Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins (Harley Merlin #2)
A dark past. A hidden power. A dangerous enemy. Harley Merlin has a lot of unanswered questions in her life. What drove her father to kill her mother? How can she know the true extent of her magical abilities? Has Wade Crowley always been this annoying?After the violent gargoyle incident that left many dead, Harley fears what other evil tricks her psychotic aunt has up her sleeve. When she discovers that magical foster kids like herself are in danger, she knows she must do whatever it takes to protect them.And it turns out that Tatyana, the Coven’s resident ghost-whisperer, is also willing to make sacrifices and has secrets of her own… Continue the journey. Buy now! *Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts*

Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins (Harley Merlin #2) Details

TitleHarley Merlin and the Mystery Twins (Harley Merlin #2)
Author
ReleaseSep 30th, 2018
PublisherNightlight Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins (Harley Merlin #2) Review

  • Ashley McLeo
    January 1, 1970
    A fun, fast-paced paranormal fantasy read. I enjoyed this book more than book 1 because of the added POVs and politics. Plus, things got darker (in an obvious AND subtle way) and that’s my cup of tea!
  • Hillary
    January 1, 1970
    I might be addicted I really like this series. It has a strong female lead role and it’s nice to see a world that revolves around a girl!
  • Librad
    January 1, 1970
    Love it...Characters are interesting and likeable, magic system is well thought out and the storyline pulls you in... Very very pleasant read...
  • Racysteed
    January 1, 1970
    Overall a fun read, although I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. Sadly, it gave into the trope of a character withholding information to protect others when common sense called for the opposite. I didn't enjoy the changing perspectives very much - the two characters' voices were too similar and I had to keep going back to the start of the chapter to remind myself whose perspective I was in. The storyline's mysteries were intriguing and the action was well-paced. I've moved onto the third boo Overall a fun read, although I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. Sadly, it gave into the trope of a character withholding information to protect others when common sense called for the opposite. I didn't enjoy the changing perspectives very much - the two characters' voices were too similar and I had to keep going back to the start of the chapter to remind myself whose perspective I was in. The storyline's mysteries were intriguing and the action was well-paced. I've moved onto the third book, which already shows great characterizations.
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  • Abi
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. It was a good sequel to Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven, and continued the story. I loved the magic present, which is very interesting. I also am really enjoying getting to know all of the characters and their pasts and what makes them tick. I'm happy Wade and Garrett might be getting past some of their issues. Overall, I thought this book was well written and highly entertaining, with a good mystery. 4 stars. Oh, and (view spoiler)[Harley has a power suppressor, which is I enjoyed this book. It was a good sequel to Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven, and continued the story. I loved the magic present, which is very interesting. I also am really enjoying getting to know all of the characters and their pasts and what makes them tick. I'm happy Wade and Garrett might be getting past some of their issues. Overall, I thought this book was well written and highly entertaining, with a good mystery. 4 stars. Oh, and (view spoiler)[Harley has a power suppressor, which is very intriguing. I hope they get it out of her, because I want to see what happens when she's at full strength! (hide spoiler)]
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  • Jasmine Bagby
    January 1, 1970
    Good ReadAll in all this was a good read. Harley has a lot of room for improvement. She really got on my nerves with her impulsive behavior and total lack of respect for the rules. I was glad to have more than just her point of view but I would have liked to have Wade's as well. Hopefully I'll get that in the next book....
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  • Chris Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Magic with a twist.Another fast paced, imaginative book from Bella. The characters leap off the page and the magic feels new. I cant wait for the 3rd installment.
  • Maria Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    Ficou um pouquinho mais dark, mas ainda é muito light demais. Podia ir por um caminho mais denso. Até o HP foi, gente!
  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. I liked the different POVs. The story was fast paced and yet not predictable. The main character is very likable, as are most of the characters. Will definitely read the next one. Two thumbs up.
