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When a rogue 19-year-old witch is recruited to help guard an ancient magical Bestiary, a breath-stealing journey begins... Being an empath has its advantages. Harley Merlin can sense people’s emotions, among other things. It’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino. But she has no clue where she got these freakish powers because she spent her child When a rogue 19-year-old witch is recruited to help guard an ancient magical Bestiary, a breath-stealing journey begins... Being an empath has its advantages. Harley Merlin can sense people’s emotions, among other things. It’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino. But she has no clue where she got these freakish powers because she spent her childhood jumping from home to home in the foster system, and her father left her with nothing more than a cryptic note. Then she crosses paths with a terrifyingly real monster. Which is when a mysterious and annoyingly arrogant young warlock named Wade Crowley steps in, introducing her to a hidden world of beasts, magicals, and covens riddled with secrets—as well as clues about her murky past. Whether she likes it or not, this new world is where she belongs. But after a disturbing twist of events, Harley quickly realizes that her past is darker than she could ever have imagined. And that someone in the coven is out for her blood. With the help of Wade and her new friends, she must figure out who the traitor is and why they’re targeting her... Before the human and magical worlds dangerously collide.


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When a rogue 19-year-old witch is recruited to help guard an ancient magical Bestiary, a breath-stealing journey begins... Being an empath has its advantages. Harley Merlin can sense people’s emotions, among other things. It’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino. But she has no clue where she got these freakish powers because she spent her child When a rogue 19-year-old witch is recruited to help guard an ancient magical Bestiary, a breath-stealing journey begins... Being an empath has its advantages. Harley Merlin can sense people’s emotions, among other things. It’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino. But she has no clue where she got these freakish powers because she spent her childhood jumping from home to home in the foster system, and her father left her with nothing more than a cryptic note. Then she crosses paths with a terrifyingly real monster. Which is when a mysterious and annoyingly arrogant young warlock named Wade Crowley steps in, introducing her to a hidden world of beasts, magicals, and covens riddled with secrets—as well as clues about her murky past. Whether she likes it or not, this new world is where she belongs. But after a disturbing twist of events, Harley quickly realizes that her past is darker than she could ever have imagined. And that someone in the coven is out for her blood. With the help of Wade and her new friends, she must figure out who the traitor is and why they’re targeting her... Before the human and magical worlds dangerously collide.

30 review for Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Started out well, and I thought it was going to be both well-edited and fairly original. Sadly, in the end it was neither. Enjoyable enough, but not quite worthy of four stars (I did originally err on the side of generosity, but decided on reflection to give it three). Firstly, it's based much too closely on Harry Potter, up to and including points for an end-of-year prize and childish bickering (if anything, the HP kids are more mature than these characters - "mature YA" in the blurb apparently Started out well, and I thought it was going to be both well-edited and fairly original. Sadly, in the end it was neither. Enjoyable enough, but not quite worthy of four stars (I did originally err on the side of generosity, but decided on reflection to give it three). Firstly, it's based much too closely on Harry Potter, up to and including points for an end-of-year prize and childish bickering (if anything, the HP kids are more mature than these characters - "mature YA" in the blurb apparently just means the protagonist is 19). Second, there are quite a few excess coordinate commas, and a good few vocabulary issues - homonym errors (like diffuse/defuse); wrong word choices for what the author means (like "conscience" when she means "consciousness"); and one of my pet hates, the jargon "going forward" repeatedly used to mean "in future" or "from now on". Third, there are two - TWO - Convenient Eavesdrops, and even though neither one is completely essential to the plot, I still despise this plot device with a mighty hatred. It's weak writing, a convenient way to get around point-of-view limitations. And, while it starts out with a good pace, it suddenly crashes down into low gear for an extended visit to the Department of Backstory, and takes a long time to recover its momentum. It's OK in a bubblegum sort of way, enjoyable for what it is, but it doesn't inspire me to look for more from this author.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emilia

