I LOVE! I just wanted MORE between them, but since I was ASSURED by the author that it was coming I guess I will have to be patient...sigh...I'm not very good at that ;) I also don't see how Madly didn't see that Jackson is completely head over heels for her. The girl must be blind. Madly was a great novella that introduced me to a new world of mermaids that I can't wait to dive back into. I loved how there was a spin on fairy tale bad guys and their descendants, and I cant wait to see how that is going to continue with the full novels. I know I am going to be reading them as soon as I possibly can.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    My review can also be found on my blog Collections. This is a novelette, and I feel like this is a very promising start to the series! Madly is about mermaids, but it seems there are other fairy tale characters in it, which I thought was pretty fascinating. Madly, the main character, was awesome. I loved that she took charge. Jackson was...smoldering. Really interested in reading more about their relationship! I would have liked more of Madly's friends Aidan and Jersey. They were completely oversh My review can also be found on my blog Collections. This is a novelette, and I feel like this is a very promising start to the series! Madly is about mermaids, but it seems there are other fairy tale characters in it, which I thought was pretty fascinating. Madly, the main character, was awesome. I loved that she took charge. Jackson was...smoldering. Really interested in reading more about their relationship! I would have liked more of Madly's friends Aidan and Jersey. They were completely overshadowed whenever Jackson was around. Jersey and Jackson are even siblings, and it didn't feel that way. But since this is only a glimpse into the series, I'm sure we'll get more of them in the second book. I thought the writing was great, and I'm looking forward to more! I would recommend this to fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout! Download for free at Smashwords.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is the first book in the madly series, and introduces us to Madly and her friends. 17-year-old Madly is a mermaid princess. She’s going to school in a place called Slumber with her friends Aidan and Jersey, and everything is fine until one day she gets a shooting pain in her arm and head, and the pearl on her wrist turns black. Investigating, Madly finds out that the reason for this is that several ‘fairytale’ character prisoners have escaped from the jail in her home town of Atlas, and are This is the first book in the madly series, and introduces us to Madly and her friends. 17-year-old Madly is a mermaid princess. She’s going to school in a place called Slumber with her friends Aidan and Jersey, and everything is fine until one day she gets a shooting pain in her arm and head, and the pearl on her wrist turns black. Investigating, Madly finds out that the reason for this is that several ‘fairytale’ character prisoners have escaped from the jail in her home town of Atlas, and are holding her family hostage. Now it’s up to Madly to find a way to recapture the prisoners and save her family. I enjoyed this book, although it’s really more like the opening few chapters of a book rather than a story in its own right (there’s no end as such), it’s more a bit of a teaser for Madly and Wolfhardt. I liked Madly and how headstrong she is, and the introduction of the very lovely Jackson seems set to become a fiery romance! Can’t wait to find out more about Atlas, the prisoners, and of course, Jackson! This book will definitely leave you wanting more! 8 out of 10.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joy (joyous reads)

    Step into the world of mermaids - and as far as I can tell, a werewolf may also be in attendance in a not so distant future (although, how their worlds are going to intersect remains to be seen). This is a short story; a preamble to the second book, Wolfhardt. It certainly is an exciting start to what proves to be a series enriched in folklores. Me? I'm dying to read more about Jackson. He's big, burly, surly and snarky. His personality just seems to dwarf everybody else in the story. I've alway Step into the world of mermaids - and as far as I can tell, a werewolf may also be in attendance in a not so distant future (although, how their worlds are going to intersect remains to be seen). This is a short story; a preamble to the second book, Wolfhardt. It certainly is an exciting start to what proves to be a series enriched in folklores. Me? I'm dying to read more about Jackson. He's big, burly, surly and snarky. His personality just seems to dwarf everybody else in the story. I've always been smitten with egotistical boys who are clueless about handling their true emotions and my boy Jackson is no different. I'm a little cautious when it comes to books about mermaids but this one has my full attention. I can't wait to read the next book. Shout out: Thanks to Alexa for the recommendation!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karina Halle

    Recommended for: People who like swoony romances that involve a lot of fluttery feelings, people who like a unique take on classic lore and fairy-tales, people who want a quick read, people who don't mind the crucial need to buy the next book Oh no, the dreaded 3-star review. Well, I don’t think 3 stars is bad at all…it means I didn’t love the book, but I liked it. Liking is good. I like chocolate, too. Madly is Leighton’s short and sweet novella about a Madly, a Mermaid Princess – and it’s not Recommended for: People who like swoony romances that involve a lot of fluttery feelings, people who like a unique take on classic lore and fairy-tales, people who want a quick read, people who don't mind the crucial need to buy the next book Oh no, the dreaded 3-star review. Well, I don’t think 3 stars is bad at all…it means I didn’t love the book, but I liked it. Liking is good. I like chocolate, too. Madly is Leighton’s short and sweet novella about a Madly, a Mermaid Princess – and it’s not as Disney-cheesy as that sounds. Pros: - Leighton captured the voice of her MC very well and was a believable teenager and princess all rolled into one. Madly was brave and determined (when she wasn’t drooling over Jackson) - I liked the easy, breezy casual writing style - The world-building was very unique and original. It wasn’t just a mermaid book (and that alone would have been unique since this is my first mermaid book – mer virgin here!), it captured a lot of other mythical beasts, legends and fairytale characters. I kinda likened it to The Mortal Instruments Series…lots of different items thrown together in a bag and shaken, but with Leighton’s world, I think it works -The plot was intriguing and kept the (virtual) pages turning - Love the cover…madly - I’m not rating the author here, but Leighton is a pretty fabulous person Cons: - The book could use a bit of editing. Not in the “so many typos” sense because I didn’t find any and not in the “author can’t write” sense because it’s apparent that Leighton can write and well at that. However, the book was filled with two flaws that kept standing out to me and thus interrupted the flow of the story (I seem to be the only reviewer noticing this so I might just be strangely nitpicky today) A) too much passive voice was used. For example, “Aggravated, my shackles rose” or “Casually, he turned his back on me.” Once in a while this is fine, but to me, it seemed to happen on every page. B) in conjunction with the passive voice, there were too many descriptive words used. It just ended up being wordy and redundant. As a writer this is one of my own biggest faults, so I suppose I’m just hyper-aware of it when I see it. I love words. It’s hard not to describe the crap out of everything and I’m thankful for my editor for cutting most of mine out. And even then I wish he’d be harder on me. Less is more - I didn’t get the love story. It wasn’t insta-love, thank God, because Madly had an admitted crush on Jackson for years, but I just didn’t get it. There didn’t seem to be anything there beyond physical attraction and as such he didn’t win me over. I got that Madly was in love/lust with the mer dude but I just didn’t care about him. Her feelings were also a tad repetitive. Then again, I’m not a huge fan of swoony romancey stuff (I’ve never seen the Notebook and don’t get me started on Twilight)and we only get a few pages to really learn about both of them - Ended super abruptly. But kudos to Leighton, it does spur you onto the next book because you want to know what happens next, damnit! All in all, this was a quick, fun and interesting read. There were a few detractors which hampered my enjoyment but I look forward to reading the next one in the series (yes, I just bought Book 2 and Book 3 comes out this month). I think more depth and length might do the characters and story better justice and I am very intrigued by this Wolfhardt character (I've always wanted to meet the big bad wolf).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura Greenwood

