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Such an imaginative story and so magical,so emotional! I loved every page and I'm so sad it's over now,lol. A fine historical fantasy indeed,it felt similar to The Troll Fell trilogy in tone.

If I had any issues at all it was that the back The reviews on here for this book are wretched, nearly everyone gives it 1 star.

If I had any issues at all it was that the back of the book says there is a "Dashing villain determined to marry her.

It turns out that there is no hot wizard or warlord or vampire or whatever, it's simply the neighborhood bully who dresses like a dandy once grown up and delights in causing Maeve emotional pain because somehow that's hot to him Worst 'villain' ever!

But he's hardly in it,so it's okay,but it was a letdown. Also the ending left many unanswered questions,I honestly felt a bit jarred as I closed it and thought "There Has to be a sequel,she can't leave me like this!

What about her brothers and father off at war? Does Danu come back to Ireland? And most importantly, what on earth happened to Francisco!?!? Alive or dead,is he coming back,did he transform into some object or animal as Danu hinted at!?

I lay there thinking through it all trying to solve it feeling a great urge to email the author to find out. But it was a fantastic story and I know I'll be rereading it, it's a keeper!

The Fire Opal is a fairy tale. Reading it put me in m The Fire Opal is a fairy tale. Reading it put me in mind of Koschei the Deathless. Like a fairy tale, not everything is elaborated upon or given a firm foundation.

She meets Fransisco, a Spanish sailor, falls in love immediately, and yearns for him forever after. May 04, Ashley rated it liked it. The first half is classic McBride--moody, gritty, a bit mystical.

Lovely writing--a fab start. Alas, the novel becomes a confusing mess in the second half as Maeve begins her quest. Every aspect has a magical mechanism that makes it work or not , which of course requires oodles of explanation from a large cast of mystical characters who also have a type of magic and limit that needs e I enjoyed three of McBride's other Irish-y books, so I was interested in her foray into YA lit with this novel.

Every aspect has a magical mechanism that makes it work or not , which of course requires oodles of explanation from a large cast of mystical characters who also have a type of magic and limit that needs explanation.

Maeve's quest requires a spiral symbol, a special dress, vials on necklaces, and oh yes, the fire opal--but don't forget about the magic sword, the blackened armor, and so forth.

I thought--oh. I guess that's that then. Finally, the ending was awful, only explainable by publisher hopes for a sequel. McBride's other books are definitely worth a read.

This one, not so much. Aug 19, Little Dose rated it liked it. The Fire Opal was interesting. It contained adventure and Well, more like one sided romance anyways.

Personally, I liked it. All my friends thought otherwise, but then again the book was an assignment at school. Creative and imaginative, but lacked some character depth.

I wanted to know more about the characters outside of the situation they were in to feel connected, but that was missing.

May 15, Jennifer rated it it was ok. Maeve O'Tullagh is a young woman growing up in a seaside village in 16th century Ireland.

Her world seems fairly dichotomous. There is the world of men: fiercely Catholic, grounded in reality and consumed with the fight for independence.

And there is the world of women: eccentric, descendants of ancient goddesses that used to rule the country and consumed with things that cannot be seen.

Shortly after giving birth to her younger sister, Maeve's mother falls into a catatonic state. This turn of e Maeve O'Tullagh is a young woman growing up in a seaside village in 16th century Ireland.

This turn of events, essentially destroys her family; her brothers choose to escape by means of becoming Irish rebels, her father becomes an emotionally distant wreck and Maeve is consumed with the supernatural underpinnings of her mother's ailment.

In the midst of this isolation, Maeve manages to preserve her mother's body, raise her younger sister and fall in love with a Spanish soldier sent in support of the Irish rebels.

After a number of unfortunate events, her younger sister falls into the same catatonic state that has taken her mother.

This leads Maeve to go on a supernatural quest to destroy an ancient Viking goddess, a couple of god wannabes and a ship made of ice in order to restore to restore the souls of her mother and sister as well as the rightful place of the ancient goddess who once ruled the land.

I wish I could give the book more stars, but plot left too many loose ends: the goddess never actually comes back to Ireland, Maeve's Spanish lover is still lost at sea, her mother and sister still have a tenuous hold on life, the purpose of Maeve's sister's reincarnation is never fully explained, Maeve's family never reunites, the jeweled comb is never found, the non-scary god-wannabe could still dig his way out of the bog and marry Maeve against her will, the secret hidden weapon still remains secret and hidden, etc.