    That's a couple of hours I'm never getting back. Started out nicely but went downhill faster than a rollercoaster ride. DNF and won't bother. "The next Harry Potter" my arse. Thank u, next. That's a couple of hours I'm never getting back. Started out nicely but went downhill faster than a rollercoaster ride. DNF and won't bother. "The next Harry Potter" my arse. Thank u, next.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven By: Bella Forrest Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi Terrific read about magic, coven for mystics, creatures, a mystery, touch of romance, action, good characters and plot, and what makes a family. An orphan has some powers and is noticed by a warlock. Invited to a coven and given a month to decide to stay or not. This story takes place in just over a week and there is a lot! The narration was great!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Piya

    What I liked: Wade - one of the main characters, I could connect with him as a person easily enough and liked him. Storyline and Plot - I liked the overall arc, despite the slight "chosen one" feeling it gave. Pace - Perfect. What I didn't like: The Writing Style - After about 50% into the book it stopped bothering me because the plot was engaging but it seriously bothered me until then. It's clumsy and lazy. Sometimes the writer would preempt something that the book might be critiqued upon, case i What I liked: Wade - one of the main characters, I could connect with him as a person easily enough and liked him. Storyline and Plot - I liked the overall arc, despite the slight "chosen one" feeling it gave. Pace - Perfect. What I didn't like: The Writing Style - After about 50% into the book it stopped bothering me because the plot was engaging but it seriously bothered me until then. It's clumsy and lazy. Sometimes the writer would preempt something that the book might be critiqued upon, case in point - "There was history between these seemingly opposite sides, but neither came across as part of a classic “good versus bad” formula, but rather “unsociable misfits versus smug, preppy jerks.” The writer here essentially told us this not a "good school clique" vs. "bad school clique" thing but something more "complicated", a dynamic that she promptly forgets to demonstrate anywhere and went on to ignore completely for the rest of the book. Also, the writer literally used dialogue in the worst, most awkward ways as info dumps - and not for world-building at that - but character-building. Which brings me to my next issue. The Character-building - Other than Wade (the love interest, which was laughably obvious from his intro) I couldn't connect to ANYONE in the book, including our MC. The writer has obviously tried to create a varied and eclectic group but remained caricatures of the amazing and lovable people they could've been. So much potential lost. She gave them eccentricities and quirks, but none of these really stuck and felt fake. Our MC, for example, is an orphan, so there are all these little quirks about her that one might imagine her having from the abuse she suffered in her foster care days. These qualities are MENTIONED but sometimes don't reflect on her actions. She's supposed to have trust issues but she practically falls in love with this big happy supposedly "rejects" family she finds, within days and trusts them. Now, it's mentioned that she herself is surprised that she put herself in mortal danger for people she barely knew, but again, it feels like the writer is preempting it rather than dealing with these quirks in her behavior patterns (which would be harder work), instead mentioning them and trying to reinforce the idea, using clumsy inner dialogue later on. As I said, lazy writing. And because of these inconsistencies I just couldn't connect with her. World-building - There wasn't much to begin with. It's not exactly a radical idea. Secret society, keeping magic from the world for their and its own good. The Harry Potter influence is actually quite heavy, there are scenes which literally feel like a retelling. It's not completely off-putting though. Some of it I even enjoyed. No, what irked me was how much some important details were just ignored, like what is the IQ level of a gargoyle? Is it vicious monster or does it have a malevolent intelligence, because apparently they understand orders giving in human language. Also this "elitist" behavior that the MC keeps harping on about, there was no payoff to this supposed characteristic of the magicals' society, something to be seen in Chapter 33, the second-last. The whole administrative system and hierarchy inside the coven seems haywire and it's obvious that the writer did not put a lot of thought into it. As I said, lazy writing. But luckily the pacing and the plot saved it for me. I'm definitely going to read further installments.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    A fun read and a good start of a promising story. I do have my gripe with this one but they are more than balanced out by the good points. All the 'going forward' happening - everything does it, even the dreamcatcher. I didn't notice them going backward or sideways a lot, did we need to specifically note that they were going forward a lot? It's a good thing I'm an HP fan and am not irritated by parallels happening. Actually, some stuff is an improvement on the HP line. More to follow. Good stuff: Q: A fun read and a good start of a promising story. I do have my gripe with this one but they are more than balanced out by the good points. All the 'going forward' happening - everything does it, even the dreamcatcher. I didn't notice them going backward or sideways a lot, did we need to specifically note that they were going forward a lot? It's a good thing I'm an HP fan and am not irritated by parallels happening. Actually, some stuff is an improvement on the HP line. More to follow. Good stuff: Q: History was meant to serve as a lesson, not a guideline. Errors were meant to be recorded and later avoided, not repeated. Elitism raised the masses once, to the point where the people got angry and toppled entire monarchies. (c)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven. Where do I start? I picked it up in the first place because I heard it compares favorably to Harry Potter. It is an entertaining story and it does indeed remind me of Harry Potter. And Harley is 19 when we meet her, which is nice in that it makes me feel less like I’m reading a children’s book. I’m not sold on it, though. The biggest issue for me is that the book reads not like an inspired fan’s attempt to create a new magical world, but like a calculated attem Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven. Where do I start? I picked it up in the first place because I heard it compares favorably to Harry Potter. It is an entertaining story and it does indeed remind me of Harry Potter. And Harley is 19 when we meet her, which is nice in that it makes me feel less like I’m reading a children’s book. I’m not sold on it, though. The biggest issue for me is that the book reads not like an inspired fan’s attempt to create a new magical world, but like a calculated attempt to recreate Harry Potter and make millions of dollars. And the similarities are glaringly obvious, starting with the main character’s name. Harley? Really? The author took Harry’s name and swapped out two of the letters at the end. Regardless of her name, Harley is a plucky orphan who grew up in rough foster homes, knows nothing about her parents, and discovers she’s a witch with rare and startling powers. I could go on, but I don’t want to get too spoilery. Just know there’s even a coven/house point system. Ultimately, it was entertaining enough and Harley is likeable enough that I may read more of the series. But I’ll remain smug and offended on Harry Potter’s behalf.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jinjre