    Review posted September 10th on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live... Madly is a Mermaid, but not just any mermaid, she's a princess. Living and going to school on the mainland with her best friends Aidan and Jersey, everything is normal until their carer is found dead, and its no mean feat to kill a Mer. Suddenly fearing for her parents lives, Madly tries to swim back to Atlas, but the paralyzing alarm sounds and she's stopped in her tracks, only to be saved by Jersey's distant and aloof bro Review posted September 10th on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live... Madly is a Mermaid, but not just any mermaid, she's a princess. Living and going to school on the mainland with her best friends Aidan and Jersey, everything is normal until their carer is found dead, and its no mean feat to kill a Mer. Suddenly fearing for her parents lives, Madly tries to swim back to Atlas, but the paralyzing alarm sounds and she's stopped in her tracks, only to be saved by Jersey's distant and aloof brother, Jackson. Madly feels an undeniable connection to Jackson, but she is to be betrothed to Aidan, and she can only have one mating bond...On top of that the only hope that the Mer people have of surviving is Madly's powers, and she has to try and save her people and her family with just the help of her friends. Link to Goodreads Link to amazon I will admit to doing something with Madly that I very very rarely do; I judged a book by its cover. In my defense though, just look at it, it is absolutely stunning! When I saw the cover I decided that that was what I was going to read next, and I tell you what, I am glad that I did, I really enjoyed Madly, though it certainly leaves you wanting more! It is an introductory novella which stops on a major cliff hanger! There is the potential for a love triangle in Madly, though I hope that it doesn't go the way most do and be all teen anguish, personally I hope that it'll just kind of disappear! Plus it is so much easier to see Madly with Jackson than with Aidan, probably because, as it is a first person narrative, it is impossible to see Aidan in a way other than brotherly. For such a short novella there was a decent amount of characterisation, though I think that this may be down to the fact that the author has viewed this as part of a whole rather than as an individual novella. Though it only concentrates on a couple of characters, I thought that this was preferable to a large cast with not a lot of development. With the book containing mermaids, there is the obvious addition of magic. I liked the way that Madly and her fellow Mer had to have magical support to live on dry land, also Madly was unable to perform magic without water to power it, which of course makes sense if you are a water creature. On top of that, Madly hadn't had a lot of experience with magic, so she is on a learning curve, meaning that we, as the readers, learn at the same time. There is a lot of foreshadowing about the parts that other fairy tale characters are going to play in the further adventures of Madly, and I am looking forward to reading of them. For a book that I read purely based on the cover, I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did (though if I'd read the blurb I don't think that I would have been surprised!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Majuchan

    flirty brat Plot: A teaser of the whole series. It is about a mermaid princess brat who turns out to be the only hope of their underwater kingdom, against the Lores that escaped on their high security prison that would cause chaos on underwater and dry lands. But it was totally a cliffhanger, it ended when they are just trying to start to find the first Lore. characters: I hate Princess Madly (I keep on reading it as My-lady). Pure Spoiled rebel flirty brat! Want a description straight from the b flirty brat Plot: A teaser of the whole series. It is about a mermaid princess brat who turns out to be the only hope of their underwater kingdom, against the Lores that escaped on their high security prison that would cause chaos on underwater and dry lands. But it was totally a cliffhanger, it ended when they are just trying to start to find the first Lore. characters: I hate Princess Madly (I keep on reading it as My-lady). Pure Spoiled rebel flirty brat! Want a description straight from the book: " I felt her fingers fist in the tails of my shirt, tails I’d purposely left hanging out over my cheesy blue plaid skirt. Leaving my shirt untucked was my tribute to individuality among all the other uniform-clad students. “They” frowned upon it, but Jersey and I had decided two months ago that they could make us wear a uniform at Veritas Academy, but they could never make us all look the same." Another thing she is a 18 year old princess but does not act like one, she is more like on 14's. Very immature. at 18 she already thinks of mating?! Ohh maybe that is the culture of the Mermaids (Mer for short). This teaser does not give hope that she would change as the story progress, very short to tell. If she would be changing I would give the whole series a chance. As for Aidan, he would-soon-to-be Madly's fiancée. He is cool, I can see he is a calm one and would do anything for Madly. I feel pity for him though. Jersey Madly's Best buddy, another character I don't do like. description? Here: "For Jersey, that meant wearing lots of costume jewelry and fingernail polish in every color of the rainbow" and add that she always chew a gum, duh! Very unlady like Jesrsey and Madly reminds me of mean flirty girls that always wear thick make-ups, that are always bullying other simple girls. Jackson Bro of Jersey. Childhood crush of Madly, a sentinel. A tough man. The story does not vividly describe his character, only his physical appearance. Love Story: A love triangle, and a forbidden one. world: Well made. the Mers have advance technology, that made me think they are the lost land of Atlantis. Their history are what we, humans called fairy tales, (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty), that I think it would be the entire plot of the series, tracing the descendants of those fairy tale characters to hunt the Lores. Okay, besides the character, it was fine. No big deals here. Would I read the second book? Maybe, but not soon.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    A joint review for book one and two together. May contain spoilers. I was looking for a short read and can across Madly on Amazon. I first noticed the amazing book cover and then I read the blurb and I instantly sold. Now let me just say Madly completely surprised me and had me captivated from start to finish. I loved it! And of course, I went straight on to read book two, Wolfhardt and loved it even more. Who would have thought mermaids and werewolves could work? Well it did and I fell in love w A joint review for book one and two together. May contain spoilers. I was looking for a short read and can across Madly on Amazon. I first noticed the amazing book cover and then I read the blurb and I instantly sold. Now let me just say Madly completely surprised me and had me captivated from start to finish. I loved it! And of course, I went straight on to read book two, Wolfhardt and loved it even more. Who would have thought mermaids and werewolves could work? Well it did and I fell in love with M Leighton’s work from page one. I instantly liked Madly and connected with her as a character quite easily. I found her fun, strong and just an all-round awesome character to read about. It was very easy to slip into her head and go through her motions and understand why she loved the people she did in her life. Everyone around her is supportive and trust worthy, but not just because she is a princess but because she has genuine friends that love and care her so it was nice to see she had that support system even when her parents are held captivate. The story itself was intense, action packed and dangerous. I loved finding out about Madly’s world under the sea and what her life is like above ground but most of all, I loved finding out about Jackson. *Sigh* Jackson! He literally took my breath away, but of course with Madly being a Princess and Jackson being of a lower status; a sentinel who trains and protects Atlas, it’s forbidden for them to ever be together. There love however does shine through and they have several heart-warming moment together and boy I WANT MORE!! I love Jackson and I think any fans of Jennifer L.Armentrout’s Covenant series will love Madly’s world just as much as me. Overall, I’m extremely glad I picked up this series and I cannot wait to continue with book three once it’s been released.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liesel Hill

    My reviews are going to be short and sweet today. Madly by M. Leighton was really more of a short story than a novel. It pretty much served to introduce the character and conflict and then end in the hopes that readers will go get the next book. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this one. While reading it, I was a bit annoyed with the characters. Yes, they are teenagers which makes them immature, but Madly is either a total diva or clueless to the point of absurdity. And I couldn't help but My reviews are going to be short and sweet today. Madly by M. Leighton was really more of a short story than a novel. It pretty much served to introduce the character and conflict and then end in the hopes that readers will go get the next book. I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this one. While reading it, I was a bit annoyed with the characters. Yes, they are teenagers which makes them immature, but Madly is either a total diva or clueless to the point of absurdity. And I couldn't help but think that Jackson, who is supposed to be a couple of years older, acted an awful lot like a teenaged girl. I was sure I would hate the book and was ready to give it a less-than-stellar review, but I will admit that once the conflict took off a bit, I was intrigued. Basically ancients spirits are that have been locked away for centuries have escaped from their underwater prison and will now awaken their descendants to wreak havoc on the world. These spirits are only known to humans by the morphed way they've survived in fairy tales. So, the first one they're going after will be the spirit immortalized in the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. I thought that was interesting. I don't know if I'll pick up the next book. I'm not opposed to it, but I probably won't run right out and buy it either. The writing is good and the plot is intriguing. I'm just not totally in love with the characters. However, if you like a teenage-mermaid story that's heavy on the hormones and has fairy tale tie-ins, you'd probably enjoy it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    MADLY, the opening novella to the Madly Series was a nice introduction to the world created by author M. Leighton. In it, we meet the main players for the series: Jersey, Aidan, Jackson, and of course, Madly. Madly is a mermaid princess, and attends the Veritas Academy in Slumber. Madly is joined by her two best friends, Jersey and Aidan, and Jersey's brother, Jackson. As a princess, Madly is bound by certain rules of her society, namely who she can love. But the heart wants what it wants, and M MADLY, the opening novella to the Madly Series was a nice introduction to the world created by author M. Leighton. In it, we meet the main players for the series: Jersey, Aidan, Jackson, and of course, Madly. Madly is a mermaid princess, and attends the Veritas Academy in Slumber. Madly is joined by her two best friends, Jersey and Aidan, and Jersey's brother, Jackson. As a princess, Madly is bound by certain rules of her society, namely who she can love. But the heart wants what it wants, and Madly's heart wants Jackson, a Sentinel. When Madly's family is taken captive, Madly and Jackson team up in their effort to save their true home, Atlas. But will their professional relationship survive when chemistry ignites? I found this novella to be quite charming. Madly, in addition to her friends Aidan and Jersey, are fun characters, true friends, who display a great amount of heart. Jackson is pure swoon, a character who can make me melt page after page. The lore Leighton employs in MADLY is truly inventive and I can't wait to read more. Favorite Quote: "Jackson's lips pursed as he kissed my fingertips, sending a shockwave of electricity scorching its way along my nerve ends. My eyes flew back to his. The sky blue was nearly imperceptible now, eclipsed by his ever-widening pupils. And in them there was a heat, a want that resonated somewhere deep within me. It fluttered in my stomach like a thousand butterflies, butterflies that knew something I did not. It burned in my chest like the age-old flame of recognition." (ebook, 23%) Source: Personal Purchase

