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{Blog Tour} My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis, Review & Guest Post!

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Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the My Boyfriend Merlin Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, we have a wonderful review from Heather – who HIGHLY Recommends this novel – and a delightful guest post by author Priya Ardis titled: “My Avatar Merlin”! Yup that’s right, another guest post tied to video games!  Can somebody scream AWESOMESAUCE?! But don’t take my word for it, check it out…
 

 

 

 

 

 

My Boyfriend Merlin (My Merlin #1)

By Priya Ardis

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  • BN ID: 2940013437937
  • Publisher: Ink Lion Books
  • Publication date: 12/2/2011
  • Series: My Merlin, #1
  • Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours

Find it:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Android Market  | iBooks
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Overview:

If you can’t trust your boyfriend, who can you trust?
In this modern retelling of the Sword and the Stone, 17-year-old nice girlArriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out her badass biker boyfriend,Matt, is a little older than he was letting on.
 
By a few eons.

In fact, he is really Merlin–the Merlin, King Arthur’s Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. But Ryan’s not impressed. Tired of being a pushed around 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. And Ryan’s a bit freaked about the scary shadow-dragon trying to burn her alive. And now, Matt–er, Merlin–needs her and her brother to leave home because they are Candidates to pull the sword.

But despite gruesome gargoyles, a 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 on My Boyfriend Merlin:

 

Arriane DuLac, who prefers to be called Ryan, has found out her ex-boyfriend Matt is a wizard. Furthermore the legendary sword in the stone has reappeared, and she quickly learns that in order to save the world, the sword must be pulled by a wizard or regular thus keeping it out of the gargoyle’s hands. If they pull it the world and all its inhabitants would be destroyed.
 

With her almost adopted brother – Grey and Matt in tow, they flee from the gargoyles seeking to kill them and find themselves in a school for wizards. Ryan faces the first trial after being told she too is a regular. During this she learns that Vane – Matt’s brother- saved her life but allowed her mother to die at the hands of her ex-boyfriend Morgan – a gargoyle in disguise sent to kill her. He then erased her memory of the horrifying event that sent her to live with Grey.
 

Ryan quickly learns that Matt is not all what he seems, no, he is in fact the legendary Merlin. She also finds that most of the Arthurian legends are indeed true, to a point. However, she was not prepared to be cast aside by Matt when she learns he interferes with his ability to foresee the future. Vane on the other hand also becomes enthralled with Ryan, more so when she saves his life.
 

With Matt training her to defend and Vane training her to fight, will Ryan have what it takes? Is she the chosen one, or will she falter? Does Ryan choose Vane or will Merlin take the risk to love her?
 
Oh I loved this story so much. It was another book I just couldn’t put down, and I hope there will be a continuation of the story. It had magic, love, action, mystery, and a lot of self sacrifice. The characters were created with great attention to detail, and no stone was left unturned. Well except maybe Vane, not that there is anything missing, but you don’t know whether to love him or hate him. At times I was really rooting for him, and other times I was rooting for Matt/Merlin.
 

Oh and let’s not forget Ryan, no, she was wonderfully created. I also loved the small moment where she gets revenge on a wizard candidate. She threw her boots into the boy’s locker room! I would love to have done that to some girls back in High School! Now she did feel guilty about it, but still the girl deserved it for locking her out of the physical training class.
 

The plot was woven nicely and it left nothing unfinished, except which hunk Ryan chose! That was a killer, but the story was excellent enough that it didn’t matter. Or maybe it’s up to each reader to decide who she chose? I guess time will tell, and if there is another book after this one I’m sure it will be addressed. This story is recommended to anyone who loves the stories of Merlin or Arthur. It doesn’t matter how old you are, teenager or adult, you’ll fall in love with this book. Of course if you just love a good read that has a good plot and characters, this book is for you too!
 
If I could give this book over 5 Controllers I would!

 

 

 

My Rating

5 out of 5 Controllers

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My Avatar Merlin

Priya Ardis

 

 

When I saw I was going to get to be on Mother/Gamer/Writer, I had to write an RPG post. One of my characters is an avid gamer and he insisted!

 

An excerpt from My Boyfriend Merlin:

 

I gaped at him. “What are you doing?”

“Passing the time.” (Vane) scrolled through the game’s menu. It looked to be another sword and sorcery fantasy RPG.

“Are you crazy?” I said. “This is the night before the biggest final exam of our lives. Shouldn’t you be giving me some last minute advice or training or something?”

“Would you listen?”

“Probably not.”

 

 

Game on! So, to have a little fun, what would My Boyfriend Merlin be as an RPG?

 

The Quest: To pull the sword from the stone and gain the ultimate weapon to save humanity on the Day of Reckoning.

 

Choose an Avatar: One of the Candidates (humans and wizards with the ability to pull the sword from the stone).

 

Arriane, aka Ryan our nice girl protagonist. Special skill: History trivia extraordinaire (Fairly useless skill or is it?)

Grey, her brother. Special skill: Gifted athlete

Gia, the best friend. Special skill: street-smart

Blake, the wizard.  Special skill: magic

Mark, the brute Candidate. Special skill: fighting

 

The Guide: Merlin, aka, Matt. O-wise-one (at least, he thinks he is)

 

The Gatekeeper: Vane, Merlin’s brother. Trainer and keeper of weapons (thinks he’s the Lord of Hyrule) Get past him and you’re ready to take on the sword.

 

The bad guys: Gargoyles. They won’t hesitate to kill any Candidate. Special Powers: super-strength and limited magic.

 

The Final Level: Only those who acquire enough training/weapons/magic will get past the last obstacle—the sword’s trial.

 

And that’s my take on the RPG of My Boyfriend Merlin. Hope you enjoyed it!

 

 

Want more Merlin? Watch the, “If you can’t trust your boyfriend, who can you trust?” book trailer:


 

 
My Boyfriend Merlin is an eBook available through most major book retailers. The next book in the My Merlin series, My Merlin Awakening, will be coming out in May 2012! Add it on Goodreads.

 

Find My Boyfriend Merlin at:

Author Website | Amazon | B&N | Android Market  | iBooks
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About the Author:
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Connect with Priya Ardis at:

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I love stories of all kinds--but especially the gooey ones that make your nose leak and let your latte go cold. My young adult novel, My Boyfriend Merlin, comes from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. I started my first book at sixteen, writing in notebooks on long train rides. While reading My Boyfriend Merlin or most books, I recommend pajamas first and a pumpkin spice anything for taste.

 
My favorite Arthurian piece is the poem The Lady of Shalott by Lord Alfred Tennyson and a gorgeous song by Loreena McKennitt.
 

A hopeless romantic, I’m a longtime member of the Romance Writer's of America.

 

 

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