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

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven (Harley Merlin, #1)

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 lef...

Details Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven (Harley Merlin, #1)

TitleHarley Merlin and the Secret Coven (Harley Merlin, #1)
Release DateAug 27th, 2018
PublisherNightlight Press
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Urban Fantasy

Reviews Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven (Harley Merlin, #1)

  • 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 thes...
  • 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.
  • 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 somet...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡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 impro...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 wit...
  • Jeanny
    A disappointment. the begins well enough but as it progressed it suffered from slow pacing & uninteresting characters. 1 Subpar Star DNF 25% A disappointment. 🤨 the 📖 begins well enough but as it progressed it suffered from slow pacing & uninteresting characters. 1 Subpar Star DNF 25%
  • 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 s...
  • Melissa Dinwiddie
    An older, female Harry PotterSeveral 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 o...
  • 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 fel...
  • Miriam
    2.5 stars.
  • 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 ...
  • Katharina
    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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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!!
  • 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 error...
  • 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...
  • 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 learn...
  • 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 righ...
  • Nicole Ouimet
    CaptivatingI 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.
  • Mo
    Book 1 in this seriesIt took me a while to get through the reading of this book, but the ending more than made up for the boredom in between. Finch will be back. Wade is caring. The Rag team are amazing! On to Book 2 to see where Harley goes next, happy reading!
  • Monica Alvarado
    Great read I really enjoyed reading Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest. I can not wait to read the whole series.
  • Jayme Painter
    Very disappointed. I had seen multiple times that this was the new Harry Potter series that fantasy fans were falling in love with. After reading the first page I felt duped but figured I’d push through just in case I was missing something. I have finished chapter four and now feel like I’ve wasted my time reading middle school nonsense. And when I say middle school nonsense I mean that it feels like it was written for a school assignment not...
  • Brittney
    Surprisingly not bad. I was skeptical. There was a lot of talk about how this was an adult version of Harry Potter. Now 15 or so years ago (Oh my gosh I am old) if you would have asked me I would have said Harry Potter wasn’t really that great anyways. But it is that GREAT. It is even better than that GREAT. So saying Harley Merlin is comparable is a big deal. Huge shoes to fill and all of that. This was NOT comparable to Harry Potter. Magic, a...
  • 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 s...