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Harley Merlin 2: Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins

Written by: Bella Forrest
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Harley Merlin Series, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (94 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A dark past. A hidden power. A dangerous enemy.

Harley Merlin has a lot of unanswered questions in her life. What drove her father to kill her mother? How can she know the true extent of her magical abilities? Has Wade Crowley always been this annoying?

After the violent gargoyle incident that left many dead, Harley fears what other evil tricks her psychotic aunt has up her sleeve. When she discovers that magical foster kids like herself are in danger, she knows she must do whatever it takes to protect them.

And it turns out that Tatyana, the Coven’s resident ghost-whisperer, is also willing to make sacrifices and has secrets of her own...

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©2015 Bella Forrest (P)2017 Bella Forrest

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Am improvement from the first book, easy listening

I enjoyed this book more than the first, as some plot developments were less predictable for the listener/reader. The addition of Tatiana's viewpoint was a welcome respite from the sometimes oblivious-to-the-obvious mind of Harley. I would enjoy chapters from all character viewpoints to be honest, as they could use some development.

Though the characters generally lack some depth, I find this an easy listen. It is paced well, interesting, and has some great potential. I will be buying book 3.

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Really Enjoying this Series

Loved this one, found myself listening as much as I could to find out what happened next. I'm enjoying this series.

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Much better performance than book one

Narrator definitely improved on this one! Got much more into this book than the first.

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Great sequel!

It was very fun to try and guess where all the twists and turns would lead to before the characters figured it out.

Great story can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Howard
  • 2019-02-12

Has potential, but a tough listen

There are some interesting elements to the book, However, I don't think if it knows whether or not it wants to be a children's book. I am guessing the sweet spot is teens. I was a Harry Potter fan and the sheer creativity allowed me to escape into innocence. This book does not quite make it, seeming a bit formulaic. There are a few other issues that prevented me from suspending disbelief:

The main character is an empath. Which is an interesting way to illustrate the emotional content of the characters. But the author uses this as a crutch and doesn't provide enough direct plot. The book would be better if the characters, settings, and character interactions told the story which I could interpret, allowing me to suspend my disbelief and enter the story. However, there is so much inner monolog with a given character telling me what I am supposed to see and feel that I never get a chance to engage the material. And if the author has chosen to really expose the emotional content of the characters, they need to be full characters. It seems to me that most of them barely break the surface of archetype.

The book uses the term magical repeatedly to differentiate those with magic and those with out. After the first couple of pages I understand that there are people who have magic. It would be akin to me using the term human in every other sentence. Unless I am specifically discussing aspects of the human race or the human condition, I don't use the word. It is unnecessary.

Similarly, there is another device in the book, an item which focuses magical power, called an espree (sp?). The book constantly mentions them, but they do little to advance the plot. They are completely unnecessary. I feel the books would be better with out them. They just seem awkward.

Anyway, I might give the next book a try to see if things have matured. There is some potentially interesting lore here, but I am guessing I will move on. This is just my two cents obviously. I certainly can't write fiction, but I have an opinion. And you know what they say about those.

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  • Eric
  • 2019-02-01

Not Harry Potter but great book

One of the things I’ve noticed regarding the reviews about this book is that many people thought it was going to be another Harry Potter. I think that was an unfair characterization, I believe this book should be allowed to stand on its own merits. In my opinion, the story is engaging, filled with drama and intrigue. The main character is filled with fire always ready to defend her family and friends. So, I hope the people who wrote a review would please set aside their Harry Potter impressions and please give this story another look because it is well worth the buy.

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  • smatchell
  • 2018-09-15

Meh

Chose this book because it was recommended for Harry Potter fans, it was not well-written and the characters were poorly developed. I won’t be continuing the series.

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  • Jen Mooney
  • 2017-09-18

Amateurish

The writing is amateurish, with the author telling us, not showing us. Some of the similes used we're ridiculous. Overall, a ridiculous story. Don't waste your time.

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  • E
  • 2019-11-03

Glad it's a different story

The first book had me enraged the amount of similarities to HP, but I like where the second book is taking the story. I liked that this book was from the POV of 2 strong females, and found Tatiana's POV as a ghost whisperer interesting. I hope we continue to hear the story from other angles. Kudos to the talents of Amanda Ronconi- she's great in this.

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  • Paul
  • 2019-10-17

it just feels clumsy

in the most sequels there is a certain amount of exposition about the prior book required. in the case of this book I felt I was drowning in exposition I found myself saying to my phone several times o get on with it!
that said, I like the plot. I like the characters. I just found the presentation lacking and the exposition tiresome.
I'm a listen to the next book. but, it will take me awhile to get up the courage to sit through two books worth of exposition particularly when that exposition is not required for that third books story.

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  • T&C
  • 2019-01-24

ok read, intriguing premise

really hard to get into. I feel like the last 10 to 15 chapters were good and pulled me in enough to want to know what happens. I feel like the book could've been way shorter and accomplished the same results.

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  • Elena
  • 2017-11-19

different

different but not bad, darker than what I thought it would be. But interesting excited to listen to book 2

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  • st965
  • 2020-01-08

Needs to pick up the pace but overall good story

I like this series. I do. But imagine pages of endless self-musings, doubts and reflections every time a character speaks or asks a question or even appears to approach the main character before she gives a response. It becomes exhausting and I want to yell, “who cares! Just answer him/her!” Or, “what was happening before all this again?” I just listened to the sample audio from the third book(which starts from the beginning) and It kicks off with more of the same. I’m all for building character but if I could cut out about 45% of her internal monologue it’d be perfect! I can’t see myself finishing this whole series. We’ll see.

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  • Wes Gardner
  • 2019-02-24

Awesome!

I love this book series. it's a great read and those who love fantasy of magic witches and warlocks well definitely enjoy this book series.

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