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Crown of Dragons: Bleeding Realms: Dragon Blessed Book One

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  48 reviews

The normal world is an illusion.

Separated from other realms by a thin layer of powerful magic, humans are protected from the fae and dragons, the ghosts and warlocks, and an unfurling evil.

Khali Elliot is a princess —of sorts. She wasn’t born royal and yet she’s destined to become queen. As a Dragon Blessed with four elements running through her blood, her future lineage has al

Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published August 15th 2019 by Addison & Gray Press
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Ashley Lewis
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank the amazing author with providing me a free E-ARC of this book (which does not effect my opinion)
Thoughts with side commentary
🐲 Different worlds are "stacked" on top of each other and they are starting to bleed together (allowing unwelcome guests to enter)
🐲 Mediums, dragons, wizards, nymphs and fae..oh, my!
🐲 Why?!😭
🐲 Excuse Me, sir? Could you drop dead any time soon?
🐲 POV alternated between Hazel and Khali
🐲 Hazel is a characte
S.E. MacCready
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nina Walker expertly weaves a story rich in paranormal intrigue with enough drama to keep you rapidly turning the pages. This story depicting elemental dragons is entirely original, with Walker taking great care to spin a tale unlike others in the genre. I am only left wanting more, and am greatly anticipating the next release in what will become a suspenseful and exhilarating series.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Crown of Dragons: Bleeding Realms:
Dragon Blessed Book One
by Nina Walker
Rating: 5/5

Wow! I can't even believe that I finished the first book in this series so fast! I definitely lost some sleep trying to speed-read to find out what happens next. I was disappointed when I realized that I had come to the end of book one and would have to wait a few months till the next book. (Sigh)

The story is told from two POVs and if that bothers you, then this book is probably
S.H. Timmins
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Nina Walker, but it won't be my last. I always go in with an open mind, but any expectations I secretly harbored were surpassed, leaving me both exhilarated and impressed.

Fantasy, especially YA, is a favorite genre of mine to read. I was excited to read this book just based on the intentionally vague and tantalizing summary. Within the first few chapters, I knew that I had discovered a rare gem. Building a world based in fantasy, yet believable enough to vivi
Samantha Martin
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a little skeptical about reading this book because I’m not a huge fan of dragons or high fantasy, but I read this author’s color magic series so I thought I’d give this one a shot. I’m so glad I did! It blew me away! The dual worlds and multiple points of view added lots of layers that kept building and intertwining with plot twists that were anything but predictable.

I got lost at times in Khalil’s emotions. What prince does she love? I’m not sure even she knows. And Hazel... her struggle
Demi Sharpe
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really loved this book. It was so intriguing, and it never dulled for a moment. The storyline was interesting and unique, and leaves you wanting more.
I felt a real connection to the Khali and Hazel, and just felt their ups and downs throughout the story. All characters felt like they had their place, and played their parts well.

But Dean, though! 😍

I can’t really complain about this book. I
Debbie Eyre
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Separated from other realms by a thin layer of powerful magic, humans are protected from the fae and dragons, the ghosts and warlocks, and an unfurling evil.“
This story is amazing, I read the above blurb and thought I wanna read that and boy am I glad I did! Two different storylines that came together and blended really well with great characters in a fantasy world built by this author that is different and exciting and filled with danger, mystery and romance and I hope book 2 is every bi
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was a fun read! I enjoyed this world that the author created. And I really loved the characters. This story was adventurous and unique. And I can’t wait to read more!
Candice Allen
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dragons, mediums and more in this delightful story

While it took a little while for me to get into this book, by the end I really enjoyed the story and found myself caught up and waiting to read more. This book is well written and an excellent start to a new trilogy. The characters are well fleshed out so you catch a glimpse of who each of them is, even when their story isn’t told directly from their point of view. Hazel and Khali are delightful joint heroines connected in some way that we only
Candyce Kirk
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crown of Dragons is my first book my Nina Walker and now I'm definitely curious about her other work. If you're looking for a new fantasy series to start and love dragons and other mythical creatures, this book is definitely for you.

