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A dark past. A hidden power. A dangerous enemy. Harley Merlin has a lot of unanswered questions in her life. What drove her father to kill her mother? How can she know the true extent of her magical abilities? Has Wade Crowley always been this annoying?After the violent gargoyle incident that left many dead, Harley fears what other evil tricks her psychotic aunt A dark past. A hidden power. A dangerous enemy. Harley Merlin has a lot of unanswered questions in her life. What drove her father to kill her mother? How can she know the true extent of her magical abilities? Has Wade Crowley always been this annoying?After the violent gargoyle incident that left many dead, Harley fears what other evil tricks her psychotic aunt has up her sleeve. When she discovers that magical foster kids like herself are in danger, she knows she must do whatever it takes to protect them.And it turns out that Tatyana, the Coven’s resident ghost-whisperer, is also willing to make sacrifices and has secrets of her own… Continue the journey. Buy now! *Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts*


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A dark past. A hidden power. A dangerous enemy. Harley Merlin has a lot of unanswered questions in her life. What drove her father to kill her mother? How can she know the true extent of her magical abilities? Has Wade Crowley always been this annoying?After the violent gargoyle incident that left many dead, Harley fears what other evil tricks her psychotic aunt A dark past. A hidden power. A dangerous enemy. Harley Merlin has a lot of unanswered questions in her life. What drove her father to kill her mother? How can she know the true extent of her magical abilities? Has Wade Crowley always been this annoying?After the violent gargoyle incident that left many dead, Harley fears what other evil tricks her psychotic aunt has up her sleeve. When she discovers that magical foster kids like herself are in danger, she knows she must do whatever it takes to protect them.And it turns out that Tatyana, the Coven’s resident ghost-whisperer, is also willing to make sacrifices and has secrets of her own… Continue the journey. Buy now! *Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts*

30 review for Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tosha Thompson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If I have to read the words “Katherine Shipton” or “smirk” again, I’ll scream. The story is good, but the verbiage and actual writing fall VERY flat. I was hopeful that the first book was that awkward settling in that every series has, but I’m beginning to think this really may be the authors writing style. She seriously needs a thesaurus and a few creative writing classes. Bella’s idea for this story is wonderful. However, her writing is very juvenile. With incorrect use of common phrases (“in If I have to read the words “Katherine Shipton” or “smirk” again, I’ll scream. The story is good, but the verbiage and actual writing fall VERY flat. I was hopeful that the first book was that awkward settling in that every series has, but I’m beginning to think this really may be the authors writing style. She seriously needs a thesaurus and a few creative writing classes. Bella’s idea for this story is wonderful. However, her writing is very juvenile. With incorrect use of common phrases (“in the wind” being one of them), consistent over-explanation of scenery and characters, use of the same descriptors and actions over and over, it’s very difficult to take this story or writer seriously. I really wanted to like these books, but unless the writing style changes, I will not be continuing with this series. It is understood that Young Adult is the genre, but that does not mean that poor writing styles should be excused. I felt the same with Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray. I tried to read them, but didn’t get past the first few chapters of the first books due to the terrible writing styles. Yet here they are, millions of copies and a load of movies later. It’s sad, but understandable I guess. Bella may be successful otherwise with her other books, which I will be checking out. I do hope that her writing style grows and that her vocabulary expands. It’s sad to see such good ideas wasted on bad writing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley McLeo

