Release: Dane House, March 2, 2011
Stacy Justice did not expect to be set on fire that night, but being raised by witches prepares one for life's little surprises. In fact, she isn't the least bit shocked when her cousin is accused of arson, or when her divorced grandparents sign up for a marriage retreat, or even when her own boyfriend hauls her off to jail. But when a decades-old secret is discovered within the walls of her cousin's bar, even Stacy is rattled. Now, someone wants her dead and she finds herself dodging angry motorists, exploding chickens and a very creepy man who lurks around every corner. As she begins to dig up the past, Stacy learns that even those closest to her have something to hide--and she's about to discover a destiny she never imagined.
I had fun reading Opal Fire. It is a light read and fast paced. Stacy Justice is an entertaining character. She is independent, stubborn and its seems like trouble seems to find her. She is born a witch and obviously have the power but she refuses to be "one of them", even if she gets visions (that makes it look like it leads to dead bodies), have 2 familiars; her cat Moonlight and her Great Dane, Thor. Her Aunts and grandmother reminds me of this Disney movie with Thora Birch in it... Hocus Pocus. The descriptions of Stacy's Aunts and Grandmother reminds me to SJP and Bette Midler's character but nicer and loving. The story started when a fire broke out from her cousin's bar then later on was accused of Arson. The story then goes deeper and they discovered something nobody ever bothered looking into. I like Stacy's profession - investigative journalism and she's damn good at it too. The romance part is on the down low, it is there but the story does not revolve around it.
This book have moments that piqued my curiosity, dead girl, exploding chicken, accident on an icy lake, creepy mustache man, her cousin Cinnamon, The Blessed Book, and the Wiccan ritual of Imbolc and the killer cliffhanger ending of this book that prompted me to buy book two pronto.