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Samantha's ability to mix potions is needed when her family is summoned to take part in an ancient quest to save Princess Evelyn from a potion gone awry, but will curing the princess doom Samantha's chance at love?
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster BFYR,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481443807
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (374 pages)
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Jul 13, 2019

I am so much more interested in the world this author has created than I am in the romance. This is probably because I am a grown-up and this is YA, but regardless, this was a fun read. I will definitely be checking out the sequels. A fun and fresh twist on modern fantasy mixed with some royal drama. (Almost reminds me of the imagined future of That Inevitable Victorian Thing as far as English royalty goes)

Jan 30, 2018

Okay, I took it out because of the cover.
However, author broke a lot of rules like thou shall set in medieval times with one dimensional characters, not mention multiculturalism, imperialism, post-colonialism, economics & high technology including smartphone.
Thank god for that! I'm tired of musty formulaic stories. First person telling by protagonist & princess who made backfired potion interesting.
So wallflower highly talented ,but low self-esteem alchemist female teenager goes Indiana Jones to cure her princess.
Nice angle on Big Pharma creating syth potions at half the cost driving out the alchemist industry on rare natural ingredients or that her great-grandmother may started for ethical reasons.
Ditto the Talented (practice magic) & the ordinaries (create hi-tech items like airplanes, computers, internet & smartphones).
Surprisingly deep book for at first glance cliched plot of two rivals fall in love to cure the princess quest with exiled king's power hungry sister as contestant #3.
It got everything including a touch of horror.

Mar 23, 2017

Princess Evelyn accidentally poisons herself with a love potion. When Samantha Kemi is called to hunt for the right ingredients to cure the princess, she has to go on a long and dangerous quest to save the princess and save her family’s name. I thought this book was pretty decent because it's all about magic and a competition with rival alchemists, to see who can cure the princess. I love a good adventure book and this is a great book about a 17-year-old girl who has to go out with a friend and help cure the princess. The main character faces many conflicts, which can leave you sitting on the edge of your seat. This book is interesting because I rarely read fantasy novels and this one was a surprisingly gripping read. There are other books to the series, which I wish the library had. Otherwise, I recommend it to anyone who likes a good adventure with a few mythical creatures like mermaids, yetis, and even unicorns. 4/5 stars
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 17, 2016

I loved Madly. What made me fall in love with it instantly was Sam Kemi, the protagonist. She's strong, capable, and smart. Another strong point of the novel was that it kept me completely absorbed with its action and intensity. I was invested and really, really enjoyed the ride.

The only part I found a little weird was that the ending was a little quick. It wasn't rushed and didn't feel unrealistic, but as I was approaching the end, I looked at how many pages were left (there weren't many) and was little confused on how Alward was going to wrap it up in the amount left. She did manage to finish the book very nicely and the story was complete, but I still felt as if the author had been given a set amount of pages, and she had written freely until she reached about the last 10% of the novel, and then thought, "Oh shoot, I've gotta wrap up because I'm almost at my page limit." But the story was definitely whole and complete, and I finished it feeling satisfied.

Madly was a very good read and I highly recommend it, especially to those who enjoy strong leads and fast plots.

Oct 30, 2015

I actually really enjoyed this book. To be honest, I only looked at this because of the cover. But really, I have never read about magic potions. So I really loved this book for the fact that it was original in my brain. The author did an amazing job with the ending. It was completely satisfying. The only thing I would've changed is that this is a series. I think that the author is a good enough writer to make it, but I think she could've made the ending with a cliff hanger. If only to keep people hooked on the idea for another year until the next book comes out.

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Jul 14, 2019

bezoarbezoarbezoar thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Oct 30, 2015

livieb17 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Oct 30, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Nothing really violent. A girl gets pretty severely by a magical animal. The main character gets caught in a magical plant. An avalanche. Really nothing to worry about.


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