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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  936 ratings  ·  200 reviews
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 s
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Published February 1st 2014 by Lexia Press (first published January 9th 2014)
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Cristina Monica
Jun 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: If you like stereotyped characters in college.

I know some people have in mind to be more fond/easy on indie authors because of obvious reasons. Unfortunately, I am not one of those. For me, a book is a book and each one of them has to be treated equally. You can agree or you can not agree, but I’m staying with this rating anyway and with that thought as well. I believe full honesty from reviewers is the best way for them (authors in general) to overcome their weaknesses.

Carnelian has such a beautiful cover and a plot that seems promising.

Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Carnelian is book one in the Chalcedony Chronicles by B. Kristin McMichael.

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Marcella Navina, or Mari as she is known by, has arrived. She is moving into her dorm room and is about to begin her college career. Her life’s plan was never questioned. She always knew she was expected to work with her Grandfather after college. But the next four years were hers. She was most definitely not looking for a boyfriend. The first time she laid eyes on Seth, the oh so handsome college quarterback and mos
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I was given a copy by the author for an honest review.*

I am usually weary of reading time travel novels, because they are so confusing. My brain just goes into shock whenever I think of time travel. The possibilities are limitless and I find it hard to track all of the threads.
Also quite abnormal for me is to get into these kind of stories. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book more than compelling. I understood the flow of the narration and I was hooked.

About the characters I can only h
Maria Dodd
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
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
Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion)
1.5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lexia Press for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, I just can't do it with this book. I gave it the college try. I fully read the first three chapters, then I began skimming, then I ultimately gave up on page 65. My problems stem from an unlikable and immature narrator, a lack of good story editing, and too many tired YA tropes (which can be forgivable when used by deft hands). Worst of all, the MC has extrem
Love through the ages, two souls meant for each other, but living centuries and continents apart. A goddess steps in and with the magic of love and a special stone, Seth and his “two brothers” are thrust into the contemporary world that Mari resides in, only to have to wait three years for her to show up. Are Mari and Seth destined to be together, not if Mari has anything to say about it.

Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael tells a fascinating tale of one cynical college freshman who fights the at
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

**slight hints at spoilers...

Before I say anything, I just have to take a moment and gush over the cover because it is completely AWESOME. It's one of those covers that instantly draw you too a book before you even read blurb. So pretty.

Anyway, I had no idea what to expect from this book, except for the fact that I've loved everything I've read from B Kristin McMichael.

I was completely blown away by this cool time traveling
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
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 lovin
Jun 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

DNF'd at page 138.

While this book has a pretty purple cover, it was not pretty enough to save what was located inside the pages. Oh, boy! I tried as long as I could but I cannot finish. The execution on this one was just not fully thought out for it to work well. I only really liked two of the characters that we were introduced to which were Ty and Simardeep "Sim". The other ones were subpar at best and then one in particular, Seth, one of our main characters was horrible. I couldn't stand him
Bitchin' Reads
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway forever ago and never updated with my thoughts.

Something that stuck out and hindered my enjoyment was the superfluous repetition of information. I had kinda forgotten about that aspect until I was browsing some other reviews to help me remember a bit of the plot I had forgotten, then when I read another review commenting on it, I thought, "Hm, yeah, that was a difficult aspect to get over." It was almost as if the writer did not trust the reader to remembe
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
This is going to be brutal.

Before I even begin on the actual story, let's talk about the grammar. There are many, many mistakes throughout the book, including- but not limited to- typos. I can forgive one or two mistakes, but an editor would have been beneficial to this book.
To point out some of the more obvious flaws:
Page 68, "Sim led the way to the second pool and the only course I: the log run."
There is
Melissa Ann
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I knew that I would end up liking "Carnelian" when I first signed up to do a review for it, but I had no idea how much I would come to love the book. It was one of those books that instantly hooked me in and I didn't want to put it down until it was finished. It only took me a little over a day to finish (it would have been less if I didn't have to go and do that stupid thing called "work"), and I'm already excitedl
*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 chap
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 reason
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 firs
Belinda King
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.

The author writes in a beautiful way that entraps you in the story so much that you feel a part of this world.
I loved the relationship developing between Mari and Seth. To me the relationship developed well at an even pace with the expected ups and downs.

I loved the characters in this book. Seth Ty and Dee had distinct characters and I loved the friendship they had. Mari and her best girl friend Sim. I liked how the relationship grew between Mari and Sim. I particularly loved
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Given ARC copy in exchange for a honest review....

I seriously LOVED this story,especially for it being a time travel type as I usually don't read them because I get confused, lol...

I found myself hooked from the beginning all the way through the end...
I won't go into many details about the story as I hate to think of spoilers so I'll put it this way:

It was a well written story with some pretty strong characters. At times I did think Sim was going to be play a part in the time travel role. I thi
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“If I took you back, I’d be condemning you to that life. You deserve more.”
“Seth, a life with you’d be all I needed. The rest I can deal with then. I’m tougher than I look.”
“And more delicate than you’ll ever admit”

I’d just like to profess my undying love for B. Kristin McMichael. I love love love love your words, your stories, and your absolute kindness. Seriously, B. Kristin is just a permanent staple of my book life. I’ve read each of her works, and loved every single one of them. I get so ex
Keri Houston
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
The synopsis of this book caught my eye and I thought to myself, this has the potential to be really good or really, really bad.

I've given this book 3 stars for a few reasons. Firstly, I am captivated enough to want to read the next one in the series. I really enjoyed how the book ended. I thought it was unexpected, surprising and immediately got me thinking about what is going to happen next. I found the plot of the book to be exciting and original. I read a lot of YA/NA novels and it was quite
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was such an interesting read. I have to admit at the beginning I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. It was a bit slow, but man oh man, am I glad I stayed with it.

I love past and present mixing, and coming together. It always makes things so very interesting. Seth and his "brothers" are hot shots on campus, and Seth has decided he has an eye for Mari. Mari has decided she is not getting involved again, with someone who isn't serious. Seth has a players reputation, and she is not goin
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2014, review
I revived a copy of this book for a honest review.

I have to start off by saying that I enjoyed this book. The 3 stars is just my option on the book and dose not mean the book wasn't awesome.

I love Mari and Seth, as people, but Seth didn't seem,,,, as strong as I wanted him to. Mari wasn't a bad h either. There love was quick and sweet, from the past to the future. I don't want to give too my away but I feel the past was the important fact about this book and wish we would have got more of it, m
Caitlyn Imani
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was giving this book free from LoP in return for a honest review:

This was a extraordinary novel, it had all the components of a great story. The suspense, romance, and overall genius of the plot just blew me away. I give this book a 4.5 because everything from the writing to the originality was superior! Yet I felt there was some lacking in the relationship, the "love" that the main character said she felt just didn't feel authentic. Though I love their witty, and adorable conversations, I re
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free e-copy of this book by the author in exchange of an honest review.

I have so many thoughts about this book I can't even begin to process them all!
First off, this story was AMAZING!!!!! I had so many expectations for this book and I'm happy to say it didn't let me down.

Carnelian is a book full of romance, time-travel, secrets, mind-blowing moments and unexpected twists!
I read this book as slowly as I could because I just didn't want it to end! I found myself hooked since chapte
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*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 wa
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full review can be found at:
Not vampires, aliens, werewolves, or mutants but something completely different!! Three time travelers aided by a Goddess in search of a girl who will help them save their warring nation!! Can you say super awesomely original!?!? Marcella and Seth's relationship starts out a little rocky. She doesn't want to be involved with him because she sees him as a player; however, this doesn't deter Seth. Seth starts out as the player li
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r, kindle-2
I loved this book. Its a type of paranormal that I've never come across.

Mari and Seth meet at college where he hits on her and she turns him down. Actually she refers to him as a player, repeatly (almost to the point of annoying). Everytime he almosts wins her over his ex gets in the way.

When him and his 2 brothers save her one night she begins to realize that something isn't quite normal with them. The story that follows is amazing and original.

The ending is a little bit of a cliffhanger but i
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read and enjoyed other books by Kristin McMichael (Blue Eyes Trilogy and To Stand Beside Her) and have come to expect a fun and engaging romance. This one did not disappoint--it was everything I have come to expect from Kristin McMichael. One thing I loved about this book was that the heroine, Mari was no pushover. She had her own athletic skills and was not completely helpless, even if Seth, the main man, had to rescue her, once. It's a great story, starting with Mari going off to colleg ...more
Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
A sweet, lighthearted, well written, quick read about love and time travel. It is a touch sophmoric in that every obstacle works out just as desired through no real effort and the characters told us things rather than letting us actually feel them.. unfortunately...but I'm still looking forward to this summer so that I can read what happens next.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this time traveling story. A bit slow in spots but I am eager to read the next book in the series. I received this book as a free read from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael is an excellent book about starting life at college with the touch of romance and time travel.
Will Seth and Mari be able to figure out a way to be together?
Marcella Navina
Marcella Navina is our main character and only point of view character. Mari, as she would instead be called, is going to college for her first year and is
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Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, three 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 scienc ...more

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