After reading a few stale romances, lately, this book was a refreshing dose of awesome. I already LOVE time-travels, so from the get-go I knew that Carnelian was a must-read.
One of the things I loved the most about this story was the strong characters: main and supporting. Both Mari and Seth had me rooting for them--not just as a couple--but as individuals from the beginning. So many stories fail to make me love the people in them that when I read a writer like Ms. McMichael it gives me some great hope!
The supporting characters were amazing! Ty, Dee, and Sim made me love them! And I LOVE when characters make me love them!
While I absolutely do recommend Carnelian, keep in mind that it IS YA. Now, I just so happen to believe that YA can be a pretty underrated genre. However, there are times when you're in the heads of the "young adults" who are the voices of these stories and you have to stop and remind yourself that you were slightly less mature when that age, too.
This story is the same. There are moments when I felt a little disconnected from the characters because of that. BUT, I think that's normal. It just makes what will happen next even more entertaining.
All in all, I'm pretty excited to read the next book in the series, and I'm going to HAVE to pick up another B. Kristen McMichael book. She is one. Talented. Author.