At the moment, this book seems to be a stand alone. But even if it were the first in a series, the book offers so little resolution that it seems only half finished.

In addition, certain important character arcs don't seem fully resolved. For Maeve's character to feel truly finished, she would have to find a way to unite the male world of war and reality with the female world of mysticism and intuition.

She'd have to overcome the condemnation of her social world where she is generally known as 'Mad Maeve. Early in the story, another character tells her that her pride will be the death of her.

This never really comes to fruition. Maeve's mother's ailment would not have been prevented had she been less proud and there isn't much evidence that she overcomes this pride.

As a result, the whole 'quest' section of this novel sort of felt like an inconsequential dream. Aug 26, Jennifer Wardrip rated it liked it Shelves: read-by-other-reviewers , trt-posted-reviews.

When still very young, Ishleen suddenly dies, depressing Maeve's mother and father. Once becoming pregnant again, Mam insists that she is pregnant with Ishleen, and she won't let the idea go.

A woman at the sea gives Maeve a talisman to protect her mother. But when Mam removes it on the night of the baby's birth, she seems lost and catatonic.

Maeve believes something stole her mother's soul and dedicates herself to protecting her new sister. When Ishleen is four, she suffers the same fate as her Mam.

With her Da and brothers off fighting to free Ireland from English rule, nineteen-year-old Maeve embarks on a journey to discover who has stolen their souls and save them before it's too late, encountering an ancient evil along the way.

This story was filled with magical beings and inanimate objects, and a family that thinks the mother and daughter are absolutely mad.

At times, I was agreeing with the men of the family. In some parts, some very crazy stuff was happening, and I almost felt like Maeve was on an acid-trip or something.

It was nuts, but it was interesting! The climax of the novel began in one of the last few chapters. This caused the novel to drag on for quite a long time, and it seemed to me that there were many insignificant pieces to the storyline.

Also, the ending was very abrupt, which bothers me. It was left for me to wonder what happened to Francisco, a Spanish soldier, and also for Maeve's father and brothers.

But really, this novel was interesting, and not really the kind of book I normally read, but it kept me interested, even if I got bored in some places.

If you're into the fantasy kind of book, you might like it. Feb 08, Katelyn rated it liked it Shelves: own. As an Irish girl I will admit to being somewhat biased coming into this book.

With scenery like the brilliant Irish landscapes, laid out for readers to picture while experiencing the journey that was The Fire Opal, what can you expect?

I was already half in love with the story before finishing the first chapter. She has made the cross from writing adult fiction to YA fantasy quite seamless As an Irish girl I will admit to being somewhat biased coming into this book.

She has made the cross from writing adult fiction to YA fantasy quite seamlessly in my opinion. Our main character, Maeve O'Tullagh was fierce and brace and built for an adventure.

With a will of her own she becomes quite the opponent for the mean spirited and hateful in my opinion Tom Cavan. She even proves that she is a worthy adversary for an ancient and foreboding Goddess of days old and long forgotten.

Not too shabby for a 19 year old girl. This is a story that had me wondering about so many things throughout; will Maeve "save the day" so to speak?

Will she be able to resque her mom and sister in time? Will evil really conquer good? The only aspect I was truly disappointed with was the ending.

It might just be me but I found it lacking. I would have appreciated more information. At the same time, although it didn't feel like a traditional cliffhanger, maybe McBride is setting up her readers for future works involving these characters?

I can only hope and wait and see what McBride has in store for us. Feb 14, Kim Johnson rated it did not like it Shelves: could-not-finish. I really did.

But after reading the first one hundred pages and skimming a little after that, I finally had to put the book down.

The main character- I forgot her name already- was just a little too boring. I felt like I was reading a book about a simpleton who wasn't all there.

Not very engaging, I thought. And then there was supposed to be this hot villian that wanted to marry her? Let's just say that mustaches aren't exactly attractive in my book.

And he tortured animals as a child, if I remember the little bit that I read correctly. So all we really knew about his character and why he was bad was basically that he was born to be a villian.

