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Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the My Merlin Awakening Blog Tour. In case you missed it, or have been hiding in a cave for the past several months, our associate reviewer Heather recently reviewed book 1 in the series, My Boyfriend Merlin and was blown away by its adorable charm. In fact, she craved the second book (no really she was screaming at me) and was ecstatic to review it for this tour. Also, she had the opportunity to interview the lovely author Priya Ardis and pick her brain about the fantastic book and series. But you don’t have to take our word for it, check out the review, interview and book trailer to see just how A-FREAKING-MAZING this series truly is!
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- Title: My Merlin Awakening
- Author: Priya Ardis
- BN ID: 2940014385138
- ISBN13: 9780984833917
- Publisher: Ink Lion Books
- Publication date: 5/9/2012
- Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours
- Find it: Goodreads | Barnes & Noble
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 doesn’t really care. She’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. 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 falls apart. One wrong decision and the world falls apart. No pressure.
My Thoughts on My Merlin Awakening:
If you have yet to read the first book, My Boyfriend Merlin, then please drop everything, and go read it right now. There may be slight spoilers if you continue to read below as some of the first book will bleed into this review, and there is nothing I hate more than spoiling a good, no scratch that, great read for others. Please consider yourself warned.
My Merlin Awakening picks up shortly after where My Boyfriend Merlin left off. Ryan has pulled the sword, but in order to protect the candidate he loves, Merlin takes the credit. Of course he also attempts to expose magic to the world, but he is thwarted in this attempt. Merlin also chooses, albeit a difficult choice, to let Ryan go in order to keep his visions, and attempt to save the world from its judgment day.
Vane, the brother of Merlin, endlessly attempts to win Ryan, but even as her boyfriend he can’t seem to break through her heart. No, that heart refuses to make a choice. She has feelings for both brothers, but the only thing they seem to have in common is trying to control and protect her.
Can Ryan make a choice between the one she wants to save, and the one she truly loves? Does her choice affect more than just her? Will she ever come to terms with being the chosen one before it’s too late?
Author Priya Ardis delivers once again with a page turning, life interrupting, teasing story line. I am already longing for the next story, though I am saddened to know the next will be the last. This author has a distinct knack for weaving in legend with the modern twist. If you had the chance to read My Boyfriend Merlin, then My Merlin Awakening will not disappoint you one single iota!
I wish I could just blurt it all out, but then you wouldn’t have a reason to read it for yourself. This is an author that shouldn’t be overlooked, and although she is a YA writer, adults will love, no, cherish the stories she shares. I look forward to the final story, but I hope Ms. Ardis continues to grace us with her writing for years to come.
5 out of 5 Controllers
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1. Welcome Priya Ardis to Mother/Gamer/Writer. Please grab a cup of coffee (or tea!), and tell us a bit about yourself.
Ha, you guys know me too well. I am a tea drinker. So is Merlin by the way. He likes his tea like Captain Picard’s… that is Earl Grey. Black. Hot. Please! Besides being a tea drinker, I happen to be a writer. I started writing while summer vacationing in India when I was sixteen. I found myself with a lot of time while traveling between different cities on trains. (Yes, trains are still big there.) I’d run out of books to read and let me say that trains are awesome, by the way. The writing bug never quite left me after that.
2. My Merlin Awakening is the second book in your Merlin trilogy. What inspired you to recreate the legends of Merlin, Excalibur, and magic into the hearts of young adults (and young at heart!)?
With Merlin, I wanted to put a fresh spin on a well-known legend. I love all things Arthurian but I didn’t love how everything turned out. So I decided to write a continuation tale with all my favorite pieces about paranormal romance thrown in. Two hot guys. One savior. Lots of tough choices and a bit of magic. The reason I wrote this as a YA is because YA just appeals to me. The coming-of-age stories are the best in my opinion. And readers relate to it. Whether you have good or bad memories of school, you have some and that’s enough to ground you.
3. What is your favorite movie(s), books, and/or games about the Arthurian Legends?
I absolutely love the poem by Tennyson, the Lady of Shalott. Loreena McKennitt also made the poem into a song that is equally compelling. The Holy Grail tops my list as best all time Arthurian movies. Of course, there is the new BBC show, Merlin. It’s awesome! A young Merlin—it’s a true historical retelling. One of the new elements of My Merlin Awakening are the addition of fierce mermaids and a distinct water element because the book delves deeper into the origins of the Lady of the Lake.
4. Vane seems like the brother we love to hate. Does he really love Ryan as Merlin does, or is he attracted to her simply because she was chosen?
When Ryan figures that out, she’ll let you know! In Awakening, we get further into the trios relationship so you’ll get to understand a lot more of where all three—Merlin, Vane, and Ryan are coming from. And when it comes down to it—who will be strong enough to make the right choices?
5. We saw much more of the gargoyles in this book, and even some shocking information was laid out. I don’t want to give too much away, but will we see more of that in the final trilogy? Will the King’s son try to reclaim the throne or keep trying to kill Ryan for Excalibur?
Absolutely. The gargoyles have a big role to play in all the books. In Awakening, we see a lot of shifting alliances. It is one of things I really enjoy surprising the reader with…. when you think you’ve figured out something I like to twist it around. What’s life without a little betrayal to add to the drama?
6. Do you have any plans for future fantasy based books?
Yes, I expect to keep writing fantasies for some time! The My Merlin series is just the beginning…
7. Do you have any advice for budding authors?
WRITE. Once you’re done writing, I’ve had wonderful experiences with writing groups to learn the ropes about the business side of things. Plus, you can never get enough about craft. I learn something new about my stories in every conference/class I take. To me, the best part about writing is that you get to learn a bit more about yourself in the process.
8. I have one final question, and I’m sure it’s on a lot of minds. When can we expect the final chapter in your My Merlin series?
Ever My Merlin, Book 3, will be out in late 2012. I don’t have a firm date set yet but look on my website for the latest info! Shall I give you the teaser? (Those of you who’ve bought Awakening have seen this at the back of the book.) The teaser line: “If you sacrifice everything, what’s left to hold on to?”
Thank you so much for allowing me to conduct this interview. It has been a real pleasure to read the My Merlin series. I want to wish you the best of luck, and the greatest success!
Thank you for having me today and for the wonderful support! I wish the best for Mother/Gamer/Writer. It’s blogs like yours that keep writers writing!
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Priya Ardis loves books of all kinds—but especially the gooey ones that make your nose leak and let your latte go cold. She started her first book at sixteen, writing in notebooks on long train rides in India. When not living in her character's world, she might be found at the local coffee shop—her nose buried in a book. A hopeless romantic, she is a longtime member of the Romance Writer’s of America.
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