Book #98: Chrysoprase by B. Kristin McMichael

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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 those consequences 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 a few answers, and a few more questions, 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 missing piece who can solve everyone else’s puzzles.

Chrysoprase is the second book in the Chalcedony Crhonicles by B. Kristin McMichael. The first book, Carnelian, introduced us to Mari and the world of time traveling. In that review, I mentioned how there was no mention of time travel until the middle of the book. It basically made that book feel like it was trying to find something fast and this was the only way.

Chrysoprase, on the other hand, felt more thought out. We get more information on the act of time traveling, the world of the past, who our antagonist is, and we get to see a bit of what makes Mari so important. These things are essential to the story as a whole and I’m glad I didn’t have to wait as long to see a clear defining line to what I am reading.

Mari is still an intelligent and driven young woman. Though she seems to be too trusting. The scenes of her learning to time travel was interesting and gave her relationship with Ty more depth. Her reunion with Seth was great. It allowed her to show him that she is stronger than he realizes and that he needs to understand that they are partners.

The book ended with a perfect cliffhanger that did excite me for the third book. All in all, this one was my favorite of the two books in the series that I’ve read. I could see a potential in great development.

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