Saturday, November 21, 2009

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough review #23

Author: Carolyn MacCulloug
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pages: 292

"Your daughter will be one of the most powerful we have ever seen in this family. She will be a beacon for us all."
Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and on the day she was born, her grandmother proclaimed she would be one of the most Talented among them. Which makes it all the more difficult that Tamsin's magic never arrrived.Now, seventeen years later, she avoids her family as much as possible, spending most of the year at a boarding school in Manhattan, where she can at least pretend to be normal. But her summers are spent at home, working at her family's book store/magic shop in upstate New York. One night at the end of the summer, just before her return to school, a handsome professor from New York University arrives in the shop and mistakes Tamsin for her extremely Talented older sister, Rowena. For once, it's Tamsin who's being looked at with awe and admiration, and before she can stop herself, she agrees to find a family heirloom for him that was lost more than a century ago. But the search--and the stranger-prove to be more sinister than they'd appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the truth about her Talent, unearth the past sins of her family, and unleash a power so strong and so vengeful that it could destroy them all.

WOW! I don't have one complaint about this book. It got a bit slow during the end, but other then that I've got nothing. Nothing I tell you. I adored this book, it has everything in it that will make all the readers engaged and enjoying it. It's fast paced, well written, well described, and has understandable, lovable characters. Carolyn MacCullough did a fantastic job in writing this book. If you've lost hope in the fantasy genre or are getting tired of it, Once a Witch will pull you back in. It will also make readers excited to read more. My favorite thing about this book is Tamsin is such a realistic character. I seriously think that if Tamsin and this situation were real, Tamsin would of done just that. Or maybe anyone would act the way she did. Tamsin doesn't act cowardly or brave from the start, no she acts confused. I think that if I were in a situation like that I would act the same as she does. Also her problem of being left out and feeling forgetten if very understandable and I know many people *especially with siblings* have gone through this one time in there life. Also this is the first book where the describing and writing was so well done that you understand every, single thing thats happening. Also the plot isn't predicatable so you keep guessing and figuring out things to the end. I highly recommend this book, it was a enjoyable read and I'll be looking out for the sequel.


Kirthi said...

I love books where witches are the good people. Tasmin sounds like Tasmania..hmm...
I like how the book sounds, and the cover is pretty. Great review!

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