Saturday, July 5, 2014

[Review] Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase (Chalcedony Chronicles, #2)
Mari had her time in the past and is finally home. Unfortunately, she didn’t understand the goddess’ warning that traveling to the past would have consequences. She could never have imagined what they would be, but she quickly finds out that not everything is the way she left it. Now Mari must learn how to time travel if she wants to put her life back into the order it was before she went into the past to be with Seth. Mari soon discovers that time traveling isn’t as easy as she thought it, and the goddess refuses to help her learn. Mari must turn to an old friend, someone she never planned to see again, and get his help if she wants to right what she has changed. But even that might come with a price. 

Mari travels into the past again to find loved ones. Her journey brings more questions, and a few answers, to the puzzle that is her life. Mari can quickly see why her mother went to the future, and Mari needs to do the same as soon as she can to bring her loved ones back. The past is far more complicated, and dangerous than she ever imagined—particularly for Mari. She might just be the piece everyone is seeking in their own puzzles to control not only the past but the future, too.

 As you all may know, I love love love B. Kristin McMichael. I believe that she is a brilliant writer, thinker, story teller, and just an astonishing human being. I mean jeez… not only does she write but she’s got a PhD in biology, not to mention young ones and a hubby to take care of. Sometimes I feel like I’m juggling the world and can’t handle it, so I can’t even fathom how she finds the time to write such beautiful, intelligent, swoonworthy books. I think that you should also know that I devour her books, every time. B.Kristin is one of my no-holes barred trustworthy one-click authors. No joke, I don’t need a synopsis or even a cover photo. Just put that word baby in my hands and I’m in my reader’s heaven.

“Trust your heart, trust your friends, and remember to love”

Chrysoprase is the 2nd installment in the Chalcedony Chronicles. This book is such an amazing follow up to the first book [Carnelian]. Not only does B.K. leave you stunned by her talented writing but she dazzles you with new and interesting facts, thrilling history, twists and turns, angst, suspense, love, laughter, and moments of absolute shock. I definitely had some suspicions throughout the book, but when it came down to it they were just suspicions. However, some of them came to fruition, but not exactly in the way that I anticipated – which I adore. 

I also love the fact that B.K. can give you just enough sexual tension to be completely satisfied, even if you’re into reading more of the erotic type novels. Sometimes I feel like books get sickening with the loss of plots because of the “need” to have sexual scenes in the book. I mean I get it, sex sells… but what happened to the rest of the story!? Sometimes you just want MORE than that, and B.K. delivers a fantastic storyline that will leave you with the ultimate book hangover.

“Marcella Navina, I swear before the gods that you are the only girl for me. I love you with every bit of my body and soul, and will never love another in life or death.” “… You are already bound to my heart tighter than any marriage could ever be” -Seth 

In Chrysoprase the story revolves more around Mari’s prophecy more than her relationship. With everything that happened in the first novel, Mari is searching for answers and will do whatever it takes to get them. I don’t want to indulge you with too much information, especially if you haven’t read the first book. Of Which by the way I totally recommend you doing so. Mari unfortunately has to rely on the last person in the world she ever wanted to see again. Logan, her ex-boyfriend from high school leaves a bad taste in her mouth. The last thing she wants to do is work with him on her prophecy. Needless to say, secrets are being kept on both sides of the unlikely coupling. Mari is incredibly wary of Logan’s intentions with just cause. 

“I will never hurt you again” Logan said.“I promise you that, Mari. If you let me be the one, I will give you anything you want. I can make you happy. Seth will only bring you sadness. He isn’t from our time. I love you, Mari, and I know you can love me, too, if you tried. The spark between us isn’t gone. It can never be gone.”

I mean when I first started reading about Logan I was like oh no, not this jerk. Definitely didn’t like him. After a little while he grew on me, but let me tell you I have such a love/hate relationship with his character it isn’t even funny. Logan is a charmer, I’ll give him that. I just can’t get over the heartbreak he caused my favorite sassy little red head Mari. Throughout the entire book I just kept thinking to myself that he has an ulterior motive. I’m not gonna tell you if he actually had one, or if he didn’t… cause obviously I REALLY want you to read this series. 

As much as I missed a few of the supporting characters from the first novel in the series, like Mari’s best friend Sim, I was still appeased. You definitely still get some Sim time, but the depths of this novel are so much more intense that you don’t even realize she’s not entirely present. Then there is Ty. I love me some Ty, he’s such an adorable best friend. Ty is the absolute meaning of loyalty. Haha, see what I did there? ;) I’m a dork, I know. 

Before I keep babbling on and on about how much I loved this installment in the chronicles, and give away top secret information that needs to be discovered by the reader themselves, I’ll leave you with this… I NEED BOOK 3!!!! I can NOT wait for the next installment in this series. It’s such a good thing I have one more B. Kristin novel (The Day Human Prince) to read while I’m anxiously awaiting the next book. Although I’m gonna have to pace myself, so I’m not craving too much B.K. at once! Hehe. I never have any disappointments when I read her works, and I guarantee you won’t either. I seriously wish this author the best luck in the world of authors, she deserves the very best. B. Kristin McMichael is one of those authors who can take you out of your worst book slump and bring you back to the reason that you love reading.
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The Chalcedony Chronicles
     Book 1                       Book 2       
Carnelian (Chalcedony Chronicles, #1)  Chrysoprase (Chalcedony Chronicles, #2)
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       Beth's Review          Review above ;)  

The Blue Eyes Trilogy
Book 1                     Book 2                        Book 3
The Legend of the Blue Eyes (Blue Eyes Trilogy, #1)  Becoming a Legend (Blue Eyes Trilogy, #2)  Winning the Legend (Blue Eyes, #3)
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       Beth's Review                 Beth's Review                Beth's  Review        

The Day Human Trilogy
         Book 1                         Book 2         
The Day Human Prince     Blank-133x176
               Amazon                   [The Day Human King]
                        [To be Read]          **Cover Not yet Revealed**         

To Stand Beside Her [Standalone]
To Stand Beside Her
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B. Kristin McMichael
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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