Book Review: Shards & Ashes Edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

Shards and Ashes is a collection of short stories featuring writers Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong,

Veronica Roth, Rachel Caine, Beth Revis and plenty more. These stories vary from the supernatural, human survival and sick twisted love. The theme that all these stories share is the end of the world.

I love short stories, the stories in the book stalled and the interest in reading the stories, although they weren’t tied together, was fading fast. HOWEVER, not all the stories served any purpose. For instance, the story called Hearken written by Veronica Roth was a really good story that ended in a way that cried out to be continued. It was the best story in the book.

The second best story was Branded by Kelley Armstrong and what she did with this story was make me sit at the edge of my seat and want more. I wanted to know the past of the lead character; I wanted to know the outcome of her decision. I WANTED MORE! I was terribly upset that it ended.

The other stories were okay; I wouldn’t suggest passing them or skipping ahead because all these authors have different styles and not all of them jump right into the adrenalin; some take some time.


Over all this collections gets a 8 out of 10. It was a great read for the most part and it opens your eyes to author that you may not have read before. I plan on checking out Veronica Roth’s books as well as Kelley Armstrong as soon as I can.

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