    I am, by all measures, an adult. I also happen to like YA fiction. This book is not Harry Potter. It is not even close to Harry Potter. The language and vocabulary sounds like a frustrated 8th grader wrote it. It has a trope on every page. Most 30 year olds do not have "Did not!-Did too!" arguments. To have this occur in the world the author has created is jarring at best and laughable at worst. Stick to the in-flight magazine, and don't bother with this book. I am, by all measures, an adult. I also happen to like YA fiction. This book is not Harry Potter. It is not even close to Harry Potter. The language and vocabulary sounds like a frustrated 8th grader wrote it. It has a trope on every page. Most 30 year olds do not have "Did not!-Did too!" arguments. To have this occur in the world the author has created is jarring at best and laughable at worst. Stick to the in-flight magazine, and don't bother with this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Dinwiddie

    An older, female Harry Potter Several other reviewers, as well as the book’s description, have compared Harley Merlin to Harry Potter, and the comparisons are apt—a magical society/school that humans are unaware of; bureaucratic elements; forces of evil; an orphaned main character with an opaque family history. But Bella Forrest has created her own magical world, filled with delightful characters and rules that I found great fun to explore. I look forward to reading more books in this series!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeanny

    A disappointment. 🤨 the 📖 begins well enough but as it progressed it suffered from slow pacing & uninteresting characters. 1 Subpar Star DNF 25%

