{Book Review} My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis

March 3, 2012 Blog Tours, Reviews 4

My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis
Pages: 305
Publication Date: November 21st 2011 by Ink Lion Books
Age Group: YA
Source: Blog Tour
Series: My Merlin #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, YA Mythology challenge, TBR pile challenge,Witches and withcraft challenge, Dusty Reads Challenge
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Summary(from Goodreads):

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?

I really enjoyed this book. There is a good mixture of history/myth, magic, and hardships- so there is always something going on. I liked that. It was never too much, the plot worked really well and it incorporated many different elements.

Matt is such a complex guy. I both loved him and was annoyed at him many times throughout the book. At first, I was 100% on team Matt, but then there were certain times where he was so distant and annoying that I changed my mind. By the end of the story I didn’t know who I was rooting for. I think it is still Matt but there is just something about…

Vane is complex too, but in a more mysterious darker way. I really really wanted to hate him. And at the beginning I did hate him, but he just has these awesome moments. I lived for those rare nice moments with him. And by the end of the book he basically became neck and neck with Matt. That is pretty impressive for someone that I had shamelessly made a snap judgment about. 


Ryan was pretty cool too, but I must say I am not crazy about this name for a girl. But that is besides the point. I love that there are still things surrounding Ryan and her life that we don’t know. I can’t wait to find out even more about her in the next book. She is a strong person and I really admire that. Now I just wish that she had an easier love triangle decision to make.

I will say that I got a little confused towards the end of the book once or twice. A lot started happening all at once and it got a little harry for a while so I couldn’t quite keep up all the time. Just make sure you read that part slowly and you will be fine. I was so excited to find out how the book was going to end that I started reading kinda fast at the end. This book was well written and the characters are nicely developed. The story is awesome too and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in book 2!

4/5 Gavels

 About the Author:
Storygirl, Priya Ardis, loves books of all kinds–but especially the gooey ones that make your nose leak and let your latte go cold. Her young adult novel, My Boyfriend Merlin, came from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. She started her first book at sixteen, writing in notebooks on long train rides. While reading My Boyfriend Merlin, she recommends pajamas first and a pumpkin spice anything for taste.


What does she like to read? YA books! Coming-of-age books. Books with fantasy and magic with a cool heroine that’s really just the girl next door. Books about mythology and legends. And, hello, Mr. Darcy anyone?

Her favorite Arthurian piece is the poem The Lady of Shalott by Lord Alfred Tennyson.
A hopeless romantic, she’s a longtime member of the Romance Writer’s of America

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4 Responses to “{Book Review} My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis”

  1. Priya

    Thank you for talking about Merlin today and for taking the time to review it! Such lovely thoughts! This author just melted 🙂

  2. Julie W

    I want to read this book SO bad!! I love anything that has to do with the King Arthur/Merlin saga, and this is such an interesting take on it! Thanks for the terrific review 🙂

    Julie @ In Julie’s Opinion

  3. Puie

    Sounds like a really dark book with the plot of giving up your family in order to save the world :[ I’m not sure if I can save the world D:

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