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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,779 ratings  ·  289 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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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
Aug 11, 2011 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
Aug 20, 2013 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.
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours, favorites
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
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.
Kelli Santistevan
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for free on Amazon and I liked it. The story is really interesting.
May 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Angela  M
Jun 22, 2012 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 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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
Jul 06, 2012 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
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
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
Aug 06, 2013 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 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
Dec 20, 2011 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
Misty Provencher
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 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
Jun 06, 2012 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 09, 2012 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
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 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 05, 2011 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!
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
A mermaid on the run from a werewolf. Call it a simple thought but why doesn't she just like, oh I don't know, jump in the water?
Putting the lack of logic aside, this wasn't bad.
Not sure if I'll read part two because I'm guessing she'll finally work out to jump in the water and it'll be problem solved. Unless of course the werewolf swims....
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I purchased this ebook back in 2013 and completely forgot about it until I started making my list of books to read for the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge and I cannot believe it took me this long to read it. Not only is the cover beautiful but the story line is so full of mystery and adventure that it grips you and holds on to you until the very end. It also contains the right amount of romance and I look forward to reading more of this story!!
Ginger Woods
Jun 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: burnable
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
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nothing much happens here; Madly is very much an introduction to the series that will follow. It doesn’t even have a story of its own. It is literally the start of the journey Madly will have to take to free her parents. I almost feel like I’m too harsh on this, because of its length, but I loved the prequel to Soul Screamers, which has the same page count. I really wanted this to be able to stand on its own as well as be the start of a series, and that’s where it failed.

Madly set up the upcomin
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Madly James is a Princess and Mermaid or Mer. She keeps hoping the mating tie will occur with Aidan but all she feels for him is brotherly affection. Madly's best friend Jersey Hamilton is also her roommate. Madly's bracelet gives off a strange sensation during class which leaves her frightened and uneasy. Madly is stunned by the death of Lady Sheelah and immediately seeks out her parents. Madly receives devastating news about her family. One thing all Mer fear is the release of Lore. The Lore h ...more
Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
There are so many things I loved about this novella that I feel like I may be gushing over it for a long time.
For one is the cover. That is one terrific cover that I feel like fits perfectly for our description of Madly and her peculiar life. Plus the colors are my favorites too.
I think that is what grabbed me right off was the colors. Then after I read the synopsis I was hooked.
Madly is pretty drool worthy with the choice of heartthrobs in it. Trust me you will know who I am talking about th
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love the supernatural world but I can honestly say this is the first
time I have ever read a book about mermaids and M. Leighton has sucked me into this world. This is such a different story line because not only do you have mermaids but M. Leighton puts a very neat twist into the book by using all-time favorite fairy tales.

This is the just a short novella to get your "feet wet" in the life of Madly James, Princess of Atlas. It takes you into this world
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy mermaid stories, especially ones with a modern touch
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
I wasn't really impressed with this book, to be honest. I was originally quite shocked by how short it was, but was prepared to give it a chance nonetheless.

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Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before sitting down to 'Madly' book #1 in the aptly named Madly series by M. Leighton I'd absolutely no idea what it was about but a friend recommended it, and, if you've been around these parts for any length of time, I'll read just about anything that someone throws in my general direction. This title about Madly James and her world steeped in fairy tale lore is no exception.

At first, two things struck me. The cover being the first. Now I know what you're thinking - this is a book review, not
Laura Crosse
This was free to download on my kobo so I said I might as well give it a try. I'm always intrigued by stories involving mermaids and the like so this was right up that street. Its kind of a genre that hasn't been abused or over used yet anyway.

It was an interesting enough storyline with Madly, the main character, being a mermaid princess and her family getting held hostage in the underwater city while she was attending human school on land. I liked the whole aspect that they can live both on la
Andrea Ika
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 l
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
This booklet introduces Madly as the teen princess of Atlas, her bff Jersey, her fiance-to-be Aiden, and Jersey's brother Jackson, a sentinel who's been Madly's crush for the longest time. She desperately tries to quell the attraction she feels for him because in the Mer culture (oh yes, it's a mermaid tale!) she can only be with a royal-- and that's Aiden. But this isn't the top of Madly's troubles. While in the human school in Slumber, Atlas was set on lockdown after the escape of some prisone ...more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madly is a bit... mad.