  10. 4 out of 5

    Misha

    Just no... This book seemed like it was going to be awesome and the high ratings made me believe I had picked a winner. I was wrong. I didn’t like it, but I’m not sure if it’s because of my idiosyncrasies, rather than the author’s writing style, the plot or the characters that tanked this for me. Let me explain. The book moves really slow (at least to me). More so in the first part of the book. I expected more action, less talk. I’m not sure I really like or want to root for Harley or Wade for tha Just no... This book seemed like it was going to be awesome and the high ratings made me believe I had picked a winner. I was wrong. I didn’t like it, but I’m not sure if it’s because of my idiosyncrasies, rather than the author’s writing style, the plot or the characters that tanked this for me. Let me explain. The book moves really slow (at least to me). More so in the first part of the book. I expected more action, less talk. I’m not sure I really like or want to root for Harley or Wade for that matter. They were irritating to me. Also, It bothered me that Wade basically magically harassed and bullied Harley to come in, she really doesn’t have a legit choice to join and upon first meeting they basically physically coerced her into giving blood when she’s said no. What really got me was she’s just like I’ll get you back Wade, but please tell me more Director. Umm scratches head. Eyebrows to my hairline. This is the first meeting and you’ve violated my right to self determination and I’m still considering joining. Really? What kind of message is that to young readers? The author knew this would be an issue for some because excuses for why we should be okay with that quickly follow. Still I marched along, but gave up before completing the book. Life’s too short and this book just bored and disappointed me. It just seemed like a mashup of stuff we’ve seen before and I expected more. Don’t hesitate to read it though if you’re interested because you like many others may love it, but as for me book one might as well have been the final book because I’m done.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin Underwood

    An interesting new world of witchcraft and wizardry! This book has a bit of a nostalgic feel for the fans of Harry Potter, in that there are secret institutions of magical people hidden in enchanted pockets of the world. It is much more mature and dark than any children's books, though. One thing Bella Forrest is the Queen, Grand Master, and Ultimate Ruler of is creating a full cast of characters who band together and exhibit the true definition of friendship, love and loyalty. Already, we can se An interesting new world of witchcraft and wizardry! This book has a bit of a nostalgic feel for the fans of Harry Potter, in that there are secret institutions of magical people hidden in enchanted pockets of the world. It is much more mature and dark than any children's books, though. One thing Bella Forrest is the Queen, Grand Master, and Ultimate Ruler of is creating a full cast of characters who band together and exhibit the true definition of friendship, love and loyalty. Already, we can see this happening with Harley and her Rag Team. Hidden gems of talent and fiercely loyal friends, they have one another's backs through thick and thin. Add in a pinch of secret intentions to sacrifice themselves for the good of their friends and you've got the makings of a legendary cadre! I love this about Bella Forrest. Her stories are reminders that everyone is better when they rely on one another.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    I got to 30% and had a suspicion. The setup seemed kind of fragile with lots of titanic forces in stress, not least having the coven sanctuary sitting on a powder keg. And I figured that either Forrest is unaware of her own setup or things were going to explode and that was integral to the plot. Which twigged me onto a feeling I had that I was reading outside of the genre I expected (UF with YA flavor). So I explored a bit. Okay, I read the cover copy of later books in the series. And found that I got to 30% and had a suspicion. The setup seemed kind of fragile with lots of titanic forces in stress, not least having the coven sanctuary sitting on a powder keg. And I figured that either Forrest is unaware of her own setup or things were going to explode and that was integral to the plot. Which twigged me onto a feeling I had that I was reading outside of the genre I expected (UF with YA flavor). So I explored a bit. Okay, I read the cover copy of later books in the series. And found that this series is likely more of an epic fantasy in a modern day setting than it is Urban Fantasy. Which is perfectly fine, but it has been a very long time since I was able to get caught up in an epic fantasy. So I'm going to stop here. I'm not going to rate this at all because looking at the cover copy on this book again it actually does a pretty good job indicating the kind of stakes and arc this is going to cover. So it's my bad for not picking up on that and I'll just move on.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I read this book as it had been compared to Harry Potter in reviews. I grew up with Harry Potter and those books have shaped my childhood. While the Harley Merlin series was an enjoyable, quick read, it has nothing on Harry Potter. I found that the author focused on the outer appearance and as with almost all teen novels nowadays they could all be found on runways in real life and the main character has two gorgeous guys vying for her attention. Instead of carving out characters that are not car I read this book as it had been compared to Harry Potter in reviews. I grew up with Harry Potter and those books have shaped my childhood. While the Harley Merlin series was an enjoyable, quick read, it has nothing on Harry Potter. I found that the author focused on the outer appearance and as with almost all teen novels nowadays they could all be found on runways in real life and the main character has two gorgeous guys vying for her attention. Instead of carving out characters that are not caricatures of real life stereotypes, she stays superficial and does not add the intricacies that J.K. Rowling had for all of her characters. I appreciate strong female characters, but here the protagonist gives up her independence after having been harassed by a guy. In comparison to this, J.K. Rowling once stated I believe, that Hermione Granger never compromised her intelligence for anyone, never gave up her studiousness for beauty and even though she was portrayed by the beautiful Emma Watson, she was never supposed to be known for her beauty, but her intelligence. If this author had created characters of more depth, this could potentially have come close to Harry Potter, but alas it does not... Edit: I read a bunch of Bella Forrest's Sagas and felt I really had to add this point to this review. In all of her books and there are many, every pairing is always between the different sexes. This is especially astonishing since one of her storylines (not Harley Merlin) literally spans universes, and in all those universes, somehow everyone is straight?! After having read 3-4 books of hers they become incredibly predictable, badly edited (spelling mistakes) and quite frankly boring, because the same things happen again and again and you guessed it, AGAIN! I cannot over stress this, as she has authored over 100 books, if you have read one of them, you have read them all essentially. As I mentioned before, she also does never create characters of any depth. None of them are ever anything less than beautiful and if they are, then they are likely the bad guys, unimportant or will miraculously become beautiful once they find their significant other.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deb Hills

