on May 16, 2014 :
*I was given this book from a goodreads club for a honest review*
So what I thought of this book, well I obviously LOVED it since I gave it a 5 stars. And seriously I loved it a lot. The book was very fast paced and everything was told and explained so well that I never had to stop and try to figure out what's the heck the author is talking about. This book was mostly about romance and fate and even though sometimes it was cheesy, that cheesy part turned adorable for me. As for the writing, it was pretty generic but the plot and the characters made up for it. I definitely recommend this book to those who love a quick and fun read about romance and friendship and time traveling. I definitely enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would and it definitely is a solid 5 stars in my opinion.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on May 13, 2014 :
*I received a copy of this book for an honest review*
My 13yo son and I have been reading a lot of dystopian/apocalyptic type books lately, but nothing that has had time travel, so I was a bit intrigued.
As I read this book, I kept an open mind because, honestly, I was a bit leery about a "goddess" and "time travel". I really liked this book. I read it in one day! I was wondering how they would introduce the time travel part and actually forgot that it was coming until mid way through the book.
I'm a sucker for a love story - even more so when they have to fight to be together! I was pleasantly surprised that both Mari and Seth are both strong characters - it is different from the characters where one always seems to be weak (Bella from Twilight).
I liked the story and will finish the series!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on April 20, 2014 :
Mari is excited to get to college and start a new life. On her first day there, she has a strange experience while reading under a tree when a sleeping guy literally falls into her lap. He is gorgeous and Mari finds herself wanting to know more about him...that is until later that day she hears him talking to his friends about her and decides she doesn't want to have anything to do with another player.
But Seth is persistent and the more Mari tries to avoid him, the more he is around. After she touches a stone he carries around, she feels an unusual connection to him whenever he is near and starts to want to believe that his intentions with her are true.
When the truth comes outs and Mari knows their time together is limited she is torn between enjoying every moment and trying to find a way to make things permanent for them.
This book was amazing! A great story about time travel that is told in a way that it is not too crazy out there. Mari and Seth are great characters and the author develops them in a way that you are rooting for them throughout. There is also a great supporting cast in Ty, Dee and Sim which made this a great read. The build to the past Seth is hiding is a little slow in parts but once you there, it is off and running. From about the 50% mark this was unputdownable. I laughed, I cried and I am dying to see what happens next!!
Quick hook or slow starter? 4 (It was a little slow to hook me but once it did I couldn't stop reading)
Character development: 5
Level of Romance between characters: 4.5
Passion/Heat level: 3 (this is more YA than NA...no sex and only a few kisses)
Angst/Heartbreak: 5 (not angsty but parts of it are heartbreaking...I was literally in tears)
Cliffhanger?: Huge, and even more so if you read the first chapter of the next book which is included at the end.
Overall, I loved it and would have given it 5 stars if not for the huge way you are left hanging at the end. I hate cliffhangers and can't give books 5 when they leave me hanging like this!! Can't wait for the next book to come out and see what happens next!!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Feb. 8, 2014 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.com and the Author.
I loved the story concept. This is a well written book with great characters. Seth had been searching for Mari for three years and when he finally found her he had to really work to make her fall in love with him. Then he had to tell her the unbelievable truth about himself. I liked the way the relationship and the story developed.
Seth's two friends Ty and Dee were with him on his journey. Ty was a very likeable guy with a great personality and I instantly liked him. Dee, on the other hand, seemed very distant and hard to like until I neared the end of the story.
Mari found out that her entire life had been like something she read in her fantasy novels and in the end she found, and lost, people that she loved.
I am looking forward to the next book. There was one chapter from the next book at the end of Carnelian and now I'm sitting on pins and needles waiting until the next book comes out.
I would highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. I think the YA audience would love it!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Feb. 3, 2014 :
*I received a copy of this book for free from the author through the Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A. Books Group. This in no way effect my final review of this book.*
A super fast read or maybe it just seemed that way because I was into the story. Took me less than a day reading this book on and off to finish.
The prologue starts off clearly sometime in the past. All you know is a young man and his two companions are desperately praying to any god they can think of to help them.
