Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: 29th September 2015
When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.
Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the Zoro Aster mega-pharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?
And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.
This book was told in first person from the perspectives of Sam and Princess Evie. This fantasy book also incorporated modern technology in a fantasy world which turns out a really fun, light-hearted read.
I particularly liked the development of Princess Evie into madness as she falls deeper in love with herself. I found this was written really well and while it was funny it was truly tragic.
Sam also develops through the book as well. Originally she is very focused on the family business and is learning her craft for alchemy from her Grandfather. As she goes through this whirl-wind of a story she learns more about herself, her family history and relates well to other characters.
The major themes I found in this book are love and family.
Love: The concept of love is explored heavily in this book. From falling in love with yourself, unrequited love, love of family, broken hearts. This book comments on it all.
Family: Sam is extremely family-orientated and is going to continue on the family business of alchemy and potion making, Sam is not the only character who has strong family ties. Zain also has is facing his family legacy of one day taking over is fathers company. The Royal Family are also very close and the news of Princess Evie accidently dosing herself with a love potion brings out strong emotions in the King and Queen. To top this off our villain of the story has a family connection to one of the characters (I wont tell you who because, well… SPOILERS!!!!)
The Amazing Race for fantasy lovers. This is a lighter fantasy book that takes the reader on a wild race through a magical world on the search for ingredients for a cure to a potion that has made the Princess fall in love with herself.
I loved the combination of technology and magic. The concept of alchemy and all the magical creatures that Sam comes across on her journey to find the ingredients for the cure. I want to note that you should definitely check out the book trailer for Madly as it was awesome!
There is of course a love interest in this book and I really liked that the author did not have a love triangle. I feel like this book was jam packed full of fast-paced adventure that a love triangle may have taken away from that.
I have not seen this book much amongst Booktube or Book Blogs and that is a shame because, this is a book you should read if you love humour, magic, fantasy and a truly original idea (at least in my opinion).
Keep Calm and Read On,