Blog Tour: Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton – Review + Giveaway

August 30, 2012 Blog Tour, Reviews 2

Today I am having the Madly Blog Tour (hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews) stopping by. Read on for my review and a giveaway!

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship on dry land 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?

This is the second mermaid-themed YA I have read this week, and I enjoyed the unique mere-lore in Madly & Wolfhardt and its use of traditional fairytale. The characters are interesting and well-rounded, especially the protagonist who displays a level of forethought and selflessness one rarely sees in YA, and the supporting cast is wonderful. All in all, this book has surprised me and I want to know more about this awesome mer-world!

Madly is the mer-princess of her people: destined to fall in love with a suitable member of the royal family and rule her people when her time comes. Her best friends Jersey and Aidan accompany her ashore to a human boarding school, along with Jersey’s elder brother (and Madly’s childhood crush) Jackson. While Madly is looking forward to her impending engagement to Aidan, she is apprehensive because she has failed to ‘tie’ with him – the mermaid version of falling irrevocably in love. To make matters worse, she feels that she has already tied with Jackson, but since he’s a Sentinel (and thus not of pure royal blood), their union would not be allowed. Further complicating matters are Jackson’s apparent hatred of Madly, and Aidan developing a tie to a human girl. While the story is devoid of a love triangle in the traditional sense, there is a lot of romantic drama and I quite enjoyed reading it all.

It probably sounds like all that drama would take over the story line, but it doesn’t. Madly’s parents, the rulers of Atlas, are trapped in the under-water city because of a prison break – the most dangerous mer criminals have escaped and are trying to infiltrate the human world. It is up to Madly to capture them all and return them to their prisons, and thus lifting the lockdown on Atlas so she can rescue her parents. Wolfhardt is one of those criminals, who is looking for the descendant of his original victim: a young girl who lived with her grandmother in the woods and who’s family crest is read: humans know the story better as Little Red Riding Hood. Madly and her friends have to figure out who the descendant is and protect her. This aspect of the story is both thrilling and full of suspense, and broke up all the emotional drama well.

Madly & Wolfhardt is a well-balanced and enjoyable story that puts a new spin on mermaid stories and combines it with an awesome mystery plot line. I think this series will be enjoyed by those who love a good YA story, and those looking for a fresh outlook on mer-lore.

About the book:

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About the author: I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. 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 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.

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You can also check out my review of Madly, the prequel novella that sets up the series. This novella is currently free across all platforms!

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