Kindle Freebie Review: Madly by M. Leighton


by M. Leighton
Series: Madly #1
Publication: November 7th 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Amazon – Kindle Freebie

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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.

My Thoughts

I grabbed this book free from Amazon quite a while ago, and I wish I hadn’t waited so long to start reading it. You never know what you’re going to get when you download a freebie, though, do you?
It is still free on Amazon so I recommend hitting that little yellow button above and snatching it up!

Madly James is of royal descent; a mermaid princess to be exact. She is doing her internship in a town called Slumber, while waiting for her mating tie to Aidan to take hold of her, as she’s heard will happen before they are to be married. So far the only love she feels for Aidan is the kind you feel toward your big brother, not a future mate. She does, however, feel an unmistakable desire to be in the arms of Jackson Hamilton, a Sentinel of the Mer, and brother of her best friend, Jersey. It is strictly forbidden for Madly to even think of a Sentinel in that manner, so this should be good!

This story begins with a bang as Madly has a vision of something horrible happening. She races off with Aidan and Jersey to find out that her vision has come true, and the intense action begins. Madly learns that her family has been captured by the Lore, and she is their only hope for survival! She has a huge task ahead of her, but she also has Jackson at her side, sworn to protect her and assure her victory.

What happens next? I don’t know because it ended!!!


This is my first experience reading M. Leighton, and I am SUPER impressed. This first novelette in the Madly series may be less than 60 pages long, but it is packed to the gills with awesome world building, character development, and nail-biting action. Several days later and I’m still distracted by this storyline. That is excellent writing, folks! I’ll be honest, I’ve never read anything about mermaids before, except for in children’s books with my daughters, but after reading this I have to admit that I’ve been missing out.

I highly recommend Madly to all fans of YA Fantasy. This is not The Little Mermaid, that’s for sure! I’m off to buy the second book in this series…

About the Author

M. Leighton

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

A note from Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I’m convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

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  • Haha I love when something like this happens!! Reading something just … because and now you are all excited and hooked:)) Must get a copy myself!

    • I know! I totally didn’t expect much from this book, either. You’ll have to let me know what you think after you read it.

  • Oh man! I have this book and haven’t read it yet!!! Thanks for the awesome heads up!

  • Ha, I hate when I sit on a book and then go all fangirl on it..LOL I like M. Leighton books and am glad you are now a fan too!

  • Love when a book leaves you with that reaction. Especially a freebie!

  • Michelle

    I didn’t get along with one of her other books so maybe I’ll give this one a try before heading on to her NA books.