Saturday, March 1, 2014

Once a Witch: Review

Once a Witch
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Series: Witch #1
Pages: 292


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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Tamsin was supposed to be the most powerful witch in her family, according to her grandmother's prophecy, but her magical Talents never appeared. She spent her life feeling like an outcast in her family because they could all do great things with their magic and had their own special Talents, but she didn't.

A mysterious man comes to the bookstore, mistaking her for her Talented sister, and ask her to locate a missing item. He claims that this missing item is a precious family heirloom but little does she know, it is so much more. This request sends Tamsin on a mission to prove herself that will forever change her life. She learns things about herself and her family that were meant to stay secret.

Anything that has to do with witches, I'm in. I love reading about them and have been fascinated with witches for as long as I can remember. So when a book like this comes along I have to get my hands on it.

Tamsin is enjoyable because she's smart and not afraid to do what she wants or thinks is best. She's rebellious and has a "perfect" older sister. She's the black sheep of the family so you just want to root for her. You get to see the mystery unravel and the secrets be revealed right along with her so it keeps you reading. This one did not disappoint. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

Have you read this? What are your thoughts?

*I purchased this book with my own money.



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