That's pretty much how I interpretted this. I did want to like this book, but when a book is so boring that I can't even finish it, I would say that this isn't worth your time.

Maybe "The Fire Opal" is for some people, but it just wasn't for me. Jul 02, Rina Reviews rated it it was ok. Just not my thing.

Too much imagination not enough development. The Fire Opal was a beautiful prose but in aiming for young adult audiences it failed miserably.

It was well written but unsuited for the YA genre in terms of plot and style. The characters while rich in backstory lacked personality and depth giving readers no way to sympathize with them.

Maeve's age was the only young adult element. Although she was actually around 20 years she made strange naive choices.

Tom was unexplainably evil Just not my thing. Tom was unexplainably evil and randomly 'attracted? Maeve lacked definition because we never truly got any emotion beyond anger or any personality revealing thoughts of hers.

We simply didn't get inside the protagonists head. Some sections were rich in description but others such as Tom's demise were undetailed and almost noncommittal.

Lastly, the plot was complex and full of imagination but revealed the intense antecedent action in rants that were confusing and difficult to process.

Might work for adults, but young adults? No thanks. Feb 26, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi. This was a BOM selection for one of my groups.

The story is set in late 16th century Ireland and centers on Maeve, a young Irish girl. It's as if McBride could not decide what type of novel she wanted to write.

The first half is a slow-moving, mostly historical novel with some hints of fantasy, and the second half is a fast-moving mix of Irish myth and adventure.

I sort of enjoyed the first part, but the second part was confusing and tedious. None of the character This was a BOM selection for one of my groups.

None of the characters really came to life, even Maeve. Tom was downright strange and his obsession with Maeve made no sense. Maeve's relationship with Francisco was not believable.

In Soul Eater , four soul eaters, Nef , Thiazzi , Eostra and Seshru , used the second shard in a demon summoning rite that involved the murder of hunters.

This shard was ultimately destroyed when Nef sacrificed herself by pluging into a crevasse with the opal in her hands.

This piece is smashed when Seshru the Viper Mage demanded that Torak give it to her. And when Seshru tries to gather the fragments she is shot by Bale in the heart and dies, this piece thus dies with her.

In the final showdown between Torak and Thiazzi Eostra's eagle owl snatches the fire opal from him thus it is probably given to Eostra.

In Ghost Hunter , the Eostra used the last Fire Opal shard to summon the spirits of the deceased soul eaters in order to bring them back to do her bidding.

Nevertheless, opals can be roughly divided into those that show no signs of crystalline order amorphous opal and those that show signs of the beginning of crystalline order, commonly termed cryptocrystalline or microcrystalline opal.

Isolated water molecules, and silanols , structures such as SiOH, generally form a lesser proportion of the total and can reside near the surface or in defects inside the opal.

The structure of low-pressure polymorphs of anhydrous silica consist of frameworks of fully corner bonded tetrahedra of SiO 4. The higher temperature polymorphs of silica cristobalite and tridymite are frequently the first to crystallize from amorphous anhydrous silica, and the local structures of microcrystalline opals also appear to be closer to that of cristobalite and tridymite than to quartz.

The structures of tridymite and cristobalite are closely related and can be described as hexagonal and cubic close-packed layers.

It is therefore possible to have intermediate structures in which the layers are not regularly stacked. Microcrystalline opal or Opal-CT has been interpreted as consisting of clusters of stacked cristobalite and tridymite over very short length scales.

The spheres of opal in microcrystalline opal are themselves made up of tiny nanocrystalline blades of cristobalite and tridymite.

Microcrystalline opal has occasionally been further subdivided in the literature. Typical water content is about 1. Two broad categories of noncrystalline opals, sometimes just referred to as "opal-A", have been proposed.

The first of these is opal-AG consisting of aggregated spheres of silica, with water filling the space in between. Precious opal and potch opal are generally varieties of this, the difference being in the regularity of the sizes of the spheres and their packing.

The second "opal-A" is opal-AN or water-containing amorphous silica-glass. Hyalite is another name for this. Noncrystalline silica in siliceous sediments is reported to gradually transform to opal-CT and then opal-C as a result of diagenesis , due to the increasing overburden pressure in sedimentary rocks, as some of the stacking disorder is removed.

This makes the opal surface very hydrophilic and capable of forming numerous hydrogen bonds. The word 'opal' is adapted from the Latin term opalus , but the origin of this word is a matter of debate.

