Friday, November 26, 2010


Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Publisher: Clarion Books

Publication Date: September 14, 2009

Pages: 292

Series: Book 1 of Witch

Age Bracket: Young Adult

Synopsis: 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.

It’s been a long time since I last read a book about witches. And I find themes about witches definitely one of the exciting themes in the world of literature. I had a great time reading this book and I find myself quite absorbed with it. The plot is very fast paced and it didn’t bore me to wait for what will going to happen next. Actually there are a lot of secrets and mystery buried in the storyline, and the exciting thing that spiced the story is when each secrets are being revealed and the mysteries are being solved.  The time travelling is one of the coolest thing or talent they could do. The plot is more on the contemporary and I love the scenes in each of their time travelling.

At first I thought that it will be mostly about spell casting and potion making but I was much intrigued to find out that it’s mostly based on the talents of the Greene’s family members. Plus this book shows the tight relationship and ties of each family member. Although at first Tamsin is a little bit afar from her family thinking that she is a misfit, but as the story goes on, she found out how her family really cares bout her and value her. And I love to see how Tamsin learn to value her sister.

I liked the half part of the book where the secrets are starting to reveal itself that lead to a smooth climax of the story. Although at the ending it revealed that the loose ends to the story are not yet fully solved so I’m expecting to know more in the sequel plus I want to see the relationship of Gabriel and Tamsin develops. Overall it’s a great book. 



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