Once the first chapter starts you are in now times and following Mari's POV as she heads off to college. Her grandfather is big in the antiques business and is always going off places on trips to check them out. Unfortunately for Mari that means settling in at college alone as her grandfather and her mom had to turn back before they even made it to college. From there you get into the usual stuff that comes with starting college, meeting you new roommate, getting the lay of the land, seemly being stalked by the rich, hot quarterback, Seth? Wait what? That totally did not happen to me during my college experience. Of course Mari has been through this type of thing in high school and it did not work out well. She vows to never date a player again. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) He seems pretty persistent. Mari hits is off with one of Seth's friends. Mari herself is even having trouble staying away as she seems drawn to him. What follows is a seemly normal contemporary college romance type of story, but there is more to it. You see Seth is really that guy we met at the beginning of the book (I'm not really giving anything away here as this is stated in the description). Apparently his prayers were answered by one of the gods and he was sent into the future to find Mari, only he didn't know it was her specifically. She is the key to helping him in the past, but how? Their stories start to interweave more deeply from there and, of course, when things really start to get interesting, the story ends! I can't wait to see where the story goes!
I liked the characters in this book. I liked the general story idea. I was okay with the pacing. It turned out to be the perfect book to read at the time I read it. I found it to be a really good one too as I finished this story a few days ago and have read a few since. I know I got a little behind on the writing of actual reviews when I was a little under the weather.
I would possibly read this book again and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. As this is the second series I have checked out by this author and liked, I also plan to keep an eye out for future books.
4.5 Stars Raised Up from 4 because the story has stuck with me (in a good way).
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Jan. 30, 2014 :
R2R (LoP) Carnelian (The Chalcedony Chronicles)
I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review.
Past, present, future. Seth is all of these, all in one person. He's been pushed forward, in time, to find someone, someone that will help his past country from further war and destruction. He cannot remember from where he came from or time, just that he needs to find someone. Mari is just starting college and has been looking forward to this time, to be by herself and away from her loving family. The first day there, she has an interesting introduction to this mysterious guy, who just happens to fall into her lap, literally. After that, everything takes on a new course, one that will test her mind, knowledge, faith and a discovery that would boggle most people.
'I went back to Seth's room and lay down on the bed. The facts were confusing. Who were the Sangre brothers? Why was Seth searching for me? How did he heal so quickly? Was he even human? I sat up at the last thought. I wasn't really a believer in all the fantasy books I read; they were just entertaining, but now my mind was racing. Seth didn't exist beyond the past three years, and he could heal miraculously. I got up and went to his open computer. It was already turned on, and I decided to borrow it. While I waited for Seth, I could make my own list of possibilities.'
My first 5 star book for the year! While parts of the story were a little childish, it was overall a wonderful story, with not just one plot line to follow. It really gave a lot more that I thought it would and it has left me wanting to know what is going to happen! Time travel, new friends, puzzles, it's got everything!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Jan. 26, 2014 :
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
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2014 :
I would like to thank the group Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A. Books and the author B. Kristin McMichael for allowing me to review this book for an honest review..
I really liked the characters in this book, especially Ty, he was my favorite of the bunch mostly because he was so funny and just have this charisma that just makes fall in love with him. Mari and Seth's love story was too much of a fairy tale to me, they fell in love too quick and even though Mari played hard to get, she decided to leave everything behind to follow Seth, even her mother and grandpa. Mari's attitude dissapointed me, she knew him for what over 3 months and she is deciding to leave everything behind, not just that she was cool with him being from the past.
Anyways, I would love to read more about Mari and Seth's love story, just because they both were right for each other and it was lovely to read how he found her and how much love they felt for each other. I was sad to read about Ty's past, someone that has such a big heart, gorgeous smile and so easygoing should be allow to have a better life.
I really want to read the next book, especially after the ending, such an epic finale, and not just that the sneek peek of the next book, just left me wanting more, so unfair.......
Ooops, I almost excluded, gorgeous quite and reserved Dee, even though we got to see a litte bit of him, at the end of the book just left me with a lot of questions about him, he really caught my interest and I hope I hear/read more of him on the next book!!!!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2014 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Lovers of Paranormal Goodreads group.
First of all, let me say that the concept is excellent. The plot is super cool, and I don't know whether the author is drawing on real mythology or not, but I really like it. It's what made me pick up the book.
The side characters and world are well-created, and the flow is good. Definitely makes you want to keep reading to try and figure out all the twists that are woven in. And it sets up well for the next book.
I did feel the main character was a little inconsistent, and in a couple of points the romance felt a little forced. It's also a bit overwritten, with the same information sometimes being repeated two or three times within a couple of paragraphs.
