Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough


Original Title: Once a Witch

Year Published: 2010

Published by:  HMH Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 292

First Sentence: I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5


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 thoughts:

I really liked this book. It was well written and fun to read. It wasn’t exactly what I had expected but it was still a great read.The plot was interesting and the twists and turns felt quite realistic and suited the story well.

Tamsin was a good main character but could be annoying at times. It was the “oh bohoo life has treated me so unfairly so I will be punish everyone around me” that is quite typical for teenagers in ya to behave like that had me a little annoyed. But it wasn’t too much of it and it did get better.

Gabriel, also known as the love interest, was also a good character. He was wittier than Tamsin and balanced her grumpiness quite well. It is fair to say that the characters overall were quite flat, but they did have moments that made them shine and kept them interesting.

I suppose that is what can be said for the entire book to be honest. It wasn’t fantastic and it didn’t have me on the edge of my seat. It was entertaining though and did have glowing moments just about when I was about to loose interest when it managed to recapture my interest and kept me going.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.


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