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King of Ash and Bone

(Shattered Realms #1)

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When flying monsters break through the veil into her world, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. Her brother has been taken, her future has vanished, and all that remains is a desperate need for revenge. After discovering the breach the creatures used as a gateway, Mackenzie devises a plan to stop them, whatever the cost.
When she finds an injured stranger in the stree
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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T S
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating - 4.5/5
The cover of this book is so beautiful, and there is an equally kick-ass synopsis printed at the back, just by glancing at it I got my hopes up. I read it, liked it. It was so good!

I love books with strong female protagonists, monsters, other realms. That's my thing, and this book has it all. I left this bookish world fist bumping the air, with a satisfied grin.

Howbeit, There was no element of gasp-inducing surprise, because of the synopsis. If that wasn't the case, this bo
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Marta Cox
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half
A free read on kindle at the moment in preparation for the next book in this series that's due next month. I was interested in this idea of fae/demon type creatures coming into our world and leaving devastation behind.
I really liked the heroine Kenzie but struggled with Hunter who she rescues. McKenzie is determined to find her missing brother but having spent so much of her life not trusting others it's made her very independent. Hunter is in a difficult situation as unknown to
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Dianne
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two realms separated by a veil of secrecy and if that veil is breached it will mean the end of both worlds. And. It. Is. Happening. NOW.

Mackenzie’s life has been full of turmoil and loss. All she had was her brother and the monsters flying through the sky have taken him and she wants him back. The city is in chaos, people are being killed or taken as these beasts fly through a hole in the sky and nowhere is safe. Having seen this breach, Mackenzie will stop at nothing to seek revenge.

When she
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Timitra
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanceopoly
Wasn't for me

King of Ash and Bone had an interesting premise but it just didn't work for me. It felt disjointed and I didn't like the stereotypical way in which one of the secondary characters was described. I wasn't emotionally invested in the main characters nor did I feel the connection between them. This one fell flat for me.
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
This grabs you right out of the gate, I really enjoyed it and read it in an afternoon.

After her world around her pretty much blew up and she lost Riley, her only remaining family, Mackenzie has come up with a plan. She is going to return to the place she saw the crack in the world to get photographic proof and tell the army so they can do something…she doesn’t know what, but anything to close it and hopefully rescue her brother. It’s more of a last-ditch desperation act than a plan but it’s be
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Debrac2014
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
This story just wasn't for me! I found it too confusing!
Shane
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
King of Ash and Bone was an interesting read for me. At first I was a little confused by what was happening, but then once the story started to progress I began to understand the situation and who the invaders were.

I can't go into detail without revealing too much, but I can say it was tough, at least for me, to draw a conclusion as to what the dying realm should do. I mean, yes it was sad that their survival depended on claiming others, but it's not like they can decide to just fade away and n
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Kathy
I hate to say it, but I just didn't really like this one. It was confusing and jumped around and I never quite connected to the story. The H/h we're okay and I liked the idea of the story, just not the execution. A lot of inner thought. Just not for me.

Reminded me a lot of The Hollow Kingdom, which I enjoyed a lot more.

Content: Clean, mild romance, mild violence, no language
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Review of KING OF ASH AND BONE by Melissa Wright

The first of a brand-new series, SHATTERED REALMS, by a prolific YA and Fantasy author, KING OF ASH AND BONE is fast-paced, eminently readable, and starts with an irresistible reader's hook which has overtones of both the traditional Fantasy genre and of Lovecraftian Mythos. When a Portal opens, releasing flying monsters, many are lost, to who knows where. One of these is Mackenzie's almost eighteen-year-old brother Riley, who was taken while tryin
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Jennifer
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2nd Read-through: When I found out Melissa Wright was planning on releasing a sequel to King of Ash and Bone, I decided to re-read the original. My initial impression remained true. This is a dystopian novel unlike anything you've read before. In place of zombies or nuclear warfare, the real enemy are wicked fae. Or are they wicked? This is the question as Kenzie meets Hunter, a young man who is much more than he appears to be. I really enjoyed Kenzie and Hunter's perspectives as they led us thr ...more
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Flying monsters have broken through a veil in the sky. With people abandoning their homes, Mackenzie Scott and her brother must fend off for their lives. That is until a single scratch from one of the beasts marks Riley. To keep his sister safe, he leaves her in the middle of the night to go join the army. Now all alone, Mackenzie discovers the gateway used to join her world with that of the dying realm. With Hunter the stranger she saved from the raging monsters by
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Violet Stone
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Dawn Ireland
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous story

Melissa Wright is one helluva story teller. Her characters are strong, resourceful and memorable. Her world-building captivates. I’m going to read the next book because there’s no way I can leave that world until I know what’s in store for MacKenzie and Hunter, and Riley. Good job!
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
This was my second time through and I felt like the edits made things a little clearer. Still really, really enjoyed it. Quite a page-turner.
Elise Flores
Sep 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not for me

It was a good idea with a couple of good pages but overall i was extremely bored. Not for me
Bloodystranger
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I finished this book an hour ago and I used this time to think about the whole story. I really wanted to like this book and I kind of did, but I think I missed the point where you connect with the main characters, because I didn’t. At all. That makes me wonder if it’s caused by the very confusing events or if it’s just me.

