Madly and Wolfhardt (Madly Series)

Madly and Wolfhardt (Madly Series)

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by M. Leighton

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Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a mermaid princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, Madly’s home beneath the sea. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what…  See more details below



Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a mermaid princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, Madly’s home beneath the sea. 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.

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?

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Madly Series, #1
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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Madly and Wolfhardt (Book 1 and Book 2 of the Madly Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
The only experience I’ve had with mermaids was Disney, until this story. I didn’t really realize it’d be a story about mermaids until reading Madly which grabbed my interest so completely that I immediately got this book so I could keep reading. I think it’s such a unique world built with a cool twist to fairy tales. The concept alone is incredibly intriguing. The characters feel so realistic that you could turn around meet them in person, and the magic surrounding everything is consistent in its abilities and limitations that you never really have any trouble with believability. The plot is well paced sucks you in so you can’t put the book down. The romance is swoon worthy and keeps you emotionally invested from start to finish. The age is set at 17/18-ish, and at no point do you ever really feel that she’s too young or old to behave the way she does, other than what her royal status forces her into. Really, just an utterly gripping novel that makes you ache for more and more of her story. My only wish is that we’d gotten more of Madly in the water, but with how this story ended, I’m hoping that we’ll see more of that in the next. Thankfully, book 3, Madly and the Jackal, has been released, so you can bet I jumped on that! Madly and Wolfhardt is a compelling story that can stand on its own, even if you haven’t read the novella, Madly. With lovable characters and an edge of your seat experience, you will enjoy every minute of this book, so go get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my it just keeps getting better. Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. What a great idea for a story. Hope there are many more stories like this one.
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Lindsey_Kirk More than 1 year ago
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 amazing! I'm so glad I pretty much spent one day buying up all that I could of M. Leighton when I discovered her facebook page because now I can dive into one of her other series! Cheers, M. Leighton! Beautifully done!
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Elarm More than 1 year ago
I felt a bit skeptical about mermaids but I have read everything else by this author and have enjoyed her writing. I gave it a shot and im glad I did. Its refreshing to read a story that hasnt been writen thousands of times before. Im impatiently waiting for the second book to be releases!
JLynnMc More than 1 year ago
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 save her people follow through with the future her parents have planned for her and thinking with her heart so she can be with her forbidden love and be happy. Madly & Jackson have to work together to find the Wolf spirit (Wolfhardt) who has escaped from his underwater prison, before he can begin his killing spree. This story is filled with action and suspense to keep you on your toes and constant frustration surrounding Jackson, the sexy sentinel that watches over Madly. This is one of those books that you won't be able to put down until you finish it! I cannot wait for more!
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looklost More than 1 year ago
So I gave these books 4 stars simply because of the first book. Its a novella, so the author was pushing as much information, intrigue, and romance into an incredibly short book. It feels a bit rushed and like Madly's emotions are a out of control. That being said, it still captured my attention and kept me reading. The second book (the much longer portion) was incredible. The characters felt real and the events took place in a much more paced manner. I really like how Madly is such a great character and person, but still shows the flaws of a teenager. Leighton did a great job with her. Her best friend Jersey is funny and totally believable, and the love interest...where do I sign up for one of those?? All in all, I highly recommend this book!
DaynaLuvsToRock More than 1 year ago
Before I start rambling on about how awesome the book was, I just wanted to take a moment to comment on the cover which I think is so breathtaking, so ethereal. It encompasses the atmosphere and theme of the story perfectly. Now, on to the review. but, wait, I just want to add that.I am in love with Jackson. There I said it. And if I may, I'm going to borrow a phrase from the lovely author, Tiffany King and say, Jackson is a McHottie! I wanted to take him for myself. He's my new fictional crush (there are a few lol) who I imagine to look like Alex Meraz or Eric Balfour but is as tall as Daniel Cudmore. Jackson is Madly's love interest but she is unfortunately due to be betrothed to Aiden and that is all I will say on the matter because I want to make it as non-spoilery as possible). I have to admit, I am glad I hadn't read Madly before now and that I was able to read it knowing that I could move on to Wolfhardt straight after because if not, I would have been left with a mouth hanging wide open in disbelief thinking, "WHAT? NO! I, I.It can't end there!!" *sulks* As it was, this didn't happen and was safe in the knowledge that I could just swipe the page and continue reading Madly and Wolfhardt are an amazingly enchanting and wondrous read about the Mer folk with a modern day twist. There were some incredibly funny moments and we can not forget that there were some very steamy moments too This was my first experience of reading about the Mer and it has been very enjoyable indeed - that's an understatement! I love that they have their own magical world but journey on to shore to interact with our world to protect the descendants of the Lore. I also love that it was interwoven with fairytales. I was quite shocked when Wolfhardt finished because I wasn't expecting it although it was a perfect place to finish it. There was such a shocking twist to the tale that even I hadn't seen coming. I have to say, I am intrigued to know what will come of the twins (one of which Madly's friend, Jersey was dating but who then dumped her). There's something odd about them. My thinking is they are part of a certain fairy tale and I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out which but I can't put my finger on it I then thought maybe they could be the Grimm brothers. I'm hoping we find out more about the twins in book 3. I'm also wondering what will happen to poor old Aiden and how what happened will affect his life as a mer. I'm so excited for book 3! I wish I could read it already. I'm itching to find out what happens!
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
