Tour Stop: Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael- Review and Giveaway

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Publisher: Lexia Press

Release Date: February 1, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Summary (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

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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My Thoughts:

Okay, so I just thought this book was okay. I liked the storyline and to the most extent, the characters, but I had issues with how the words just didn't really flow as I read them.

Mari is just starting college (alone, I might say), and so she is expecting for new things to happen, but not all of the things are exactly what she expects.

Seth. Seth and his brothers are from Ancient Egypt and he was sent to Mari's time to look for someone special, according to his goddess. He has been searching for years until he comes across Mari, whom he's sure is the one. Mari is his soul mate, and she is the one that he has been sent to find. The thing is that they aren't quite sure why she was needed and what role she actually plays in the scheme of history.

But, what will happen to Seth? Will he simply go back to his own time in Ancient Egypt? Will Mari come along for the ride?

So, as I said before, the flow of the didn't really, well, flow. It seemed like sentences could've been maid into on instead of two (they would've made more sense together, but they are still technically correct while apart) and some of the sentences were unnecessary to the plot line, just added words that didn't really go. Some of the wording of Mari's-- thoughts, I guess?-- was kind of awkward. I'm exactly her age and an overachiever (like her) and I'm sure my thoughts are so... formal and, I guess awkward (if that explains it?).

Another thing: I don't feel like Mari's character was developed enough by the point that Seth, the love interest, gets introduced into the book. I just wished we had known more about her and her personality than what we got when reading the first few pages of the chapter.

But, yeah, the saving grace, and the main thing that kept this book in the positive range (over 2 hearts), was the storyline. I liked how it went and I wish more books did a spin on Ancient Egypt and soul mates (although soul mates don't tend to go hand-in-hand with Egyptian mythology).

I also found some kinship with Mari's character in that we're they same age and are both freshmen in college (well, was now that I've officially finished my first year). That sort of helped me get through some of the parts in the story that i began to get stuck on, like the whole first day there and stuff. I remembered that, yes, I did feel a little anxious and wondered if anybody was staring at me, though they most likely were feeling the same anxiety that I felt.

So, as you might have guessed, this book has gotten three hearts from me, and a neutral stamp of approval (1,2 is negative, 3 is neutral, 4,5 is positive).

Oh, and I have a bone to pick: I have a country accent (hello, Tennessee), yet I go to a school 8 hours north of here (in Cleveland Ohio, in fact) and I almost went to a small, liberal arts college in Minnesota. Just because I'm from the South doesn't mean I wouldn't like to go to small colleges in the North. We're not still divided, y'know. (No offense to the author intended, of course).

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