References to the gem are made by Pliny the Elder. It is suggested to have been adapted from Ops , the wife of Saturn , and goddess of fertility.

The portion of Saturnalia devoted to Ops was "Opalia", similar to opalus. Another common claim that the term is adapted from the Ancient Greek word, opallios.

This word has two meanings, one is related to "seeing" and forms the basis of the English words like "opaque"; the other is "other" as in "alias" and "alter".

It is claimed that opalus combined these uses, meaning "to see a change in color". However, the argument for the Sanskrit origin is strong. The opals were supplied by traders from the Bosporus , who claimed the gems were being supplied from India.

In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal.

In Scott's novel, the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colorless stone and the Baroness dies soon thereafter.

Due to the popularity of Scott's novel, people began to associate opals with bad luck and death. Even as recently as the beginning of the 20th century, it was believed that when a Russian saw an opal among other goods offered for sale, he or she should not buy anything more, as the opal was believed to embody the evil eye.

Opal is considered the birthstone for people born in October. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Opal disambiguation.

For other uses, see Opals disambiguation. A hydrated amorphous form of silica. For the American sunflower, see Jerusalem artichoke.

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I lay there thinking through it all trying to solve it feeling a great urge to email the author to find out. But it was a fantastic story and I know I'll be rereading it, it's a keeper!

The Fire Opal is a fairy tale. Reading it put me in m The Fire Opal is a fairy tale. Reading it put me in mind of Koschei the Deathless. Like a fairy tale, not everything is elaborated upon or given a firm foundation.

She meets Fransisco, a Spanish sailor, falls in love immediately, and yearns for him forever after. May 04, Ashley rated it liked it. The first half is classic McBride--moody, gritty, a bit mystical.

Lovely writing--a fab start. Alas, the novel becomes a confusing mess in the second half as Maeve begins her quest. Every aspect has a magical mechanism that makes it work or not , which of course requires oodles of explanation from a large cast of mystical characters who also have a type of magic and limit that needs e I enjoyed three of McBride's other Irish-y books, so I was interested in her foray into YA lit with this novel.

Every aspect has a magical mechanism that makes it work or not , which of course requires oodles of explanation from a large cast of mystical characters who also have a type of magic and limit that needs explanation.

Maeve's quest requires a spiral symbol, a special dress, vials on necklaces, and oh yes, the fire opal--but don't forget about the magic sword, the blackened armor, and so forth.

I thought--oh. I guess that's that then. Finally, the ending was awful, only explainable by publisher hopes for a sequel.

McBride's other books are definitely worth a read. This one, not so much. Aug 19, Little Dose rated it liked it.

The Fire Opal was interesting. It contained adventure and Well, more like one sided romance anyways. Personally, I liked it.

All my friends thought otherwise, but then again the book was an assignment at school. Creative and imaginative, but lacked some character depth.

I wanted to know more about the characters outside of the situation they were in to feel connected, but that was missing.

May 15, Jennifer rated it it was ok. Maeve O'Tullagh is a young woman growing up in a seaside village in 16th century Ireland. Her world seems fairly dichotomous.

There is the world of men: fiercely Catholic, grounded in reality and consumed with the fight for independence.

And there is the world of women: eccentric, descendants of ancient goddesses that used to rule the country and consumed with things that cannot be seen.

Shortly after giving birth to her younger sister, Maeve's mother falls into a catatonic state. This turn of e Maeve O'Tullagh is a young woman growing up in a seaside village in 16th century Ireland.

This turn of events, essentially destroys her family; her brothers choose to escape by means of becoming Irish rebels, her father becomes an emotionally distant wreck and Maeve is consumed with the supernatural underpinnings of her mother's ailment.

In the midst of this isolation, Maeve manages to preserve her mother's body, raise her younger sister and fall in love with a Spanish soldier sent in support of the Irish rebels.

After a number of unfortunate events, her younger sister falls into the same catatonic state that has taken her mother. This leads Maeve to go on a supernatural quest to destroy an ancient Viking goddess, a couple of god wannabes and a ship made of ice in order to restore to restore the souls of her mother and sister as well as the rightful place of the ancient goddess who once ruled the land.

