Saturday, May 15, 2010

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough - Book Review #21

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Once a Witch
by Carolyn MacCullough

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.

Everybody in Tamsin’s family have a Talent – special magical ability – to freeze people, to read the future, to move very fast, to persuade people to do anything, to find a misplaced or lost objects… everybody… except for Tamsin.

Tamsin was a wonderfully drown character. Her straggle to fit in into her unusual, very big and intimidating family was presented very realistic. Her relationship with her older sister felt like taken from a real life. Despite how Tamsin’s family treated her (let’s believe them that they had a good reason for this), I completely fell in love with each and every one of them. I never had a big family and always somewhat envied people who had and were a part of big, loud family gatherings.

The plot was amazingly build. Story was moving fast, keeping you wondering what’s going to happen next, turning a book into a page turner and you to completely unavailable to the world outside of the novel. It left many unfinished plot lines, so I only hope that we will see a sequel and soon.

Once a Witch was a delightful mix of mystery, magic, time travel, old family secrets and romance. It was light, relaxing and very enjoyable read. The only unsatisfactory thing about this book – I wish it would be a bit longer for me to enjoy.

What’s your talent?


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