Monday, 27 August 2012

Madly Series by M. Leighton - Blog Tour! (and Tour Wide Giveaway)


Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both?

This novelette introduces you to Madly and prepares you for the quest of a lifetime


Madly by M. Leighton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Madly (Madly, #1)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Madly’ Blog Tour. Thanks to M. Leighton and AToMR tours.)
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 holding her family hostage. Now it’s up to Madly to find a way to recapture the prisoners and save her family.

I enjoyed this book, although it’s really more like the opening few chapters of a book rather than a story in its own right (there’s no end as such), it’s more a bit of a teaser for Madly and Wolfhardt.
I liked Madly and how headstrong she is, and the introduction of the very lovely Jackson seems set to become a fiery romance! Can’t wait to find out more about Atlas, the prisoners, and of course, Jackson!
This book will definitely leave you wanting more!
8 out of 10.


Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

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?



Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Madly & Wolfhardt (Madly, #2)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Madly’ Blog Tour. Thanks to M. Leighton and AToMR tours.)
This is the second book in the ‘Madly’ series, and picks up right where the first book(Madly) left off.
Madly is desperately searching for the escaped ‘Lore’ from the prison in Atlas. She’s working with Jackson, and trying to ignore her feelings for him, but it just isn’t working, and she can feel a mating tie forming, even though her parents will go mad.

The escaped ‘Lore’ that Madly is tracking is Wolfhardt – from the story of ‘Wolfhardt and the Straus Maiden’ (or little red riding hood to us non-mers). She thinks she’s found the key to trapping him again when she works out who the Staus maiden’s descendent is (a girl called Kellina), but things are never straight forward, and it seems that Aidan (who is to be Madly’s betrothed in only a few short weeks), seems to have feelings for Kellina!

Now Madly must put her feelings aside and concentrate on catching the escaped Lore. But can she do it without endangering Kellina? And what will happen between her and Jackson.

I enjoyed this second instalment in the ‘Madly’ series. The story continued on from the first book, and so did the attraction between Madly and Jackson!
Jackson, Jackson, Jackson… what a yummy male lead! Jackson is just fab, and every look, every touch, every kiss, the reader feels right along with Madly. I am totally on ‘Team Jackson’ here! Madly totally has to end up with him, even if it is forbidden!

Whilst reading this book my boyfriend asked me what I was reading, when I told him the storyline, and about the mermaids and werewolves, he told me I was mad! But I’m not mad! (Well maybe a bit). But as nuts as it sounds that’s really the storyline, and it really works!

The end of the story once again leaves us hanging, and I’m so glad that the next book is already available! I can’t wait to find out what happens next, how Madly will capture the next escaped lore, and what will happen between Madly and Jackson!
Overall; a great second instalment in the ‘Madly’ series.
7.5 out of 10.



Madly & the Jackal (Madly, #3) 
Blurb (from Goodreads):
How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges.

Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart.

Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?

 

Madly & the Jackal by M. Leighton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Madly & the Jackal (Madly, #3)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the ‘Madly’ Blog Tour. Thanks to M. Leighton and AToMR tours.)
This is book 3 in the Madly series and kicks off where book 2 Madly and Wolfhardt left off.
Madly and Jackson are off to visit Atlas – to return Wolfhardt to the prison, and hopefully sneak in and make contact with Madly’s father the warden Major. There’s also the next escaped Lore to track and capture, and Madly and Jackson’s forbidden love affair to drool over!

This third instalment in the Madly series was great! I loved the trip to Atlas and everything that happened there, and I loved the developments in Madly and Jackson’s relationship. They are such a cute couple and when they’re alone, they’re seriously hot! Jackson really is just the sweetest, and Madly just has to end up with him at the end!

The developments in the storyline were also good; 1 lore down, 7 to go, and Madly is having a tough time of it. Kellina and Aidan’s involvement in this instalment was unexpected but added an interesting new twist, and I can’t wait to see how they will continue to be involved in the future. This is a short review cause I really don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for you, but I really enjoyed reading this series so far!

Overall; really enjoyed this third instalment, can’t wait to find out what happens next!
8 out of 10.


The Author - M. Leighton:

M. Leighton(Courtesy of Goodreads Author Profile)

I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it's there. I believe that I'm shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can't be sure because I haven't met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer's too hot, winter's too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all

Catch up with M. Leighton here:
Twitter: @MLeightonBooks



Get your copy now! Madly is completely FREE on Kindle and Nook! And M. Leighton's 'Blood like Poison' is also FREE on kindle! Go on - you've got nothing to lose!



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8 comments:

  1. EEEEE. I am so excited. I love the sound of these books. And the covers are just amazing.

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  2. I can't wait for more books in the Madly series, once I started I couldn't put them down

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  3. Love the covers and thanks for the chance to win

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  4. Oh my god!gorgoes covers! Love!!!

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  5. Thank you so much for this giveaway!!! I've been wanting the whole series soooo badly! I only have the first one (ie, the free one :)).

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