  20. 4 out of 5

    Misty Provencher

    I loved Madly. SPOILERS FROM HERE ON IN: And holy crap I fell in love with Jackson. I loved how Michelle balanced Madly's love interests, so they felt reasonable and real, instead of triangley. It all made sense of why Madly felt like she did, to who she did, and Michelle was extremely artful in building the romantic tension. She used fresh description and made Jackson a virile and strong lead, without being over the top and she made the love for Aiden sweet and real and a little heartbreaking t I loved Madly. SPOILERS FROM HERE ON IN: And holy crap I fell in love with Jackson. I loved how Michelle balanced Madly's love interests, so they felt reasonable and real, instead of triangley. It all made sense of why Madly felt like she did, to who she did, and Michelle was extremely artful in building the romantic tension. She used fresh description and made Jackson a virile and strong lead, without being over the top and she made the love for Aiden sweet and real and a little heartbreaking too, when it became obvious that Jackson was the best man for the job! BTW, one of my favorite parts was when Jackson tells her to get off his bed. It was unexpected and sexy, because I knew that's exactly where he really wanted her to be! I melted! The pacing was smooth and perfect. I was pulled along, never bored and never skimmed (which, for me, is a badge of wild success to any author I'm reading). I loved the threads Michelle spun into the story, the fresh take on the Mer and their kingdom and I especially liked the creative weaving in of the fairy tales. This book is creative and fresh and the romance was firing on all cylinders. My only complaint was that there weren't more pages! I felt like the plot lines were introduced and gelled, but that nothing will be tied up until I read the next books in the series. (shakes fist at Michelle while fervently searching Kindle for next installment) I definitely want to read more!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Novel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This novel is really short but the plot was interesting. We are introduced to the underwater kingdom of Atlas, where the Lores are being held as prisoners. When a few Lore prisoners escaped and Atlas was on lock down...Madly, a royal blooded Mermaid is expected to find the prisoners and bring them back to Atlas. Since Madly is not trained to trap Lore prisoners, a sentinel was assigned to assist and protect her, his name is Jackson. Apparently, Madly have a crush on Jackson when they were childr This novel is really short but the plot was interesting. We are introduced to the underwater kingdom of Atlas, where the Lores are being held as prisoners. When a few Lore prisoners escaped and Atlas was on lock down...Madly, a royal blooded Mermaid is expected to find the prisoners and bring them back to Atlas. Since Madly is not trained to trap Lore prisoners, a sentinel was assigned to assist and protect her, his name is Jackson. Apparently, Madly have a crush on Jackson when they were children! However, she tried to ignore it because he seemed like he was never interested at her and the fact the he's not from a royal family didn't help either. Madly is already betrothed to Aiden but her attraction to Jackson is resurfacing. Can she keep her attraction to Jackson buried now that they are working closely in saving Atlas and Madly's family? Likes: I find the story unique, it's so different from YA books that I usually pick. I would also like to get to know more about the characters in the next book since they are very interesting individuals. Dislikes: Predictable love triangle story...someone is bound to get hurt in the end, but it wouldn't be Jackson. So, Aiden, go find yourself a different bride, okay? LOL. This book is recommended to readers who enjoy a good fairytale retelling. =)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa {Silverlight} {Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Reviews}

    Check out giveaway here *This book is FREE during the tour ends 9/1 hurry! http://pnrurbanfantasyreviews.blogspo... Amazing!! I fell in love with this book within the first few chapters. I fell for M.Leighton's characters and storytelling abilities and consider myself a new fan! Madly, a short novella, is a great start to this series! We get a great introduction to the characters and learn they are mermaids. Madly, the lead female, is a princess, she attends school away from her underwater world, i Check out giveaway here *This book is FREE during the tour ends 9/1 hurry! http://pnrurbanfantasyreviews.blogspo... Amazing!! I fell in love with this book within the first few chapters. I fell for M.Leighton's characters and storytelling abilities and consider myself a new fan! Madly, a short novella, is a great start to this series! We get a great introduction to the characters and learn they are mermaids. Madly, the lead female, is a princess, she attends school away from her underwater world, in our human world, alongside her best friends, Jersey, and Aidan (her intended husband). We learn that her underwater home is in jeopardy, under lock down, and it's going to take the strength and determination of the princess, and those that are on dry land to help her, take down, and recapture, the evil Lore. Jersey's elder brother Jackson, is Madly's childhood crush. He comes back into the princess's life, sent to protect her and assist her, as he is a Sentinel, a guard to the mer people. and the royals. Jackson is sexy! The way he is written in this book has you drooling over him. I instantly fell for his character, and wish he would protect me. Dripping with appeal, Jackson is the kind of character I enjoy, when reading romance books

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Owens

    WONDERFUL!!!!! This book was so refreshing and different from most of the YA books (stories)out there. Such amazing writing!!! Hats off to Ms. M. Leighton!! This story puts you in the middle of an underwater world gone chaotic to a world in the woods with wolves! A beautiful love story between a princess and her protector. Forbidden love and a friendship with the one you have been promised to. Decisions that will save some but at the destruction of others. A young princess tries to do whats right WONDERFUL!!!!! This book was so refreshing and different from most of the YA books (stories)out there. Such amazing writing!!! Hats off to Ms. M. Leighton!! This story puts you in the middle of an underwater world gone chaotic to a world in the woods with wolves! A beautiful love story between a princess and her protector. Forbidden love and a friendship with the one you have been promised to. Decisions that will save some but at the destruction of others. A young princess tries to do whats right, save her parents, save her entire nation, combined with struggles with her soul, her true love, and best friends. An emotional ride from page to page. This story will make you hold your breath, cry, scream out loud, and have your blood pumping...all on the same page. I truly love this book as well as I do ANYTHING from this author. At 1st I thought eh...Not my usual kind of story but I'll give it a try. WOW! SOOOOOOOO glad I did. AMAZING, REFRESHING, FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!!!!! Bravo! I cannot wait to read the next one. Her Blool of Poison series is still my all time favorite but this one....definately ranks top 5! YAY. BRAVO M. Leighton. you soooo rocked it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Mary Rose

