My Boyfriend Merlin
by Priya Ardis;
Published November 21st 2011 by Ink Lion Books
Source: review copy
If you can’t trust your boyfriend, who can you trust?In this modern retelling of the Sword and the Stone, 17-year-old nice girl Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out her badass biker boyfriend, Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons.In fact, he is really Merlin–the Merlin, King Arthur’s Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. But Ryan’s not impressed. Tired of being a pushed around relationship loser, she’d rather kick his legendary behind.Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. And Ryan’s a bit freaked about the scary shadow-dragon trying to burn her alive. And now, Matt–er, Merlin–needs her and her brother to leave home because they are Candidates to pull the sword.But despite gruesome gargoyles, a new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?~ Goodreads Blurb
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I loved the idea of this as soon as I read the book description. Though I wouldn’t quite call it a retelling, it’s a reinterpretation and contemporary remix of Merlin and Camelot.
The book started out just a bit confusing to me, the action felt a little bit rushed. I had a few moments when I thought I had perhaps missed something, or there had been some short story or something published previously that I should have read but hadn’t, because at times it was just that confusing to me. However, as the plot developed, I felt the pace of things went to a lovely upbeat but not confusingly fast tempo and I enjoyed it considerably more after it did so.
I felt the story was interesting and I had fun following it.
The characters were certainly entertaining, though not vastly explored. Their interaction felt very natural, it flowed very well, and I felt the Vane / Ryan angle held more chemistry then the Matt / Ryan one. That sort of threw me off a bit because by the title of the book I was expecting it to be all about Merlin, not Vane, but it was a pleasant surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun reading about the gargoyles as well and their society, for sort of personal reasons (ok, so I’m a big fan of gargoyles :D).
We have some of the basics, badboy-ish character, the good guy, the spunky girl – the romantic triangle, angst, action, fighting, all the elements are there.
The writing was nice, clear, accessible, very conducive to projecting the action in my mind, though I am sad to say I found a few typos along the way, the kind that you do when typing in a hurry, you kno? (See what I did there? haha) It wasn’t grating because overall not much of that stood out, but it was there all the same.
As a personal note, the cover didn’t draw me in much. Had I seen this title as is somewhere, say on Goodreads (where I do most of my book-prowling, I don’t know about you), I most likely wouldn’t have been drawn in by the cover. Don’t get me wrong, it has happened that after being drawn in by the cover I’d regret ever picking the book up, it’s not a necessarily good way of picking your reads, but when you have really fun and entertaining content, I believe you should do your best to give it a tempting cover.
All in all, I say this YA title would deserve a try, and I am curious about what will happen in future novels of the series.