Thursday, October 4, 2012

Blog Tour: My Merlin Series by Priya Ardis - Series Review and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the My Merlin Series Tour sponsored by AToMR Blog Tours.  The My Merlin Series is written by Priya Ardis and includes My Boyfriend Merlin (Book 1), My Merlin Awakening (Book 2), and Ever My Merlin (Book 3).  In association with this tour, the author is giving away to two (2) winners, Book 1 and 2 in paperback (US), and book 1 and 2 in e-book (INT).  You can enter the giveaway below.  Please be sure to check out all the other great stops on the tour and thanks so much for stopping by!

My Boyfriend Merlin 
(My Merlin #1)
by Priya Ardis
Publication Date:  December 1, 2011
Publisher:  Ink Lion Books

He was a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons...

In this modern 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 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, 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?

My Thoughts:  I have always loved fantasy and when I read that this was about Merlin, I was anxious to read this book.  What I didn't expect was to enjoy it so much, especially in this modern day setting.  Arriane, better known as Ryan is a 17-year-old senior in high school.  The oh so hot Matt has the whole biker vibe going on, is charming, and Ryan is a little more than infatuated with him.  As it turns out, Matt is also Merlin, the greatest wizard ever, who has woken up from the deep freeze, and Matt has a purpose, which includes Ryan.  Ryan comes face to face in an intense way with the world of magic and gargoyles, and then when Excalibur appears, things really begin to heat up, especially when it involves saving the world.  They travel to Avalon Academy with her brother Gray, where she also meets Merlin's brother, Vane, who she can't stand, or can she?  Two brothers, one special girl, wizards, gargoyles, all trying to save the world, but can they?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I love the way Priya Ardis has incorporated mythology with a modern day twist, humor, action and adventure, which made this one of the most fun fantasy series I've read.  The story starts off with a bang and had me hooked from the first chapter.  I really liked Ryan, she turns out to be quite the kick-butt heroine.  I liked Merlin also, though he has secrets he is keeping.  Vane, well he's kind of a jerk, but he is super hot.  I love the bad boy type.  There are quite a few secondary characters in the book, which are written so well than you feel like you get to know all of them.  The romance is hot, and the action is intense, combine that with the fantasy and mythology element, and you have one great read.  

Favorite My Boyfriend Merlin Quote:  “Did you recently turn into a jerk or have you been one since birth?

My Merlin Awakening 
(My Merlin #2)
by Priya Ardis
Publication Date:  May 14, 2012
Publisher:  Ink Lion Books

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'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 in Greece. 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:  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.

Ever My Merlin (My Merlin #3)
by Priya Ardis
Expected Publication Date:  Late 2012
Publisher:  Ink Lion Books
Source:  ARC provided by author for tour


If you sacrifice everything, what’s left to hold on to?

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 Thoughts:  Ever My Merlin is the third book in the My Merlin Series.  The end of the world is drawing closer, and the conflict between the two brothers is getting worse, making things even harder.  While it seems that Vane is lost to being a monster (well most of the time), Ryan still isn't ready to give up on  him.  After facing catastrophic events, facing the loss of loved ones, and facing the wrath of not only one, but both brothers, Ryan finds herself on a quest with Matt to find the Healing Cup, which Matt believes is crucial to their plan.  She also finds herself  force into having to finally make a decision as to which brother she will choose, and which one she will let go.  They difficult question is can she make that choice, and what will be the consequences when she does?

The third book in the series was great.  There was quite a bit of focus on mythology, history, and legends, which was interesting.  The adventure took these characters from one end of the globe to the other.  The battle intensifies and Ryan finds herself not only in the heat of the battle, but also straddling the line of allegiance between two brothers.  You can't help but love both of these brothers, and both of these brothers love Ryan, each in their own way.  Vane, super hot, bad, mysterious, intense, possessive, and sometimes a little scary, yet he is always there for her.  Merlin is generally the calmer and more rational brother, or is he?  Merlin has many of his own secrets and trust issues, as does Vane.  He to is really hot, but also more rational.  The action is intense, heavily rooted in magic and fantasy, which was really exciting.  The romance is hot, When faced with losing both brothers, Ryan does what she feels necessary to save them both.  In the end, she chooses the brother that I wanted her to choose, but my heart really hurt for the other.  On that note, Priya Ardis did an excellent job of ending this series, which is so important in my opinion.  The modern day feel of this classic story set in a YA background was so entertaining, and though intense, there was enough humor to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.  If you are a lover of romance, mythology, and fantasy, then this is one series you will definitely want to check out.  I really loved it and highly recommend it.  

Favorite Quotes:  

"Do you think we can be friends?"  I asked.  He stared up at the ceiling, "Probably not, but we can pretend."

He forgave me for planning his death.  I forgave him for being the source of my guilt.  As much as it killed me to see him with her, I also wouldn't have her with anyone else.  The two who filled me, but completed each other more.  

Author Bio:
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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  1. great giveaway and the books look good!

  2. Hello,

    Ellen, thank you for hosting My Merlin today! I'm blown away by such a through review. Thank you for taking the time!!


  3. I've only read book one, and thought it was really cute. I'm glad you've enjoyed the entire series. Great reviews!


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