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My Merlin Awakening

By Priya Ardis

My Merlin Trilogy #2

Spoiler-Free 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'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 fall apart. One wrong decision and the world falls apart. No pressure.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.5


Well, let's just say that was a wild ride.

What in the H-E- double toothpicks happened in this book?

Wow just wow. The tension, the fights, the epic battle scenes...gosh, my life is so trivial compared to that. The first book was good but this one was way better. From the beginning, the author lets us readers know that she ain't playing no more. All that drama got turned up Zeus level here (book reference for y'all). Matt was a bit better in this book, was a lot more relatable that's for sure. The story continues with Merlin having a memory, Vane being the rascal he is making his life miserable but we don't mention that. Then the story goes back to the present where dear Ryan and Vane are having a lacrosse training sesh

( ohmygoshyejswfewij) where Vane lays it on thick with the insults but we don't mention that either. It turns out he's the new coach, and the new history teacher (I know. A good looking specimen AND an intellectual. Earth swallow me now.) Then Merlin transmits a vision to Ryan via a special amulet (that causes more problems than it's worth) about tsunamis and destruction while unbeknownst to Merlin, Ryan and Vane were totally having A moment. Oh, and Vane and Ryan are dating (YES). Fast-Forward to when they find out Grey(Ryan's stepbrother) is a gargoyle. Fun times, babes, fun times. Rourke gets introduced to the story previous in My Boyfriend Merlin. Like I said more added drama because Sylvia (Grey's mom) and Rourke (which is the king of the gargoyles) probably had something in the past. Grey is exposed (to himself and others) as the heir for the gargoyle throne. Rourke gets poisoned by Oliver the previous heir of the throne. And we later get acquainted with the mermaids. Not the sweet sea creatures who sing and twirl and sing some more. Noooo, not those, that would be too easy. These mermaids are bloodthirsty, masochist, ugly, and horrendously horrific monsters. Also would like to mention that Vane is turned into a mermaid and sacrifices are made, people killed (like Grey's admirer. Don't remember her name) Ryan gets thrown into the arena with Leonidas another previous Heir of the throne before Vane killed the current mermaid king. So yes, Vane is indeed loved by any and all species. Ryan gets killed over and over again while "brain dead Vane" heals her because mermaids are torturing Merlin. I would also like to include that mermaids don't feel 'love'. After all that suffering they finally are able to escape that underwater hell and go into yet another suicidal quest, where Vane takes over the "I'M A POSSESSIVE SICKO" person.

(I love you but why?) Later on, Vane supposedly betrays everyone because he supposedly initiated the end of the world. As previously said, the guy is loved by everybody.

In this book what I mostly liked was how the characters were slowing starting to grow on each other. They were slowly starting to trust each other until MA BOY here decided it was time to spice things up. And Ryan and V's relationship gave a huge set back in a part of the book (before they were about to dive into the ocean) so Vane and I are not in the best terms because I tell ya, if I were to be there I bet your favorite book I would've kicked his behind to Mars and back. Yes, I would've.


  • When Ryan kissed Merlin to bring him back to himself. And afterward when Vane scampered off fumingly jealous. Best moment ever.

  • Also, the part of the book where Merlin was trying to convince Ryan of his love and the girl was like "Boy, I don't even like you that much." She didn't actually say that but ALL of us know the truth and/or the hidden message she was sending him with her eyes.

  • Ryan being wonderfully naïve about saving Vane. *sigh* The love...#sarcasm

  • Lastly, there is the darling white bull. His scars broke my sulfuric acid-filled muscle of a heart. Come here, baby. I gotchu. Mama ain't letting nobody hurt you no more.

Overall I really appreciated the effort that succeeded to keep me on the edge of my seats at all times. Occasionally I was a bit confused with all that was happening but I think that was mostly my fault since I was reading so fast I probably skipped like ten pages. But hey, sometimes the book is THAT good.

Thank you once again, Priya Ardis, for entertaining me in these times of stress and adding more stress to the pile.

"Reading is my therapy, but it is also why I need therapy."

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