I loved that this book was seperated into two timelines with our two main characters. A perfect mix of the modern day world and a brand new fantasy world. Hazel is a 17 year old girl just trying to live a normal life. Well, as normal as she can be while s
5 huge stars!!! I would give Crown of Dragons more if I could! I loved this book so much!

This is such a unique story, alternating between a fantasy world and earth. Khali, a Dragon-blessed Princess, is waiting to be married off to one of the kings sons - whichever one proves most worthy to rule. Hazel, a girl in the human realm, is just starting her freshman year of college, expecting a fun few years spending time with her friends, meeting boys, and working toward her degree so she can go to ve
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy from the author.

Crown of Dragons was simply amazing. I read and absolutely loved the Colour Alchemist series, so when I heard that Nina Walker had a new book coming out, I had to investigate. Normally, I’m not too fond of dragons, but the premise was certainly intriguing, and the combination of that plus my past experience with Nina Walker’s writing was enough to encourage me to pick up a copy (and also, LOOK AT THAT COVER! ISN’T IT GORGEOUS?). And I am so
Lisa MK
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reads
Hazel is a girl of the human realm that has the gift/curse of seeing the dead. She’s trying to the normal young adult thing: going to college making new friends. This is an ever bigger challenge when she accosted by Dean Ashton. He’s seriously gorgeous but seriously an ass.

Khali is the princess of the dragon realm. Once every generation, a girl is blessed with power over all four elemental gifts and she is destined to marry a prince of the realm, whether she wants to or not.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlike anything I've read before.

This book... what to say about this book.

Khali and Hazel are two girls from completely separate worlds. Khali is a dragon-shifting princess destined to marry a man she hates, a man she'll do anything to expose as the ruthless killer he is.
Hazel lives in the human world - our world - but she sees people who have long passed from both worlds.
They're on a collision course, and we spend the entire book just waiting for them to finally meet, for their stories to c
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievably Amazing!

I can't say enough good things about this book! I've read quite a few things from Ms. Walker but I think this may be her best yet! Crown of Dragons is a lot darker than anything she's written before and it weaves together two seemingly unrelated girls and their lives. I really enjoyed the creative measures it took to take two completely different stories in two  different genres and still have them end up connecting. I loved how this book isn't like anything she'
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*All of my reviews are voluntarily written*

This book... wow... amazing! I spent most of the afternoon reading and was so sad when I had reached the end.

This books swaps between two main characters, Hazel and Khali. They live in different realms, but they are tied together in some mysterious way.

Khali has all four elemental powers that is rare among her kind. She's already had her path laid out for her, but she doesn't agree with it. Little does she know that things are about to cha
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Starting off, I was pretty confused with that was happening plot wise and I initially didn't like the two main characters we get to alternate between but the writing itself was really well structured and paced and had me wondering if certain things were plot devices and opportunities for character development.

Lo and behold it was. I ended up loving the book, loving the storyline and loving the characters. I did have moments where I yelled OH DAMNNNN because of a plot twist which was also great
Caffeinated Covers
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you like stories with very real consequences and intrigue but with more of a lighter feel, then you will probably like this book. It's very YA and it has the same vibe as the tv show 'Reign' where even the characters in a medieval setting seemed like they were from present day, western culture.

This book is told in two intertwining story lines. One follows Hazel, a 17 year old college freshman who can see dead people. Hazel has
Joey Hickner
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down!

Dang!!! That was so good!!!! I kept seeing the rave reviews on Facebook when it first released and decided to give it a try, and I simply couldn’t put it down. I LOVED the shifting POV’s. It kept the story interesting and impossible to put down, but with only 2 POVs it was easy to follow. Also along with the POVs was 2 different realms happening and so much hint of romance going all different directions so I can’t wait to see who ends up with who. That being said, I love
Elizabeth  Knight
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good series

