Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven(Harley Merlin #1)by Bella Forrest

Published:August 27th 2018

Publisher: Nightlight Press

Length: 402 pages

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blurb:

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.

My Review:

“History was meant to serve as a lesson, not a guideline. Errors were meant to be recorded and later avoided, not repeated.”

Truer words have never been spoken. There are many thought provoking statements throughout this book that are both beautiful and meaningful. Not what I was expecting in a new adult fantasy.

On to the book itself. Though the plot dragged a little in parts I found myself unable to put it down. I wanted to know more about this intriguing world. There are plenty of plot twists and reveals to keep you entertained through out.

Now is it like Harry Potter as many have suggested? No it isn’t. There are similar elements in that it’s someone who was orphaned discovering they are part of a magical world but there are very few books that equal Harry Potter, in my opinion. This book is one I recommend to all new adult fantasy lovers but don’t be expecting the greatness of JK Rowling.

This book is available on kindle unlimited, which is where I stumbled across it. I’m now on the third instalment so the series is holding up well.

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