Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review of Carnelian (The Chalcedony Chronicles #1) by B. Kristin McMichael


Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t so far in the past as Seth Sangre. His past is literally from thousands of years ago. Seth’s past led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.

Mari had dreams of college being a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth might just have a past of his own that’s literally in the past. Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed.

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5 stars

I'm just a die hard fan of time traveling and not only that it involves Egypt. I rarely find books whose settings are in Egypt.

At first, I didn't know that it involved time traveling and Egypt. The beginning started out as something regular and the meeting of Mari and Seth was quite different. A guy falling asleep in her lap. The attraction was there for Mari and it happened to Seth afterwards. Their relationship started as slow first because Seth was known as a player (but due to reasons) and Mari after having a bad relationship in high school was cautious of Seth. But as she hanged out with Seth she realizes there is more to Seth than just his image. She then also realized there is more to Seth especially when she learned of their nonexistent background plus an incident that happened which made Mari realized that Seth has a bigger secret and when she finds out it is something she never imagined.

The characters were very likeable instantly. I like Mari's strong character and her stubbornness is just right that it doesn't make her character annoying. Her love for Seth is strong she would do anything to find and be with him even if it means traveling back to the past.

Seth is just amazing. He is very sweet but has a strong character too. I loved that he loves Mari to the point he doesn't want to break her heart especially when he needs to go back and that his father has plans for him. His letter for Mari was very sweet and touching that I too cried with Mari.

Did I mention the side characters were amazing as well. Ty and Dee showed a strong bond of friendship with Seth and that they will always be there to support him. Sim's personality may be opposite of Mari but they fit well together. Sim is supportive as well and I like how she encourages more like stubbornly let Mari be involved in having a joyful experience of life.

I'm just sad to say that it took near the ending for the story to get to the point and that when it became more interesting it just ended. I also should have take heed of the warning of the author because when I read the preview of book 2 I was like nooooo!!!!

I can't wait for Book 2 and read what happens next. 

I received a copy thanks to Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A. Books