The Fire Opal by Regina McBride
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Maeve is a fiery and spirited young girl who watches as both her mother and then her sister become shells of their former selves. Will she be next? Has she really become mad as her father and brothers believe? Or are the things she's hearing on the wind and in her mind real? This an amazing 1st Young Adult novel for McBride! WOW! The Irish seaside is described in incredible detail to the point that you can also hear the sea and smell the air blowing in. The only issue I had was the ending which happened literally in the last couple if pages. It was very abrupt and rather unnatural. I'm hoping there will be another and that will explain and forgive this ending. Here's hoping! Read it; it's fabulous!
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