    A fun, fast-paced paranormal fantasy read. I enjoyed this book more than book 1 because of the added POVs and politics. Plus, things got darker (in an obvious AND subtle way) and that’s my cup of tea!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    I might be addicted I really like this series. It has a strong female lead role and it’s nice to see a world that revolves around a girl!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Harley Merlin and the Cursed Child Mystery Twins is the second in the series, and first sequel to its equally underwhelming urban fantasy predecessor Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven. If you haven't read the first book in the series, don't worry. The first couple chapters of this sequel are a very detailed recap, which makes starting this novel feel a lot like putting on a pair of waders and jumping into a lake of molasses. First off, in my review for the first novel, I expressed a desire for Harley Merlin and the Cursed Child Mystery Twins is the second in the series, and first sequel to its equally underwhelming urban fantasy predecessor Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven. If you haven't read the first book in the series, don't worry. The first couple chapters of this sequel are a very detailed recap, which makes starting this novel feel a lot like putting on a pair of waders and jumping into a lake of molasses. First off, in my review for the first novel, I expressed a desire for a deeper exploration of the foster system. I'd like to travel back in time by about 500 pages and punch myself in the face. This novel features the word foster (followed by kid / system / parent etc.) 62 times and boy oh boy do you feel every single one. Foster kids are a central plot of this novel, so this shouldn't really be a complaint, but I think it speaks to how clunky and uninspiring the writing is that you truly find the over use of 'foster kid' egregious. Because it's a main feature, you might think that it merits a deeper exploration of being in care, and the way that it truly did influence the central protagonist's quest to find somewhere that she belongs, and I believe it was supposed to, but instead it just seems to cause a load of "You don't know what it's LIKE" wankery from Harley, our main protagonist. Disappointing. I say main protagonist because, joy of joys, we're joined by a new narrator! Tatyana is a Russian witch with the ability to communicate with the dead. We were introduced to her in the first novel, but she lost all interesting qualities as soon as we got inside her head and she turned out to be Harley 2.0. This is a serious problem with the author's attempt to include a second narrator. We, the reader, should be able to tell the two perspectives apart without relying on having noticed the chapter heading telling you whose POV you're in. If you are truly enthralled, you often skip extraneous headings. Even if you're not actually enthralled, you still glance over them. Louise Erdich, in her novel Tracks is a really great example of code switching between two narrators without using a trick of a different font, but rather tense and language. In Patrick Ness's Monsters of Men there are three separate narrators and even though font sets them apart visually, they are linguistically unique from one another and each equally engaging. In this novel, however, Tatyana and Harley narrate in the exact same way, and it was often only some way into the chapter I'd actually realise that they'd switched. Tatyana also had markedly fewer chapters to focus on her story. It seems that rather than having two equal narratives, the split narrator was a lazy trick to avoid having to logistically explain several occurrences from Harley's POV. If Taty had a more distinct voice that reflected her background, this would have probably been less of an issue. Fundamentally, I find her more interesting than Harley. Harley was not my favourite protagonist in the first book, as she teetered on the precipice of being a mary sue. By this one, she has toppled over the top. She's got potential to be one of the most powerful witches ever, the big bad is gunning for her personally, and even the interesting backstory of her father murdering her mother (it's not a spoiler if the book description already mentioned it) is suddenly "Oh well he was CURSED. He didn't TRULY MEAN IT." clearing up the potential for drama this early in the series is a bit predictable. We've still to meet the series' Big Bad but we get two minor villains this time and what can I really say except they were interesting enough until the final showdown where they turned into a standard over-confident, quippy, wisecracking archetype of a villain and I was left feeling "oh wow is that really my lot?" We've all see it done before. This was nothing exciting or new. I will also say that one of the fundamental issue with the villain in this novel, that is to say, KATHERINE SHIPTON, SCARIEST NAME IN THE WEST (don't worry if you forget, she's mentioned by name 146 times -- 87 of those in full, first and surname), is that it's two books in and it's still not exactly clear what her deal is. There's mention of Darkness and Light and that she wants to be Child of Chaos , but that's all just words. We're trying to stop her but I'm not sure WHY. To expand on this, let's zoom out to some of the advertising for this book. "Harry Potter for Grown Ups", as I've seen it touted. However, it seems so desperate to Not Be Harry Potter that it rips off some things from that series whilst glancing over the aspects of worldbuilding that make Harry Potter and, particularly, its villain work. The books fumble through explaining the makeup of "magical" society and the coven system, but when you break it all down it seems to be Whatever Is Convenient at Any Given Time. We don't see a lot of it, and when we do it doesn't seem to work well. Therefore, the disassembly of this society doesn't seem like a high enough stake. In Harry Potter you realise that a victory for Voldemort means a facist dictatorship that puts muggles (a position you, the reader, can generally relate with) on the bottom rung of society, followed by the persecution of muggle-borns (Hermione is the main character you have for reference here; a likeable character who is also the best and brightest sort of witch, and would be punished for no reason under Voldemort's regime), and positions people like the Malfoys (who at face value, come across as generally unpleasant) at the top of society. And despite the slow reveal of the depth of Voldemort's plans, over the course of the books, the characters and conflicts are established from the get go. At first the stakes are laid out: Harry stopped Voldemort's plans as a baby, Voldemort will try and kill Harry again as soon as he has power. Hermione is looked down upon by Draco Malfoy-- and specific muggle born related slurs exist in this society. Though it is over the next few books that more is revealed, the way society operates is present from the beginning. For Harley Merlin, however, there are no clear answers as to what is at stake and why we should care, because things are all over the place. Instead of starting with a simple conflict, we're thrown in at the deep end when we are not particularly invested. Our "misfits" aren't misfits at all. They're all physically powerful, and several have family in high places. What does Katherine's takeover threaten to change for them? What does she really represent? What does any of this "Child of Chaos" nonsense really MEAN? Thanks for coming to my Ted talk. Also just in case you got down this far, the book is poorly written. The ideas aren't bad but the presentation of the whole story is hampered by how lacklustre it is presented. No one wants purple prose, but it is nice to get some flair. Whilst it is grammatically sound, the style is simplistic to the point of being dull. There's a lot of telling and not showing, and as I already hinted, a LOT of repetitive use of language and certain words. Put it this way, when I was at 93% complete, I forced myself to listen to Tubthumping by Chumbawamba on repeat until it was finished. I listened to it 5 or 6 times in its entirety and still almost couldn't power through the last 5% which really didn't need to be included in this book, but rather exists to try and force the reader to buy the next one in the series. Well. I get knocked down. But I get up again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Racysteed