Usually I make a habit to not read a book until the entire series is out because I read through it too quickly and will read too many books in between but I didn’t realize that before devouring this book in a single weekend. Great character development and world building; I am a big fan of authors who are able to make the different realms/supernatural seem almost believable. This is the second series I’ve read from this Nina Walker and it did not disappoint. Looking forward
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I am totally hooked after reading this first book of this series. I love how the story is told by two different characters. Khali a dragon princess & Hazel a human who can see spirits. Each from different realms but connected. There’s magic and dragons! And hot guys!!! and super bad guys! Also Faes too!!! I really enjoyed reading this story. I felt so bad for Landon he really seemed genuinely good and interested in Hazel too! But I’m hoping Dean & Hazel will have some rea
Natalia Navarro
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic start of a new series!!! ❤

Love, love, love this book... It's so different and original... amazing world building and story line, wonderful characters... Love Hazel, Dean and Khali, I think they're going to be an awesome team... Love how the story is told, interconnecting the chapters between both realms... Now that Khali is here, what they're going to do?, how this will affect the dynamic between Hazel and Dean?... Is Khali still in love with him?... How about the Occultist and that Re
Telisha Mortensen
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2 worlds, one amazing book!

This book grabbed me from the beginning. I enjoyed it from start to finish and I am left wanting more! I really enjoyed the dual point of view and the juxtaposition of the human realm and the dragon realm. I was really into the book and right before chapter 7 I was dropping my jaw. It's so good. Both of the girls, while young and innocent, are neither annoying or pushovers. Definitely a slow burn here and I know who I want each girl to end up with but honestly it c
Lexy Miller
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a book that includes dragons, magic, and handsome love interests, this is definitely one to put on your list. The chapters switch between Khali, a dragon-blessed princess in the Kingdom of Drakenon, and Hazel, a normal girl that can see spirits. With such amazing cliffhangers at the end of each chapter, you can't help but keep reading to see what happens next. These 2 girls seem completely unrelated at first but as you keep reading, their lives slowly become interconnected ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

I thought this story was good. It was fun to see how the two girls’ stories intertwined. My biggest complaint was the incomplete descriptions. I had a hard time visualizing the characters because it seemed like the only description I got was the eye color and maybe the hair color. I didn’t know until halfway through the book that Khali had two different colored eyes, or that the other girl had golden hair (although she did mention earlier that she had dirty blonde hair, and it was her dorm
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book, like all of Nina's books it just flowed really well. The characters were really easy to connect to especially Hazel.
It was a great mix between the 2 stories that didn't hinder the other which I have found with similar books, the world was really cool I just hope we get to see more of it! There is a lot more to this story and I'm definitely excited to see where these girls go!
Such a great mix between old school with magic and dragons and then modern day which
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragon, fantasy, utah
Mention the word "dragon" and I will read it. I love dragons. Often, dragon books are a major letdown. However, this one was great. I also like strong female characters that advocate for themselves. This novel had a couple of such female characters. I liked that there were several story lines that seemed unrelated happening at the same time as I found myself drawn into several characters lives. I stayed up to read and read the whole book in a couple of hours. Great read and I am looking forward ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the second book of Nina Walker's I have read and I'm not disappointed. I love fantasy worlds, dragons, magic, and ghosts so this is a top one for me! Khali is my favorite character. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!

I love that the human realm is in West Virginia since that's where I am from. Also the love for Harry Potter makes me happy!

I recieved this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the set-up of this book. I liked that it covered more than one point of view. Khali and Hazel are from two different realms, giving you a chance to explore both of their worlds. Hazel tries to live her life as a background person never wanting to be front and center,hoever she can't hide from the ghosts she sees. Khali on the other hand has been chosen by her birth to become a queen in her world. Each person woven into their lives are well placed bringing more to the story.
Bran Wolfgram
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crown of Dragons took a bit for me to get anybody who has picked up the book and felt the same I urge you to keep going because you will not be disappointed. Walker blends two worlds seamlessly, a modern world with some pop culture references that are pretty witty , and a fantasy world that takes descriptive morphing to a new level. And of course there is a cliff hanger to keep you coming back for more. Crown of Dragons is an overall robust start for a new author and new series.
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