Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael Tour, Review & Giveaway!

Release Date: 02/01/14

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


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Jennifer's Review
Loved the beginning of this book--The hot guy literally falling into Mari's lap and her reaction were pretty perfect and funny. This is a fresh, well written mysterious tale of soulmates, time travel and ancient societies.
Loved we got to go back in time! I won't say too much on that front but it was great, well written and different! I had a hard time putting this book down.

This plot could of had a lot of holes and unanswered questions in it.  Kristin did a wonderful job and answers the questions the reader might have before you have them. One example --When Seth doesn't know his past, you immediately think -- Why not look up your past on the computer? Well thank goodness Mari thinks the same thing (because if she didn't that would be annoying) and goes directly to the computer which fails to work when Mari goes to look up specifics on who Seth really is (and it continues to happen if they look up specifics). So they do get a general idea of time period etc.. but no real specifics to him. All in all, the details and explanations were well covered.

Mari -- studious, shy, reserved, but stands her ground when needed. I loved how she was really leery of Seth due to his reputation -- the story definitely would not of been believable for me if she wasn't -- because who wants to be #24 on some boy's list? I liked Mari overall but I didn't love her. My issue with Mari was that she seemed too perfect - at least when it came to athletics. She knew how to play basketball, football, and she used to be on her school's track and swim team --and was fabulous at all of them but yet couldn't help her roommate with the competition? Is the fact that she excels at all sports have something to do with her time travel ability or ?? If so I wished it would of been explained because she kinda came off as conceited. She also seemed to have just dropped her roommate (I passed that off as because she was in love) but I hope to see that friendship grow and get stronger in the next book-- maybe she even lets in her on her time travel secret.

Seth- swoon worthy :-) and persistent -- you can't help falling for him just like Mari did. At the beginning I was as leery of him as Mari, but as Mari got to know him better it became clear that he wore his heart on his sleeve when it came to Mari. I felt for him just as Mari did. Their relationship was a slow progression - starting as so called "friends" and then to dating. It went at a good pace. My only issue with Seth -- the whole thing with his ex girlfriend was slightly annoying as I thought he should of put more of a clear stop to her advances. I passed that off that he was from another time and was trying to be nice which was difficult with such a forward ex-girlfriend.

Seth's brothers:
Ty -- he kinda acts like an older brother to Mari. Sweet and caring. I liked how he stayed pretty impartial and did not stick up for Seth when he was clearly in the wrong. Overall he really added to the book.

Dee- well I think most will agree with me, I didn't like him. I didn't hate him he was just always brooding and negative--- so I kinda ignored him just like Mari did. At the end of the book my attitude towards him has changed and I expect that in the next book I may just come to like him.

The ending had me sighing in relief, but then I read an excerpt from the second book and..... Well I should not of read the excerpt. Total cliffhanger! Granted the author did give us a warning  before diving into the sneak peak of book too which was well deserved :-).  So if you read that excerpt definitely "read at your risk". I personally couldn't not read it and I will be sitting at the edge of my seat till book 2 Chrysoprase comes out!

This was the first book by B. Kristin and I liked it so much that I checked out her other books  -- I currently just started reading The Legend of the Blue Eyes (on book 2 out of the 3) and I am really loving that storyline and am super glad all three books are out :-)  (doesn't hurt that the heroines' name is special to me).

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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  1. The book sounds good and I have added it to my TBR list. I love the cover art, too!

  2. I love the cover. To have your future literally fall into your lap is priceless. I guess in a way mine walked in the door. Can't wait to read, added to my ever long flowing TBR. Thank you.

  3. Have all the Blue Eyes books and Day Human Prince. Wonderful. Crossing my fingers!! Write on!!