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Madly & Wolfhardt (Madly #1 & 2)

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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, 266 pages
Published July 22nd 2011 by M. Leighton Books (first published July 12th 2011)
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Mermaids? Really? This is not a topic that I would ever consciously seek out when choosing a paranormal romance. In fact, the first thought that pops into my head when I think of mermaids is a band of merry crustaceans playing the xylophone and singing, "The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake." But I really enjoyed M. Leighton's "For the Love of a Vampire" series, so I was willing to give this book a try. All I can say is "Wow!" I loved it. Mermaids, Little Red Riding Hood, werewo ...more
Courtney Cole
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am trying very hard to think of words to describe M. Leighton's latest novel, Madly and Wolfhardt. Creative... ethereal... intoxicating... fascinating... all of these words apply.

I can honestly tell you that in a literary world where everything has been done before in one way or another, THIS story has never been done. Mermaids, fairy-tales, werewolves... oh my! And on the surface, it doesn't sound as if those things should go together.

But, with her incredibly adept writing skill, M. Leighto
Amber J.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA; Paranormal Romance
Recommended to Amber J. by: Addison Moore
okay, I'm not sure where to start, because I really DO love the book, but I can't give it 5 stars because I DON'T like the ending =(

I DO love the character Jackson -- he's smart, strong, fearless, loving, loyal, and handsome -- definitely everything you want in a male lead character

sidenote: I want to apologize to Gale (The Hunger Games), Four (Divergent), and Gage & Logan (Burn) because JACKSON has officially taken the #1 spot and knocked you all down a notch lol

I DO like the overall theme
Alexandria Nicole
I DEVOURED this book! I absolutely loved it. Although I've never read a story about mermaids before, this story seemed completely original to me. Leighton incorporated fair tales into this story in a great way that makes perfect sense. She captured my attention within the very first few pages of the book and I couldn't put it down after that. Madly is a very strong character and she's really in tune with her feelings. She thinks like a normal 18 year old girl would so it's realistic. And Jackson ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-my-kindle
A bit of a background: Ages ago, Lucifer and Proserpine created evil creatures called Lores. Lucifer, being the dark angel that he was, perhaps saw opportunity to rule the entire universe (I'm just guessing - the author didn't really explain why or maybe there was a myth involved? ), cast Proserpine out of the Underworld. Proserpine turned to Neptune for help, in which he agreed on the condition that she'd disclosed everything she knew about the creatures. Neptune then, created a prison for thes ...more
Fisher Amelie
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I happened to read the novella before I got to read the complete novel and was stuck with having to wait for the glorious results for a few weeks. It was the longest weeks of my life! Okay, okay, maybe that was a bit dramatic. Hey, it's in my nature but I do admit I had been waiting for the release more than any other book this year. Why, you ask? Well, because I love different and 'Madly and Wolfhardt' is unparalleled. Unparallelled, and not to mention, a breathtakingly beautiful story with equ ...more
Oh so good! Unless some of the Lore captures are combined, I'm guessing there will be a total of nine books in this series and that really has me pumped!

Brief description
Madly is a mermaid princess who's parents are trapped in her underwater home of Atlas. While they're being held captive, it's up to Madly to capture the Lore (spirits) who are the bad guys in human fairy tales. In this book she's after Wolfhardt who is the wolf we know from the story "Little Red Riding Hood."

What I loved
Um, pret
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying this series thus far. M. Leighton has created a world that is rich in mer lore with heaps of adventure and romance. I love the fact that she has combined mermaids, fairy tales and werewolves in this book. Unlikely combination… most assuredly…. However, it works and it sucked me in big time! Leighton has an incredibly adept writing style and weaves a tale that is both believable and fascinating.

Ms. Leighton has truly created a fascinating mermai
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
M. Leighton never fails to deliver a breathtaking story and unforgettable characters! She has quickly become one of my favs! Can't wait for book 3! I might have to agree with Courtney that Jackson is my favorite leading man now!! Great job!! Loved it!! :)
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars (rounded up for Goodreads) :)

Future Warden Queen of the Mer, seventeen year old Madly James is currently residing in the small town of Slumber where she is given the unique opportunity to learn about and live among the people she will one day rule. When eight of the dreaded Lore, evil spirits the rest of the world commonly recognizes as fairytale villains, are released from Mer captivity, they threaten the safety of all magical descendants, not to mention the world. An unknown traito
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm reviewing books 1 and 2 together as Madly is really only a novella, introducing us to the characters and the world they live in and preparing us for book 2.

Madly James is a mermaid princess doing an internship at the school in Slumber, together with her friend Jersey and her bethrothed, Aidan, also merfolk. This is so they can spend some time with the humans they are bound to protect.

After their resident advisor, Lady Sheelagh is found murdered, Jackson a sentinel, and Madly's previous cru
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading MADLY, I was eager to continue the series. MADLY AND WOLFHARDT, book two, is where the adventure truly begins. In effort to capture the escaped Lore and free her family, Madly must find Wolfhardt, more commonly known as The Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood. With the help of her best friend Jersey, and Sentinel, Jackson, Madly must piece together the clues, putting herself and her friends in danger. And though her royal lineage leaves her promised to another, Madly's heart c ...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Carrie Ardoin
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: tour, merpeople
Madly James is a mermaid princess whose parents have been captured. Her underwater home, Atlas, is in lockdown because the deadly prisoners called Lore have escaped. These nightmarish creatures are from fairy tales, but in this world are very real.

