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The Fire Opal By Regina McBride,

  • Title: The Fire Opal
  • Author: Regina McBride
  • ISBN: 9780385737814
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There was a time when Maeve O Tullagh led a simple life a time when she and her mother, Nuala, collected kelp on the foreshore near their cottage in Ard Macha a time when she played among the Celtic ruins with her older brothers and daydreamed about the legendary Holy Isles, an enchanted land ruled in a past age by a beautiful goddess But after Maeve s sister, Ishleen,There was a time when Maeve O Tullagh led a simple life a time when she and her mother, Nuala, collected kelp on the foreshore near their cottage in Ard Macha a time when she played among the Celtic ruins with her older brothers and daydreamed about the legendary Holy Isles, an enchanted land ruled in a past age by a beautiful goddess But after Maeve s sister, Ishleen, is born, her mother sinks into a deep, impenetrable trance For years, Maeve tries to help her mother awaken, and then the unthinkable happens Ishleen succumbs to the same mysterious ailment as Nuala Heartbroken to think that her sister and her mother might be lost to her forever, Maeve sets off on an unimaginable quest to a world filled with fantastical creatures, a web of secrets, a handsome, devious villain who will stop at nothing to have her hand in marriage braving them all to retrieve a powerful glowing stone that will help her recover the souls of her loved ones and bring them home to Ard Macha An adventure filled and spellbinding novel, The Fire Opal will enchant fantasy readers young and old.
    The Fire Opal There was a time when Maeve O Tullagh led a simple life a time when she and her mother Nuala collected kelp on the foreshore near their cottage in Ard Macha a time when she played among the Celtic r

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    1. I feel kind of bad for the way I m looking at this book right now In its defense and to negate what will follow it suffers in large part from an accident of timing on my part For one thing, I finished this the night before my last AP exam Now, it s not that that test was particularly stressful, but that at that point I had finished my worst AP exam, so I was somewhat frustrated and looking to take it out on something And I ve been reading a lot of really, really cynical book reviews So here goes [...]

    2. My English class is forced to go up to the ill stocked library once every three weeks, and we are also forced to find and check out a book from the terrible selection This book was one of them I picked up this book because it takes place in Ireland As I began reading, my first impression was that this was a nice, cutesy historical fiction It starts off with the narrator, Maeve O Tullagh, finding a strange orange stone on the beach It then flashes forward into a cute, enjoyable prose about Maeve [...]

    3. When Maeve was a young child she found a large metal stick like object embellished with a face with it a large jewel The rod was engraved with word THE ANSWERER With the rain storm coming in and her fear that Maeve s older twin brothers will damage it, she buried it But that night Maeve came down with a high fever and when the fever broke, she suffered a slight amnesia and had forgotten about the rod she buried.Seven years later her mother begins to show signs of madness of hearing swans after t [...]

    4. I come from a big Irish family, and I grew up hearing tales about selkies, the sidh, the tuatha de Danaan, Finn MacCool, and all the other myths This book was written in the vein, with all the old lore worked into a pretty fantastical plot Maeve O Tullagh encounters a mysterious woman one day, and the woman gives her two small bottles to protect her mother and herself However, soon after giving birth to Maeve s sister Ishleen, Maeve s mother falls into a strange sleep that she cannot be woken fr [...]

    5. The library I borrowed it from has it in YA, but my library has it in Juvenile In truth, I didn t find anything in it that would push it over into YA Even the scenes with Francisco didn t really go anywhere, despite a hallucination of marriage and a marriage bed nothing happens I would have preferred a little romance Something with Maeve going after Francisco after saving her mother and sister would have been nice Some closure over the tundra girls, the Spaniards and Danu would also have been a [...]

    6. For a while the distinct difference between the first and second halves of this book bothered me, until I read this line It made me sad to think that the female and male world in this house were so divided That was the difference between the halves exactly It made it less of a weakness in form and a demonstration of theme It made the break make sense, although I still wish they d been a bit smoothly integrated.