    Overall a fun read, although I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. Sadly, it gave into the trope of a character withholding information to protect others when common sense called for the opposite. I didn't enjoy the changing perspectives very much - the two characters' voices were too similar and I had to keep going back to the start of the chapter to remind myself whose perspective I was in. The storyline's mysteries were intriguing and the action was well-paced. I've moved onto the third boo Overall a fun read, although I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. Sadly, it gave into the trope of a character withholding information to protect others when common sense called for the opposite. I didn't enjoy the changing perspectives very much - the two characters' voices were too similar and I had to keep going back to the start of the chapter to remind myself whose perspective I was in. The storyline's mysteries were intriguing and the action was well-paced. I've moved onto the third book, which already shows great characterizations.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♦♣ Queen of Faerie ♠♥

    Another good Harley adventure. On to book 3!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Yes, I really think Im gonna actually finish the series this time. I have started it three times, but then something always got in the way and I would only get through the first few chapters. But look! I finally got through the second one! So it has been a year since I first started this series and I am noticing things I didn't before. This world seems to revolve around Harley, which kind of annoys. Even now with more POV's, its still all about her. Which I understand, but it is also unrealistic Yes, I really think Im gonna actually finish the series this time. I have started it three times, but then something always got in the way and I would only get through the first few chapters. But look! I finally got through the second one! So it has been a year since I first started this series and I am noticing things I didn't before. This world seems to revolve around Harley, which kind of annoys. Even now with more POV's, its still all about her. Which I understand, but it is also unrealistic. Getting Tatyana's perspective was fun, but once again it did talk a lot about Harley and I really just wanted to focus on Tatyana. Still fun books! Though I am getting frustrated with how slow the romance is going!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tex

    Very mediocre book for an adult reader but a young person might not be put off by the stilted dialogue...and as I type that I realize that they would. This is the second in the series and is is very important to have read the first to ‘now anything about what is going on. Tries very hard to be diverse and be Potter-esque in the magical department, but not very successful.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura..devouring books like crumpets

    This one dragged!!!!! It took until about 60 percent for anything truly interesting to happen, we had to Povs Harley and another group member Tatyana basically doing the same thing for the better first half of the book, looking for fostered magics, who had been visited also by a mysterious duo. It did pick up and once it did... an easy 5 star read... its just a shame about the first 60%

  10. 5 out of 5

    Librad

    Love it... Characters are interesting and likeable, magic system is well thought out and the storyline pulls you in... Very very pleasant read...

  11. 4 out of 5

    The Book Club

    Oh I really think I’m in trouble! I love this series so much, and I really feel like I’m going to have some sleepless nights to get through it as fast as I can!! Even cause the second book gripped me even more than the first 🙈 someone help!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris Jones

    Magic with a twist. Another fast paced, imaginative book from Bella. The characters leap off the page and the magic feels new. I cant wait for the 3rd installment.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 prediction for the next books: (view spoiler)[ I bet Imogen is really Katherine (hide spoiler)] 3.5 prediction for the next books: (view spoiler)[ I bet Imogen is really Katherine (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Crystie