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  • Isadora
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 stars
  • Katie S
    January 1, 1970
    Great sequelThe first book was hard to get into but this one was hard to put down! Loving the dual perspectives and can’t wait to see how Harley’s relationships with SDC members develops (#Warley). I have some theories but I can’t wait to see how this unfolds!!!
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  • Tosha Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    If I have to read the words “Katherine Shipton” or “smirk” again, I’ll scream. The story is good, but the verbiage and actual writing fall VERY flat. I was hopeful that the first book was that awkward settling in that every series has, but I’m beginning to think this really may be the authors writing style. She seriously needs a thesaurus and a few creative writing classes. Bella’s idea for this story is wonderful. However, her writing is very juvenile. With incorrect use of common phrases (“in If I have to read the words “Katherine Shipton” or “smirk” again, I’ll scream. The story is good, but the verbiage and actual writing fall VERY flat. I was hopeful that the first book was that awkward settling in that every series has, but I’m beginning to think this really may be the authors writing style. She seriously needs a thesaurus and a few creative writing classes. Bella’s idea for this story is wonderful. However, her writing is very juvenile. With incorrect use of common phrases (“in the wind” being one of them), consistent over-explanation of scenery and characters, use of the same descriptors and actions over and over, it’s very difficult to take this story or writer seriously. I really wanted to like these books, but unless the writing style changes, I will not be continuing with this series. It is understood that Young Adult is the genre, but that does not mean that poor writing styles should be excused. I felt the same with Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray. I tried to read them, but didn’t get past the first few chapters of the first books due to the terrible writing styles. Yet here they are, millions of copies and a load of movies later. It’s sad, but understandable I guess. Bella may be successful otherwise with her other books, which I will be checking out. I do hope that her writing style grows and that her vocabulary expands. It’s sad to see such good ideas wasted on bad writing.
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  • Anne Wingate
    January 1, 1970
    If Harry Potter . . .Had grown up in the foster care system instead of with the Durskeys.Had been female instead of male.Had been American instead of British.Had been using some magic without knowing he was doing it.Hadn't been brought into the wizarding world until he was nineteen and had been living on his own for a year.Had learned that his father was executed for murdering his mother.He might have better a little like Harley Merlin.Refreshingly free of the overused tropes of the Harry Potter If Harry Potter . . .Had grown up in the foster care system instead of with the Durskeys.Had been female instead of male.Had been American instead of British.Had been using some magic without knowing he was doing it.Hadn't been brought into the wizarding world until he was nineteen and had been living on his own for a year.Had learned that his father was executed for murdering his mother.He might have better a little like Harley Merlin.Refreshingly free of the overused tropes of the Harry Potter wannabees, this series reaches back to older tropes, centuries and sometimes millennia old,abroad to other supernatural systems including santeria and voudoun, but without mummies and zombies.At the same time it uses modern knowledge including astrophysics and modern technology including Jeeps and electronic devices.Recommended for grown-ups who still believe in magic. Sort of..
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    This book was somewhat frustrating because it dragged on. Nothing is resolved quickly. In fact, nothing is resolved at all; instead, more questions are raised. Unfortunately, the characters are endearing and I'm feeling invested. I will continue with the series but I do so in hopes that the format changes a little....This book is much like the first book in that the characters are tasked with a mission to help solve the greater mystery and throughout, Harley learns more about her powers and fami This book was somewhat frustrating because it dragged on. Nothing is resolved quickly. In fact, nothing is resolved at all; instead, more questions are raised. Unfortunately, the characters are endearing and I'm feeling invested. I will continue with the series but I do so in hopes that the format changes a little....This book is much like the first book in that the characters are tasked with a mission to help solve the greater mystery and throughout, Harley learns more about her powers and familial history. For some inexplicable reason, some chapters switch from Harley's usual point of view to Tatyana's. This aided the plot's progression and it was nice to see a different point of view, but there ended up being no reason for why just that character.
