- Series: Opal Charm (Book 1)
- Paperback: 462 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1523467452
- ISBN-13: 978-1523467457
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 15 customer reviews
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Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn (Volume 1) Paperback – February 10, 2016
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From the Author
In this being the first novel I have ever written and published, I've worked on this since middle school. In addition to publishing The Path to Dawn (Book 1 of Opal Charm), I'm completing my last year as an undergraduate at my university, I've been admitted into a PhD Biochemistry program, and I'm nearly finished with my second novel, Book 2 of Opal Charm. In short, 2016 is my year, and I am starting it off with Opal Charm, a story that is dear to me as a black young adult.
About the Author
Miri Castor is the author of the urban fantasy series Opal Charm. She spent many recesses in middle school writing fantasy stories, with Opal Charm being one of many. She has written for Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine and was featured as a Spotlight New Author in 2016. Now attending a university on the East Coast, she studies biochemistry and will receive her B.S. in 2016. A New York native, Miri is working on her second novel while in her last year as an undergraduate. She enjoys playing video games, attending music concerts, and strolling through the city.
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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)!
The story progresses realistically, with even pacing. I almost felt I was truly experiencing the events along with Opal. Events happen slowly, over the course of weeks, not mere hours like in many adventure novels. The story is slowly revealed rather than dumped all at once on the audience.