    This second book had way too much of a recap at the beginning. It was written as if the reader had skipped the first book, but that is very annoying IMO since it is a series. The reader should be expected to read in order and not waste two or more chapters being spoonfed. I also didn't really care for the swapping of viewpoints. I'd rather just get Harley's viewpoint. The other characters are cool, but I don't need their views. I felt like I was getting cheated out of the main storyline. I've rea This second book had way too much of a recap at the beginning. It was written as if the reader had skipped the first book, but that is very annoying IMO since it is a series. The reader should be expected to read in order and not waste two or more chapters being spoonfed. I also didn't really care for the swapping of viewpoints. I'd rather just get Harley's viewpoint. The other characters are cool, but I don't need their views. I felt like I was getting cheated out of the main storyline. I've read other books where I liked getting multiple POVs, but for some reason I resented the swaps in this book. Also, I wanted more time with Harley and Wade. This is written as a YA, so I totally get the slow burn approach. At the same time, that shouldn't mean they can't have more scenes just between them. They could just go out to eat more, or something. More friend time and almost date time would have been better than the side plot with Tatyana. Still, once I got past the recap and the plot actually started, this book was almost as good as the first. I look forward to starting the third book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Gray

    Book ✌🏽. The Mystery Twins... ugh I am living out my YA, fantasy, hocus pocus, magic vibes, and I am loving it. This book again follow the infamous Harley Merlin, and her Rag team. After the big battle royale when the gargoyles were unleashed on the coven by her psycho aunt Katherine through her equally crazy half brother Finch in the last book (I know it’s a lot but stay with me). Harley has learned more about her powers, a place she can belong and a little more about her history When some magi Book ✌🏽. The Mystery Twins... ugh I am living out my YA, fantasy, hocus pocus, magic vibes, and I am loving it. This book again follow the infamous Harley Merlin, and her Rag team. After the big battle royale when the gargoyles were unleashed on the coven by her psycho aunt Katherine through her equally crazy half brother Finch in the last book (I know it’s a lot but stay with me). Harley has learned more about her powers, a place she can belong and a little more about her history When some magicals in foster care are possibly being targeted, Harley & the Rag team are assigned to investigate. They end up finding business cards left by these mystery twins, which is leaving Harley in a tough spot between wanting to keep these kids safe but at the cost of taking them from these families they grown comfortable in? I know these books aren’t “perfect” could the writing need a thesaurus maybe here and there, maybe. But all I love them! The slow burn between Harley and Wade is killing me though, like come on already... In this book we have some chapters in the perspectives of other characters within their group. I always appreciate that in novels because I feel it gives another dimension to the story & point of view. I just love these books honestly.. I’m trying really hard not to binge straight through 🤦🏻‍♀️ If you're a lover of the typical, I have powers but know nothing about them and go through the journey of learning more, READ THESE!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Enzo

    Harley entered the San Diego coven with a punch. Just a few days in everything went terribly wrong. but her new friends and her managed to save the day. Now the Rag Team is called back into action. They need to roundup young magicals that have not joined the coven ye. Most of them coming thru the Foster System as they t. So they are now going out and trying to see if they can help. During one outing they discover a mysterious card from the Twins. Harley is conflicted about taking the kids away f Harley entered the San Diego coven with a punch. Just a few days in everything went terribly wrong. but her new friends and her managed to save the day. Now the Rag Team is called back into action. They need to roundup young magicals that have not joined the coven ye. Most of them coming thru the Foster System as they t. So they are now going out and trying to see if they can help. During one outing they discover a mysterious card from the Twins. Harley is conflicted about taking the kids away from their adoptive families. She also learns the Smith's are fostering a new young man. Jacob seems to be a nice guy. He takes to Harley and they both feel a lot of love towards the Smith's. What follows is a lot of action and magic. I really like this series. Yes, its similar to Harry Potter. But the differences are telling.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    I enjoyed this book. It was a good sequel to Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven, and continued the story. I loved the magic present, which is very interesting. I also am really enjoying getting to know all of the characters and their pasts and what makes them tick. I'm happy Wade and Garrett might be getting past some of their issues. Overall, I thought this book was well written and highly entertaining, with a good mystery. 4 stars. Oh, and (view spoiler)[Harley has a power suppressor, which is I enjoyed this book. It was a good sequel to Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven, and continued the story. I loved the magic present, which is very interesting. I also am really enjoying getting to know all of the characters and their pasts and what makes them tick. I'm happy Wade and Garrett might be getting past some of their issues. Overall, I thought this book was well written and highly entertaining, with a good mystery. 4 stars. Oh, and (view spoiler)[Harley has a power suppressor, which is very intriguing. I hope they get it out of her, because I want to see what happens when she's at full strength! (hide spoiler)]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lea Kane