I wish I could give the book more stars, but plot left too many loose ends: the goddess never actually comes back to Ireland, Maeve's Spanish lover is still lost at sea, her mother and sister still have a tenuous hold on life, the purpose of Maeve's sister's reincarnation is never fully explained, Maeve's family never reunites, the jeweled comb is never found, the non-scary god-wannabe could still dig his way out of the bog and marry Maeve against her will, the secret hidden weapon still remains secret and hidden, etc.

At the moment, this book seems to be a stand alone. But even if it were the first in a series, the book offers so little resolution that it seems only half finished.

In addition, certain important character arcs don't seem fully resolved. For Maeve's character to feel truly finished, she would have to find a way to unite the male world of war and reality with the female world of mysticism and intuition.

She'd have to overcome the condemnation of her social world where she is generally known as 'Mad Maeve. Early in the story, another character tells her that her pride will be the death of her.

This never really comes to fruition. Maeve's mother's ailment would not have been prevented had she been less proud and there isn't much evidence that she overcomes this pride.

As a result, the whole 'quest' section of this novel sort of felt like an inconsequential dream. Aug 26, Jennifer Wardrip rated it liked it Shelves: read-by-other-reviewers , trt-posted-reviews.

When still very young, Ishleen suddenly dies, depressing Maeve's mother and father. Once becoming pregnant again, Mam insists that she is pregnant with Ishleen, and she won't let the idea go.

A woman at the sea gives Maeve a talisman to protect her mother. But when Mam removes it on the night of the baby's birth, she seems lost and catatonic.

Maeve believes something stole her mother's soul and dedicates herself to protecting her new sister. When Ishleen is four, she suffers the same fate as her Mam.

With her Da and brothers off fighting to free Ireland from English rule, nineteen-year-old Maeve embarks on a journey to discover who has stolen their souls and save them before it's too late, encountering an ancient evil along the way.

This story was filled with magical beings and inanimate objects, and a family that thinks the mother and daughter are absolutely mad. At times, I was agreeing with the men of the family.

In some parts, some very crazy stuff was happening, and I almost felt like Maeve was on an acid-trip or something. It was nuts, but it was interesting!

The climax of the novel began in one of the last few chapters. This caused the novel to drag on for quite a long time, and it seemed to me that there were many insignificant pieces to the storyline.

Also, the ending was very abrupt, which bothers me. It was left for me to wonder what happened to Francisco, a Spanish soldier, and also for Maeve's father and brothers.

But really, this novel was interesting, and not really the kind of book I normally read, but it kept me interested, even if I got bored in some places.

If you're into the fantasy kind of book, you might like it. Feb 08, Katelyn rated it liked it Shelves: own. As an Irish girl I will admit to being somewhat biased coming into this book.

With scenery like the brilliant Irish landscapes, laid out for readers to picture while experiencing the journey that was The Fire Opal, what can you expect?

I was already half in love with the story before finishing the first chapter. She has made the cross from writing adult fiction to YA fantasy quite seamless As an Irish girl I will admit to being somewhat biased coming into this book.

She has made the cross from writing adult fiction to YA fantasy quite seamlessly in my opinion. Our main character, Maeve O'Tullagh was fierce and brace and built for an adventure.

With a will of her own she becomes quite the opponent for the mean spirited and hateful in my opinion Tom Cavan. She even proves that she is a worthy adversary for an ancient and foreboding Goddess of days old and long forgotten.

Not too shabby for a 19 year old girl. This is a story that had me wondering about so many things throughout; will Maeve "save the day" so to speak?

Will she be able to resque her mom and sister in time? Will evil really conquer good? The only aspect I was truly disappointed with was the ending.

It might just be me but I found it lacking. I would have appreciated more information. At the same time, although it didn't feel like a traditional cliffhanger, maybe McBride is setting up her readers for future works involving these characters?

I can only hope and wait and see what McBride has in store for us. Feb 14, Kim Johnson rated it did not like it Shelves: could-not-finish. I really did.

But after reading the first one hundred pages and skimming a little after that, I finally had to put the book down.

The main character- I forgot her name already- was just a little too boring. I felt like I was reading a book about a simpleton who wasn't all there.

Not very engaging, I thought. And then there was supposed to be this hot villian that wanted to marry her? Let's just say that mustaches aren't exactly attractive in my book.

