Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ever My Merlin by Priya Ardis

Title: Ever My Merlin
Series: My Merlin
Author: Priya Ardis
Previous Books in Series: My Boyfriend Merlin, My Merlin Awakening
Rating: 5 stars
Length: 4589 Kindle units

Refresher: Ryan must work with teenage Merlin and his brother Vane to pull Excalibur from the stone and save humanity from the forces of evil.

As I get down to the last days of my blog, I must carefully select which sequels I want to review. When Priya Ardis left a note on my blog the other day, giving me an awesome fangirl moment, I decided that the least I could do was review her most recent book, even though I haven’t reviewed the second one in the series first.

As readers, I think we all periodically run into a book that touches us in some special way, for reasons that we may not be able to explain. The My Merlin books are like that for me. From the beginning of the series to the end, I was absolutely sucked in. As soon as I finished the book, I wanted to go back and read my favorite parts again, and then just go ahead and reread the whole thing.

Signs that I’m a little too obsessed with the series? Well, I considered adding a section to my blog where I indicated whether I would rather read the selected book or just reread the My Merlin books again. But I decided against it because I realized this would not come out in most books’ favor. When I found out that Ever My Merlin was out, I actually felt bad for my friend on a European vacation because she wouldn’t be able to read it until she got back. (Don’t worry. I talked to her on-line, and she was able to get it on her Nook from Greece.)

As for the book itself, rather than some ridiculous hyperbole of how much I like it. The story was very exciting with death and danger and saving the world from a surprisingly sci-fi danger. Seeing everything from Ryan’s point of view is interesting because she is a key player in events, but she doesn’t know a lot of what is going on. After the events of My Merlin Awakening, Matt and Vane aren’t even pretending to work together. And though they’re both willing to work with Ryan, neither one trusts her completely because they know she’s working with the other one. This allows plot points to be given out sporadically, and people to dramatically misinterpret the actions of others.

And, of course, the big question is Which boy does Ryan pick? Now, on some level, the correct answer to this is “She should pick neither the physically abusive boy nor the one who ranks her value somewhere below that of a sword. She should find a boy who respects and values her.” But that would be a very unsatisfying ending. So I spent a long time in between the second and third books considering whether I wanted her to end up with Matt or Vane. And I was fully prepared to have things go the opposite of the way I wanted. But I think that regardless of which boy you like better (And, let’s face it, it’s pretty hard to pick), the ending is satisfying.

So really the only downside is that the series is over. But I am greatly enjoying rereading the whole thing from the beginning. And hopefully Priya Ardis will come out with more books that are just as entertaining.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    Oh my gosh, do you really have to shut down the blog? :) I'm so flattered by your eloquent post and grateful that you took the time to review it! I was super-nervous about ending the series. I'd be ticked if I read a series and it didn't have a satisfactory end.. so I can't tell you how much this means to me. Ending the series left me a blubbery mess (crying "Oh Merlin!" "Oh Vane!"). This is good... as I'm sure you know as a fellow writer. Like I said, I do hope to get a chance to read yours soon (so thrilled for you!) as I imagine we have similar tastes :)

    All the best and thank you for being so supportive,