I read this book because of the pretty cover, and it's only 50+ pages, so what's to lose? However, through the whole book, I keep thinking that this is the sort of book I would probably have enjoyed a lot more when I was 12 and reading Sweet Valley High. It was very high-school-ish and Madly's priorities are all very high-school-girl-ish (for example, mooning over a hot guy and getting all out of sorts despite the fact that (view spoiler)
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Madly goes to a human school with her merfolk friends, Jersey and Aidan. In nine months, Madly believes she and Aidan will get their mating tie, since all mates get theirs around then. She’s in class when all of the sudden she feels immense pain. On further investigation, she finds Lady Sheelah, her residence advisor and handler, has been killed.

Jackson, a highly-trained Sentinel and Jersey’s brother, is quickly on the scene and berates Aidan for not protecting Madly better. Madly finds out that
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short story (novelette) but it is filled with so much story, and by the end, you will know so much about Madly, her role as a Princess; her betrothed who is actually sorta like a brother to her (uh oh); a possible crush that is not her betrothed (double ohs), whose a sentinel that can be seen as someone forbidden to even crush on. In addition, this is an introduction to the characters; we understand what they are, and how they connect to the human world. We read about a huge problem th ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I got this book as a free download from Amazon.

Madly James is a mermaid who attends a human high school with her best friend Jersey and Aidan the guy she believes she is to be mated with. Madly has loved Jackson for as long as she can remember. Jackson is a sentinel who has been assigned to watch over Madly because she is the princess of Atlas.

Eight Lore, spirits that humans believe are only fairy tales has escaped from prison to awaken t
I very much enjoyed this short introduction to the wonderful mer-world that M. Leighton has invented. In this novella we are introduced to Madly, the mer-princess, and her best friends Jersey and Aidan (her intended husband), and to Jersey's elder brother Jackson (Madly's childhood crush). When a traitor from the royal family sets free eight of the Lore - figures from our fairy tales - Madly is the only one available who can capture and re-imprison them.

I loved the cool powers that Madly has, an
Ashley Ehlers

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I'm completely unsatisfied with this. But after some research I now see why. Yes, this says this is the first book in the series but I feel like this is just really a little taste of the book, Madly & Wolfhardt which is book 2, as this short cuts off right when they get into the action. So I believe it'll leave you disappointed like I was.

I was hoping for an awesome short that'll bring me out of this reading funk
Camille Picott
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Some of you guys may have figured out I am a sucker for covers . . . I have a funny habit of buying a book just because I like the cover. I am a walking cliche, apparently.

When I saw the cover of Madly over at The Bookish Babe, I HAD to have it. I went straight to my Nook and bought it. :)

Overall, the first story in this series is cute. As a novelette, it functions to introduce readers to the mai
Buffy Kennedy
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this sounded like a good adventure and love story, so I gave it a shot, not really knowing what to expect. I 19m so glad I did! It 19s a novella, meant to just give you a quick introduction into the world of Madly, and the efficiency with which that 19s done is spot on.

We meet characters and learn a bit about them, we get a taste of the world, and we get a good feel about the current state of the characters in that world. Then we that all important conflict. The biggest part we learn
Carrie Ardoin
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I feel like this was too short to properly review. :)

At only 41 pages, this novella is a nice little opener to the Madly series. Within it, we meet Madly and her two best friends, Jersey and Aidan. All are merfolk, and tasked with keeping humans safe from the mythological creatures known as Lore.

But Madly is informed that some of the imprisoned Lore have broken free, and not only has her family been taken hostage, but she is the only one that has any hope of making things right again.

At her side
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The has to be one of the best independent books I have read. Not only was it free of errors (at I didn't notice any), but the story was so original. This time we are introduced to the world of mermaids who can intern on dry land. Madly, our princess, is currently interning and posing as a high school student. When 8 Lore escape prison, it's up to her and her sentinel bodyguard to get them back. The Lore are the villains from fairy tales, though to the mermaid world they are real, but to humans, ...more
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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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