    The Ryder twins target Magicals in foster homes as part of Katherine's plot against the covens. Harley's emotional decision to keep the kids with their family has consequences they must overcome. I was frustrated in this read. So many obvious things they did wrong, decisions that were ludicrous. And the big finale of hurting Harley could have been done in the beginning of the book, therefore making most of this read pointless. If the next one is not more organized, I don't think I will be contin The Ryder twins target Magicals in foster homes as part of Katherine's plot against the covens. Harley's emotional decision to keep the kids with their family has consequences they must overcome. I was frustrated in this read. So many obvious things they did wrong, decisions that were ludicrous. And the big finale of hurting Harley could have been done in the beginning of the book, therefore making most of this read pointless. If the next one is not more organized, I don't think I will be continuing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    I enjoyed this book - to a degree. What annoyed me was the 'incompetence' of the people responsible for keeping the kids/human parents safe from the twins (Katherine Shipton). It was often like an episode of Keystone Cops. I felt like they should have contained the situation better - the Mage Council be damned!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I enjoyed the book and the plot. We are getting to know all the characters better as the series progresses. I like Harley. I find the writing style repetitive at times, but I let that go because the story is fast-paced and fun to read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    I am really getting sucked into the plot of this series. The writing style could still be better but its improved from the first book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristeen Hughes

    Round up to 4.5 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tania Arnold

    Loved it. Had top get the next one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. I liked the different POVs. The story was fast paced and yet not predictable. The main character is very likable, as are most of the characters. Will definitely read the next one. Two thumbs up.

  25. 4 out of 5

    isapower

    4.25 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This was amazingly awful. The only thing I can say is that it wasn't as awful as some books that I couldn't even finish. This author comes off as about 13 years old in her ability to write. It's a fantasy book so we expect the implausible but the level of magical thinking is extraordinary. For example, why is it that 19 year olds are the ones in charge of an investigation? How is it that a 19 year old can pay for the restoration of a totaled classic Mustang (thousands of dollars if a flattened c This was amazingly awful. The only thing I can say is that it wasn't as awful as some books that I couldn't even finish. This author comes off as about 13 years old in her ability to write. It's a fantasy book so we expect the implausible but the level of magical thinking is extraordinary. For example, why is it that 19 year olds are the ones in charge of an investigation? How is it that a 19 year old can pay for the restoration of a totaled classic Mustang (thousands of dollars if a flattened car could be restored at all) as a gift for a perspective girlfriend? That's total 13 year old thinking! How is it that so many people in the coven can be killed off with no real emotional upset? And I just wanted to slap Harley when she kept saying that she was so upset that Mrs. Smith was being killed and that she wouldn't stand for it but at the same time she just wrung her hands and did nothing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    These books are total trash, but they are addicting. Like the first book, the writing style and vocabulary in this book is incredibly weak. The characters often use phrases which seem out of place or awkward. Moreover, in this novel, the author flips between the perspectives of two characters but does nothing to distinguish the differences between the characters. Both use the same mediocre phrases, have a similar thought pattern, and both fall flat. Nonetheless, these books are an easy read and These books are total trash, but they are addicting. Like the first book, the writing style and vocabulary in this book is incredibly weak. The characters often use phrases which seem out of place or awkward. Moreover, in this novel, the author flips between the perspectives of two characters but does nothing to distinguish the differences between the characters. Both use the same mediocre phrases, have a similar thought pattern, and both fall flat. Nonetheless, these books are an easy read and they are interesting enough to keep the reader engaged. I actually thought this plot line was superior to the first book. However, I still cannot justify giving these books more than two stars simply because of the quality (or lack thereof) of the writing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Good Read All in all this was a good read. Harley has a lot of room for improvement. She really got on my nerves with her impulsive behavior and total lack of respect for the rules. I was glad to have more than just her point of view but I would have liked to have Wade's as well. Hopefully I'll get that in the next book....

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie S

    Great sequel The first book was hard to get into but this one was hard to put down! Loving the dual perspectives and can’t wait to see how Harley’s relationships with SDC members develops (#Warley). I have some theories but I can’t wait to see how this unfolds!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeana Fulton

    Great I really enjoyed this one. I ready to keep reading to find out how it turns out. I good page turner

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