**** (4 out of 5) · Books · Fantasy · Young Adult

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven

by Bella Forrest


I think I’m getting old … The “we are going to pick two 18 year olds out of a coven full of adults to save everything” trope just doesn’t make sense to me anymore. I wouldn’t have thought twice about that when I was 18 but it just felt wrong now haha. But for most of the book I managed to forget their ages and pictured them as my own age. Does anyone else do that? Unless the book is about actual kids, I usually just assume they are my age, and, even if the author makes it clear they aren’t, I usually end up thinking of them as my age.

I did like the book! The age thing was more something I noticed about myself, and not actually a commentary on the book. The book was a fun and easy listen, which was exactly what I was looking for. At times it was very Harry Potterish, but I love HP so that didn’t bug me. The characters were likeable and relatable. I particularly liked Wade. He was kind of a misfit but he was incredibly observant, and did little things to help people out. Even though its part of a series, the author did close up the plot, and just left hints of the next story. That’s something I appreciate because I cannot stand cliffhangers. Overall it was good, but it wasn’t anything spectacular.

Somehow when I picked this I didn’t realize it was part of a series, but it became pretty apparent about halfway through the book. Like I mentioned before, there wasn’t a big cliffhanger, but we did learn some stuff that will obviously come back into the big-picture story later. When I looked it up I discovered there are currently 21 books, and it appears to be ongoing. That is a ridiculous amount of books and I don’t have the capacity to read that many right now!!! If it was 3 books I would continue but with it being 21 books I am going to have to call it quits before I even really start. It feels weird deciding not to read the series even though I enjoyed the book, but I am in the middle of two other series right now and I don’t want to add to that!

3 thoughts on “Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven

  1. Yes! Like why did 15 year old me think it made sense to pick 18 year olds to take charge??? Hahaha


  2. I guess it’s probably a fantasy self-insert thing when we’re young readers. 😉 21 books in a series is a lot to commit to. Most of the series I’m reading that are long ones, I started when they had fewer books in them and so were less intimidating. (Though of course, I haven’t kept caught up, and so now they’re intimidating all over again.)


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