    While the overall storyline is entertaining enough, I felt like I was reading something written by a high schooler. I am always skeptical of authors that churn out too many books too soon, it’s often an indicator of sloppy work and poor development. For a book about an empath, the range of emotions expressed was limited. The author seems to be in desperate need of a thesaurus (i.e. too many chuckles and smirks). There are also grammatical errors and odd phrasing throughout, for example the cover While the overall storyline is entertaining enough, I felt like I was reading something written by a high schooler. I am always skeptical of authors that churn out too many books too soon, it’s often an indicator of sloppy work and poor development. For a book about an empath, the range of emotions expressed was limited. The author seems to be in desperate need of a thesaurus (i.e. too many chuckles and smirks). There are also grammatical errors and odd phrasing throughout, for example the cover art features the line: “From Million-bestselling author”. Million what? Books? Copies sold? It seems like someone just slapped that on the front to increase the author’s credibility. I don’t buy it, especially since I can’t find much about her. This book is in serious need of an editor. I think it has potential, but another round of drafts and revisions would have made it better. Wonky word choice, lack of emotional range, shallow character development. A lot of work seems to go into the banter between Harley and Wade, but the same kind of attention isn’t given to the actual plot and character motivations. I also question the setting. As someone who lives in San Diego, I don’t know what kind of research the author did on this city even with actual street names and locations, it reads as “off”, like she created the setting from a couple of Google searches. Because really, all Harley eats is pizza and Chinese? Not a single mention of Mexican food? That is a go-to for ALL locals. Besides other issues that don’t make it believable, maybe it is for tweens or people who don’t live here, but I don’t buy it and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Lastly, to market this book as a must-read for HP fans and liken it to that level of fiction is outrageous! While there are similarities in concept, clearly the author was inspired by JK Rowling and perhaps even Lev Grossman, it not anywhere close to the level of craftsmanship displayed in “Harry Potter”, “The Magicians”, or even “Twilight” (and I thought that series was poorly written). Whoever Bella Forrest is I think it would behoove her to focus more on the Quality of the stories she wants to tell and not the Quanity of books she’s pumping out. 2 stars because it was fairly entertaining, but I doubt I will read any more in this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katharina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I usually don’t write reviews, but I really didn’t like this book. This book doesn’t have anything to do with the next Harry Potter, as it is advertised, but definitely “borrows” one too many concepts and ideas from Harry Potter and is incredibly predictable. - The orphan that does not know that she belong a to a magical world - Magic school / coven to learn about this new exciting world - The beast master / Hagrid character - The hagrid character being convicted even though he was innocent - The I usually don’t write reviews, but I really didn’t like this book. This book doesn’t have anything to do with the next Harry Potter, as it is advertised, but definitely “borrows” one too many concepts and ideas from Harry Potter and is incredibly predictable. - The orphan that does not know that she belong a to a magical world - Magic school / coven to learn about this new exciting world - The beast master / Hagrid character - The hagrid character being convicted even though he was innocent - The main character being someone/something special even in the magical world (not explained in this book yet but I read that this will be revealed in the next installment) - The point system of inter house / coven rivalry - A hidden villain that seems a normal character at first but is then revealed to have used sabotage (Prof. Quirrel) - A fight in the end where the main character breaks rules, is being deducted points for it, but then is rewarded a shit ton of points back for bravery ..... And there are even more little details that feel all too familiar. The characters, diverse group of “looser/underdog” friends of the main character had so much potential, but they seem very flat and nondescript. Disappointing, won’t read any further.