25 June 2014

Book Tour (Review) & Giveaway: Carnelian (The Chalcedony Chronicles #1) by B. Kristen McMichael

Carnelian(The Chalcedony Chronicles #1)
Author: B. Kristen McMichael
Pub. Date: Feb. 1, 2014
Acquired: From author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Author Page: http://www.bkristinmcmichael.com
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Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally thousands of years ago. Seth’s life 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 that college will be 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 life of his own that’s actually from 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.

~My Review~

After reading a few stale romances, lately, this book was a refreshing dose of awesome. I already LOVE time-travels, so from the get-go I knew that Carnelian was a must-read.

One of the things I loved the most about this story was the strong characters: main and supporting. Both Mari and Seth had me rooting for them--not just as a couple--but as individuals from the beginning. So many stories fail to make me love the people in them that when I read a writer like Ms. McMichael it gives me some great hope!
The supporting characters were amazing! Ty, Dee, and Sim made me love them! And I LOVE when characters make me love them!

While I absolutely do recommend Carnelian, keep in mind that it IS YA. Now, I just so happen to believe that YA can be a pretty underrated genre. However, there are times when you're in the heads of the "young adults" who are the voices of these stories and you have to stop and remind yourself that you were slightly less mature when that age, too.
This story is the same. There are moments when I felt a little disconnected from the characters because of that. BUT, I think that's normal. It just makes what will happen next even more entertaining.

All in all, I'm pretty excited to read the next book in the series, and I'm going to HAVE to pick up another B. Kristen McMichael book. She is one. Talented. Author.

~My Rating~

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~About the Author~

Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in biology as a scientist. In her free time she is currently hard at work on multiple novels. Every day is a new writing adventure. She is a fan of all YA/NA fantasy and science fiction.

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