Madly & Wolfhardt by M. Leighton

I read the combined version of both Madly and Wolfhardt, which I am so glad I did. The first part, which I’m assuming is the Madly part, was so enthralling and grabbed my attention right away. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait to get more.

12039404Madly 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 is such a unique name and it’s fitting because Madly is a unique heroine in a truly mesmerizing world. Madly is at once a relatable teenage girl but also an untouchable royal princess. The idea of Mer people made this series stand out, but by adding the idea that the monsters in fairy tales are real set it apart as a one-of-a-kind experience. The fantastical elements and the paranormal components made for a super intriguing plot. With the addition of a pending betrothal and a forbidden love, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how Madly would handle the situation. Of course, she handled it with the grace of a royal (which made me love her), but she also gave into her own desires (which made me love her more).

This story was exciting with both the pursuit of the latest escaped fairy tale prisoner and the inner battle of Madly’s forbidden attraction. The author really put you in the character’s shoes from experiencing the transformation of Madly from human to mer or feeling the anguish of indecision and the heavy weight of cruel fate. I was completely consumed by Madly’s world.

I was so happy when the story seemed to resolve itself by the end. There was still an element of what’s gonna happen next, but it ended on a somewhat happy note. I found it refreshing.

STARS: 5 out of 5

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