Madly and her guardian, Jackson, are charged with the safekeeping of a girl who may be under attack by one of the Lore. But things start getting complicated when Madly realizes her true feelings for Jackson, whom she can never have as she is a member o
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Okay, I admit, I wasn't sure how I would like a book about Mermaids, but it was friggin' fantastic! Love the cover art. Wasn't crazy about the main character's name being Madly, but grew into it. At least I could pronounce it, as is not the case with a few books I have read lately! Anyway, I just thought it was so original and loved the mix of mermaids, royalty and classic fairy tales. There is a love triangle that isn't really a love triangle and it never really makes you uncomfortable like so ...more
Jackie -Sated Faery
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, mermaids
AMAZING! Honestly, when I first saw this I wasn't too sure if mermaids sounded very exciting or not. But this is such a great author that she has had me daydreaming about a fish-man! (who thankfully doesn't keep his scales when he's on land- so it's not as weird as it sounds!) Madly is your basic teenager (besides the whole mermaid princess thing) until all hell breaks loose underwater and she is forced into an adult position immediately. She is torn between thinking with her head so she can sav ...more
Future Slayer Girl
OH MY GOD! She cliffhanged me! M. Leighton shoved a cliffhanger right in my face at the end of this book and based on her website I see no book three in site!!!!!!!

This book did it for me. Not only where there MERMAID! OH yes! I said mermaids, which I'm secretly dying to write about myself, but it had GREAT romance for a young adult book. It wasn't cheesy. The whole thing from beginning to end was incredible. I was really sucked into this magical world of lore and fairy tale!

Brilliant, and so
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Beautiful! Another captivating read by M. Leighton! I love just being able to sit back and let the author create a world around me that allows me to get lost for a little while. And getting lost in the Mer world is a new and amazing experience! This story is beautiful and breathtaking! It's filled with strong characters, excellent romance, and suspense...all wrapped up in this fascinating and impeccably well-written fairy tale!!
Taylor Hale
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Madly is a girl torn between duty and love. You struggle with her as she knows that she is unable to be a royal princess and be with Jackson. The book has a lot of interesting twists and turns and it is just a really good, fun read.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Madly and Wolfhardt are an amazingly enchanting and wondrous read about the Mer folk with a modern day twist.

Read my full review here: http://secretlivesoffictionlovers.wor...
Kelsey van Dillen
Just a little bit more than 3 stars. Like 3.184 or something. It had some fairytale elements in it, like little red riding hood and the big bad wolf. I just don't know what wolfhardt has to do with their main goal, which is saving Atlas
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awwww this book was so good!! Madly is such an awesome character and can we talk about Jackson, I fell in love with him!! This is an Awesome read. I've never read any books about Mermaids and it did not disappoint, can't wait for the next one in this series:)
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! Very original concept! The characters came alive from the very beginning-- the author really knows how to create a world that the reader can get lost in. Great story and fantastic writing.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: anglais, e-books, series
I had read the first Madly novella a long time ago and I can’t say I remembered much about it (that’s my curse, bound to forget everything) but it was easy enough to go into the story, Mer people and Lores to catch.
A nice take on mer people and other mythical creatures (aka Werewolves if it wasn’t made clear by the title)
What I enjoyed was the leading MC chose not to hide things from her friends which was a nice change.
I do think it could have gain my being a bit longer.
Camille Picott
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I'm going to start off this review and say that I don't think I was quite the right audience for the story. At its heart, this is 85% love story, 15% action/plot/worldbuilding. Don't get me wrong, I love romance in a story, but I prefer a more balanced mix of the various elements. I found myself skimming the parts where Madly is yearning for Jackson. But that's just a reflection of my personal
Karina Halle
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Overall: While I thought the book was an improvement on the novella and I find Leighton’s writing descriptive and fun, there were a few factors that prevented me from really liking it.

BUT let’s be positive first.

As I said, Leighton’s writing style is descriptive and easy to read. It flows nicely, sets up scenes well and has just enough humor and sass. At times it comes across as juvenile, like inserting an “I know, right!” after describing a really serious incident, like they are someti
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

When the underwater city of Atlas is attacked and eight Lore are set free, Madly must team up with her childhood crush Jackson and capture the escaped Lore. Madly. Think courageous, loyal, and dedicated. Right now, you may be thinking, "Woo hoo! Madly and Jackson can team up, save the bad guys, fall in love, and live happily ever after." Unfortunately, things aren't always that easy. You see, Madly is set to marry
Christina Rodriguez
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“I felt Jackson's strength flowing from him, from his skin, into me. It poured into my palms and ran in waves up my arms to flood my body. My scalp tingled with it. My lungs expanded with it. My soul danced with it. My heart burst with it."

In the first official installment of the Madly series we pick up a few days after the novella ended. After realizing that she must capture the Lore in order to save Atlas Madly is faced with her first real “Warden Princess” duty. She must capture the first des
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A perfect continuation, from the novella, Madly. I once again was lost in M. Leighton's story, and fell even harder for her characters, especially Jackson, who is just as swoon worthy in this book as he was in the last...

In Madly and Wolfhardt, the story continues, from the novella, Madly. With the Lore having escaped imprisonment, and unleashing themselves on dry land. Wolfhardt, is the lore species that Madly has to capture, imprison
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
My Summary:

Madly is supposed to be concentrating on capturing the escaped lore so that she can rescue her parents in Atlas, but Jackson's return to her life has her very distracted. He's there to protect her, with his life if necessary - something he is very willing to do. She's the princess in line for the throne. A relationship between them is not only inappropriate it's also forbidden. Madly knows all of this but she can't stop thinking about him sleeping a mere feet from her. In the mean tim
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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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“I wanted him to think about me as much as I thought about him. I wanted him to miss me when I wasn't around, like I missed him. I wanted him to want me like he'd never wanted anyone else, the way that I wanted him. I wanted for him to never be able to get enough of me, as I seemed not to be able to get enough of him.” 18 likes
“I love you Madly James and if I never see you again, know this: someday, whether it's today or a hundred years from now, I'll die with you on my mind.” 15 likes
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