Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass

Happily and Madly

Alexis Bass' Happily and Madly is a mature, twisty, compulsively readable YA suspense novel about a young girl who embraces a fate bound in love and mystery. Maris Brown has been told two things about her destiny:1. She will fall happily and madly in love.2. She could be dead before she turns eighteen.The summer before that fateful birthday, Maris is in the wealthy beach town of Cross Cove with her estranged father and his new family--and the inf...

Details Happily and Madly

TitleHappily and Madly
Release DateMay 21st, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery

Reviews Happily and Madly

  • Yna Nicole ❤
    "There’s a certain rush that comes with lying. I think a lot of people probably don’t like it— the racing heart, the sweaty palms, the fear of being caught. These are the things that made lying worth it for me. All that buildup and anticipation wondering if you’ll get away with it." 📖 Happily & Madly 📖🖋Alexis Bass Read as an eARC.Much thanks to NetGalley and Tor Teen, an imprint of Macmillan, Tor-Forge for this complimentary cop...
  • Kajree Gautom
    I won't lie, I mostly requested this book because of the cover. But it was such a brilliantly done book and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!Maris, while on vacation with her estranged father’s family, wanders out into the island where she encounters Finn. And saves him, of course. Right from that moment, I had my doubts on Finn and his truth. I did not trust him at all and my guts were right.For the first part, the story progresses very slowly while ...
  • Alexa
    Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass was a character-driven mystery that struck a perfect balance between compelling pageturner and slow burn read. How can a pageturner also be a slow burn? Basically I was pulled in and compelled to come back to the book over 3 successive nights, but the writing was moody, languid, warm and easy to slip into like the perfect bubble bath... I didn't want to rush because I wanted the read to last.First I am disappointe...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    2 STARSMaris arrives in Cross Cove to spend the summer with her father and his new family, including Chelsea, the daughter of his new wife whom he adopted. On her first night Maris saves a boy named Finn, who happens to be Chelsea’s boyfriend Edison. Soon Maris is embroiled in a deadly mystery.I thought I was going to enjoy HAPPILY AND MADLY from the beginning. I liked Maris, who had been in more trouble than most eighteen year olds and also ha...
  • Megan Hibbs
    Nuts. This book was nuts. Very intriguing page-turner nonetheless.
  • Michele
    4 1/2 "shooting" stars!Maris was spending the summer with her father and his "new family." Their relationship was already a rocky one as he had left Maris and her mother and married his pregnant girlfriend and adopted her daughter, Chelsea, who just happened to be the same age as Maris.They head to Cross Cove, a beach where the wealthy vacation. Chelsea is beyond excited because her boyfriend, Edison and his family will be there also. Therefore, ...
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    Sorry not the book for me.
  • Kristin
    4.5 stars... that was a smart, engaging, totally appropriate YA mystery!!! Not too heavy, not too light, just right. I can't say too much b/c it's always, ALWAYS better going into any mystery knowing nothing ;) I was completely satisfied with the ending, too. No cheese here... okay, maybe a wee bit but totally fits.
  • Denali
    So much beauty, but what does it cost?How many lies? How many secrets? Well friends, here we have yet another great recommendation from Kate. If you've read the synopsis, you probably thought to yourself, This sounds like a super easy, romantic read. Perfect for summer. And you would be wrong. Happily and Madly is, in fact, a great read. And it was probably my favorite read of the summer. However, it's also anything but a quick romantic read. Wha...
  • Giulia
    "Destruction can be tempting"TW: drugs, alcohol, deathTruly, for once, I’m going to keep this Rather Random Review™ short (and thus slightly underwhelming).This should have been a thriller but it was too slow moving to actually be thrilling. It had interesting twists and turns and I truly liked Maris – the main character. She was fierce, incredibly cunning and super smart. I’d say that she was an amazing Slytherin type of character. Being...
  • Lindsay
    I was hoping this would take on a We Were Liars vibe, but I was dissatisfied as the story progressed and everything remained the same. I didn’t realize this until after 36% since up until that point the plot was still setting up. Maris is spending the summer with her father, his new wife, her stepsister, and her infant half-sister in the coastal New England town of Cross Cove. She goes exploring in the woods on her first day there and sees a bl...
  • McKenna Studrawa
    This book was absolutely riveting. I was not expecting any of the plot twists and everything kept becoming more and more bizarre. It reminded me of We Were Liars, yet I definitely feel like I liked this book more. Definitely give Happily and Madly a chance.
  • Anna Mullins
    I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Maris, the rebellious but kind teenager. Edison, the troubled but loving boy who just wants to be loved. Chelsea, the purest and genuine girl, who despite her circumstances always sees the best in people. I enjoyed the story and how the twists unraveled. I wish there was more of an ending, however. I was left feeling like there was a little more to tell.
  • MsArdychan
    From the description given on Goodreads, one would think Madly and Happily, by Alexis Bass is a novel about forbidden summer love. It is. But it is also a fast-paced thriller filled with shady business deals, mysterious characters, and complicated relationships. Set against a backdrop of a summer resort town, this book was a page-turner. What I Liked:Setting:The beach town of Cross Cove, with its mix of local residents and wealthy visitors, remin...
  • Bridget
    This book totally wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I picked it up on a whim at my library after glancing at the newest YA picks. I enjoyed the surprise of a more action-packed novel than the typical summer romance book I was expecting Happily and Madly to be. I liked Alexis Bass' character descriptions and attention to detail. Something I didn't like was that it took about halfway into the novel for the plot to really pick up. Once there...
  • KarenJo Custodio