But overall, I enjoyed this, and I'll probably pick up the second book when it comes out later this year. I wish we could rate half stars, because it's definitely better than 3 stars, but not quite as good as 4 stars.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2014 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review *
Devastated, I need book two right now. N.O.W. NOW!
I absolutely love this book and it captivated me right from the start. This is the one of a few time-traveling book and it was stunning. Usually I would avoid time-traveling because I'm so afraid that the coupe have to be separated in the end. But I'm glad that I've read Carnelian.
In the beginning, the story flows like a teen romance and doesn't much fantasy 'feels' - which is why I adored this book so much. I like it because it wasn't those 'love at first sight' and it shows the progression between Seth and Mari. I fell in love with Seth the moment he laid his eyes on Mari. The interactions between Seth and Mari were hilarious and I swear tat anyone who read Carnelian would laugh out loud at Seth in a certain part which I'm not going to reveal here. He is so adorable and... simple minded in that particular part.
And as for Mari, oh my Mari, you don't have to be sooo perfect. She sure can kicked some asses, well, in a witty way. I love the way she uses her brain instead of depending on guys, and she can do anything - you name it, she do it. Initially, I was wondering if Seth needed her as his country's strategist since she is quick in thinking and often think out of the box.
The only disappointing part was that the book is too short, it would be nice if the 'traveling to past' part was longer but I believe I'll get more in the sequel. So next book will be a big yes for me. I will have to avoid seeing this book because every time it would remind me of the ending and every cells in my body would protest against the wait.
Recommended if you love teen romance with a pinch of fantasy and witty heroine!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Jan. 17, 2014 :
Definitely a wow book. I thought after reading the blurb about this book it was going to follow some of the same story lines that come with new adult paranormal books. But it didn't at all. And I FREAKIN LOVE it!!!!!!
Now those of you who think they know exactly what this book is about and just want to skip over it please don't. It really is an amazing start to a series. You can expect certain things like a mild cliffhanger (unless you ignore her warning when she tells you to not to read the first 2 chapters of the next installment, which I did and boy do I wish I didn't. That turned into a major cliffhanger!!!!), detailed intros to all the characters that takes up a majority of the first half of the book, and one sexy ass guy. But one you get the jist of everybody in the book the story takes off and makes you glued, needing to know what the hell is going to happen.
Another pro of this book is it doesn't have a whiney, needy, stalkerish, love at first sight heroine. She was actually intelligent and tries to kick ass if she needs to. Thank God!!!!! I can't stand helpless girls that need the boys to do everything in books. It's almost an insult to females everywhere that in order to catch a sexy Seth from the past you have to have him do everything. Don't worry though this girl,Mari, is definitely not like that.
The only thing bad I'd have to say about this book is that it took a while for the main story line to get started. Not that I didn't love what happened in the mean time, it's just the whole being in the wrong time part was a page turner and it ended shortly after it started. But I'll chop that up to being that this is a series of books and being the first book it had alot to describe before going into the good part.
All in all though loved the start and can't wait for so much more!!!!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Jan. 15, 2014 :
*I was given a copy by the author for an honest review.*
I think Carnelian had an interesting plot and the potential to be a really good story. Unfortunately, however overall I felt it was a let down.
While I didn’t dislike the main characters, I didn’t care for them either. There were times when Mari spoke and acted like she was a freshman in high school not a college freshman. Her inner dialogue was also quite annoying sometimes, she was constantly explaining to herself what she was doing and why. It could have benefited from having some of the chapters told from other characters perspectives. Ty was just too arrogant for me. While I understand why he was that way considering his past, I couldn’t see what Mari saw in him aside from the fact that he “looked like a model”.
Some of the editing needed work. There were a couple of spelling mistakes. I also agree with the earlier review that the ending felt really rushed. (view spoiler) Overall, the last couple of chapters could have been extended into a whole separate book.
Carnelian did have positives though. It was a really easy read, the time travel aspect of the story was done really well and easy to understand. I loved the support characters especially Ty. He was such a sweet guy. I felt like he was more suited to Mari than Seth. I would have loved to have read some chapters from his point of view. I loved the way that Seth and Mari first met. I thought it was a really clever and original introduction to male lead.
Overall Carnelian was an easy read and dealt with some interesting concepts. However, it was let down in the execution.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Jan. 14, 2014 :
Charlotte Bugler's review Jan 14, 14 · edit
3 of 5 stars
bookshelves: cockamamie, freebies, instalove, half-wit-heroine, overrated, meh
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review
I'm not gunna lie, I'm quite disappointed with how this book turned out and I honestly don't know why these "Honest" reviews have given such a high rating? And I'm here feeling generous giving it a 3 when I feel more like giving it a 2.5..
