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Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven
Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven | Bella Forrest
15 posts | 15 read | 29 to read
A mature Young Adult fantasy with a twisty, Potter-esque feel -- welcome to the world of Harley Merlin... Being an empath has its advantages. Nineteen-year-old 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 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. Fans of witches and magic, prepare for an enthralling new journey from million-bestselling author Bella Forrest. Buy now *Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts.*
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Beatlefan129
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Panpan

I love Harry Potter, so hearing this book billed as “for fans of Harry Potter” scared me right from the start.See if this sounds familiar: orphan who doesn‘t know much about their parents finds out they have magical powers and goes to a school for magical people where they have to save the day. The writing is so clunky and awkward, my favorite example: “Her heart thudded like an obese butterfly.” JK Rowling this is not, unfortunately.

DGRachel Oh, that's an unfortunate simile. 😳 2mo
wanderinglynn It‘s a red flag to me when they have to put on the cover “million-bestselling author.” Yet I‘ve never heard of this author. 🤔 2mo
rwmg For fans of = derivative from 2mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Pickpick

Entertaining, not particularly originally but engaging enough that I didn‘t mind. A 19 year old protagonist did make me 🙄 a couple of times (guess I‘m getting old) but I like the seeds that have been planted for the coming books - a dark family mystery and mysterious magical talents (really liked that her friends magical abilities are tied to their cultural heritages)

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jpmcwisemorgan
Mehso-so

I read this. I‘ve actually managed to read the first five in some weird hope it would get better but I‘m not sure that it does. It‘s a Harry Potter rip-off in too many ways and I think that prevents it from being its own story and possibly bring good. It‘s on KU so there‘s a fair chance I‘ll finish the series.

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jcalyn5
Panpan

Virtually every page had paragraphs of unnecessary exposition bogging it down. I also have to wonder whether the author‘s ever had a conversation with a real person. And for some reason there was a Potter-esque points system, but for adults at a governmental level...?

Still, I give credit for a sort-of-interesting magical system, magical society, and main problem. Overall, this would be a solid first draft for a high school B student.

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bridge12
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Pickpick

It was either through Litsy or somewhere else that this was advertised as the Harry Potter for adults. While it‘s more YA than adult and comparing it to Harry Potter is a disservice to HP. However, I loved it and will continue reading the series, because I certainly need more series to start 🤦🏼‍♀️. The magical world that Forrest has built is fantastic and I finished this in a couple of days. Highly recommend!

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bridge12
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You guys! I‘m doing a terrible job! Got a late start this morning and there is no way I‘m reaching #24in48. However, I‘m still gonna keep trucking and I‘ve been loving the reading I did get done. Hope y‘all are doing better than me on this #readathon! @24in48

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bridge12
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Switching books for #24in48 while hoping in the bath because my body feels like it‘s falling apart.

I have every intention of finishing #DoughnutEconomics before the weekend is through. I just needed a break. @24in48

24in48 Hope the bath helps! 5mo
bridge12 @24in48 it absolutely did! Epsom salt is the mineral of gods! 5mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Cinfhen Yay!!! 5mo
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BarkingMadRun
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MoonWitch94 Do you like this book? I tried it & wanted to like it but I had to quit it. 5mo
BarkingMadRun @MoonWitch94 I am liking it, I‘m also really easily amused lol 5mo
LaurensLibrary Hi Kim! Can you please email me and verify your email address? Laurenslibraryonlitsy@gmail.com I am having some trouble sending you your #happeebirthdaeharryswap match. Thanks! 5mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Taking a break after an easy morning of errands before I go home and do the laundry!

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BarkingMadRun
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Getting my books ready for the summer installment of #booked2019 @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

suvata Maus Is one of the best graphic novels I have ever read. (edited) 5mo
BarkingMadRun @suvata my daughter recommended it, I‘m looking forward to it. I put a hold on it at the library 😍 5mo
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Shay_1113
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Pickpick

Oh this was so much fun to read!! It has Harry Potter vibes which I‘m always ready for! Harley is so independent and strong! I love a good strong female character to fall in love with! Now to convince my library to get the rest of the series

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TheBookwormAdventures
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Pickpick

I‘ve only read the first of these (I‘m about 50 pages into book two), but I am enjoying the magical world that Forrest has created. Very thankful to my local library for fulfilling this purchase request for me!
#harleymerlin #bookseries #fantasy #magicalbooks #currentlyreading

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Tashaxlynn
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Okay so this book popped up in my Facebook and is being advertised as the Harry Potter series for adults. Now I‘m intrigued because of course I can‘t pass up a new series like Harry Potter, but I‘m skeptical. Can anyone confirm this for me before I become invested?!?!

PerksOfBeingABookworm My wife is reading this series right now (I haven‘t read it). She said that it‘s not a good comparison to Harry Potter (but, I mean, what would be?), but that it‘s still a good series. The plot seems to be driven by action more than dialogue. She gets sucked in every time she starts the next book. I‘m not sure if that helps or not... 7mo
Tashaxlynn @PerksOfBeingABookworm ahhh yes! That‘s suuuuuper helpful! Thank you! 7mo
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MoonWitch94
Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this book, but 5 chapters in I couldn't bare it anymore. The author's voice is hard to read, choppy, and dull. I really had a tough time.

Sweetdgabe87 Oh no! I‘m reading this one now. 7mo
MoonWitch94 @Sweetdgabe87 I was so excited to read it! But I just couldn‘t continue. How far are you? Do you like it? 7mo
Sweetdgabe87 @MoonWitch94 I‘m not very far! Maybe like ch 3? I haven‘t read any today so not sure. It‘s been okay. We‘ll see if I make it through it 7mo
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