    2.75-3 Stars Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass didn’t make me madly in love with the story or happily satisfied with everything. I’m actually quite conflicted with this book. I was intrigued in the beginning and there are things I liked, but in the end it just wasn’t the book for me. Maris Brown is not a character I would say I loved and could relate to, but she’s also not someone I dislike. In many ways, my heart broke for her and everyth...
  • Brooke Lorren
    There are things that I did and didn't like about this book. Overall, I find myself on the fence about it.Maris Brown is visiting her father and his new family for the summer. She has been into some trouble in her life before, and her mom is hoping that maybe a few months in a wealthy neighborhood with respectable people will help her.The first thing I'm on the fence about is the main character, Maris Brown. I feel for her in many ways... and in ...
  • Annette
    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved Happily and Madly. I couldn't put it down.Maris is from a broken family and is going to spend the summer at an island rental with her father’s new family (the New Browns). This includes her father's new wife and baby, and a teen daughter, Chelsea, whom he has adopted. She is, of course, resentful of them, since they are the reason her father left her and her mother alone.She's uncomfortable with al...
  • Mrs.
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of Happily and Madly. I absolutely ADORE this novel. It was heart-pumping, heart-crushing, and heart-warming all at once. So many secrets. Lies. I especially loved the suspense of Finn's life and the risk-taking behavior that he and Maris shared. I will INTENTLY search for and read work from this author again.Thank you to NetGalley and Alexis Bass for the ARC!
  • Deborah Hightower
    Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass. This is the first novel I have read by this author; it was wonderful. It was a real page turner: a combination of romance, mystery, lies and money. The secrets being kept by many of the characters kept me totally engrossed in the book.
  • Pretty Little Bibliophile
    Author: Alexis BassPublishing date: 21 May, 2019Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/ForgeGenre: Teens and YAFormat: Netgalley e-arcMy review:I think that Happily and Madly was a great psychological novel. In one way it really reminded me of WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. I found the protagonist – Maris a very sharp girl with lots of potential. Like Sepp (another character that I absolutely loved) said, she does not ever “miss a thing”. The characters i...
  • Kate
    I went into Happily and Madly expecting a cute summery romance. That is not this book. It's more in the realm of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Maris is joining her estranged father and his new family in a Hampton-esque beach town all summer. She has a new stepsister (Chelsea) and a new half sister (Phoebe). On her first day there, the "New Browns" as she calls them, go to an island to spend the day. Maris gets bored and wanders into the woods in ...
  • Kimberly
    Maris as discovered that she likes bad boys. The more intrigue and mystery surrounding a guy, the more attracted to him she is. The problem with the new bad boy she has set her sights on is that he is her new step-sister's "perfect" boyfriend, Edison. Enter the drama.The mystery of this story surrounds Edison and his adoptive family, the uber-rich and powerful Duvals. When she first meets Edison he is running for his life in the woods and she sav...
  • Charmaine
    Alexis Bass knows how to write unlikeable — no, downright despicable — characters like no other. This book embodies the motto, "Live fast, die young." It's The Great Gatsby for a modern generation. It's full of suspense and just enough foreshadowing for the events to not come out of nowhere. I like Maris's reflections and discoveries. I like how she made all the right risks. I have the softest spot of all for Sepp, Edison, and Chelsea. I li...
  • Priya Sridhar
    Maris has had a rough life. Eventually, however, her boyfriend gets her in so much trouble that she goes to visit her estranged father to give her mother a break. The vacation has an ominous start when, while visiting a distant island, she finds an injured boy running from a group of people. Maris gets involved, against her better judgment, and realizes that she's in over her head. She uncovers a conspiracy, and may die if she keeps going further...
  • Maria Zuppardi
    I received a free copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review (and you can read my full review on my blog, ReadingMaria.This book was not really what I expected it to be….I don’t know, I guess I just had high expectations for it, and it fell pretty flat. The characters weren’t there, the plot itself did not reflect real life at all, and the manuscript itself was just not there – I think it should’ve gone through a round o...
  • alyssa lee
    i think it was a good book and how Maris dug and dug until she could find the truth and her dad and "Finn" (aka Edison). when i had first read the book i was so confused of what was happening but the second time i read i kinda like it better. It is on my list on books i would recommend it just would had made the plot more better if it went a little more faster. At some times i did not like Maris she was holding back the "secret" from her step - s...
  • Alias Valia
    Characters 9 Atmosphere 8Writing style 9 Plot 9Intrigue 7Logic 9Enjoyment 9I loved it. I thought this was going to be a normal story about a girl finding her way with a strange boy on a beautiful beach. And then, it got me on some shady adventures, without knowing who I could trust and if it was going where I was wondering it would. And THEN, it surprises me with such a beautiful and real ending!Maris was a great narrator and main character. I've...
  • Jasmin
    This book was a mystery to me when I started reading it. I went in with no expectations but it was better than I imagined it could have been. I thought it would be predictable and more cliche than anything, but I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't. I didn't expect most if any, twists or what was going to happen next. The whole time I was just saying 'One more chapter'. I related to the characters in so many ways, and I will definitely recommend i...
  • Massanutten Regional Library
    Kaitlyn, Central patron, July 2019, 3 stars:Definitely a page turner--this is marked Juvenile Fiction by Goodreads, though I would mark it as a little older (high school age) due to language and content (violence and some sexuality). The story follows a teenage girl from her home out West to vacation in New England with her father and his new family. As the story unfolds, you realize the rich Duval family are not everything they seem and are invo...