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Harley Merlin and the First Ritual

Harley Merlin, Book 4
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Harley Merlin Series, Book 4
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (359 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Five rituals to control Chaos. That’s all it takes.

Now that Harley knows her enemy’s grand plan - to become a godlike Child of Chaos and punish those deemed “unworthy” - she’s got to figure out what the heck to do about it. Many of the missing magicals are still out there, and Katherine has vowed to kill everyone Harley cares about and make her watch.

So that’s fun.

Just when it seems like things can’t get much worse, one of the most precious monsters of the Bestiary escapes, and Harley is sure that Katherine has her dirty hands involved. But that crazy witch had better be ready because Harley has finally figured out a way to unleash her powers - although the cost might not be worth it.

Astrid, a human living amongst magicals, is just as determined to thwart Katherine’s schemes. At the same time, her budding romance with the Coven’s trademark bad boy has earned her father’s disapproval, and it seems like betrayal is lurking around the corner....

©2018 Bella Forrest (P)2019 Bella Forrest

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I think I'm done.

I think I'm done with this series. The premise is good; I feel connected to the characters and I like how it feels as though the typical magic and typical superpowers are combined; I think that's very unique. However, it feels like the story is just not fully developed: the plot is predictable and the foreshadowing is so blatant, it's making it hard for me to want to continue. I think the narrator does a very good job, but feels as though the author split this story into waaay to many installments for the sake of profitability and I'm having a hard time wanting to spend more money on this series.

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Too Slow, Too Juvenile, Poorly Narrated but I’m still reading all of them?

Ok - so I have to give credit where it’s due and admit to the fact that despite my continuously low star rating, I have listened through 4 books and will likely finish the series.

So acknowledging the achievement in that, I will lay out my concerns.

(1) Why does the author insist on telling us things we literally just heard ten minutes ago? You don’t need to almost verbatim repeat the same points. Especially when each character already knows too and you’re not explaining their epiphanies to us.

(2) The narrator. I love how she does Harley and Alton. But everyone else, especially the accent work, is very sloppy, inconsistent and just plain wrong at times. I could not have done this better if my life depended on it. And I’m sure voicing this many characters is a challenging if not down right impossible job. But there are so many talented people putting out narrations on audible - maybe they would have been better suited to the challenge. I cannot differentiate between Astrid and Harley, the accents dip in and out for Tatiana and for others. I don’t know. It’s just kind of shotty work where another voice actor might have lent atmosphere to a somewhat lacking bit of writing.

(3) Which brings me to my last point. I’ve read books about 16 year olds that had more depth and development than this book about a supposed 19 year old. Granted, this does feel age appropriate where those books have seemed reaching for what a 16 year old might be like, but I was surprised at how juvenile the characters are at times, especially Harley.

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Entertaining

My first thoughts is how well this would work as a tv series. While the primary audience is YA my imagination has no issues with aging them up a little. The teenage angst is limited and the male female actions are quite chaste.
The purge critters are great imagination and the lore is based on mythology and can readily be Googled.
I have no shame in admitting I have been enjoying the books back to back.

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Addicting

I couldnt listen fast enough! Great story, intrigue, drama, suspense. . a little. it of everything

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Harley Quinn rocks

The stories are great. Its annoying the risks she takes without help, but I see that changing. I like that each book has a different characters back story. I hope there's more one on one character adventures.

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She did it again!

As usual Bella Forrest manages to keep us captivated on another journey with Harley.
Things take a turn with Catherine. betrayal stinging to the core where it was never expected. Will they lose a teammate in the process?

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  • lymara charles
  • 07-15-19

Great

Love these books straight on to the next One just wish wade and Hatley would get together already

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  • JEMB85
  • 07-13-19

getting boring

I really enjoyed the first few books but I found the story line is really dragging out by this book and there's not alot of character development.

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  • Miss K A Cambell
  • 07-08-19

Amazing

Love love love these stories. Exciting to the end. Can’t wait to hear what happens next

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  • michelle witham
  • 07-01-19

amazing! cant get enough

absolutely loving the Merlin books and they are read so well cant wait for more