King of Ash and Bone by Melissa Wright

King of Ash

King of Ash & Bone

The first book in The Shattered Realms Series.

Author Note

Writing a book or series of books is a substantial commitment. Authors spend a lot of time and effort avoiding the temptation of shiny new ideas, because chasing other stories will never get you a finished manuscript. But the best inspirations hang around, waiting in the corners of your mind, tugging at your attention until they’ve grown too monstrous and delightful to be ignored. These are the stories that are most fun to tell, the ideas that will not be turned away.

I’m happy to report my newest title is just one of these monsters. King of Ash and Bone began niggling at me about midway through the Descendants Series as a simple idea: a magical apocalypse. A heroine with steadfast determination came in next, followed quickly by the handsome anti-hero who just might have what it takes to break her resolve. And of course he would have something to hide that might test them both. I found myself researching end-of-days scenarios in my spare time, gathering images of winged beasts and deserted cities as this new world grew and grew, forming its own brand of chimera and bursting into a second realm, complete with problems of its own.

The Shattered Realms series is certainly lined up to be the most complex I’ve ever written, and I can only hope it catches readers’ hearts and imaginations the way it has mine.

 

King of Ash and Bone
(Shattered Realms, #1)
by Melissa Wright
YA Urban Fantasy
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.

 ********* Ani’s Review********

I was intrigued by the concept of The King of Ash and Bone. I mean, are these faeries? aliens? what? From the opening pages, this story built up the suspense until Mackenzie runs into Hunter and the story levels out. As our heroine, Mackenzie was interesting and had good motivation but I expected more questions for her new “friend”. Why was this guy targeted, why did he heal so fast, why would he help her…etc. The other world and its’ inhabitants was a unique play on the alien invaders theme. At the end of this book I felt like the story was just beginning and could have used more pages. I think author Melissa Wright is onto a really solid start for this complex series and I hope that she can deliver more novels just as enticing as this one. Fans of the 5th Wave by Rick Yancy would probably enjoy this story.

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Books for Lunar New Year

Happy Year of the Goat!

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In honor of Lunar New Year (BTW, I was born year of the Tiger) I wanted to share some Asian-inspired reads. I may be wrong but it seems to me that there aren’t that many mainstream books with an Asian influence. Here are some that I’ve read and enjoyed. Leave a comment and let me know of your favorite Asian-inspired or Asian-centric books or movies. Thanks for reading!

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Probably the most well known of this article. The movie was fantastic also. It follows 4 women and their female children as they come of age and come to terms with their mothers. A fascinating story and so well done!

Eon & Eona by Alison Goodman. This short fantasy series is an amalgam of Asian inspired culture and superstitions. It also speaks to drug use, gender issues, chauvinism and women’s roles in any culture. The dragons are a bonus. Well written, inventive, and exciting.

Gilded by Christina Farley.  After her mother’s death, Korean-American Jae-Hwa returns to Seoul with her father only to discover she is hunted by a demigod to be his mistress. Farley portrayed Jae-Hwa as a typical teenager that discounted everything her family cautioned her against and, if I must say, was a tad annoying because of it. However I enjoyed the story a lot overall and really appreciated the glimpse of Seoul – it was like taking a vacation.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. The least “Asian” story of them all. Park is half Korean in middle America during the 80’s. This love story is a must read for anyone who grew up in the era of big hair and power ballard or for fans of realistic YA. Rowell does an amazing job of writing about misfit teenagers falling in love. Fans of John Green will appreciate this story.

 

Fate Reborn by Christina Ow

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Fate Reborn (Dukkha Fate Series #1) Blurb:
Ashat is a werewolf who’s lived three centuries in sorrow and torment after his family was killed by an enemy-Baku. The only way he is able to bear his long life is drinking himself into a drunken stupor, women and hunting down Baku. His world suddenly changes when he meets Merilee and he is finally able to love and be happy again.

Merilee lost her family in a fire when she was five. However she isn’t too sure about that, her nightmares show her something very different to what her shrink has been telling her for thirteen years. She was raised by her two adoptive sisters Ann and Maria in an orphanage. She has a fear of letting people in and losing them. This fear makes her put up with an obnoxious boyfriend Steve until she’s finally gets the courage to get rid of him.
She finally meets a man who she instantly has a crush on and ultimately falls in love with after their first night together.

But Merilee and Ashat have met before in the worst of situations.

Ash

Lee

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Ani’s Review

Let me cut to the chase. I liked reading Fate Reborn. I was intrigued by and enjoyed the Native American aspect however, two things bothered me.

1. Once the story came to the present time, the Native American aspect disappeared almost entirely.

2.  I really like the name Ash for a tough male character but during the prologue, which is the only part where the author used his full name, Ashat, I could not stop seeing it as “ass hat”. I tried really hard – I did! LOL

Beyond that, Fate Reborn was engaging and interesting. I liked seeing Lee’s character develop from a needy, peace making kid to a strong willed woman who stood up for herself and her family/friends. Good character development and story writing but I’d love more details. This can be read as a stand alone novel but it does leave the reader with unanswered questions but thankfully, no cliffhanger ending (hate those!). I’m definitely interested in reading more of the Dukkha Fate series of 5.

Fate Reborn will be available January 30th.

The Beginning, the prologue to Fate Reborn, is now in a novella format and free if you sign up for author Christina Ow’s newsletter below.

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Christina OW writes suspense, thrillers, erotica, interracial and multicultural romance books. She is the author of Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Regency Romance books and a poet of currently 3 titles. She loves reading novels that take her on a ride of wild emotions. Books have always been an escape for her, for a few hours she gets to live the lives of characters she grows to cherish and admire. She’s always had an active imagination and because of it has lived in her head more than she has been in the outside world. She always imagined scenarios and wondered how they would turn out in the end, and what kind of emotions they would invoke. Thus began her writing career.

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