Review: Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael

perf5.500x8.500.inddEveryone 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 exist
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When I began to read Carnelian I got hooked immediatly. The book begins with Mari (the MC) moving in to college all by herself because her mother and grandfather, the only people in Maris life, are working and don’t have time to be there with her. Mari stated that she is used to taking care of herself, and my thoughts were thank god, this girl will be one of those who can take care of herself. And she could – in the beginning…

One thing I really loved in the beginning of this book is it didn’t have a whiney, needy, stalkerish, love at first sight heroine. She was actually intelligent and tried to kick ass if she needed to. Thank God, I thought, 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 but in the second half of Carnelian Mari goes from being a strong, independent woman who can get by on her own to a weak willed, feeble girl who suddenly can’t live without the love of her life. It took such a left turn into unbelievable that it was really hard to finish.

I had very high expectations for the book. The story had so much potential that the author did not use. The very idea of the story was amazing and builds up tension until it reaches the story’s climax. I’ll say it like it is, and it’s very bad. Nothing. happens! Nothing at all! I waited and waited, page after page for something big to happen, but before I knew it, the book was over and I was left completely baffled. I tried to figure out where it went wrong because everything was so promising. I concluded that it was, as I said before, the lack of “climax”.

Aside from that, the book was interesting and fun to read. If your library has Carnelian and if you’re looking for something light and entertaining I think you should read it but if you’re looking for something exciting that is left with you even when the book is over (as I was) then this book is not for you. Maybe I’ll read the second book someday but I’ll be in no hurry to do so.

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