    More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand Lives I am a terrible person. We all know I adore any and all M. Leighton books, so why it took me so long to start this series I will never know. This novella was so much fun and has me ready to dive into the rest of the series. I’ve never read a mermaid book before, but if there are others like this, I need to fix that. Madly is a fun character. The kind of character that doesn’t like to take no for an answer, has no problem breaking rules, but isn’t r More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand Lives I am a terrible person. We all know I adore any and all M. Leighton books, so why it took me so long to start this series I will never know. This novella was so much fun and has me ready to dive into the rest of the series. I’ve never read a mermaid book before, but if there are others like this, I need to fix that. Madly is a fun character. The kind of character that doesn’t like to take no for an answer, has no problem breaking rules, but isn’t reckless to the point where she makes you crazy. I definitely took a liking to her immediately. Then we have Jackson. And HELLLLOOOOOO Jackson. I can already tell that I am going to really really really like Jackson. He is just the right mix of delicious and badass… aka my kind of character. So I can’t wait for more of him. So yeah, Madly was a great novella and kicks off the series in a great way. I cannot wait to dive further into this world.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I feel ripped off! This is not a book, it's not a "novelette", its literally a fourth of a story- more like the portion of a book that you'd get as a free sample. The "end" is by no means an ending, it's not even a cliffhanger...the story just stops BEFORE the climax! Now besides the pathetic pitch to get readers to buy more of her work, the "book" was actually decent. A few characters felt flat, but overall the writing was good. I like the fact that it is about mermaids, a paranormal population I feel ripped off! This is not a book, it's not a "novelette", its literally a fourth of a story- more like the portion of a book that you'd get as a free sample. The "end" is by no means an ending, it's not even a cliffhanger...the story just stops BEFORE the climax! Now besides the pathetic pitch to get readers to buy more of her work, the "book" was actually decent. A few characters felt flat, but overall the writing was good. I like the fact that it is about mermaids, a paranormal population that is not uber popular at this time. The inclusion of well known fairy tales was cute and worked without being annoying. I was also eager to watch the relationship of the "star crossed lovers" develop. But, I will not pay for bits and pieces of the same story multiple times... So I will not purchase book two and find out where things go.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Greta

    Summary We meet Madly, her betrothed Aiden, friend Jersey, and sentinel/love interest Jackson. Atlas, her kingdom, has had its worst prisoners, the Lores, escape and now Madly has to recapture them and free her parents and sister who are being held hostage. Review A lot of the world building seems a little confused/unclear to me. This is very short, only part if a story, so I'm hoping that more will be explained in the next installments,

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    This isnt really a review because i haven't finished the book. Actually, I've barely started. Im on chapter 3? I dont even know! I gave up. I cannot read anymore. I despise everythig about this book! I dont know how it has 3-5 stars! I want to give it -5. It is intolerable! So far i hate the characters, the writing isn't very good, and the general idea is kind of weird (although i am not opposed to reading about mermaids). Just thought i'd put my opinion out there, so don't hate me for it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joana

    So this novella is the first installment of the Madly series and i got to say it got me interested to check out the rest of the books. I think it was the first time i read a mermaid story (at least that i can remember) and well, of course so far we get glimpses of the world and of the crisis is going on. Now i must add that the description of Jackson is amazing *sigh* Well, i'm just saying :D

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aydrea

    This novelette is a quick read & it definitely caught my attention! I haven't read a lot of books about mermaids, but this is going to be awesome I'm sure. Plus I really want to see what is going to happen as far as the plot & of course what will happen with Jackson. Madly & Jackson are intriguing, that's all I'm going to say :) I recommend it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)

    I purchased this ebook back in 2013 and completely forgot about it until I started making my list of books to read for the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge and I cannot believe it took me this long to read it. Not only is the cover beautiful but the story line is so full of mystery and adventure that it grips you and holds on to you until the very end. It also contains the right amount of romance and I look forward to reading more of this story!!

  31. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    3.5 stars A mermaid on the run from a werewolf. Call it a simple thought but why doesn't she just like, oh I don't know, jump in the water? Putting the lack of logic aside, this wasn't bad. Not sure if I'll read part two because I'm guessing she'll finally work out to jump in the water and it'll be problem solved. Unless of course the werewolf swims.... Hmm...

  32. 4 out of 5

    Ginger Woods

    So Sick. SO SICK of these E-books!!! If I could burn them all I WOULD! Let's get one thing straight authors PLEASE PLEASE before all of us readers gauge out our eyeballs and throw out our kindles, nooks, etc. A book believe it or not! has a beginning a middle and an end, it has an intro a problem a climax and a solution. I know crazy talk right? A book does not stop halfway through before getting to the climax to go into the next ahem "book". These authors are writing great books and I give them So Sick. SO SICK of these E-books!!! If I could burn them all I WOULD! Let's get one thing straight authors PLEASE PLEASE before all of us readers gauge out our eyeballs and throw out our kindles, nooks, etc. A book believe it or not! has a beginning a middle and an end, it has an intro a problem a climax and a solution. I know crazy talk right? A book does not stop halfway through before getting to the climax to go into the next ahem "book". These authors are writing great books and I give them props BUT stop stealing from the poor readers making us pay for what we believe to be a full length book but turns out to be one third of a book. These kinds of books are a disgrace to all of the books proudly sitting on the shelves at Barnes and noble. Now please hang your head in shame and go finish THIS BOOK put the so called second "book" with this one and regain your pride as a writer. Stop embarrassing yourself. Sooo before I go more into my rant of hatred let's review! After the first chapter I realized this book wasn't going to be that great. M. Leighton didn't go into much detail about the background. There wasn't much about where they all came from, why they were on dry land, why they were in school, how old they all really were, what they all really were. Really I feel like I was thrown into the middle of a book here. I could see right away that the main character... Made me want to kill babies. There was of course INSTA LOVE. Can't have a single e-book without it! She was a damsel in distress. Fainting all over herself acting like a complete [email protected]#* every time Jackson was around. The only reason the ONLY reason this was okay was because Jackson seemed to be a freakin babe that I'd fan girl over. Oh and the best part. THE BEST part! Was the ending, that you know didn't exist. It just stopped one third way through the story AFTER jumping into the middle of a random book. Like the author literally cut a section out of her book said it was Book One and walked away proud. -.- If you want to read a real book middle beginning and end skip this one. If you want to be disappointed like myself. Go for it.

  33. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This novella is the start to the brand-new Madly series, a mermaid series that blends threads of traditional lore with new mythology. I love mermaid-themed stories and this one was really fun. At 53 pages, it is a short read,, but it is a great introduction to the world of Madly! Fairy tales are brought into the mythology of Madly through the Eight Lores, whom humanity believes are only that... fairy tales. In reality, the Eight Lores are spirits of those fairy tale creatures who have escaped pri This novella is the start to the brand-new Madly series, a mermaid series that blends threads of traditional lore with new mythology. I love mermaid-themed stories and this one was really fun. At 53 pages, it is a short read,, but it is a great introduction to the world of Madly! Fairy tales are brought into the mythology of Madly through the Eight Lores, whom humanity believes are only that... fairy tales. In reality, the Eight Lores are spirits of those fairy tale creatures who have escaped prison to awaken their descendants. The story centers around that premise and creates a very different world than I have read before in mermaid fiction. The four main characters are Madly, her BFF Jersey, Jersey's brother Jackson, and Madly's betrothed Aidan. There are the typical teenage angst right along with the magic and fantasy of the mermaid world. Madly is a princess and she has a bit of a rebellious streak, which can be awkward when there are some rather strict rules about what she can and can't do in that capacity. All four of these characters are fantastic, each one with their own story. Some Quotastic Goodness --If I closed my eyes, I could almost feel the humid sea breeze ruffling my hair, the hot sun shining down on my face. I could almost smell the sweet hint of jasmine in the air, too (Loc. 31). --Jackson’s lips pursed as he kissed my fingertips, sending a shockwave of electricity scorching its way along my nerve ends (Loc. 396). My Recommendation: There is action, there is adventure, there is mystery, there is intrigue. And there is lots of good swooniness! I can't wait to read the next book, Madly & Wolfhardt. This review originally appeared on my blog, http://thecaffeinateddivareads.multif....

  34. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Rakes

    The beginning of this book felt rushed and hollow. I found myself, not curious about the characters, but curious if I picked up the second or third in a series. It starts with the main trio finding the dead body of a woman/mer when there had not been a death amongst them in decades. They leave the room and all is forgotten. Laughing, some gum smacking and notice a cute guy. So much for trauma or any actual concern for a woman they knew. It feels rushed, nothing is explained and solutions just p The beginning of this book felt rushed and hollow. I found myself, not curious about the characters, but curious if I picked up the second or third in a series. It starts with the main trio finding the dead body of a woman/mer when there had not been a death amongst them in decades. They leave the room and all is forgotten. Laughing, some gum smacking and notice a cute guy. So much for trauma or any actual concern for a woman they knew. It feels rushed, nothing is explained and solutions just pop up instead of feeling real. We will just use my magic bracelet that I have no idea how to use. Simple! I took a break to run some errands and when I came back the second half was much better. I guess I had forgiven the purposeful non answering of questions at the beginning. I understand that can be a tool to draw a reader in. We want answers and to know what's going on, but it was too rushed. There is some unapologetic insta-love and... you guessed it, a love triangle. Luckily they were not brothers. LOL!