Don't get me wrong, it was a good book and I thought the concept of the book seemed really interesting as I haven't read a book like this before. I mean, I've read the time travellers wife but nothing with time children coming from different past times. I thought it sounded like a good read. And it was.
At the beginning...
I thought the first few chapters were really good. I was reading it thinking, "This is exactly what I need! An easy read with a smart girl who seems hell bent on trying to resist the hot guys charm but falling for him anyway". (I was in a soppy mood while starting).
I just fancied a bit of love at first sight, butterflies, and so on.. So the beginning of how they met was kind of perfect. The hot guy literally fell into her lap. I mean, isn't that what the majority of girls dream scenario is? And I, for one, and not normally so cliche, but I was feeling it. The book caught me on a good day.
The other characters were all individual with their personalities. I didn't really get to know Dee. Even at the end when he was being sweet and heroic, I feel like it was overlooked because I didn't get to know him as a character at all. I understand he was meant to be reserved character, but I feel like I didn't get to know him at all.
I thought Ty was a really good character. He was fun and loveable. Which made him being a slave even more horrible because I felt like he was such a happy, chatty person to then have to be silenced. Only flaw, I don't understand why he's wanting to go back to that life? His opinion should have been mentioned.
Sim seemed like the girl version of Ty. Up for a good laugh. Basically what every teenage girl acts like when going off to college.
I feel like Mari should have been given some of Sims traits. I'm a bit fed up with every teen girl in these books to be nerdy, book worms who don't like to have fun. It's boring to read people! And not to mention unoriginal.
I feel the main problem for me with the book was that Mari was turning into a stalker. (In my eyes). I felt like it was a bit too clingy. I understand that he disappeared out of nowhere and it was unexpected, but I felt like she was going a bit crazy with her need to be with him.. I felt like it was worse than when Edward left Bella. I mean, even she distracted herself with Jacob.
Actually, scratch that! My MAIN PROBLEM was, and the fact I gave it such a low rating, was because I felt like the story itself was rushed. I feel like the author had so much she wanted to include, that when she realised she was halfway through writing the book, she realised she had to jam all of her ideas and the story line in the last half of the book that I just feel cheated on missing the details of some of the plots. I mean, I swear it took Mari one chapter to travel to the past, meet Seth, meet his dad, become a princess, get engaged, get kidnapped, and travel to the future again. Like, seriously?!
Honestly, i can't even describe how rushed this book was. I felt like there were pointless bits added and not enough description where I wanted it. The last half of the book was beyond a joke. It was more like reading bulletpoints of how the story goes. It was too crammed. I can't stress that enough. This book should have been about trying to get back to the past and then the second book about the past and then the 3rd about how the second ones starting. That's what I honestly think. I would have made the series so much better. I doubt I'm going to read the next one unless the pace slows down a fraction.
Seriously. If there's anything to take away from my review, it's to plot your story, write an order of which your going to put it in, and pace it. Even if it means not being able to fit everything in that you wanted too, it will improve the detail and quality of the book a lot.
Overall, a good concept, plot and settings were interesting, a disappointing read, too faced pace. I hope the pace of the second book improves. I feel like I'm being too mean and blunt. But it's because this book could have had great potential!!!
Second times a try..
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Jan. 12, 2014 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, Lovers of Paranormal.
This was one of the best books I have read in a while. It gripped me from the start. The hot guy literally falling into Mari's lap was a brilliant introduction to their relationship. The characters were really interesting and well formed with personalities that were consistent.
Seth, Ty and Dee coming from ancient Egypt and spending 3 years looking for an unknown girl could have been a bit of a washout but it was handled so well. Modern technology was not ignored but used and was an interesting detail when it failed to work when Mari wanted to look up specifics. Little details like this are what, to me, makes a great book. I hate to have unanswered questions and obvious possibilities ignored within a book. The details and explanations were well covered.
The book was well written with a good clear plot that kept moving along at a pace that meant I couldn't put the book down. I didn't and read it in around half a day.
A really great read!! Don't ignore the warning at the end of the book that says 'READ AT YOUR OWN RISK' It really is a cliffhanger to the next book that isn't out until Summer 2014 :-(
(reviewed the day of purchase)