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  • Jeanne Brewer
    January 1, 1970
    Harley and company have their hands fullNefarious plots are afoot, fueled by psychopathic folks with magical abilities. While the crew tries to protect precious children and those who care for them, no one's safety is insured and the collateral damage is heartbreaking. When Harley's family is targeted, Harley and her friends must determine the best way to protect innocents embroiled in webs of hatred and deceit before they are damaged beyond their ability to recover. The book's characters have m Harley and company have their hands fullNefarious plots are afoot, fueled by psychopathic folks with magical abilities. While the crew tries to protect precious children and those who care for them, no one's safety is insured and the collateral damage is heartbreaking. When Harley's family is targeted, Harley and her friends must determine the best way to protect innocents embroiled in webs of hatred and deceit before they are damaged beyond their ability to recover. The book's characters have matured a bit since their last appearance, but the writing remains almost childlike, with words and expressions just not quite "right." Recommended as an okay read but certainly not as anything to write home about.
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  • Nereid
    January 1, 1970
    A Master Plan This book was a bit slower to get through as there was more back story to the characters and glimpses into their past. I was frustrated with all the different Pov as I would read a chapter from Harley's point pv view and the next chapter was someone else. I felt disconnected and this style of writing does not work for me. I found myself skimming the chapter to get back to Harley. The action picked up towards the end and I hope the next one in the series uncovers more about Katherin A Master Plan This book was a bit slower to get through as there was more back story to the characters and glimpses into their past. I was frustrated with all the different Pov as I would read a chapter from Harley's point pv view and the next chapter was someone else. I felt disconnected and this style of writing does not work for me. I found myself skimming the chapter to get back to Harley. The action picked up towards the end and I hope the next one in the series uncovers more about Katherine's plans and how she is always one step ahead of Harley, talk about family feuds.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty Awesome Im a huge Harry Potter fan and really like the way the story is written. I personally think the cast is quite large with the "rag team" i see why ot was done becuase the authors vivid imagination and the want to incorporate so many fantastic powers.I think the challenges from a series like this is also a strong point. The romanticism that many young adults face in books can be so overwhelming, but to not addess it is unrealistic i like the way its obvious with the MC's but not sho Pretty Awesome Im a huge Harry Potter fan and really like the way the story is written. I personally think the cast is quite large with the "rag team" i see why ot was done becuase the authors vivid imagination and the want to incorporate so many fantastic powers.I think the challenges from a series like this is also a strong point. The romanticism that many young adults face in books can be so overwhelming, but to not addess it is unrealistic i like the way its obvious with the MC's but not shoved down your throat. Ive listened to hundreds of audio books and had to actually read this book. It was a joy and i look forward to continuing the journey
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  • Tori
    January 1, 1970
    Build up to great read! You can always count on Harley and the rest of the rag team! I think the book was a little slow to start but it built up to a great ending of the second book in the series! I love that so many new characters were introduced and that you got to know the main characters in better depth. Harley begins to realize that her friends at the SDC have her back and are slowly becoming her family but can she trust everyone at the coven is the big question? Can’t wait to get started o Build up to great read! You can always count on Harley and the rest of the rag team! I think the book was a little slow to start but it built up to a great ending of the second book in the series! I love that so many new characters were introduced and that you got to know the main characters in better depth. Harley begins to realize that her friends at the SDC have her back and are slowly becoming her family but can she trust everyone at the coven is the big question? Can’t wait to get started on book 3 and see what Harley and Wade get into next! Plus is Harley can show her full powers soon!
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  • Kaitlin Underwood
    January 1, 1970
    I'm loving this series! Lots of action and the oh-so-slow burn that leaves me wondering who Harley is going to get tangled up with first. One thing I love about Bella Forrest's work is that she always builds a circle of amazing characters that blend in to a family of their own making. I just finished the Stargazers series and the ensemble of characters and the bonds of friendship that were so addicting there are just as fun to experience with Harley and the Rag Team! The banter between sassy cha I'm loving this series! Lots of action and the oh-so-slow burn that leaves me wondering who Harley is going to get tangled up with first. One thing I love about Bella Forrest's work is that she always builds a circle of amazing characters that blend in to a family of their own making. I just finished the Stargazers series and the ensemble of characters and the bonds of friendship that were so addicting there are just as fun to experience with Harley and the Rag Team! The banter between sassy characters is always hilarious, and the innate knowledge that they have one another's backs is a tearjerker...I can't wait to see what Harley does next!
