Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: Madly and the Jackal (Madly, #3)

Title: Madly and the Jackal 
Series: Madly, #3
Author: M. Leighton
Category: Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges. 

Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart. 

Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?

My Review:

Yup that pretty much sums up my review and my feelings on this book :)

I just really, really loved it!
Okay, I loved it basically 'cause of the romance factor.
*just had a total girl moment*

This book was
Different, emotional, endearing and satisfying.

It will always hold a special little place in my heart.
With its quirky characters and  unique story line.
Even though I loved the book, a lot.
It was a bit too fast-paced at times, I felt rushed at points.
The best factor, in my book, is there are no love triangles!
I absolutely hate, and despise love triangles.
Some books are an exception, but I don't normally enjoy them...
They make me want to poke a piece of white hot metal in my eye.

M. Leighton can make some interesting characters, too.
The characters were strong, despite the situations they were thrown it.
Especially Madly, even in the most dire situations, she fought and didn't give up. 
Even when she didn't have anyone to help her.
And the villains in the story,
Leighton's version of Jackal and Hyde,
I loved that new spin she put on the story.
I love the mix of original fairy tales and mythology in this book!
It brings a new perspective in play.
Got me thinking.

Now, for the characters
Madly kept fighting no matter what. 
I knew I liked this character for a reason.
She kept her head when she felt like she was losing so much.
She's like this super-hero mermaid with a cape and a tagline! 
And she keeps her priorities straight.
She kept a balance between her head and her heart.

Jersey, god, I wish she was my friend :)
And that bike bell!
She is kind of the comic relief from the intense parts of the book.
And she did amazing.
I just really adore her character and her spunky attitude.
Don't forget her love for her friends either!

Then Aiden, the confidant of Jersey and Madly.
Yeah, he's the more level headed of the group.
And I'm so happy he found someone.
Yet, even though bad things keep happening to Killina.
Felt sorry for them two.
He's there to keep his friends grounded.

(drools on myself)
He is a strong character.
Even with his love for Madly, he knows she can stand on her own two feet.
I love when the male character is like that to the female character.
And when certian situations arise within the book, he still protected her.
And he knew she could face whatever challenge in the end.
Plus, he's sexy.

(You have been warned, reading about Jackson may make one feel varieties of warm tingling sensations, hot flashes and random sweating. A yearning my occur to have this fictional character to be made real)
*Hot and steamy baby(slow sexy wink)*
Now when reading those pleasant scenes with Madly and Jackson
Side effects my vary.
I was having major teenage girl moments.
swooning and aw-ing and all that baby!!
I loved it.
Then the twist in the story, that was, uh, wow.
I was in such a turmoil when Jackson started acting "different"

It killed me, I was very mad at him
I felt so sorry for Madly, yet she kept fighting.
Another reason why I loved her.
I was gripping my nook tightly in my hands because of all the twists and turns in this book!

I need the fourth book!

I loved that everything was resolved for the characters in the end, but yet also left hanging ( I don’t want to spoil anything J)
Madly and the Jackal was  written to keep the attention of the readers and it will suck you in.
I’ve gotten really wrapped up in the Madly series.
It captured me, and nothing else mattered until I had read every last word.
I devoured and consumed this book.
Even with the little things I didn’t like, it feeling a bit rushed and I could see where some things where heading, I will continue to read the Madly series!

Madly & the Jackal kept me wanting more. 
I was happy with the ending, yet it left the reader with some questions.
I definitely recommend this book if you want a fun, original paranormal romance.


  1. I have to get to this series soon, but something else always gets in the way. But after your review, I may have to bump them up my list. Great review.

    BTW thanks for distracting me from studying with this review- cause I really didnt want to sutdy at all. =]

    1. I really love this series so you definitely have to check it out! :)
      I feel like you will really enjoy it!!

      I'm always happy to help :)


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