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“My Merlin Awakening is an incredibly thrilling sequel. It's full of adventure as well as tons of mythological creatures. Ryan DuLac is immersed deeper into Arthurian legend. Ryan's character grows even more into the warrior she was meant to be as the wielder of Excalibur. I could not for the life of me put this book down, I tried my best to finish it slowly so as to savor its exciting story but failed epically and devoured the book in two days time during every waking second I wasn't busy. This book will intrigue you from start to finish. The tone transforms from something light into something a bit darker ever so subtly which pushes the story into a whole different direction. Although there is a visible love-triangle yet again between the two wizarding brothers it does not diminish the overlaying story which is amazing. You also get to peek behind the curtain of Merlin and Vivane's past which is a satisfying aspect to see how it's affected both their future actions. Overall an extremely enjoyable read. A guilty pleasure for anyone who loves Merlin and enjoys a nice spin on things. Priya Ardis is amazing and has yet again outdone herself with this sequel.
“I really am enjoying this series. The pacing is excellent, and even though there is a love triangle, it's pretty complicated and keeps you guessing much better than most ya novels that involve a romantic triangle. This one reminded me a little bit of the Hunger Games because of the gladiator-type competition. The main character doesn't strike me as nearly so hard as Katniss, though, which is one of the aspects I do like about her.
I am pretty excited to see where the third book takes me, and I would definitely recommend this series. It really is a lot of fun. I like the King Arthur hook because it definitely keeps things interesting.”
“My Merlin Awakening picks up where the first book in the series left off. Ryan finds herself in the middle of the conflict between two brothers, each who believe they are doing the right thing, and she cares for them both. While she finds herself with one, she still can't seem to let go of the other, and with both of them being able to get into her head, it doesn't make things easier. The action in this book is intense, with mermaids, monsters, and myths, Ryan finds herself in the middle of a battle in which her choices and actions determine the lives of others. The question is can she rise to the occasion, and can she hold onto both of these brothers that she cares so much about, or will one be lost to becoming a monster?
I really loved this book, it was even better than the first in the series. It delves more into the magic and mythology surrounding Merlin, as well as the gods. The romance is really, really hot, as is the drama. I found myself team Merlin sometimes and team Vane others (though I really have a thing for the bad boys). Ryan really kicks butt in this novel. Lives are lost, difficult choices are made, friendships are tested, and love is put to the test. This was an outstanding second book in this delightful series and I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Favorite My Merlin Awakening Quote: Vane grabbed me. “DuLac, let’s chat.” Chat. British-speak for “Stand still while I yell at you.”
GoodReads Synopsis: 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 Thoughts: I am still LOVING this series. The first book dealt with Arthurian legend…this one has lots of Greek mythology as well as some HUGE surprises!!!
Let’s start with the love triangle! WOW…hot, hot, hot, hot, hot…well maybe that better describes Vane. For all his dark and foreboding nature, it kills me he is the blonde brother. He really should have dark hair and piercing green (not hazel) eyes. But I will take him anyway I can get him. Yep, color me “Team Vane”…he’s just so passionate about everything, especially Ryan. Merlin has too much of a hero complex for me…he is the guy that will always be ditching you to go save some damsel in distress. I’d much rather be at the top of my guy’s priority list!
We learn a lot about the Gargoyles, which added some interesting tension. The Gargoyles and Wizards are forced to work together to try and find out why Excalibur has shown up. Lots of interesting secrets are revealed! This was a non-stop thrill ride into undiscovered territory…and Priya Ardis knows how to create a new and exciting world! I’m so anxious to read the final installment…I’m betting it will be even better, and I’m holding out hope that Vane gets the girl!