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  • Gina Minard-Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fourth series I've read by Bella Forrest. While I definitely enjoyed them very much, a couple definitely had the same vibe/voice and at times - though the story lines were different - I felt I was watching the same lead actor playing the different characters. That is NOT the case with this series - in fact, I had to check twice if the book was really by Bella. The characters speak differently, the story line is new and fresh, there are not hugely predictable details (which is often t This is the fourth series I've read by Bella Forrest. While I definitely enjoyed them very much, a couple definitely had the same vibe/voice and at times - though the story lines were different - I felt I was watching the same lead actor playing the different characters. That is NOT the case with this series - in fact, I had to check twice if the book was really by Bella. The characters speak differently, the story line is new and fresh, there are not hugely predictable details (which is often the case with Bella's stories), and very entertaining. I highly recommend this series and look forward to the next book!
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  • Jodie (JCT)
    January 1, 1970
    Bella fantastic. I really enjoyed this, where the 1st book set the magic world this crashes you into it. It was action packed but enough going on that I was interested in the character. Where Harley annoyed me in the secert coven in this i can't help but love her. Harley is human though and makes mistakes, though at the time she believes it's for the best. I love the Rag team old and new they work so well together. As for Harley and wade i don't know where I want their growing relationship to g Bella fantastic. I really enjoyed this, where the 1st book set the magic world this crashes you into it. It was action packed but enough going on that I was interested in the character. Where Harley annoyed me in the secert coven in this i can't help but love her. Harley is human though and makes mistakes, though at the time she believes it's for the best. I love the Rag team old and new they work so well together. As for Harley and wade i don't know where I want their growing relationship to go. There are times I want to shout a wade to just tell Harley he likes her. Yet in worried that if it become romantic between them then it would change how they are together.
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  • Irina
    January 1, 1970
    Refreshing characters and deep society reflectionsOk, I have read books 1 and 2 in 2 days. This Harley Merlin series is just that good. Characters and their stories feel fresh and novel. I am enjoying it more than I thought I would. It is a perfect read for supernatural YA readers that are not that much into the romantic storylines that are so common in that genre, but more into refreshing magic related stories. As a Harry Potter fan, I have to say this series distantly reminds me of it, but fee Refreshing characters and deep society reflectionsOk, I have read books 1 and 2 in 2 days. This Harley Merlin series is just that good. Characters and their stories feel fresh and novel. I am enjoying it more than I thought I would. It is a perfect read for supernatural YA readers that are not that much into the romantic storylines that are so common in that genre, but more into refreshing magic related stories. As a Harry Potter fan, I have to say this series distantly reminds me of it, but feels like a more mature and serious take on the possibilities of magical societies, even by being fictional, and their reflections on our own.
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  • Mark Adkins
    January 1, 1970
    Second book in the series, highly recommend that you read the first book before this one. This book's events take place right after the events of the first book and continues Harley's story.With this book the author decided to have two separate point of view characters to tell the story. For the most part it worked, however, I found that since the characters were fairly similar it was hard to tell which character's POV was been told.If you liked the first book then I think you will like this boo Second book in the series, highly recommend that you read the first book before this one. This book's events take place right after the events of the first book and continues Harley's story.With this book the author decided to have two separate point of view characters to tell the story. For the most part it worked, however, I found that since the characters were fairly similar it was hard to tell which character's POV was been told.If you liked the first book then I think you will like this book.
