Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: The Chalcedony Chronicles (Books #1-4)

This post is a review of the four books in The Chalcedony Chronicles by B. Kristin McMichael: Carnelian, Chrysoprase, Aventurine, and Chrysocolla.

Mari's first day of college begins when the hunky quarterback literally falls into her lap. It's pretty obvious that he he has a past, and Mari soon realizes that she does too. Their relationship sets them on an adventure that spans from a small college in Minnesota to the sands of Ancient Egypt. The Chalcedony Chronicles is a love story that spans the ages.

Carnelian is the first book in the Chalcedony Chronicles series. Egyptian military soldier Seth Sangre travels thousands of years to the present seeking something that might help save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now as a quarterback on the college football team, and he just found exactly what he has been looking for. Eighteen-year-old Marcella (Mari for short) sought a fresh start in college after getting over a painful break-up in 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 not to fall for the handsome Seth Sangre. But he has already marked her as his next conquest--in his heart he feels that she's the one. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth may truly be from the past. In addition, she’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be. 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.

Chrysoprase is the second book in the Chalcedony Chronicles series. Mari visited the past and has returned to the present. 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 properly 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. The past is far more complicated, and dangerous than she ever imagined. Yet she might just be the piece everyone is seeking in their own puzzles to control not only the past but also the future.

Aventurine is the third book in the Chalcedony Chronicles series. Mari's life becomes more complicated as she finds herself trapped in the past while her friends from the past are now all in the future. She wants to go home, but the mysterious Logan Jones has different plans—which include Mari. He wants her, but soon she realizes that there’s something more behind it. To save everyone in the future, Mari strikes a deal. She must give up Seth and agree to date Logan. In return, he’ll teach her to how help her friends and family. But Mari realizes it is much harder to fall in love with another man she has no interest in. If Mari can’t figure out how to do so, she might lose everyone she loves.

Chrysocolla is the fourth and final book in the Chalcedony Chronicles series. Mari’s past and present are not set in stone. Everything keeps changing, and her future isn’t what it’s meant to be. At least not yet. Logan has not given up hope of winning her over, and Seth refuses to let him win. Mari must make choices and fight for the future she wants, but that is easier said than done. Every time she feels they have made the right choice, another problem arises. Can Mari outlast Logan? Can Mari find a way to make sure her future is the one she wants?

I have finally created an Amazon Kindle account, which opened me up to more book series that are not available in print. I decided to give new, emerging authors a try while I waited in-between for new book releases by more prominent authors. As the first series I read on Kindle, I must say that Chalcedony Chronicles was an amazing series to read. It also reminded me of the cult classic, Stargate, and its spin-off TV shows (e.g. Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis). Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this series in Amazon Kindle that involved Ancient Egyptians and time travel and portals! Oh my! It was also my first introduction to B. Kristen McMichael who is very creative author and writes clean YA paranormal romance novels. Her take on Ancient Egypt was unique and captivating given that the royals were redheads. As a result, I could tell that she had done her research on discovered Egyptian mummies with red hair such as Ramesses II. Although I am no longer a teen myself, it's refreshing to read how teens go through trials that makes them wiser. I look forward to reading more novels by McMichael! Say tuned for my review on her next YA paranormal book series, The Blue Eyes Trilogy.

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