Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn (Volume One)
by Miri Castor
"The lively suburb of Dewdrop is home to many junior high school students, but none like Opal Charm. She struggles with life at home and doesn't have much of a life at school without any friends – until she befriends the new girl, Hope. Opal finds herself changing in extraordinary ways as she delves into the enigmatic life of Hope, the new girl's lies and truths blurring together. Opal stumbles across a world separate from Earth, a world she never would have thought existed. She discovers that she has a Gift, a power that can make her stronger than she ever imagined if she can distinguish the lies between the truths. When Dewdrop is threatened, Opal has to use her power to save not only her world, but the new one and its inhabitants before Opal succumbs to lies and finds herself falling from the Path to Dawn. The Path to Dawn is a coming-of-age story geared towards young adults. It is a story that should make one question the power of truth and lies."
First, I would like to say that I am one of those readers who will pick up a book at a store because the cover caught my eye -- granted the blurb of the back is usually the ultimate decider for me. Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn caught my eye immediately. I'd seen it floating around on tumblr for a while and finally decided I really wanted to read it.
Now, I'll admit, at first I really disliked Opal and her attitude. she reminded me too much of my little brother in his teenage years when he went through his whole "the world owes me a favor" phase. However, as the story progressed, Opal began to grow on me and I came to understand why she was like that. I think the author did very well in expressing how a teen Opal's age might feel when such events are thrust at her, between home life, school life, and the painful memory of her brother. My curiosity in her grew as the story progressed and the truth regarding the Charm family was revealed. Sorry, no spoilers from me!
There were times when the pace of the story was quite slow in the beginning. I think some of the school scenes could have actually been omitted without it affecting the story itself. Also, in the beginning, there were a few times the wording was clumsy and I was forced to reread a couple of sentences.
As secondary characters go, I totally fell in love with Evron -- no offense to Aaron. Evron's interactions with Opal left me wanting to see more. I will honestly say that I shall be eagerly awaiting the next installment to see how Opal continues to grow (and to watch her interactions with Evron)!