    7. The Fire Opal is a fairy tale Not sure if it s a retelling or simply told in a sort of longform style of a fairy tale It s written in a dry, generally somber manner, yet is quite beautifully poetic The story also strikes a compelling balance between stark pragmatism of historical fiction and the wistfulness of a fantasy quest However, I would recommend it to people who like reading Andrew Lang s fairy books or Grim and Perrault than to those who enjoy retellings Reading it put me in mind of Kos [...]

    8. The Fire Opal was interesting It contained adventure andmance Well, like one sided romance anyways Personally, I liked it it was fun to read and kind of exciting All my friends thought otherwise, but then again the book was an assignment at school.

    9. 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 events, [...]

    10. Reviewed by Ashley B for TeensReadTooMaeve O Tullagh is a teen living in Ard Macha with her family Mam, Da, Donal, Fingal, and Ishleen 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 [...]

    11. 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.McBride gives her readers magic, mythology folklore and realism all wrapped up neatly in her debut YA novel She has made the cross from writing adult fiction to YA fantasy quite seamlessly [...]

    12. Ok so when I said I read this, I meant that I tried to read The Fire Opal I wanted to like this book 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 [...]

    13. 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 The Fire Opal is a mixed bag 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 characters really [...]

    14. 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 and ra [...]

    15. 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.While, t [...]

    16. Personally, I thought this book was overall just plain awful.I thought the characters were dull and forgettable, the main character, Mauve, cared 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 The a [...]

    17. 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 happene [...]

    18. Part of Adventures in Reading post on Bewitched Bookworms.I read five books In five days This was one of them bewitchedbookworms 201Set 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 [...]

    19. 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 NO Nothing Nada Zilch Really disappointing I looked at the synopsis and was like wow the cover is beautiful, and [...]

    20. 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 I want to know if she ever finds her Spania [...]

    21. As a huge fan of Regina McBride I waited a long time for this book to come out only to be disappointed The Fire Opal , being her first young adult novel, did not possess the same lore as her earlier novels As I read the book I kept hoping that it would get better and, for me, it never really did The writing seemed too forced as I felt she tried to imitate the magical or fantasy fiction that seems to be so popular among today s authors However, I will continue to be a fan of Ms McBride s and will [...]

    22. Atmosphere 5 10 Not so good was not immersed.Characters 6 10 Maeve is probably the bravest heroine I ve come across.Plot Meh 4 10 Mainly on account of the writing style.Writing Okay, but not good.Cover What made me check this book out, 7 10Overall I would not recommend this novel, warning this comes from a stand alone novel, snob and this probably would be enjoyable to many a reader but not to me.

    23. This book was okay but not as good as I had hoped for when I read the synopsis It took a long time for anything really good to happen and when it did it felt rushed and I just was not that interested any There were parts of this book that I did enjoy the setting was cool and rich in history and the characters were pretty good I fond it hard to explain my thoughts so I will just say this was alright but not great.

    24. i thought it was great because it wasn t fast paced but it wasn t really slow it s about a girl and she has to save her mother and her baby sister from an evil goddess and there is a good goddess named Danu that helps the girl and to rein suppriem over Danu then she has to get the Answerer but she can t go on land so she has a agent go on land and that agent likes the girl and the girl was the one who hid it a long time ago.

    25. When Maeve s mother and sister fall into an enchanted sleep, the only way to save them is for her to go on a long and dangerous journey to find the fabled Fire Opal and return it to its rightful owner If she doesn t succeed, hundreds of lives will be lost including those of her mother and sister Excellent read with great outlook on Celtic myths.


    27. It is a very good book once you get past the beginning I read the first few chapter in the first couple of days, then I got bored with it and found a interesting book Today, I got bored and with nothing else to do, finished reading the book That s when I couldn t put the book down But I was a little upset with the ending though.

    28. The writing s not bad, but it s full of horrible details The Celtic setting is twisted into something totally different Reminds me of the octopus guy in Pirates of the Caribbean I almost didn t finish reading this one.

    29. Ancient Celtic myth combined with suspense, shape shifters, and a devious villain with secrets living right next door to Maeve O Tullagh and her family on the hillside overlooking the sea at Ard Macha make for a shimmering Irish tale.

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