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I did like the premise of this story- we have Harley, a orphan who has Magical powers of her own, but has never meet anyone like her- until a chance encounter with a warlock and a gargoyle make her realize she’s not as alone as she thought. So like I said interesting premise, but it was another ‘speshul girl’ story where Harley is not only Elemental ( can control all of the elements) but telekinetic as well as an empathetic. So yeah really rare- but oh no, her power isn’t what everyone hoped, a I did like the premise of this story- we have Harley, a orphan who has Magical powers of her own, but has never meet anyone like her- until a chance encounter with a warlock and a gargoyle make her realize she’s not as alone as she thought. So like I said interesting premise, but it was another ‘speshul girl’ story where Harley is not only Elemental ( can control all of the elements) but telekinetic as well as an empathetic. So yeah really rare- but oh no, her power isn’t what everyone hoped, and she’s a Mediocre. (which is kind of a bad thing in the magic world ) Oh darn. What I also didn't like was that Harley seemed to give up her emotional feelings when someone told her to- and then was overly violent at other times. “It is what it is, Harley. This thing is going right into a junkyard. Get over it and worry more about why there are gargoyles following you around in the first place.” I literally wrote in my notes: I hate how she keeps backing down to him when he’s being a clueless dickbag- if she wants to be upset she has a right to -even if you don’t understand it you weird robot Then the ‘love’ interest was... all over the place- and the story was in the span of only a week- ONE WEEK! so why was everyone taking her opinion as gold when she was not only new to magic, but coven life in general? It seemed like they wanted to make her seem more important and forced everyone else around her to seem dumb by comparison.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    All the reviews called this the girl version of Harry Potter. This was nothing like Harry Potter. It felt nothing like it. However, I knew going into it that it wasn't going to be, so I didn't have those expectations. Besides the extreme lie in advertising, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I decided to read this book because I love Bella Forrest's other series (you know, the guilty pleasure vampire one ;) ) But this one felt very different. It felt more YA and more mature. I haven't read Forrest' All the reviews called this the girl version of Harry Potter. This was nothing like Harry Potter. It felt nothing like it. However, I knew going into it that it wasn't going to be, so I didn't have those expectations. Besides the extreme lie in advertising, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I decided to read this book because I love Bella Forrest's other series (you know, the guilty pleasure vampire one ;) ) But this one felt very different. It felt more YA and more mature. I haven't read Forrest's other series in a while, but it definitely seems like her writing and plotting has improved a lot. The story follows Harley who has always had the ability to feel others emotions. At the beginning she works for a casino, figuring out who cheaters are. Right at the beginning she is attacked and learns she is not the only one who has magical abilities. Enter in the magical school/coven trope. Yeah, not every magic school means the book is like Harry Potter (sorry I hate the false advertising). Harley is delved into the mystery of why she was attacked and how monsters are escaping the school. She finds out more about her past and family. And of course there is a dash of romance (not as much as I may have liked, but I will take anything). The book was fun and easy. I enjoy Forrest's writing because it is relaxed and easy. Harley was a fun character, though she feels a bit oblivious at times. And of course I love Wade! As a rule follower, I can't help but love me some hot goody two shoes. Overall, great read for a fun and easy fall vibe.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    2.5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Abi

