Double Reviews♥Giveaways: My Boyfriend Merlin and My Merlin Awakening by Priya Ardis
Two wizard brothers. One sword. One girl…
In this teen Arthurian, 17-year-old Boston high schooler Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out the new guy she’s been crushing on, hot biker Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons…
In fact, he is really Merlin—the Merlin, King Arthur’s Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. Frozen in a cave for over fifteen hundred years, he’s woken for a purpose. But Ryan’s not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she’d rather kick his legendary behind.
Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, Matt’s pain-in-a-girl’s-backside brother, Vane, and a deadly new world of magic, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?
Favorite My Boyfriend Merlin Quote:
“Did you recently turn into a jerk or have you been one since birth?
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Oh my goodness! A book with Merlin! Merlin!! Okay, I definitely need to turn my fangirl mode down a little. And hey guess what the season five of the BBC series Merlin comes back today! Wooot! Okay, okay, the book, the book, right, right. So when I first heard of the book, I knew I must read it! I mean, MERRLLLINNNN! Magic? Arthurian? Gargoyles? Excalibur? Hell yes!
Yes, I wasn't sure of the modern setting but you know BBC has one of the most awesome classics-turned-modern show ever, Sherlock so I was hoping for the same thing with this book. The Merlin in this book is very different from the BBC show. It was hard to picture since I had been with the BBC show for 4 seasons and it was hard to get used to, but it didn't mean this book sucked. The book puts a really great twist into the Merlin story. I like how it was different. I like YA urban fantasy and I think this one was pretty good. It had adventure, action, magic, humour, romance and more. I really want to praise Pryia, I mean can you imagine writing a famous character but with a modern twist? Pryia really did a great job making Merlin realistic and believable for this century but also she captured the old Merlin. I really like how this book had mystical features and adventure. It had an almost Percy Jackson + The Mortal Instruments feel to it.
And yes, there was a love triangle. I don't really know how Ifelt about it. I am not a fan of love triangles, it just gets boring and creates unnecessary conflicts. Merlin vs Vane...ummm, I don't know. Vane kind of reminded me of Ash from the Iron Fey Series but also Patch from the Fallen Series. If you like those types of boys, go ahead, he was your man. Really, this book was great. Try it out! Magic, adventure, romance and humor, you can't go wrong with that!
If you haven’t broken the rules, have you really lived?
Excalibur has been pulled from the stone, but what does it mean? Arriane (aka Ryan) DuLac doesn’t really care. She’s got bigger problems—as student president, she’s got to put on the Prom. While the Wizard Council debates their next move, she leaves the craziness behind and heads home. But she can’t hide forever. Sooner than she’d like Merlin (aka Matt) has her chasing mermaids on the trail of the Fisher King. The wounded King, defeated by Merlin’s brother, Vane, in the past holds the key to save the future.On the journey, Ryan begins to realize the friends she thought she knew, she may not know at all. At a time of shifting alliances, she must decide whose side she’s on—the brother who struggles to do right or the brother who dares to break the rules? And Ryan must decide who she is—a regular or a champion?One wrong decision and her family falls apart. One wrong decision and the world falls apart. No pressure. My Merlin Awakening, Book 2, My Merlin Series Amazon | B&N
Favorite My Merlin Awakening Quote:
Vane grabbed me. “DuLac, let’s chat.”
Chat. British-speak for “Stand still while I yell at you.
WOW, WOW, WOW! I have encountered few second books that were better than the first, and this was one of them. (If you haven't read the first book, maybe don't read the synopsis just in case but if you did, I mean, just read the synopsis! HELLO! AWESOMENESS!) When I saw mermaids mentioned in it, I was like O______O, okay, this book is going to give me feels.
It was hard being Ryan. The choice she made can break or make the world. It was hard choosing a side, which reminded me of The Nicholas Flammel Series where I struggled with picking a side. Also, this book had mythical creatures like in Percy Jackson and The Nicholas Flammel Series, love it! Okay, the romance in the first book was like whoa, but the drama and romance in this book was HOLY CRAZINESS! I don't want to give anything away but seriously O_____O. I felt like I knew Vane better in this book and I liked that, kind of reminds me of my crush-of-the-moment, Aoimine Daiki. The two both gave off this aura that scares you with power, hunger, and tension. But you kind of guess there was probably a softer side and a sad life before. So I really have a love-hate relationship with Vane. If you like a break from the fantasy of this book, the romance and the characters' normal life will provide that need. See this is what it amazes me. Priya really captured the heart and soul of this series. She really brought Merlin and everyone back to life in this modern setting.
But I think what I like the most about this whole series is the adventure. I rarely see any adventure based YA books. Sure this series had a huge undertone of romance, but I felt like the adventure made it up for the book. Now I shall look for more Merlin books or fanfic while I wait for the next book. :)
If you sacrifice everything, what’s left to hold on to?
The end of the world. The day of reckoning. The final battle.
It is a time of great strife for Arriane (aka Ryan) and Merlin (aka Matt). With every scrap of life hanging in the balance, Ryan must convince both friends and enemies that the key to survival rests in the plans of a sword-toting eighteen year old girl. She must reconcile a fifteen hundredyear old rivalry between two brothers, and be ruthless enough to break a heart—and a life—in the process. And at some point, she really needs to get herself to Prom.
Priya Ardis loves books of all kinds—but especially the gooey ones that make your nose leak and let your latte go cold. She started her first book at sixteen, writing in notebooks on long train rides during a hot summer vacation in India. Her favorite Arthurian piece is the poem The Lady of Shalott by Lord Alfred Tennyson. A hopeless romantic, she's a longtime member of the Romance Writer's of America. When not living in her characters' world, she might be found at the local coffee shop—her nose buried in a book.