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Madly (Madly #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  2,715 Ratings  ·  291 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
Kindle Edition, 53 pages
Published November 7th 2011 by M. Leighton Books (first published June 1st 2011)
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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
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
Shelly Crane
Oct 02, 2011 Shelly Crane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 20, 2013 Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2013
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.

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
Aug 29, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, blog-tours
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
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
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!
That may have been the longest it's ever taken me to read 30-ish pages. I shall now drop this book. Thusly.
Angela  M
Sep 30, 2012 Angela M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 29, 2011 Alexa rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 26, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Laura Greenwood
Nov 18, 2014 Laura Greenwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: august-2013, 2013
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
Nov 29, 2012 Majuchan rated it it was ok
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
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Dec 29, 2011 Donna {Book Passion for Life} rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Jul 05, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Misty Provencher
Sep 09, 2012 Misty Provencher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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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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
Tammy Owens
Sep 05, 2011 Tammy Owens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Teresa Mary Rose
Jul 19, 2014 Teresa Mary Rose rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 10, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.

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,
Dec 22, 2012 Dani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jul 16, 2011 Aydrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
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!
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels ...more
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