Review: King of Ash and Bone by Melissa Wright

King of Ash and BoneKing of Ash and Bone
(Shattered Realms, #1)
by Melissa Wright
YA Urban Fantasy, SciFi
February 2nd 2015


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 street, he just might be the key she needs to succeed. What Mackenzie doesn't know is that this stranger isn't the helpless boy he appears to be. He's one of the monsters. And he's got plans of his own.

Thrown into a dying city in another realm, Mackenzie is powerless to get back. With the gateway closing, time is not on her side. But the stranger is, and if they can escape execution, this girl and her monster might be able to save both their worlds.

You can read a teaser here.


My Review

I was extremely excited to begin reading King of Ash and Bone! For one thing, the cover really intrigued me because the guy has those markings and I wanted to know what they were. I knew from the first page that I wasn't going to be disappointed and I wasn't. It was intense, chaotic, crazy, and endearing from the first page on and I loved it!

Mackenzie pulled me in from the start. She is so scared and at the same time so determined and fierce. I really loved her and how even though she is in shock during parts of this story, she handles everything as best as she can. Her one goal is to save her brother and she will do anything to do that. She is obviously attracted to and interesting in Hunter, while at the same time a little bit in fear of him. He's an anomaly in so many ways. Hunter sometimes acted like a human, but there was always something off with his phrasing and actions. I didn't quite realize how other he was. I could see his dilemma in what he would do and what he could and wanted to do. I loved the interactions between Mackenzie and Hunter. I loved seeing them grow closer and the attraction build. I also could see a secondary romance possibility with Mackenzie's brother and I'm curious to get to know him better and see if that goes anywhere. I liked that the author kept the main storyline front and center.

There are so many different facets of this series. Different characters and their plots. There was prophecy and ancient language and jargon that has played a role in Hunter's life and that others are seeking to twist to their own desires. I wanted to know a lot more about the situation, about the prophecy, about Hunter and his land, about how to stop the king and save the humans, and now about what will happen in the other world. Hunter and Mackenzie have a huge uphill battle if they are to succeed.

If you enjoy urban fantasy and scifi stories with creative plots full of twists, friendship, a spark of romance, and a strong brother/sister relationship that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more than I'd highly recommend King of Ash and Bone. I'm looking forward to reading more about these characters and their changing world.

Content: Some violence, but otherwise clean.

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not affect my review in any way.

Melissa was nice enough to share an excerpt of King of Ash and Bone as part of my blogoversary. Go check that out HERE. What do you think? Will you be reading this one if you haven't already?

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