Book Review:  Kane Chronicles #3 – The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

I really wanted to like this book and this series but Riordan continued the weird and strange transcript method of storytelling for this otherwise interesting and well written book. It’s such a strange thing as the writing itself was compelling and all the characters were interesting and well developed yet this one choice ruined so … Continue reading Book Review:  Kane Chronicles #3 – The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

Book Review: Harley Merlin #8 – Harley Merlin and The Challenge of Chaos by Bella Forrest

After a rather long hiatus, I thought to get back into reading and writing by continuing the Harley Merlin series. Truth be told it was far more difficult than I expected. An author typically has a planned length for how long their series would be and, as one would expect, it would feel like it … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin #8 – Harley Merlin and The Challenge of Chaos by Bella Forrest

Book Review: Harley Merlin #7 – Harley Merlin and the Detector Fix by Bella Forrest

Keeping a series feeling fresh after 6 books is a difficult challenge. Book 6, Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris, felt like a bit of a stumble as it’s position in the overall plotline felt a bit forced to ask a question which it immediately answered early on. There was a lack of tension … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin #7 – Harley Merlin and the Detector Fix by Bella Forrest

Book Review: Harley Merlin #6 – Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris by Bella Forrest

Entering the latter half of the series begs an interesting question. How does the author keep the story engaging and exciting when so much has already happened? That might sound strange, but truth be told it was something I hadn’t really considered before. Trilogies don’t have this issue, but anything longer essentially has a longer … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin #6 – Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris by Bella Forrest

Book Review – Harley Merlin #5 – Harley Merlin and the Broken Spell by Bella Forrest

A series that has gone on as long as the Harley Merlin series can be at risk of running into derivative plots and character arcs. As someone whose working on their own lengthy book series, the idea of keeping everything fresh and interesting by book #5 seems like a daunting task. However Harley Merlin and … Continue reading Book Review – Harley Merlin #5 – Harley Merlin and the Broken Spell by Bella Forrest

Harley Merlin #4 – Harley Merlin and the First Ritual by Bella Forrest

Getting back into the routine of reading and writing reviews, I thought I’d pick up the Harley Merlin series again. Truth be told I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as the series has always felt kind of off in a way. While there was a clear focus, it never felt like each book had … Continue reading Harley Merlin #4 – Harley Merlin and the First Ritual by Bella Forrest

Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan

I’m not quite sure what I expected when I pucked up 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan. While I did enjoy the Magnus Chase series, I did feel a bit offput by how the series had ended. It didn’t quite leave a satisfying resolution to things. But I did like the characters the … Continue reading Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan

Book Review: Harley Merlin Book #3 – Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals by Bella Forrest

The third book in the Harley Merlin series and one would think we would see some significant progress in the overarching plot of the series. Book 1 The Secret Coven started off pretty strong introducing a compelling, if not entirely unique, mystery while Book 2 The Mystery Twins had a unique twist of perspective for … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin Book #3 – Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals by Bella Forrest

Book Review: Harley Merlin Book #2 – Harley Merlin and The Mystery Twins by Bella Forrest

Trying to get back into the groove of reading regularly, I thought to continue the Harley Merlin series to see if it improved on what I thought were a few shortcomings. The first book was actually pretty good despite feeling like an overall safe attempt to capture the magic of the Harry Potter universe but … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin Book #2 – Harley Merlin and The Mystery Twins by Bella Forrest

Book Review: Harley Merlin #1 – Harley Merlin and The Secret Coven by Bella Forrest

An urban fantasy novel about a secret world of witches and warlocks, sounds very familiar doesn’t it? Throw in an orphan learning about her magical abilities and the “real” magical world that she’s a part of and it’s a little too reminiscent of Harry Potter. Considering the Harry Potter universe has been a fundamental part … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin #1 – Harley Merlin and The Secret Coven by Bella Forrest