  35. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Nothing much happens here; Madly is very much an introduction to the series that will follow. It doesn’t even have a story of its own. It is literally the start of the journey Madly will have to take to free her parents. I almost feel like I’m too harsh on this, because of its length, but I loved the prequel to Soul Screamers, which has the same page count. I really wanted this to be able to stand on its own as well as be the start of a series, and that’s where it failed. Madly set up the upcomin Nothing much happens here; Madly is very much an introduction to the series that will follow. It doesn’t even have a story of its own. It is literally the start of the journey Madly will have to take to free her parents. I almost feel like I’m too harsh on this, because of its length, but I loved the prequel to Soul Screamers, which has the same page count. I really wanted this to be able to stand on its own as well as be the start of a series, and that’s where it failed. Madly set up the upcoming love triangle – Aidan, Madly, Jackson – in quite an annoying way. I don’t really dislike the idea of Madly falling for Jackson, while she had always expected to fall for Aidan, but I do dislike the way that jealousy turns both these men into utter bastards. I wasn’t a big fan of the writing, either. It felt like Leighton hadn’t really decided between writing for young adults and adults and as such had a confusing mix of writing styles. I also thought her writing was superfluous at times. After sentences like: “Just like not all of us are shrimps,” I teased. “A shellfish joke? Seriously? Are you actually gonna go there?” Jersey’s expression said she was sceptical. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. The dialogue should speak for itself – does speak for itself, even. The emphasis on Jersey’s scepticism was definitely unnecessary and there are quite a few instances of this in the book (which is extra annoying in a book that’s already so short). It’s hard to get any idea of who these characters are. I feel like I should have gotten to know Madly better in this time; after all, she’s the main character and we see what happens through her eyes. But all I know about her is that she’s a mermaid, that she’s crushing on Jackson. I hardly got a feel for who she is or what she stands for, so it’s hard to say something about what I think about her. This is even more the case for the other characters, but that’s to be expected in a novelette. This teaser should have gotten me invested in Madly and it just didn’t. I did, however, like the glimpse we saw of this world. The mythology seems to be a mix of Christian influences, Roman and Greek mythology, and fairy tales. If I ever read another part of this series, it will be because the mythology intrigued me.

  36. 5 out of 5

    Angie ~aka Reading Machine~

    Madly James is a Princess and Mermaid or Mer. She keeps hoping the mating tie will occur with Aidan but all she feels for him is brotherly affection. Madly's best friend Jersey Hamilton is also her roommate. Madly's bracelet gives off a strange sensation during class which leaves her frightened and uneasy. Madly is stunned by the death of Lady Sheelah and immediately seeks out her parents. Madly receives devastating news about her family. One thing all Mer fear is the release of Lore. The Lore h Madly James is a Princess and Mermaid or Mer. She keeps hoping the mating tie will occur with Aidan but all she feels for him is brotherly affection. Madly's best friend Jersey Hamilton is also her roommate. Madly's bracelet gives off a strange sensation during class which leaves her frightened and uneasy. Madly is stunned by the death of Lady Sheelah and immediately seeks out her parents. Madly receives devastating news about her family. One thing all Mer fear is the release of Lore. The Lore have taken Madly's family hostage. The Sentinel Jackson Hamilton takes over personal guard duty. Madly is struggling to think clearly around Jackson yet there is attraction there. Can Madly rescue her family? Will the mating tie work with Aidan? Can Madly handle her attraction to Jackson? Your answers await you in Madly. I love this take on mermaids. I loved how mermaid and human culture blended together. I also appreciate the dynamic between Jackson and Madly. It's obvious that something is there but the question is will they act on it. I sure hope so.

  37. 5 out of 5

    Amy_Read to My Heart's Content

    There are so many things I loved about this novella that I feel like I may be gushing over it for a long time. For one is the cover. That is one terrific cover that I feel like fits perfectly for our description of Madly and her peculiar life. Plus the colors are my favorites too. I think that is what grabbed me right off was the colors. Then after I read the synopsis I was hooked. Madly is pretty drool worthy with the choice of heartthrobs in it. Trust me you will know who I am talking about th There are so many things I loved about this novella that I feel like I may be gushing over it for a long time. For one is the cover. That is one terrific cover that I feel like fits perfectly for our description of Madly and her peculiar life. Plus the colors are my favorites too. I think that is what grabbed me right off was the colors. Then after I read the synopsis I was hooked. Madly is pretty drool worthy with the choice of heartthrobs in it. Trust me you will know who I am talking about the minute you read it. Basically, it's a fairy tale, but with a little more "oomph" to it. Which is great for me because I have always been a sucker for a good fairy tale. It is YA but it has this spicy little thrill to it that can satisfy even us more adult readers. Another reason I really loved the book: it has mermaids and mermen in it. I haven't got into to many stories with these type of supernatural creatures because I haven't really seen a lot of books out there with mer people as the main characters. I know they are out there but these characters are not the hottest ticket right now. So the creativity of that alone was definitely fun to read. The characters are another definite plus for me. I loved their personalities, their relationships with each other; heck I even loved their names. "Jersey", "Madly", "Jackson"... and then the town even has a catchy name-"Slumber". Madly was full of action, intrigue, snarky comments that were very entertaining, and a love triangle that could prove to be interesting for the readers as well as the characters. All of that packed into a small novella that will have you drenched in sweat at the hottness of it all. Hey even if you're not a huge fan of the mer stories, there is still a lot to love with this series. You can tell Leighton went to a lot of hard work creating a diverse and unique plot that involves fairy tale characters, a magical prison in Atlantis, and adventure that pulls you in completely. I did get a little of confused on the Lore and the descendants but I am pretty sure it will get cleared up in the upcoming books. But overall, I was sucked into the story line of Madly with the promise of mystery, action and an adventure that gives us a inside look into the intense relationships of our main characters. I can't wait to get started in the next books and I expect big things from this series!

  38. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    review on www.booknerdsacrossamerica.com I love the supernatural world but I can honestly say this is the first time I have ever read a book about mermaids and M. Leighton has sucked me into this world. This is such a different story line because not only do you have mermaids but M. Leighton puts a very neat twist into the book by using all-time favorite fairy tales. This is the just a short novella to get your "feet wet" in the life of Madly James, Princess of Atlas. It takes you into this world review on www.booknerdsacrossamerica.com I love the supernatural world but I can honestly say this is the first time I have ever read a book about mermaids and M. Leighton has sucked me into this world. This is such a different story line because not only do you have mermaids but M. Leighton puts a very neat twist into the book by using all-time favorite fairy tales. This is the just a short novella to get your "feet wet" in the life of Madly James, Princess of Atlas. It takes you into this world very quickly. We learn that 8 Lore, which are the evil spirits and also part of the fairy tales have escaped and Atlas has been capture. Madly, Aiden (her intended husband) and Jersey (her best friend) are currently going school on the dry land. When Madly figures out is going on she heads to the headquarters to figure out what is going on. It is there that she meets up with Jackson, who will now be her bodyguard, and the man that she loves. The problem is that they cannot be together. On top of that, Madly's main problem is that she is the only that can save Atlas. Plus, there is a traitor. Let's not forget she has to capture the Lore, too! This was a very quick read! But it leaves you wanting more.

