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Harley Merlin 2: Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins

Written by: Bella Forrest
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
5 out of 5 stars (28 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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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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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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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-28

not the best writing

If your a teenager go ahead but pretty average writing that bordered on annoying. Could be an interesting plot if I could get past the writing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Terry D Maley
  • 2019-05-02

Did anyone mention Harry Potter rip off?

Who rates these books so highly? Thinly despised Potter ripoffs, a main character who is a moron, and a reader who makes every word sound like she's crying at a funeral.. Omg... This author needs to write romance books for teenagers and leave fantasy and science fiction to deal authors. And please people.. Save your 4 and 5 star ratings for good books

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  • coreyb
  • 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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  • 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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  • Martha Mohr
  • 2018-08-01

Terrible

Did not even finish it. It was like Harry Potter gone wrong. Have liked her other books so far.

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  • Juli J.
  • 2017-07-10

NOT HARRY POTTER

I was fooled by the hype on Facebook. This is nothing like Harry Potter. I only finished it hoping it would have a good ending. The end leaves you hanging and I don't care enough to find out what happens in the sequels.

24 of 37 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Karon Bonnell
  • 2017-07-25

NO NO NO!

This is NOT for those who love Harry Potter. ....not even close. Really misleading advertising. Don't buy it.

22 of 36 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful