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The Carnelian Legacy

(Carnelian #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Marisa MacCallum always believed that the man of her dreams was out there somewhere. The problem is—he’s in another dimension.

After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa's life is on the verge of imploding. She seeks comfort on her daily ride through the woods of Gold Hill, but when a mysterious lightning storm strikes, she is hurled into the ancient, alternate
Paperback, Second printing - Extended Edition, 486 pages
Published January 28th 2015 by Abbott Press (first published February 26th 2013)
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Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
I desperately wanted this book to hook me, but I kept facing too many issues that prevented me from enjoying The Carnelian Legacy. Which is regrettable because it was such an interesting take on living in a world with multiple dimensions. I enjoyed the description of the world that Marisa MacCallum found herself in, and I truly adored Darian and Arrie who she first met upon arriving in Carnelian. But I started to struggle when little mistakes in the story appeared. While that's something I can f ...more
Jana Lynn
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a yummy book in so many ways. I love stories that I can visualize as I read, and this was a book that you definitely could become one with. The author is incredibly talented, and this becomes apparent right from the beginning. Her descriptions are detailed, thorough and vivid. And not just of the characters, but the surroundings, events, and history as well. This story is very captivating and leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not into fairytales, modern or otherwise but, this story was a pleasing read. The buildup of the suspense was gradually plotted out and mix of the alternate worlds added a finesse of historical fiction. The characters were complex and interesting at their core. I'm not exactly into love triangles either, (because their trite) or romance in general, although as long as it's not the central focus of the book I can digest the read. The way Koevoet crafts the connections between Marisa, Darian a ...more
Tonja Drecker
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I didn't expect it, this book swept me away. Adventure, romance, royalty, dangerous beasts, swords, shifting dimensions, heroines, nasty evil guys, conspiracy, secrets... oh, and a hero we all dream of! Yes, this story had it all.

The story has the traditional flare of kings and kingdoms, horses and honor, while incorporating a modern day heroine. Marisa, the main character, wants to find a few minutes of peace after her father's funeral, but instead finds herself pulled into another dim
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Book! I was blown away with the first few chapters! I noticed right away that Cheryl's writing style is different than what you see every day. I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out who to compare her to, but there is really no comparison! She is incredibly gifted and writes in such a descriptive way, it makes everything come alive in vivid detail. Now I know, this is a fantasy book, but I was so drawn in and involved that the whole book became completely real and believable. ...more
N.N. Light
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I was lost the whole time reading.

My Rating: 2 stars (the quality of writing increased my rating to two stars)
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most amazing stories I've read in a long while. Marisa is such a strong character and to live in her world, be torn from her world and overcome so many obstacles en bloom into the person she always has been. It is incredible! ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Carnelian Legacy" is a blend of romance, adventure and mystery with a dash of science fiction that begins when Marisa MacCallum, devastated by the death of her father disappears in a swirling vortex from the woods near her home in Jacksonville Oregon. In another dimension she's found passed out by the handsome Ambassador Darian Fiore and his friend Lord Arrigo (Arrie) Macario who are on a dangerous mission to Abbadon to secure a peace treaty with his cousin Savino da Rocha, a man who covets ...more
I received this book from the author and YA & NA Romance in exchange for a honest review.

Lately, I have been finding some real gems in the Fantasy Romance genre. I really liked this book. It was filled with interesting characters, a great plot, and unique world-building. I would say it is a clean romance, but this was not a negative to me. The hero and the heroine through actions and words display a great longing for each other.

Story: The first scene sees our heroine Marisa attending her father'
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Marisa has felt like an outsider for all her life, a feeling that gets worse when her father dies. She takes her horse for a ride on the day of his funeral and is transported to other realm. Where she just happens to be spotted by two men who speak.... popcorn logic. She follows them through their mission and naturally, stuff happens. They get attacked by some animals and she runs away... RUNS AWAY. She's a very weak character to me. I found myself wanting to smack her. She ends up falling in lo ...more
Michelle Dare
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Marisa is dealing with the loss of her father. He just passed away from cancer and it's hit her hard. She misses him terribly. After the funeral she gets on her horse and heads for the mountain to a place her father warned her not to visit. All of the sudden lightning flashes, a tornado touches down, and she is transported to another dimension. Once there two men find her. One is devastatingly handsome and the other is attractive as well. Luckily, they both speak her language. This star
Elizabeth Bollinger
I know Cheryl Koevoet did not write this novel specifically for me, but I feel like she did because it has all the elements I love in a good read - fantasy, romance and adventure with a bit of danger and intrigue set in an old world. By the third chapter I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. As soon as I finished, I was ready to read it again.

The characters are believable and well-developed. The author does a great job of portraying Marisa as a 21st-century teenager throughout the tale, w
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The plot really got my attention and I was captivated by the world of Carnelia.This book really has potencial , however I wasn't pleased with the main character, Marisa,while everyone seems to praise her I was yet to be amazed by her. To be honest as a character Marisa is just too... simple for the adventurous world of Carnelia but I'll just find her an excuse that she is adapting to her new live. I really want to see her getting more involved in The Carnelian Tyranny as in this book she has ha ...more
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.

It wasn't what I was expecting and I really enjoyed it. The twist at the end wasn't shocking but it wasn't obvious either which was nice.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is a fan of Doon or the River of Time Series
Originally posted on my blog @ Miranda's Book Blog

**I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

"Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be." ~Job 8:7 (New International Version)
The above quote is in the beginning of the book & sums the story up beautifully.

Here I am, enjoying a steaming cup of tea, minding my own business when 3am decides to sneak up on me! I mean seriously, I wasn't doing anything wrong but enjoying a good GREAT book, why couldn'
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Abbott Press, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Opinion: I haven’t read very many Fantasy/Romance books, but I was pleasantly surprised with the direction that this story went. I don’t think that the description of the book does it much justice, but then again, most books descriptions don’t. If you love a modern day YA story complete with princes and mythical creatures, then this is definitely something that you will want to read.

In one m
John K
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Medieval Intrigue!

The Carnelian Legacy is a fun, whirlwind Medieval adventure. Imagine this: you've just lost your father, you're about to turn 18, and you're looking for some kind of purpose in your life, when you're suddenly swept into a fantastical parallel universe where everyone calls you "Milady"! Not only would you have to deal with the sudden shock of being a fish-out-of-water, you'll have to survive a web of intrigue, romance, and impending war — with YOU at the center of it all.

Three t
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this ebook in exchange for a honest review.

Marisa had buried her father when she got sucked into a vortex into another dimension. The last thing she wanted to do was worry her Uncle and her brother when they should've been mourning the loss of her father. However, Marisa is off on her own in Carnelia and found by Prince Darian and his friend Arrie, while on their to make a peace offering to the Darian's cousin, who's the temporary ruler of the kingdom. Marisa joins them on their quest and
Amanda Munes
***** ARC exchanged for an HONEST review *****

This is a great book, i give it 5 stars!!!

OK, So we start with a young girl (17) who just lost her father to cancer :(. While trying to cope in her own way she finds her self on her horse and going into the forbidden woods. She time travels via a vortex into another dimension where she wakes to find not one but two cute guys looking at her, one in disgust the other in curiosity. Being in a new place with a foreign dialect can be overwhelming, now le
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I actually read this book in one sitting. Once I started reading it I just had to finish till the end. I like the concept of a parallel universe. The overlapping of worlds that you wouldn't know you were standing on the same space as would another person. The modern medieval twist to the story. I especially love the concept of the mythical creatures. Most of all was the Wounded Heart. That part was just so sweet. I wonder though (view spoiler) ...more
Valerie Mcqueen
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Carnelian Legacy by Cheryl Koevoet

Raring 5*****

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

This is such an amazing novel. I found it amazing after I finished it to learn that this is a debut book from a new author. I never, ever would have guessed this.
Marisa is truly heartbroken after losing her dad. He was all she had left. At 17 years old she and her brother Mark we're truly orphan. After escaping on horseback she finds herself drawn into a power
Aug 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
NetGalley. Thanks for a copy.

Forgive me. I have found myself cynical towards this book. I abandoned The Carnelian Legacy at around 70 to 80 percent, and I'm very bored with this book.

Things I have a problem with:

1. Contradictions: Seriously, this book is full of them. The (hot) Ambassador is full of them, and I'm not going to dive in to point all of these out. (Actually, this is more of a character issue than a contradiction, but okay. I'll just put this here.)

2. Random things that make me won
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cheryl Koevoet's first foray into fantasy fiction is a full-bodied, satisfying read! Not only are her characters engaging and well-developed, but the world she places them in is vividly brought to life by her full-color, surround-sound descriptions. I found myself pausing to close my eyes and savor the scenes and characters. Immediately drawing her reader in through Marisa, the heroine's, plight, Cheryl quickly jolts you into the fascinating world of Carnelia. As the storyline unfolds, you find ...more
Diamond Jones-Cox
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
September 2013

I was giving the chance to read this book from the author. I was intrigued by this story from the beginning of reading it. I was honestly shocked that the booked kept my attention, normally I wouldn't read fantasy type books but, this one kept me reading. Marisa a young girl who just lost her father was pulled into a storm and taking into a completely different world where she meet Darien who was royalty. Reading about their journey back to his home and him trying to keep her safe
Liliana Diaconescu
I loved The Carnelian Legacy, a very compelling story, masterfully narrated.
Marissa, the young heroine, just suffered the devastating loss of her father, to whom she was very close, and in a desperate attempt to try outrunning her grief she saddle her horse and gets into the forbidden forrest. and from here, the adventure starts, as she is sucked into a vortex that transports her in another dimension, a foreign world, looking like a futuristic middle-age. Marissa is lucky enough to be found by
Debbie Hahn
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an absolutely wonderful story which will meet your every expectation in regards to romance, adventure, drama, history and whimsey. I have read this book 3 times and will read it over again many times more. The perfectly balanced mixture of a teen ager's present day trials and tribulations intertwined with another place and time is perfectly described with every exciting adventure leading the heroin to ancient family secrets revealed, a romantic love story spanning through the ages, ...more
G.K. DeRosa
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed The Carnelian Legacy and got swept up in it right away. I will admit that I was a little weary about the alternate universe bit, but it ended up being so much better than I had expected. The detail and vivid description that the author uses to describe this strange world draws you right into the story. I love romance/fantasy so this book with the love triangles and beautiful men everywhere was a really fun read for me. The only negative I found was that it dragged on a bit i ...more
Kimmie Ellis
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

I was very excited by this book. The cover drew me in first off, second, they build you into the story without giving away too much. I love the main characters and the way they interact with each other. No this was NOT some twilight, I am in love with two men. Boring. I know this book did say it has Christian content, but to be honest. I can see it being able to mold to anyone's person beliefs. I would hate to have someone not give it a c
Jane Holloway
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review

Well, what a story! The author has done an amazing job with a storyline that has been touched on in many other stories but she managed to give it a fresh outlook that I really enjoyed. The love interest was dealt with in a way that is appropriate for teens which is a plus. The parallel universe, mythical creatures, mystery and intrigue kept my attention all the way through. I will be recommending it to friends with tee
Shelleen Toland
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this from Netgalley for an honest review.
After the death of her father, eighteen-year-old Marisa's life is on the verge of imploding. She seeks comfort on her daily ride through the woods of Gold Hill, but when a mysterious lightning storm strikes, she is hurled into the ancient, alternate dimension of Carnelia where she is discovered by the arrogant but attractive nobleman, Ambassador Darian Fiore.

I loved the relationship between Marissa , Darian and Arrie. The ending had a twist wh
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Born and raised as a native Oregonian, I married a dreamy Dutch naval officer more than two decades ago and have been living in The Netherlands ever since.

As a busy mother of four rapidly-growing young adults, I enjoy spending the precious little spare time I have writing stories I'd love to discover on a bookstore shelf. When I'm not writing, I can be found on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn

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