  39. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    I wasn't really impressed with this book, to be honest. I was originally quite shocked by how short it was, but was prepared to give it a chance nonetheless. Spoilers beyond! (view spoiler)[ For some foggy reason I have been really digging the idea of mermaid books lately, but I am new to the genre and have no idea where to start. I happened to be browsing the free downloads section on my Kobo late last night, and found this - it's free and if anything, it only costs me some time, so it couldn't hu I wasn't really impressed with this book, to be honest. I was originally quite shocked by how short it was, but was prepared to give it a chance nonetheless. Spoilers beyond! (view spoiler)[ For some foggy reason I have been really digging the idea of mermaid books lately, but I am new to the genre and have no idea where to start. I happened to be browsing the free downloads section on my Kobo late last night, and found this - it's free and if anything, it only costs me some time, so it couldn't hurt to give it a chance. I'm pretty wary of the free books, as the quality can be a little less-than-spectacular - however, the actual mechanical quality of the writing was really quite good, I couldn't find all that much fault with it. I don't recall running across a single mistake, and it really made me happy to see an author with a free book that was written so well. So huge props for that! I'm not gonna lie though, most of my notes about this were indeed what I considered to be faults: I grew very disdainful of Madly as soon as a) I found out her name, and b) found out she has 'waist-long blonde hair'. The protagonists in way too many stories of all genres are white and blonde (although I don't actually recall if her skin was mentioned at all, so I suppose it's not all that fair for me to assume), and frankly I'm quite sick of seeing it. Why not make her fun? Why not make her have short, half-shaved hair, the remainder of it dyed green? Why not make her more alternative? Do all princesses need to be so white and blonde and 'perfect', especially in a modern-based setting? No, they don't. It is not particularly pleasant for me to read about. It makes no sense for her scales to cover so much of her body when she transforms. It seriously doesn't. What's the point of having boobs if they're not there for a reason? If her scales cover them, how are they supposed to be used? Nudity is not offensive, and when handled right in YA books is not presented as such and, in my opinion, should not be avoided or skirted around. It would be enormously refreshing to see more YA books that took less of a prude-ish approach to this sort of thing. The characters came off to me as unfortunately pointless. The story was too short and moved far too quickly for me to ever form any sort of attachment to them, and little was done to present them as unique and interesting. By the end of the book, all I was left with were these wobbly, baseless and generally unappealing personalities. Aidan was vapid and bland, and that one remark he made in class ('Ooo, is that a threat? 'Cause, you know, nothing turns me on more than a girl with an attitude.') made me want him to die in a fire. Jersey strikes me as whiny, air-headed and not all that smart, simply because there really wasn't anything that showed up to counter that. Jackson was a straight-up arrogant dick and I can't understand why any self-respecting girl could end up liking him. Madly had very little character, and more than once liked pulling the 'but I'm a princess' card when she didn't get what she wanted. She was far too comfortable letting Jackson do everything for her and she seemed entirely unable or unwilling to stand on her own two feet. I couldn't understand at all why she seemingly was leading Aidan on as well, despite being extremely aware that she didn't have feelings for him. She was also as blind as balls for Jackson's feelings, wow. A lot of the story and world-building made absolutely no sense to me. For starters, this is about mermaids, yet we only see mer-ness once in the story, and it doesn't last for very long. Why make a story about mer-folk and yet have them be normal people for essentially all of the story? Magic was also involved - this could just as well have been about witches, fae folk, demons, angels...you see where I'm getting with this. I wasn't feeling the mer aspect to the story, and that was a damn shame. Also, the concept that they needed to go up on dry land for...whatever reasons entirely escaped me. They apparently completed something like a college level of education before surfacing and going back to school because...? The descendants were absolutely not explained either, though I assumed they would be touched upon in the sequel. Are they normal humans? Do they know about the mer around them? Why are they in Slumber if Slumber is hidden from humans? Am I missing a bunch of stuff here? Not to mention that mysterious voice that popped up into Madly's head while she was listening to her iPod. (I cannot get past that, I'm sorry. I just bloody can't) Don't just chuck that out there if it's not going to be extrapolated. Basically, this story moved far, far too damn quickly for me to ease into it. The characters were given no time at all to breathe and let us know them, and as such I cared not a jot for the lot of them. There was no hook at all in this book, nothing at all to grab my attention. The promise of interesting antagonists also fell flat; there was nothing to compare these bad cats to, and even if the main three had sat down together and discussed their worries about the situation, we would've understood the antagonists a hell of a lot more, and the protagonists would have had some precious time to develop. All in all, I have to give this a solid two stars because the technical side of the writing really was quite good. Could it have been better? Absolutely, but it was way better than what I was expecting. The major failing of this book was indeed with the creative side and although it had potential, it wasn't up to scratch. (hide spoiler)]

  40. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Before sitting down to 'Madly' book #1 in the aptly named Madly series by M. Leighton I'd absolutely no idea what it was about but a friend recommended it, and, if you've been around these parts for any length of time, I'll read just about anything that someone throws in my general direction. This title about Madly James and her world steeped in fairy tale lore is no exception. At first, two things struck me. The cover being the first. Now I know what you're thinking - this is a book review, not Before sitting down to 'Madly' book #1 in the aptly named Madly series by M. Leighton I'd absolutely no idea what it was about but a friend recommended it, and, if you've been around these parts for any length of time, I'll read just about anything that someone throws in my general direction. This title about Madly James and her world steeped in fairy tale lore is no exception. At first, two things struck me. The cover being the first. Now I know what you're thinking - this is a book review, not a cover review. Don't worry, I'm not an artist or outragouesly talented marketer so I won't spend too long on it - but the cover turned me off. Too me it looked cheap, more like a manga cover than any serious fiction I'd ever picked up. The second was how short it was. Only one hundred pages? I thought - well, if I didn't like it than at least it would be an extremely short term commitment. While I still pretty much hate the cover art, this is a good lesson in putting covers aside and reading the material before passing judgement. Even more impressive was that I got to the last page of this fast paced introductory novella in just under an hour and was disappointed that I'd need to get my hands on the next volume to keep going. Will I pick up Madly & Wolfhardt (Madly, #2)? Most likely, equally terrible cover and all. Should you pick up 'Madly'? Well - if you've burned yourself out on young adult fantasy romance then I'd probably steer clear for now. But if you can get past the cover and want to read something in this genre that isn't about vampires or werewolves you've got the green light - just do yourself a favor and make sure to have book two queued up and ready to go! For more reviews like this one, visit the blog, To The Point!

  41. 5 out of 5

    Laura Crosse

    This was free to download on my kobo so I said I might as well give it a try. I'm always intrigued by stories involving mermaids and the like so this was right up that street. Its kind of a genre that hasn't been abused or over used yet anyway. It was an interesting enough storyline with Madly, the main character, being a mermaid princess and her family getting held hostage in the underwater city while she was attending human school on land. I liked the whole aspect that they can live both on la This was free to download on my kobo so I said I might as well give it a try. I'm always intrigued by stories involving mermaids and the like so this was right up that street. Its kind of a genre that hasn't been abused or over used yet anyway. It was an interesting enough storyline with Madly, the main character, being a mermaid princess and her family getting held hostage in the underwater city while she was attending human school on land. I liked the whole aspect that they can live both on land and under water. Of course there was the obligatory love triangle between Madly, her soon-to-be fiance Aiden and her bodyguard/Sentinel Jackson. Her and Aiden have some kind of arranged marriage thing going on which the author didn't go too deep into in this instalment but from what I can tell they should develop some love tie when they reach a certain age or stage in their lives. However it seems that Madly may be developing this love tie with Jackson instead something which seems to be forbidden in merpeople world. Aiden is a simpering fool and Jackson is the tough-as-nails army dude so there's no real competition which is a pity. Maybe we'll see Aiden develop into someone a bit more appealing in following books. This was a nice little freebie which is always a good thing. I enjoyed the storyline and I think I probably will buy the next few instalments and see where the story goes!