And he tortured animals as a child, if I remember the little bit that I read correctly. So all we really knew about his character and why he was bad was basically that he was born to be a villian.

That's pretty much how I interpretted this. I did want to like this book, but when a book is so boring that I can't even finish it, I would say that this isn't worth your time.

Maybe "The Fire Opal" is for some people, but it just wasn't for me. Jul 02, Rina Reviews rated it it was ok.

Just not my thing. Too much imagination not enough development. The Fire Opal was a beautiful prose but in aiming for young adult audiences it failed miserably.

It was well written but unsuited for the YA genre in terms of plot and style. The characters while rich in backstory lacked personality and depth giving readers no way to sympathize with them.

Maeve's age was the only young adult element. Although she was actually around 20 years she made strange naive choices. Tom was unexplainably evil Just not my thing.

Tom was unexplainably evil and randomly 'attracted? Maeve lacked definition because we never truly got any emotion beyond anger or any personality revealing thoughts of hers.

We simply didn't get inside the protagonists head. Some sections were rich in description but others such as Tom's demise were undetailed and almost noncommittal.

Lastly, the plot was complex and full of imagination but revealed the intense antecedent action in rants that were confusing and difficult to process.

Might work for adults, but young adults? No thanks. Feb 26, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi. This was a BOM selection for one of my groups.

The story is set in late 16th century Ireland and centers on Maeve, a young Irish girl. It's as if McBride could not decide what type of novel she wanted to write.

The first half is a slow-moving, mostly historical novel with some hints of fantasy, and the second half is a fast-moving mix of Irish myth and adventure.

I sort of enjoyed the first part, but the second part was confusing and tedious. None of the character This was a BOM selection for one of my groups.

None of the characters really came to life, even Maeve. Tom was downright strange and his obsession with Maeve made no sense. Maeve's relationship with Francisco was not believable.

Another reviewer mentioned all the loose ends. I won't list them here in order not to spoil them, but basically, nothing is resolved by the end of the book.

I really think three stars is generous. This isn't a bad book, but it's not a great one either. I haven't read many books set in Ireland.

But, what I have read seems to have it's own mystical quality. There's something about Ireland that makes it different and I don't think it's just the legends and myths that have been passed down for centuries.

This book is no exception. I think the place and some of the events that are in the background of the story are real.

But, it never feels real if that makes sense. It's almost as if the entire story takes place in a fog.

It's beautifully written. W I haven't read many books set in Ireland. While, the story is beautiful, I never connected with any of the characters.

Mauve was just the tool to tell the story. I understood why she went to such lengths to rescue her mother and her sister.

And her adventure was definitely interesting. I just had a hard time investing myself in anything she did. I think I might have found more interest in the story if I knew more about Irish legends, etc.

The whole story just felt like it was missing something for me. Aug 01, Ruth rated it did not like it. Personally, I thought this book was overall just plain awful.

I thought the characters were dull and forgettable, the main character, Mauve, cared more about a possibly dead Spaniard than the actual story,and Tom, the main villain,showed some promise at the beginning, but by the end he was just plain annoying.

I thought the plot itself was lame and didn't keep readers engaged the way it should. This book was to rush at all the important parts and lingered to long on the boring insignificant parts Personally, I thought this book was overall just plain awful.

This book was to rush at all the important parts and lingered to long on the boring insignificant parts.

The author wrapped up the climax in less than ten pages and i don't remember most of it, but the whole first half of the book was concentrated on the Mauve's whinny problems.

The end left the reader with to many unanswered questions, but even if there is was a sequel answering them, i would not read it.

I would not recommend this book to anyone. 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! 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 Maeve is a fiery and spirited young girl who watches as both her mother and then her sister become shells of their former selves.

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! Aug 12, Angela rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , ya , library-book.

Part of Adventures in Reading post on Bewitched Bookworms. I read five books. In five days. This was one of them. Set against the backdrop of the English invading Ireland, Maeve must fend off the advance of a villainous suitor while saving the souls of her mother and sister, all the while searching for her true love.

I liked it, nearly loved it, yet I was constantly confused and overwhelmed. And I must admit the ending left me wanting. I feel like there should be a sequel to this novel or it should have been 50 pages longer.