What I liked and hated the same time was the style of writing. I loved it, because it had its own way of describing things and emotions but I couldn’t get access to what’s hap
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Saruuh Kelsey
I've made no secret of the fact that I adored the Descendants series, so when I saw Melissa Wright had just released a new book I didn't hesitate in grabbing it and reading ASAP. I love the way she writes, and especially how she writes action and romance.

I'll start by saying I didn't love this as much as the Descendants series, but that was purely a personal thing. I didn't fall as hard for the characters, and I'm a character driven reader. Now that's said, let's talk about all the things I did
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Nic
Oct 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*

1.5/5. This is one of those books that drops the reader right into the action from the very first line, which can be quite compelling if done well. In this case, it was not done well. There is no payoff; there is no moment when everything clicks into place and the reader understands what is happening. Somewhere around the halfway point of this book, I was still so bored and confused that I started skimming. I thought maybe things
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Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

This book follows Mackenzie Scott after the world has been invaded by flying monsters. A crack in the sky allowed then passage and I was completely captivated by the other side of the veil. The other realm spoke to my dark side and I wish I could see it play out as a movie. Ah!!!
Mackenzie was a great character. She was hilarious and I loved how she didn't sit around doing nothing.
The plot twists were amazing and I absolutely loved Melissa's writin
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Mandie Stevens
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is my first book by Melissa Wright. The cover is amazing and fit the story perfectly. I gobbled this up in one sitting and even ordered pizza so I didn't have to stop and cook. THAT is saying a lot! So not only did I enjoy the book but the kids reaped the benefits too.

It starts with monsters entering our world through the veil when it breaks. Now I usually don't read much of the new adult age because authors usually make characters so wishy washy and whiny. Mackenzie was neither of these. S
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
There are definitely some questions... Review to come.
Pamela Donaldson
King of Ash and Bone starts as it means to continue. A huge storm arrives and destroys everything in it's path. This is no ordinary storm however, as monsters from another realm have broken through the veil to earth intent on bringing the apocalypse.

When Mackenzie's brother, Riley, is "marked" by the monsters, he leaves their home in the dead of night to join the army leaving Mackenzie completely alone. As Mackenzie has no parents and was responsible for raising her younger brother, she becomes
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Lauren
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a complementary copy for an honest review. In a post-apocalyptic world, Mackenzie and her brother Riley find their house the only standing one on their block, protected by mysterious markings on the fence surrounding their house. Venturing into the destroyed world, they find death and destruction at the hands of winged monsters. Mackenzie saves the life of a boy, Hunter, and they find themselves on a quest to save family and possibly the world.

Great potential, but overall a miss on ex
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Jessica Woods
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
King of Ash and Bone starts with a bang, literally. A massive storm arrives and destroys almost everything, the apocalypse is at hand and its not zombies. Hulking beasts are terrorizing everyone and the whispers say they are fey. Mackenzie stepped up to care for her brother when their mother was killed in a car wreck and their father abandons them. When he's attacked and scared by the monsters, Riley leaves to join the army to fight them. Now Mackenzie spends her days trying to find Riley. When ...more
Tamara
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Is it magic, no, can't be, fairy tales are not true.

I love this book. I am not typically a fan of apocalypse style books but I do love scifi and fantasy.

The author does great with the characters. Mackenzie has been looking after her brother for a long time so when a strange storm comes along she makes sure he is safe. After the storm passes everything they know changes and her brother leaves in the middle of the night.

Mackenzie is trying to get the courage to look for her brother when she comes
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Ellen
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book actually came from "Reign of Queens" which is a book with THREE fantasy book series starters by Melissa Wright.
I wasn't super inspired to read the other two stories (YET) but I really enjoyed this one! Strong female lead trying to save the world? I'm all for it. There were a couple parts that had me kinda feeling like I was missing something and instead of it ever really being explained I just kinda made some assumptions, especially about the budding romance between the MC and the love
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Darsie
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Lillian Cummings
It was like every other day

It started off like any other day but ended with bloodshed and fear. Now the world is falling apart and Mackenzie is all alone. She knows Riley did the right thing by trying to join the fight against the monsters but she fears that she will never see him again. So when she saves Hunter I from being killed by the monsters she is no longer alone. Hunter is hiding who he truly is, he has to stop what is coming but he fears that it too late. He has no choice but to save Ke
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Reena
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What appeared to be a terrible storm is just the beginning of Mackenzie's troubles. A portal from another world has been opened and demon-like creatures roam around marking people. When her brother gets marked and runs away, Mackenzie decides to go after him and find a way to save him. That is the start of her adventures, which will lead her to this other world and back and there again.

Although the first chapters are a little confusing and there appear to be missing pieces in the story, reading
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Jessica Campagna
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story is original and the world building is good. This is an interesting take on a post apocalyptic world, where a gateway opens to collect souls to keep the second world running and the humans try to fight them off. Then things get complicated when a human befriends a "monster". I would have liked for the characters to have a little... just... more, but I can say that they are realistically driven by their own motivators all throughout the story. The writing and dialogue is well done. I am ...more
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