  42. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Ika

    Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is. Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must l Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is. Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both? Summary “I love Ms Leighton's writing style. After reading Down To You and as I already had this on my TBR list, I thought I would start this series. I realise now I should have started this a long time ago. Even though this is a novelette, it still gives the reader an introduction into the life of Madly, a nearly eighteen year old that is a princess. Madly is attending school, has friends and does all the normal things, only she isn't normal, she is a mermaid. During class, Madly feels pain, it doesn't make sense and she is goes to seek her parents and find out what is going on. Madly finds out that her parents are being held hostage. A sentinel, Jackson, is assigned to protect Madly. He has known Madly since childhood and they seem drawn to each other, but don't want to acknowledge their feelings. The tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife, but this is only because Madly is betrothed to another. Characters Madly James: Princess of the underwater world of Atlas, a Mer Jackson Hamilton: Jersey's brother, who Madly secretly loves, a Sentinel Aidan: One of Madly's best friends, who she is to be betrothed to Jersey Hamilton: Madly's best friend Jessup Ulrich Wolfhardt Lady Sheelah Mr. Laraby Mrs. Kinkaid Reading Level: Young Adults Rating : 3 star

  43. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This booklet introduces Madly as the teen princess of Atlas, her bff Jersey, her fiance-to-be Aiden, and Jersey's brother Jackson, a sentinel who's been Madly's crush for the longest time. She desperately tries to quell the attraction she feels for him because in the Mer culture (oh yes, it's a mermaid tale!) she can only be with a royal-- and that's Aiden. But this isn't the top of Madly's troubles. While in the human school in Slumber, Atlas was set on lockdown after the escape of some prisone This booklet introduces Madly as the teen princess of Atlas, her bff Jersey, her fiance-to-be Aiden, and Jersey's brother Jackson, a sentinel who's been Madly's crush for the longest time. She desperately tries to quell the attraction she feels for him because in the Mer culture (oh yes, it's a mermaid tale!) she can only be with a royal-- and that's Aiden. But this isn't the top of Madly's troubles. While in the human school in Slumber, Atlas was set on lockdown after the escape of some prisoners--spirits of bad guys from fairy tales known as the Lore. They are very real, after all. Worst of the news, Madly's royal family was taken hostage, and the possibility of a royal traitor is not far-fetched. Atlas' protective shield during a lockdown can only be opened by a princess, and Madly's it. With no experience on working her magic, Madly speeds up her learning to save her family, the Mer folk, and the human world that is also under threat of the Lore's escape. And the best of the Sentinel, Jackson, is assigned to personally ensure that Madly succeeds. This is a very easy read. The entertainment factor is high, so I guess it's effective in giving you an appetizing taste of what's in the next book. However, maybe due to its brevity, the story lacks the careful world-building and character development, and it feels so incomplete! At this point, the only character I really appreciate is Jackson' sister, Jersey, nothing so special with the rest. Hopefully, this story and its characters would flesh out some more in Madly and Wolfhardt.

  44. 5 out of 5

    Pei

    Madly is a bit... mad. I read this book because of the pretty cover, and it's only 50+ pages, so what's to lose? However, through the whole book, I keep thinking that this is the sort of book I would probably have enjoyed a lot more when I was 12 and reading Sweet Valley High. It was very high-school-ish and Madly's priorities are all very high-school-girl-ish (for example, mooning over a hot guy and getting all out of sorts despite the fact that (view spoiler)[all of her family is held hostage i Madly is a bit... mad. I read this book because of the pretty cover, and it's only 50+ pages, so what's to lose? However, through the whole book, I keep thinking that this is the sort of book I would probably have enjoyed a lot more when I was 12 and reading Sweet Valley High. It was very high-school-ish and Madly's priorities are all very high-school-girl-ish (for example, mooning over a hot guy and getting all out of sorts despite the fact that (view spoiler)[all of her family is held hostage in their underwater home Atlas and no one can get in or out of it (hide spoiler)] ). Seeing through my eyes now, however, makes me feel that Madly is selfish, selfish and all-knowing in a way that only a teenager can be. As I'm not the target audience, I'm being generous with the star rating. I do honestly think a teenage girl would like it. We've got a slightly ditzy protagonist, a BFF roomie who is ditzier than the protagonist, a tall strong hot guy living next door, forbidden (insta-)love, betrayal, responsibility in a crisis, etc (it totally sounds like SVH/SVU, right? Except there are mermaids and weird names), and the Chosen One (to save Atlas)! To "Truly" (lolololol I made a pun on a book character name and it's so funny omg) enjoy this book and its sequel Madly and Wolfhardt, return to (or turn into) your 12-year-old girl self and you will LOVE it!

  45. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Madly goes to a human school with her merfolk friends, Jersey and Aidan. In nine months, Madly believes she and Aidan will get their mating tie, since all mates get theirs around then. She’s in class when all of the sudden she feels immense pain. On further investigation, she finds Lady Sheelah, her residence advisor and handler, has been killed. Jackson, a highly-trained Sentinel and Jersey’s brother, is quickly on the scene and berates Aidan for not protecting Madly better. Madly finds out that Madly goes to a human school with her merfolk friends, Jersey and Aidan. In nine months, Madly believes she and Aidan will get their mating tie, since all mates get theirs around then. She’s in class when all of the sudden she feels immense pain. On further investigation, she finds Lady Sheelah, her residence advisor and handler, has been killed. Jackson, a highly-trained Sentinel and Jersey’s brother, is quickly on the scene and berates Aidan for not protecting Madly better. Madly finds out that there are several prisoners that have escaped. I’ve had this downloaded for a while but hadn’t gotten around to read it. I should definitely have started this one sooner, especially since it’s only around 50 pages. I love reading about mermaids and this is definitely no exception. I loved the chemistry between Madly and Jackson, but I do feel bad for Aidan. Aidan seems really sweet, but there’s probably going to be no chance with Madly. This definitely makes me want to get the next book!

  46. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    This is a short story (novelette) but it is filled with so much story, and by the end, you will know so much about Madly, her role as a Princess; her betrothed who is actually sorta like a brother to her (uh oh); a possible crush that is not her betrothed (double ohs), whose a sentinel that can be seen as someone forbidden to even crush on. In addition, this is an introduction to the characters; we understand what they are, and how they connect to the human world. We read about a huge problem th This is a short story (novelette) but it is filled with so much story, and by the end, you will know so much about Madly, her role as a Princess; her betrothed who is actually sorta like a brother to her (uh oh); a possible crush that is not her betrothed (double ohs), whose a sentinel that can be seen as someone forbidden to even crush on. In addition, this is an introduction to the characters; we understand what they are, and how they connect to the human world. We read about a huge problem that only Madly could really fix, and boy it's not easy! This already seems like a very interesting concept filled with different types of beings: Merpeople, Sentinels, Seers...oh my! I have to say, that I have not read many stories with Mermaids, menfolk characters, but this was pretty cool! We are also given a glimpse of what the next story might be about, and it for sure sounds goood! This is my first time reading M. Leighton's work and I'm excited to be reading more!

  47. 5 out of 5

    Nancy (The Avid Reader)

    The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I got this book as a free download from Amazon. Madly James is a mermaid who attends a human high school with her best friend Jersey and Aidan the guy she believes she is to be mated with. Madly has loved Jackson for as long as she can remember. Jackson is a sentinel who has been assigned to watch over Madly because she is the princess of Atlas. Eight Lore, spirits that humans believe are only fairy tales has escaped from prison to awaken t The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I got this book as a free download from Amazon. Madly James is a mermaid who attends a human high school with her best friend Jersey and Aidan the guy she believes she is to be mated with. Madly has loved Jackson for as long as she can remember. Jackson is a sentinel who has been assigned to watch over Madly because she is the princess of Atlas. Eight Lore, spirits that humans believe are only fairy tales has escaped from prison to awaken their descendants. Madly's parents and sister has been taken hostage. Madly with the help of Jackson, Aidan and Jersey must use all of her powers to capture the Lore and save her family and all of humanity before it is to late. This is the second book by M. Leighton and it is also the second book about merfolk that I have read. Madly is an introduction to the second book of the Madly series of all the characters. M. Leighton is an amazing writer she keeps you hanging in there wanting more and more of the story. Wanting to know more about Madly and Jackson. Will they find a way to be together even if the law says that they can never mate?