    This was a pretty good book. It had interesting magic and culture. The pacing was good. The plot had a twisty, surprising mystery. The characters were intriguing and the main character was easy to like. I was never bored, and liked it from the beginning. The start of the romance is promising. Overall, a good start to a series that is, to my knowledge, complete this month. I will read book 2. 4.5 stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Þórey Jónsdóttir

    Thank you, next! Characters act like they are 12 years old, I can’t even finish this book. Yes, it’s that annoying! DNF @ 42%

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Adams

    I don't normally read stuff like this but I've been hooked all day! Brilliant read can nit want to read the next!! I don't normally read stuff like this but I've been hooked all day! Brilliant read can nit want to read the next!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Book Club

    Harley, that has discovered at a young age of her supernatural ability, discovers a completely new world after helping an “electric” guy to defeat a gargoyle. And with the new world she will disclose misteriosa about her real family. I came across this book on Facebook and I felt like reading it as it was compared to Harry Potter, indeed there are few things that could connect the book to the HP saga, the magic element, the coven (could be compared to Hogwarts) and other few elements which I won Harley, that has discovered at a young age of her supernatural ability, discovers a completely new world after helping an “electric” guy to defeat a gargoyle. And with the new world she will disclose misteriosa about her real family. I came across this book on Facebook and I felt like reading it as it was compared to Harry Potter, indeed there are few things that could connect the book to the HP saga, the magic element, the coven (could be compared to Hogwarts) and other few elements which I won’t include in my review otherwise I’ll spoil the whole story! However I felt a connection to Shadowhunters, especially when it comes to the relationship between Harley and Wade, ah and the presence of the beasts (which reminded me of the beasts Jace and Clary had to defeat). So probably because it was such a good mix between to sagas that I honestly enjoyed I came to love the book and couldn’t put it down.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    First 3rd failed to engage as it was too much info dump and set up. I may not have continued had it not been a book club read and that would have been a shame as shortly after that 1/3 way point things became lots more interesting with Harley being part of the team dealing with the gargoyle breakouts and the story flowed more naturally and we were spared the info dump. I did like Harley's sass and how she gave as good as she got and didn't put up with any disrespect. Not sure about Wade yet as h First 3rd failed to engage as it was too much info dump and set up. I may not have continued had it not been a book club read and that would have been a shame as shortly after that 1/3 way point things became lots more interesting with Harley being part of the team dealing with the gargoyle breakouts and the story flowed more naturally and we were spared the info dump. I did like Harley's sass and how she gave as good as she got and didn't put up with any disrespect. Not sure about Wade yet as his elitist attitude and superiority complex can be a bit annoying yet they are also inconsistent. Will have to wait and see.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura..devouring books like crumpets

    Wow Wow Wow...... Now i had tried this Author hot bloods series the first book and really wasn't for me..... So i put this author aside a few years back... however this book fit a challenge i was participating in so thought i would give it a go.... Its not your typical YA the heroine is Mature (for the most part) brilliantly written and doesn't fall in love at the first set of Green eyes. Its like Ghostbusters and Harry potter had a lovechild..... Harley Smith is an orphaned empath (and some) workin Wow Wow Wow...... Now i had tried this Author hot bloods series the first book and really wasn't for me..... So i put this author aside a few years back... however this book fit a challenge i was participating in so thought i would give it a go.... Its not your typical YA the heroine is Mature (for the most part) brilliantly written and doesn't fall in love at the first set of Green eyes. Its like Ghostbusters and Harry potter had a lovechild..... Harley Smith is an orphaned empath (and some) working for a casino to find people trying to cheat. After a good payout nights work she stumbles across a monster and the handsome Wade who seems to have certain capabilities similar to her own..... After that a whole world open up and Harley is thrown headfirst into its underbelly. I can see certain aspects where the Author has been influenced from other stories but she has combined it with her own unique imagination making it a world i devoured in a day... on to book 2