I definitely feel like I was left hanging. Having said that Ms. McBride is a wonderful writer and I would love to read any of her other novels.

Then Maeve's mom stars insisting that Ishleen is coming back to them and is labeled as crazy. The night that the new Ishleen is born two things happen: Maeve sees that it really is Ishleen and her mom becomes despondent.

Maeve now has to face and do things she couldn't ever thought of in order to get her mom back. I was sucked into all the action that comes up in this book.

I didn't expect there to be as much action as there was. I also loved that Maeve had a weakness that brought trials and made her think in order to get out of them.

Jul 22, Brittany rated it really liked it Shelves: challenge. I picked this up at my library based primarily on the cover. I also liked the cover blurb referencing old Irish Mythology.

I was pleasantly surprised that this book was amazing. I don't normally like YA books, primarily because they all seem to have very similar plots.

This book definitely has a very original plot and has very good mystery and action aspects. The only reason I gave this a 4 out of 5 instead of a 5 out of 5 was the ending.

It left me wanting more. I want to know if she ever finds I picked this up at my library based primarily on the cover.

I want to know if she ever finds her Spaniard and more about Maeve's father and brothers. I really suggest people read this is they enjoy a good action YA novel.

Sep 07, Alyssa rated it did not like it. Good god. I'm never reading this ever again. I tried to read it, I really did, but I barely made it through the first three chapters and decided it wasn't worth it.

The pace was too slow, and I didn't feel like I was part of the story. The narrating seemed so detached and distant, and the book is just a piece of descriptive writing.

What happened to the excitement, to being alive and real???!!! Really disappointing. I looked at the synopsis and was like wow the cover is Good god.

I looked at the synopsis and was like wow the cover is beautiful, and it seems pretty interesting.

Fact: I wasted my time!!!!!!!!! Today, these Brazilian fire opals are setting new trends in the fascinating world of gemstones. The fiery, warm glow of the fire opal beguiles jewel enthusiasts the world over.

This radiant orange simply cannot be overlooked! The fire opal, which, like the other opals, consists of silicic acid with a relatively high water content, was named for its colour.

The colour itself comes from fine traces of iron oxide. With a hardness of between 6 and 6. Not all fire opals are the same. We differentiate between the common fire opals, which, depending on their quality, are either faceted or cut into cabochons, and the especially valuable ones, which, in addition to their vivacious colour, also have the gaudy play of colour typical of opals.

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The fire opal is the lucky stone of those born under the sign Aries. Fire opals are either faceted — that is, as far as their transparency allows — or cut as a cabochon, since this is the shape which best brings out the rich glow of this orange jewel.

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In spite of their relatively low hardness, opals are not actually that easy for the cutter to work with.

When setting up the cut, he must pay attention to the direction in which the stone shows its play of colour to the best advantage.

When working on the raw stone, the cutter — and later the setter — must take care to ensure that the gem does not come into close contact with great heat, since the water content of the fire opal is unevenly distributed and the stone can crack if dried artificially.

Indeed, when the raw stones are found, many fire opals are covered in a chalky white weathering crust, a sign that the stone has aged through loss of water and become cloudy and cracked.

Whether and to what extent a fire opal is susceptible to this ageing process is not only dependent on how it is handled, but also has to do with its origin.

But an experienced gemstone specialist can judge by where it was found whether a fire opal is going to be durable or not. Having a very precise knowledge of the places where their stones are discovered, opal specialists are able to answer for their durability.

One rule of thumb goes: the drier the place where it was found, the more durable the opal. The tolerance of the fire opal to extreme heat is just as poor as its resistance to acids, alkaline solutions and sharp objects.

Very unfavourable conditions compel the opal to surrender its moisture, which can make it cloudy and cracked.

Like all opals, it should not be exposed to intense light over long periods. Having said that, it should be protected against contact with cosmetics.

Fire opals which have become matt through being worn a great deal can be repolished. Play of colour, body colour and transparency are the three criteria which determine the price of a fire opal.

The rarest, and thus the most highly esteemed, is the intense red-orange fire opal from Mexico with its strong play of colour. A higher value is placed on fine cabochons with the much loved typical play of colour of the opals than on good, faceted fire opals.

These gems, which glow from orange to red, are treasures which appeal most of all to active people with a positive approach to life.

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