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Madly (Madly #1)

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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,452 ratings  ·  284 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 53 pages
Published November 7th 2011 by M. Leighton Books (first published June 1st 2011)
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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 ...more
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
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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
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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.
Lisa
4 Stars

Madly was a quick and fun read. Essentially, this is a shortish novella Leighton uses to introduce us to Madly and her mer world. I loved the unique world Leighton exposes us to and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I'm not sure how mermaids and werewolves will tie in together but kudos to Ms. Leighton for originality!
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. ...more
Danielle

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
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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 ...more
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!
Sans
That may have been the longest it's ever taken me to read 30-ish pages. I shall now drop this book. Thusly.
Alexa
Nov 29, 2011 Alexa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout

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
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Angela  M
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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
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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
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Katie_la_geek
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Teresa Mary Rose
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Dec 29, 2011 Donna {Book Passion for Life} rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jennifer L Armentrouts
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
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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
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AH
Madly is a mermaid princess living on land and attending school. She is living the life of your average teenager when suddenly she feels that something was wrong. The Lore have escaped and her parents and younger sister are being held hostage.

This is a nice start to a series. It's a short book and a pretty quick read. I enjoyed the mermaid lore and the tension between Madly and Jackson was kind of fun. My only criticism is that this book ended rather abruptly, so I guess I'll be looking for the
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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
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Lorenzo
My one problem with Madly was that it ended before any action began. To contribute to this already under-developed book, the romances were very much like Matched (in that, a boy and girl character are essentially chosen to be partners in life but the girl character falls in love with another mysterious dude) except with magical mermaids.

Madly is your average magical, rich, spoiled, lustful, shape-shifting, bracelet-bearing, royal mermaid princess. I found her to be annoying, cocky, and self-impo
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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
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