Tuesday, October 2, 2012

[Review] My Merlin Series by Priya Ardis

Promo – My Merlin Series – Priya Ardis
 My Merlin  Series
My Merlin Series: A young Merlin goes to high school to recruit candidates to pull Excalibur, but finds himself battling his brother for control of the sword and the love of one high school girl.
Favorite Fan Quotes:
Favoirte My Boyfriend Merlin Quote:
“Did you recently turn into a jerk or have you been one since birth?
Favorite My Merlin Awakening Quote:
 Vane grabbed me. “DuLac, let’s chat.”
Chat. British-speak for “Stand still while I yell at you.
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Title: My Boyfriend Merlin, Book 1, My Merlin Series

He was a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons…
In this modern day Arthurian, 17 year-old Boston high schooler Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out the guy she's been crushing on, hot biker Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. In fact, he is really Merlinthe 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, a deadly new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?
Title: My Merlin Awakening, Book 2, My Merlin Series
If you haven't broken the rules, have you really lived?
Two wizard brothers. One sword. One chance to make a difference.
In this modern day Arthurian, Excalibur has been pulled from the stone, but what does it mean? 17 year-old Arriane (aka Ryan) DuLac has 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. 
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 girl or a champion? One wrong decision and her family falls apart. One wrong decision and the world falls apart. No pressure.
Title: Ever My Merlin, Book 3 My Merlin Series
Expected release: Late October 2012
He was the right one, the chosen one, but was he meant for her? 
The end of the world. The day of reckoning. The final battle.
In the last chapter of the My Merlin Series, it is a time of great strife for Arriane (aka Ryan) and Merlin (aka Matt) as they struggle to stem the flood of destruction unleashed upon the world. Their only hope rests in the one object that can restore their greatest ally: the Healing Cup.
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 girl of only eighteen. She must reconcile a fifteen-hundred-year 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.
My Review:  Lately I have been really into modern retellings of old stories.  The My Merlin series is a spin on the Merlin of King Arthur legends.  I haven't read a retelling like this.  The basis for these stories are intriguing and different than other retellings I've read - and in fact differ from other YA I've read in recent years.  There are the normal YA, elements - such as the love triangle, and cliffhangers on the end of the first and second book (thankfully, they are all out now, so you won't have to wait to find out what happens).

Ryan is a typical girl, concerned with school and trying to plan prom.  She is also a little geeky, but I like that about her.  Her life turns upside down in this modern retelling and she is forced to show bravery and spunk, as she sets off on this life altering adventure. 

I am kind of digging this idea of Merlin as a hot young, albiet goofy, wizard, rather than the old wizard from the traditional Arthur legends.  It makes it interesting.  The love triangle between Merlin, Vane and Ryan is pretty intense, but I'm team Merlin all the way.

The entire series starts off with a bang, from the first chapter, of the first book, and continues throughout the series.  If you are a fan of fantasy and adventure, this series is for you.  It is well written, and full of surprises.  I rate the series 4 stars.

About the Author:

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.


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Michelle Cornwell-Jordan said...

Awesome post and great giveaway thanks for sharing!:)

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Priya said...

Thanks for hosting My Merlin on waiting on sunday today, Jennifer. I'm so glad you enjoyed the series! I really appreciate you taking the time to review them!

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