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  • Scott Sammons
    January 1, 1970
    Mediocre has never been better!What fun! The characters introduced in the first book of the series are given more voice in this multiple point of view story. We learn more about the magical world envisioned by Bella Forrest. This is so far light YA reading entertainment, less visual imagery and world-building than in a Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings but well crafted and worth reading. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment. I first round this author through the 'Child Thief' series and h Mediocre has never been better!What fun! The characters introduced in the first book of the series are given more voice in this multiple point of view story. We learn more about the magical world envisioned by Bella Forrest. This is so far light YA reading entertainment, less visual imagery and world-building than in a Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings but well crafted and worth reading. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment. I first round this author through the 'Child Thief' series and have remained impressed throughout this new series.
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  • Phyllis Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    I love Harley and all of the others on the Rag Team. Harley is learning more about her powers and her family history. There's a lot of action and emotion BUT ... the author has the characters recap what has happened a little to often. I understand doing it when it's referring to something that happened in the prior book that the reader may not have read, but not what has happened in this same book. There ARE a lot of characters but it's not that complicated. That said I am still looking forward I love Harley and all of the others on the Rag Team. Harley is learning more about her powers and her family history. There's a lot of action and emotion BUT ... the author has the characters recap what has happened a little to often. I understand doing it when it's referring to something that happened in the prior book that the reader may not have read, but not what has happened in this same book. There ARE a lot of characters but it's not that complicated. That said I am still looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    This second in the Harley Merlin series finds Harley finding out more about her parents, and becoming more involved in the work of the team to rescue young magicals from an enemy who turns out to be her aunt. This one is told from multiple points of view, so you have to pay more attention than I am apt to do when new chapters start. The characters are beginning to be more multi-dimensional, and the good vs. evil plot is getting more developed. Luckily so far the series is available through Kindl This second in the Harley Merlin series finds Harley finding out more about her parents, and becoming more involved in the work of the team to rescue young magicals from an enemy who turns out to be her aunt. This one is told from multiple points of view, so you have to pay more attention than I am apt to do when new chapters start. The characters are beginning to be more multi-dimensional, and the good vs. evil plot is getting more developed. Luckily so far the series is available through Kindle Unlimited, so I am reading them for free. 3.5 stars
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  • Missy Cetnar
    January 1, 1970
    Nice, clean paranormal storyI usually like a little steam in my books but this series is good without it. I can see a romance building between several members of the Rag Team but that is a small part of the storyline. The main point is trying to save the world from a psychotic witch. I really like Harley. She's a string character trying to find her way in this new world of witches and warlocks. I hope Jacob and Isadora have larger roles in the next book. Harley deserves to have good people in he Nice, clean paranormal storyI usually like a little steam in my books but this series is good without it. I can see a romance building between several members of the Rag Team but that is a small part of the storyline. The main point is trying to save the world from a psychotic witch. I really like Harley. She's a string character trying to find her way in this new world of witches and warlocks. I hope Jacob and Isadora have larger roles in the next book. Harley deserves to have good people in her life.
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  • Alba Bracco
    January 1, 1970
    Great bookI can't wait for the next one to come out. I love all of Bella Forrest's work. This book has great magicals & the story line keeps you hooked. I personally tend to not be able to put it down once I start reading. I block out everyone & everything and go into the book. Its wonderful and I hope she keeps writing more books for me to read. I love the vampires of the shade & the stargazer series, keeper etc
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  • Tracy McNeish
    January 1, 1970
    I was looking forward to the release of Harley Merlin #2 and it was just as good as i hoped. The story jumps straight into the action from the start which makes it so engaging and way too difficult to put down! As a foster kid whos desire was simply to hide her powers & gain independence, Harley now finds herself an active part of a team, helping others, and finding as many questions as she does answers.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Really goodDuring the home visits I got a little bored but then wow it picked up! Would love to see Harley and Wade take that first step towards getting together but I think more time has passed in my mind than the book? Surprisingly I didn't get confused when tons of people were introduced. I usually always get lost when author's do that but I was able to keep up fine. I really enjoyed this and continuing!
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