Author: Michelle Leighton
Publisher: M. Leighton 2011
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From the Back of the Book ~
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 an 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?
I have to admit. I was completely shocked at how much I liked this book. In all honesty, I'm not really fond of books about mermaids and water people (which is odd since one of my favorite Disney movies is The Little Mermaid). The concept of throwing in the fairy tales was so unique though. I'm a huge fan of the TV show Once Upon a Time, and Leighton's concept of bringing in the fairy tales one at a time reminds me so much of the show. I'm not sure how many book are going to be in the series, but I know the next book is about Dr. Jackal and Mr. Hyde, which I am currently reading now so stay tuned for my review.
The back of the book tells you a basic summary better than I can so I won't bore you with a repeat of what the book is about. I will, however, tell you a little about why I like the book. First off, Madly comes across as a brave female lead who is pushed into her role as Princess quicker than she expected. She is strong and stubborn which makes for a great read. Her royal friends aren't as dominant in the book so we don't find out a lot about them. Who we do, however, meet is Jackson Hamilton. Oh my gosh! I am completely enamored by this guy! He's hot, sexy, chivalrous, strong, and hot..did I mention that already? Leighton has a way of steaming up the place when Jackson is around. She's very good with detail and paints a picture so clear it will make you blush.
To sum it up, I feel that whether you like mermaid stories or not, you will find Madly a book you will be glad you read. Honestly, I started this book one day and didn't realize how fast I was going through it until all of a sudden it was over. So, pick it up! I think one of the best parts is that M. Leighton is self published, so if the book doesn't lure you in, show some support and check it out!