Friday, August 31, 2012

The Madly Series Blog Tour: review and giveaway

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Reader Girls is one of today's hosts of the Madly series Blog Tour. We are featuring this YA fantasy series, have a review of Book One, Madly, and there is also a giveaway. We thank Julie of AToMR Book Blog Tours for presenting this tour.

 
MADLY (Madly #1)
YA fantasy * June 2011
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. ButMadly’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 is FREE at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!**

Review:
M. Leighton has created an absorbing read with the first book of her YA fantasy series, Madly. From the main character's unique name, Madly, to the very different mermaid history featuring a world rich in imaginative creatures such as Seers, Sentinels, and Lore (fairy tales? fascinating spin!), I was drawn in and absorbed everything this author had to offer like a sponge. The pacing was quick but thorough so I never questioned anything, the characters grabbed me, and the dialogue sounded realistic. I'm already a fan of Madly and Jackson and can't help wondering how Madly's intended, Aiden, will react. I read this in one afternoon and have to see what happens next. I'm stoked to see what Madly discovers as she sets off to find Lore number one, Wolfhardt.

Rating: 4

Cover comment: Each cover of this series features a drawing that is so gentle in appearance, so delicate and pretty.

 

MADLY & Wolfhardt (Madly #2)
YA fantasy * July 2011 
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 & The Jackal (Madly #3)
YA fantasy * May 2012 
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?

M. LeightonSocial Media links: Facebook | Blog | Twitter
Playlist (Madly and the Jackal) 
Here is the Music Playlist the author used while writing Madly & The Jackal:  

Links to find/buy books: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes&Noble

Giveaway:
The author is giving away SIGNED Paperbacks on Madly, Madly & Wolfhardt, and Madly & The Jackal, Swag pack, and a Madly t-shirt. US/CA only.
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4 comments:

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  2. This series sounds amazing and I love those covers!

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    1. I agree, the covers are wonderful. The first book hooked me. I hope you get the chance to read this series.

      Laurie

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  3. I would love to read this series!

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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