Wednesday, July 18, 2012

REVIEW: Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton


Madly’s been informed that everything she holds dear is now in grave jeopardy. With so much at stake, the best she can do is take it all one step at a time, and the first danger to handle is Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man obsessed with wolves and a maiden he stalked through the woods prior to his incarceration. Once he was bitten by a wolf, his attachment to the maiden became an unnatural hunger, and the maiden’s grandmother cursed him. His vengeance is all that matters now. Madly must discern the identity of his descendant before they’re used to kill. Will she find the love her heart yearns for amid fighting the greatest foe she’s faced in her young life?

Title:  Madly & Wolfhardt
Series:  Madly
Book #: 2
Author:  M. Leighton
Approximate Book Length:  266 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild


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!

In Conclusion:

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!



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