  48. 5 out of 5

    Shaheen

    I very much enjoyed this short introduction to the wonderful mer-world that M. Leighton has invented. In this novella we are introduced to Madly, the mer-princess, and her best friends Jersey and Aidan (her intended husband), and to Jersey's elder brother Jackson (Madly's childhood crush). When a traitor from the royal family sets free eight of the Lore - figures from our fairy tales - Madly is the only one available who can capture and re-imprison them. I loved the cool powers that Madly has, an I very much enjoyed this short introduction to the wonderful mer-world that M. Leighton has invented. In this novella we are introduced to Madly, the mer-princess, and her best friends Jersey and Aidan (her intended husband), and to Jersey's elder brother Jackson (Madly's childhood crush). When a traitor from the royal family sets free eight of the Lore - figures from our fairy tales - Madly is the only one available who can capture and re-imprison them. I loved the cool powers that Madly has, and that she is a strong person that thinks through her decisions and puts herself before others. She has a lot of emotional drama to get through but she shuts it all off when it comes to saving her parents and her people from the evil that threatens them. This novella is currently free across all platforms! A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic .

  49. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Ehlers

    Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters http://www.paranormalsisters.blogspot... I'm completely unsatisfied with this. But after some research I now see why. Yes, this says this is the first book in the series but I feel like this is just really a little taste of the book, Madly & Wolfhardt which is book 2, as this short cuts off right when they get into the action. So I believe it'll leave you disappointed like I was. I was hoping for an awesome short that'll bring me out of this reading funk Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters http://www.paranormalsisters.blogspot... I'm completely unsatisfied with this. But after some research I now see why. Yes, this says this is the first book in the series but I feel like this is just really a little taste of the book, Madly & Wolfhardt which is book 2, as this short cuts off right when they get into the action. So I believe it'll leave you disappointed like I was. I was hoping for an awesome short that'll bring me out of this reading funk but it didn't. Instead I'm sadden and wish for the whole story of Madly as I know this can't be all of it I did enjoy the plot line and it definitely needed to be longer, which is why the author should have given us all of the story for Madly. Actually I feel like this was a prequel. Yes, if you look at it like a prequel then you might be more satisfied. Though even then I feel like some areas needed a bit more detail, like in the beginning on Madly seeing that a friend was in danger. I really wanted to see what she saw. Overall, I don't really know how to review this as I feel like we weren't allowed a whole lot with this short. Or I feel like the author miss titled this, it doesn't really feel like book one. The second book feels more like the first one but as a novella. Which after reading this, I felt like she should have put book one and two together and I see now she has. So instead of getting this freebie one, get Madly & Wolfhardt to be more satisfied with this fun storyline. 2 1/2 hearts

  50. 4 out of 5

    Camille Picott

    The Writer's View: a unique approach to book blogging. For more reviews, visit www.camillepicott.com Some of you guys may have figured out I am a sucker for covers . . . I have a funny habit of buying a book just because I like the cover. I am a walking cliche, apparently. When I saw the cover of Madly over at The Bookish Babe, I HAD to have it. I went straight to my Nook and bought it. :) Overall, the first story in this series is cute. As a novelette, it functions to introduce readers to the mai The Writer's View: a unique approach to book blogging. For more reviews, visit www.camillepicott.com Some of you guys may have figured out I am a sucker for covers . . . I have a funny habit of buying a book just because I like the cover. I am a walking cliche, apparently. When I saw the cover of Madly over at The Bookish Babe, I HAD to have it. I went straight to my Nook and bought it. :) Overall, the first story in this series is cute. As a novelette, it functions to introduce readers to the main characters and the main premise of the series. In this, it functioned very well. The four main characters (Madly, Aiden, Jackson, and Jersey) are all introduced. Each has his/her own personality that really comes through in the writing. The story is very fast-paced. There is just enough plot and great characterization that made me want to to read the next installment, which is a full novel. I like the idea of making a small investment in time and money in a novelette to see if I want to read more. I think it was a great idea and I just might try it someday with one of my own WIPs. My biggest nit is that the worldbuilding was very complex for such a short piece. I've started the next in the series with the hope that the worldbuilding will become more clear. A Fish Out of Water My biggest disappointment is that this story, which stars four Mer people, takes place entirely on land. I was so bummed. I wanted to travel under the water and experience what it was like to live in that environment. I wanted to see great underwater cities and understand how they operate. I wanted to expereince a culture that was derived from living on the sea. For me, there was a certain expectation in going into a mermaid story, and that expectation was not met. Rather, the Mer characters really felt like normal human teens. They have iPods. They use phrases like "Ohmigod!" I felt like I was in a modern high school with modern teens. What do you guys think about this? If you read a story about a mermaid, do you want / expect it to take place in the water, or at least to get exposed to a culture or world that revolves around water? This could be extended to all stories and the implicit or explicit promises made to readers. If you tell me a story is a romantic dystopia, don't try to feed me an X-men rip off (*cough* Shatter Me *cough*). In all fairness, nothing in the premise hints that this story takes place in the water. This was just my own silly expectation that I established before reading the book. Despite my self-induced disappointment, I did enjoy the story and immediately download the next installment.

  51. 5 out of 5

    Buffy Kennedy

    I thought this sounded like a good adventure and love story, so I gave it a shot, not really knowing what to expect. I 19m so glad I did! It 19s a novella, meant to just give you a quick introduction into the world of Madly, and the efficiency with which that 19s done is spot on. We meet characters and learn a bit about them, we get a taste of the world, and we get a good feel about the current state of the characters in that world. Then we that all important conflict. The biggest part we learn I thought this sounded like a good adventure and love story, so I gave it a shot, not really knowing what to expect. I 19m so glad I did! It 19s a novella, meant to just give you a quick introduction into the world of Madly, and the efficiency with which that 19s done is spot on. We meet characters and learn a bit about them, we get a taste of the world, and we get a good feel about the current state of the characters in that world. Then we that all important conflict. The biggest part we learn is where Madly 19s mind and heart are at, what the conflict will mean for Madly, and just the kind of toll it 19ll take on her. A wonderful introduction to Madly 19s exciting and magical world, that absolutely leaves you wanting to learn more about her environment and her life. I absolutely recommend this story to any YA urban fantasy fan.

  52. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Ardoin

    I feel like this was too short to properly review. :) At only 41 pages, this novella is a nice little opener to the Madly series. Within it, we meet Madly and her two best friends, Jersey and Aidan. All are merfolk, and tasked with keeping humans safe from the mythological creatures known as Lore. But Madly is informed that some of the imprisoned Lore have broken free, and not only has her family been taken hostage, but she is the only one that has any hope of making things right again. At her side I feel like this was too short to properly review. :) At only 41 pages, this novella is a nice little opener to the Madly series. Within it, we meet Madly and her two best friends, Jersey and Aidan. All are merfolk, and tasked with keeping humans safe from the mythological creatures known as Lore. But Madly is informed that some of the imprisoned Lore have broken free, and not only has her family been taken hostage, but she is the only one that has any hope of making things right again. At her side is the Sentinel Jackson, who is Jersey's older brother and Madly's longtime crush. Thought Madly is betrothed to Aidan, she feels an inexplicable pull toward Jackson--which could be very bad for the both of them, and a distraction to a girl who's trying to save two races of people. This novella made me primed to continue with the series!

  53. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    The has to be one of the best independent books I have read. Not only was it free of errors (at I didn't notice any), but the story was so original. This time we are introduced to the world of mermaids who can intern on dry land. Madly, our princess, is currently interning and posing as a high school student. When 8 Lore escape prison, it's up to her and her sentinel bodyguard to get them back. The Lore are the villains from fairy tales, though to the mermaid world they are real, but to humans, The has to be one of the best independent books I have read. Not only was it free of errors (at I didn't notice any), but the story was so original. This time we are introduced to the world of mermaids who can intern on dry land. Madly, our princess, is currently interning and posing as a high school student. When 8 Lore escape prison, it's up to her and her sentinel bodyguard to get them back. The Lore are the villains from fairy tales, though to the mermaid world they are real, but to humans, it's just kid stories. Now these villains are out and the first is Wolfhardt, the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, off to Red's descendant. Plus, the romantic tension between Madly and the sentinel, Jackson is great. She can only be with royalty and he is considered beneath her, but their attraction has other plans. Great story! Can't wait to continue on!

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