Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: Madly (Madly, #1 & 2) by M. Leighton

Title: Madly
Series: Madly, #1 & 2
Author: M. Leighton
Category: Fantasy/Romance
Genre: New Adult 
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.

My Review:

A short sweet novelette, a great introduction to the story, the plot and especially the characters.
Even though it was fast paced, I didn’t get the feeling of being rushed. It flowed nicely in my opinion and it definitely captured my curiosity.

It was written beautifully. 
Short and to the point. 
Getting you geared up for the next Madly book. 
And boy, am I geared up for it! As soon as I finished the novelette, I got M. Leighton’s next book Madly & the Wolfhartd (the second book). 
I stayed up till 3a.m. just to consume as much as I could. And ,well, to consume me some Jackson *cough cough* I mean the story. :)
And who would of believed that a mix of fairy tales and mythology could mix seamlessly. Mermaids and werewolves?? Remarkable.

Like a melting pot, blending together smoothly and beautifully. 
To create such a mix, to form a story like no other, to bring the reader into a world all of its own, simply amazing and wonderful.

Now for the main heroine, Madly, a mermaid princess.
I like this character.
 She's  bit stubborn, but what good heroine with a backbone isn’t. She’s feisty and she doesn’t sit around and wait for shit to happen, she makes things happen. If she has to step up, especially out of her comfort zone, to help someone she will. Without a backwards glance.
 She appears strong, in mind and in spirit. That’s the kind of heroines I like reading about. That’s the kind of woman I like and the kind I would be like. No sitting up in the tower waiting, no, donning her armor and preparing to fight with everyone else.

Now Jackson,
A swoon worthy male. 
*heh heh*
He seems a bit moody, at first.
But maybe it’s just me, but he seems confused with his emotions for Madly or he simply wants to deny his feelings for her. 
But under his hard exterior, he is a lovable, fun and admirable guy. 
One that makes all the girls sigh. :)
And his love for his sister is adorable.
He is strong and fights for what he believes in.
Does what he believes is right.
And he knows Madly is strong.
They don't stand with Jackson in front and Madly behind him, oh no, they stand side-by-side.
I love the fact that both Jackson and Madly just piss each other off just to get under the other’s skin. 
I believe that is the main reason they are drawn to each other.

Their passion is hot and fiery. 
An active volcano. 
One that is about to erupt and one that will never die, just consume.  
At first, I was feeling like there attraction was forced, but I was proven wrong as I delved deeper into the story. 
Now, forbidden love, *sigh*  Madly being a princess and Jackson just a warrior, a Sentinel whose job is to only  protect Altas, their underwater world, and the princess. 
They are forbidden to love. 
*cue sighs and heart-warming moments now*
But they have loved each other for years, since their youth. 
And forbidden love won’t stop them.
This is a good forbidden love story, one with a strong heroine and a hero who protects the princess, but also knows she can fend for herself, too. That is a great strength for a story, and it shows.
It took my breath away.
Their love will shine through, their attraction will draw you in, and their heart-warming moments to their fighting, will just leave you begging for more.

Now, let’s not forget the two side-kicks, Jersey and Aiden. 
Madly’s two best friends and partners-in-crime.

Jersey, the spunky, short, best friend with a nervous gum habit. 
Always there for Madly and to be the best partner-in-crime a friend could ask for. Always ready to get in trouble with Madly. When one wants to do something against the rules, just ask for Jersey, she will be by your side in a heartbeat, mostly likely with the biggest smile, too.

Then there is Aiden, the guy Madly is supposed to “marry” however, she only sees him as a big brother of sorts. Though I have a feeling, and you get a glimpse of it. He has more than a friendship feeling for her.
He loves her.
But up against Jackson, well, Aiden is just a wimp.
A little man-boy. 
Not my kind of guy...
But he does have his good points, too.
He truly cares for Madly.
And he is a good friend. Always there for both Madly and Jersey.
Madly and Jersey's conscience, always there to let them know, 'this might not be a good idea.'

I am so glad that I picked up this book, at first I wasn’t too sure, but overall an amazing and engaging read.
Now I’m reading  Wolfhardt book 2, and I am loving it so far.
The story is intense, filled with action and the characters must face danger, to save not only the ones they love, but their world under the water.  I really enjoyed the world M. Leighton created, especially her characters.

This is definitely a tale of romance and adventure. I feel those who are fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout will love M. Leighton (especially ‘cause of the swoon worth males*wink wink*) because of the mix of mythology with the modern world.
The strong females.
And what isn't a great story without some hunky, drop dead gorgeous males.

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