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Schiestle

    Loved this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series! Giving it 5 stars due to how engaging it was and how quickly I flew through the book - the characters are quirky and have more depth to them than you realize when you first meet them. However, the writing style I'd put more at 3 stars. It's very informal and definitely a YA book. At times the writing is a little immature. I initially started this book because it's been marketed as a series for Harry Potter lovers. If you like fantasy Loved this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series! Giving it 5 stars due to how engaging it was and how quickly I flew through the book - the characters are quirky and have more depth to them than you realize when you first meet them. However, the writing style I'd put more at 3 stars. It's very informal and definitely a YA book. At times the writing is a little immature. I initially started this book because it's been marketed as a series for Harry Potter lovers. If you like fantasy series that are set in modern times, you won't be disappointed as long as you are okay with a less sophisticated style of writing! Super easy and fun pleasure read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalia Navarro

    Wow!!! 🤓 This a fantastic start of the series!!!... Just by reading Harley's last name I knew it has to be a great book!!!... The plot is amazing, with the last of the Merlin descendant as the main character; who has to find out her place in the world, when she discovers she's not the only one with special abilities... Will she stay in the coven after all that happen in her first week there?, including the discovery of her true heritage?... I can't wait for the next book to release!!! 🤗❤️ Wow!!! 🤓 This a fantastic start of the series!!!... Just by reading Harley's last name I knew it has to be a great book!!!... The plot is amazing, with the last of the Merlin descendant as the main character; who has to find out her place in the world, when she discovers she's not the only one with special abilities... Will she stay in the coven after all that happen in her first week there?, including the discovery of her true heritage?... I can't wait for the next book to release!!! 🤗❤️

  27. 5 out of 5

    kris

    Facebook really wants me to read this. Like The Gender Game (which FB also really wanted me to read, also by Bella Forrest), this is billed as the next [insert popular series name here]. For this, it's Harry Potter. For The Gender Game, it was The Hunger Games. Also like The Gender Game, this series has 7 books, all published within a year of each other (this series isn't yet complete) Also like The Gender Game, I've seen some very negative reviews. Extremely tempted to read the first book of each a Facebook really wants me to read this. Like The Gender Game (which FB also really wanted me to read, also by Bella Forrest), this is billed as the next [insert popular series name here]. For this, it's Harry Potter. For The Gender Game, it was The Hunger Games. Also like The Gender Game, this series has 7 books, all published within a year of each other (this series isn't yet complete) Also like The Gender Game, I've seen some very negative reviews. Extremely tempted to read the first book of each and see how terrible they are.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lburt

    Meh, this book was written well with developed characters and a good plot. My “meh” review is because I couldn’t decided what age level it was designed for. Some parents are YA and some children’s. It was a bit confusing and a little hard for me to get into. The point system really threw me, like who cares if the coven doesn’t get points this is real life not children at hog warts. People are getting killed and injured, just do the right thing and find out what’s going on.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Haskell

    I saw an ad that said this book was the next Harry Potter and laughter, to myself “oh sure, I don’t believe it”. This has the same characteristics I enjoyed in the Harry Potter series, a fun, quirky main character, interesting, not-quite-believable situations and an enemy who is hidden. I enjoyed every minute of this book and will certainly get the next books in the series. I am looking forward to seeing what Hailey learns and how she learns to use all her abilities.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Ouimet

    Captivating I am an enormous Harry Potter fan, and while nothing will ever come close to HP, this book was captivating. I read it in just 2 days!! Can’t wait to read the next one, and I am also very excited to see that Bella Forrest has a ton of other series out there for me to enjoy. I am a huge fun of the supernatural, and it looks like I found the right author for me.

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