Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review: Once a Witch

Once a Witch
Carolyn MacCullough
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: September 14, 2009

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 seen this book around a lot, but I've never really looked at it. When I finally did pick it up, I really did enjoy it. Witch stories always have compelled me. This one was a fun and cute adventure.

Tamsin Greene was a relatable character. I could feel how out of place she felt, being the only one in her family who isn't Talented (powers). Trying to live up to her sister, she goes on a quest that causes more trouble than good. I didn't exactly agree with all her decisions, but I could see why she made them. I wasn't a fan of Tamsin's sister, Rowena. For whatever reason she rubbed me the wrong way. On the other hand, Gabrielle was swoon-worthy and sweet.

One a Witch was a real adventure. It was fun and a fast read. At some points it was predictable, but it had a few surprises, too.

Once a Witch was a sweet surprise. It has action, adventure, mystery, romance, good characters, and magic. A super-cute story, and I can't wait for the sequel.

3.5 hearts


  1. I love witch books! This one looks really cute. Thanks for the review!

  2. I just finished this one on Sunday! I loved it and cannot wait to read the next one. Glad you mostly liked it other than Rowena.

  3. This looks really good. I haven't really got around to reading books with witches but this looks like a lot of fun. Great Review!