15 October 2011

{Book Review} Once a Witch

By: Me My Shelf And I | 15 October 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | |


Once a Witch (Witch #1)
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Pages: 292
Published: September 14, 2009 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 Birds

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.

My take: Oh my Halliwell!  Okay, I’m only using that name because it’s the best comparison I can come up with for a witch not getting she’s a witch and…yea anyway, the book was fantastic!  No really, I loved it.

Carolyn MacCullough did such a great job of leading me into the life of Tamsin and different members of Tamsin’s family that it was breathtaking.  It was refreshing to read something that to me didn’t feel like the author was taking TOO much time in giving a sense of each person, but just that right amount that made you know enough without knowing too much.  Does that make any sense?

Tamsin gets led on this whirlwind journey because of working at her family’s bookstore.  Everything starts that way and just releases from that point.  She meets this man named Allistair and seems too trusting of him right off…as if to prove a point to her family that she can handle whatever needs to be ‘handled’.  When she slowly starts to unravel the truth about him is when things get difficult.

The first mission she goes on with Gabriel, who later became yet another of my favorite male characters in fiction, is like nothing else I can recall reading.  The way MacCullough describes their journey, and the words used by others in the scene are perfect. 

I feel if I keep rambling about the perfect moments and great scenes…I’ll end up fully spoiling the book for you.  So I’ll stop there.  Just know that the way each scene is pulled together going into the next is fab and very flowing.  Nothing seems choppy and it felt like I was with the characters the entire time.

Not only did I love the story, but I loved the cover because it conveys a bit of mystery and the unknown.  5 Birds no doubt.

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  1. I'm so excited to read this! Your review just moved it to the top of the TBR!!!

  2. This one sounds so good! And I love that it's been out for awhile...no waiting and better odds it'll be at my library ;)

  3. I read this one awhile back and liked it but didn't love it. I just had a hard time with connecting with the characters at points and the ending was a bit abrupt for me. I'm interested in reading the second book though because I did enjoy most of the book. Great review!


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