Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review of Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Book:  Once a Witch
Author:  Carolyn MacCullough
Publisher:  Clarion Books
Pages:  292

From Goodreads:  Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.

I've always enjoyed stories, television shows, and movies about witches.  Something about them intrigues me and makes me want to learn more.  With all of the young adult paranormal novels out there I was very excited about this one because finally it was about witches!  This was very cute and easy read...in fact I read it in one sitting.  It was light and enjoyable and completely refreshing after all of the darker young adult novels out there.  I instantly started character crushing on Gabriel the minute he was introduced.  He was the perfect partner for Tamsin, who was pretty kick butt herself.  The characters were all easy to relate to and the writing really pulled me into the story.  I'm still confused about the theme of "time/clocks"...any ideas?  Maybe we'll find out in the sequel Always a Witch due out August of 2011.    


  1. Great review! I need to pick this book up real soon! I'm a new follower! Thank you for passing by my blog :)

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  2. Wonderful review :) I have this book on my wish-list but I have bad patience so I'll wait with buying till I know the sequel is out :)

  3. Great review. I've been looking forward to reading this book. Sounds like a great read. New follower.

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