Madly's a mermaid princess living on land and attending school with her friend Aidan, a sweet guy she can't quite muster up romantic feelings for, which is a shame since she expects to be betrothed to him in the near future. Madly wears a special bracelet with a magical charm that allows her to hold her human form on land, and aside from some boredom at the Veritas Academy, everything has gone smoothly for Madly, Aidan, and their other Mer friend Jersey. But when their adult guardian is found murdered, Madly learns that some evil prisoners have escaped from her ocean home of Atlas and are about to unleash some serious havoc. Madly's parents have been captured, the city of Atlas is on lockdown, and Madly herself is in terrible danger with only Jackson Hamilton, a Sentinel guardian, around to protect her. Madly will have to capture the Lore monsters and return them to captivity if she wants to save her family and her kingdom. The romance in this book is the kind that makes you sit up and take notice. Madly is destined to marry her friend Aidan but unfortunately for Madly, she doesn't feel the big spiritual mate bond of the merfolk between herself and Aidan--but she does feel it with Jackson. He's socially beneath her and it's not acceptable for Mer royalty to just pick whomever they like, and the two of them have plenty of interpersonal struggles even without the social gap because their tempers flare up when they're together. But their romance is really fun. If you like regular paranormal romance and want to see what it looks like when it's toned down for YA, this is what you get. Not all readers are into these mystical soul-connections, but for me the bond worked just fine as a plot device in this book and it caused more problems than it solved, so it wasn't an easy fix for making the characters fall in love. Also, I liked that Aidan was a good guy and not a meanie--the spare guy in a love triangle is often a total jerk if he's part of an arranged match for the girl. But really, Aidan's only slightly into Madly so there's no triangle, just a guy and a girl who were expected to end up together but didn't. The baddies in this book are very unique, which I liked. The Lore are "spiritual creations of Lucifer and Proserpine before Lucifer took over the Underworld"--in other words, nasty old things. Lore are sort of the spirits of the villains in ancient fairy tales, and they are super-malevolent. The Lore have mortal descendants on the earth, and Ulrich Wolfhardt is about to awaken one of his werewolf offspring. Madly has to use her ingenuity to figure out where the next threat is going to come from. The only real problem I had with the story was the occasional attitude issue that crops up for Madly. For the most part, she is a very compassionate and brave heroine, but sometimes she gets a little selfish, particularly when she's arguing with Jackson. Early on, it bothered me that in the wake of her guardian's murder, Madly was telling Jackson that he couldn't keep up with her and that if he planned on being her bodyguard he was going to have a tough time protecting her. Jackson was acting angry and condescending at the time, but there are other ways for a girl to take offense than to threaten to keep herself in danger. Later, Madly seems to blame Jackson for not showing affection for her when his position forbids him to do so, so that was another time when I wished she had been more considerate of others.
Elizabethann79 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was a very unique story. I cant wait for the next book. I highly recommend reading this book.
DaniRoo More than 1 year ago
First of all, can I just say how much I love mermaids? Well, I am (going to)...and I do (love mermaids). There's just something romantic and utterly other-worldly about a half-human, half-fish, magical race that lives beneath the seas and Leighton has created a beautiful mythology and history behind her Mer culture. There are many tantalizing tidbits about Madly's society sprinkled throughout the book that together create a wonderfully detailed picture of this magical world - why it exists, how it works and how it is structured. I especially love the whole idea of the Lore as these evil, malicious spirits intent on wreaking havoc, that to common knowledge only exist in children's storybooks as fairytale villains. If you stop to think about it, a lot of those un-Disneyfied fairytales by the Brothers Grimm and others are incredibly frightening stories that could keep many a small child awake night, but are easy for adults to dismiss when regulated to the realm of imagination. I mean, just imagine if Rumpelstiltskin were real, or Mother Goethel, or the cannibalistic witch from Hansel & Gretel? <shudder> Deliciously terrifying, right? Leighton does a wonderful job of bringing to life the rather horrifying side of fairytales in her re-imagining of an ages-old tale. I love when authors are able to accomplish world building so well and I'm able to immerse myself in new, exciting universes. Leighton's descriptions are so vivid that it makes it easy to imagine what Madly's world and it's inhabitants look like. At it's heart, Madly & Wolfhardt is a love story. And I'll admit, I'm a complete sucker for the love vs. duty type of romance. There's just something about forbidden love, the love that isn't meant to be, that I just adore. It makes me cheer on harder for the seemingly ill-fated lovers and become that much more invested in their relationship . I also should probably admit that I'm also a total sucker for romances involving people who have a shared history/childhood friendship; oftentimes there's so much more depth to those kinds of relationships because of the shared familiarity that exists between them. So needless to say, I was completely sucked in by the heart-wrenching, sweet, tempestuous romance between Madly & Jackson. Madly herself was a very compelling character. Though a princess, and the lone member of the ruling family free of the Lore's clutches, she wasn't about to let anyone treat her like some fragile thing that needed protecting. When she discovered her world, family and friends were in trouble, she stepped up and was ready to do something about it. Courageous, stubborn to a fault, slightly impetuous, confident, regal yet compassionate Madly embodies everything I imagine a good princess to be and she's really a lovable character. In fact, all of the characters had a wonderful uniqueness and weight to them, though I probably loved Jersey the most - über quirky and completely endearing. I won't say much about it, but I think Leighton did some interesting things with her characters and took them in some unexpected directions that ultimately I was very pleased with. You'll just have to read it to figure out my oh-so-cryptic statement. This book was charming; lighter in tone than her previous books, but with all the same urgency that a struggle between good and evil should have. Leighton has truly created a fascinating mermaid mythos and a heart-pounding romance that will leave you anxiously a
noodle18 More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book i wish it was longer ... i cant wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This unique book blends the fantasy and paranormal genres with an epic love story for a tale that will leave you wanting more. With great characters and an original plot, this book is a must-read!
NightreaderKP More than 1 year ago
The book had it's good points, but I felt like the whole book was all her head, and not enough conversation with the other characters. At times I got bored. The end was predictable. I would recommend it if it was the only book in my library that someone hasn't read.