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Carnelian (The Chalcedony Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in The Chalcedony Chronicles
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"This was one of the best books I have read in a while. It gripped me from the start."- Maria Dodd
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- Publication Date : January 9, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 238 pages
- File Size : 571 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00HS941GK
- Publisher : Lexia Press, LLC; 2nd Edition (January 9, 2014)
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,150 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I also think that the first person narrator is more often than not a lazy choice. There are very few books where it is actually the best choice for the story, and this is not one of them. If it’s not done extraordinarily well, it makes character development harder, which is exactly what happens in this book. Mari is rather naïve as is, and her one-sided view of the others makes them seem shallow and not relatable. What also bothered me is that Mari doesn’t actually describe any contact with her mom throughout her fall in college, but is very distraught when she goes back to her own time. This just doesn’t make them seem close enough to warrant that kind of an extreme reaction. McMichael also makes her out to be without faults, which is annoying and just not realistic. But at least she isn’t wallowing in self-pity, either.
I don’t mind the description of rather unimportant events (like what her weeks are like or the CRUSH competitions), but this is done in a way that gives them more value than character development. The story in itself is pretty good, but the book could be so much better with proper editing and if the writer gave the reader more time to understand characters other than Mari. As it is, the book seems a bit rushed (even if the first half seems a bit slow at the same time). I can’t help but compare this book to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, even if the genre is about as different as can be. But in that book you can see how the first person narrative doesn’t prevent the character development and the writer takes her time to describe the relationships between them more thoroughly. In this book, only Mari’s relationship with Seth gets any time to develop. I would have loved to read more about her time tutoring Ty and Dee and getting to know them. Mari and Sim’s relationship also doesn’t get too much time or effort from the writer. Still, the story is interesting enough that I bought the sequel.
Normally, when someone starts a description of a book with “It’s like Twilight, but…” I’m already not interested, unless the next part is “…but not written poorly?” While it may be a gross generalization, that would be a fairly good summation. Seriously, I read MAYBE 15 pages of Twilight before deleting it, but this book kept me interested to the very end. Mari is a college freshman, so she is more mature than a 16 year old high school girl (although sometimes, only slightly more mature), and I really enjoy time travel in any way, shape, or form. As long as the time travel is done well. And while there wasn’t as much as I would have liked so far (I’m looking for Dr Who frequency of time travel), it was very well done.
I really enjoyed this first volume of the series, and I will definitely be picking up future additions!
I'm an amateur rock thrower.
Eh, not really. I've been making jewelry with tumbled stones for a few years now. A lapidariest. Carnelian makes a beautiful polished stone and can be used in rings, necklaces and bracelets, or mounted by itself or in combination with other stones as a display. And, I used carnelian as the second part of a two part security for an online account. So it was the title that hooked me. Unless a story line turns out to be really bad, illogical, or is riddled with mistakes, I feel compelled to read the book to find out how it ends.
Really, compelled isn't a strong enough word. Something in me demands I finish the story.
The story is well written, time travel related, and with only a few minor problems in writing. A couple of misspelled words and one or two homonym errors that were missed in editing.
I'm not going to give any spoilers, so you'll have to take my word you'll enjoy this tale of star-crossed, college aged lovers.
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When will authors realise that piracy isn't a problem for them but public recognition and building up their readership is.
Adding DRM to a free book is a dumb marketing move as its simply loses you potential new readers, like myself.
Oh well, there are plenty of other offerings on Amazon that aren't infected like this.
Firstly, I really liked this book cover! I enjoyed the romance and friendship shown between the characters. I was completely hooked and didn't even realise that I had almost finished the book! Although I thought the ending should have had a bigger cliffhanger, otherwise I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Full of excitement and magic
I enjoyed it I hope you enjoy it too