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Once a Witch Hardcover – September 14, 2009
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Once a Witch, written by Carolyn MacCullough features Tamsin, a 17 year old girl, who completely disappoints her family, simply by being ordinary. Tamsin comes from a long line of incredibly powerful witches and at birth, she was thought to be one of the most powerful in the world. Instead, her magic never came. She is just an ordinary, clumsy, teen stuck in a family of fantastic, beautiful, powerful beings. That will take take a toll on almost anyone!
While working in her grandmother's bookshop, Tamsin is approached by a mysterious man needing her sister's help in "locating" something very important. Instead of filling the man in on who she is, Tamsin pretends to be her sister, wanting to be able to accomplish what the man wants and prove to her family she's not just ordinary. What happens though is a crazy, thrill ride of events, mixing magic, some romance, and a whole lot of danger into Tamsin's slightly boring exhistence.
I loved Tamsin's character (and her name!) and really felt teen girls would understand where she's coming from, (even if her main complaints are because she doesn't have any powers). We all know what it feels like to not fit in and this character definitely has the relatability factor down.Read more ›
One aspect that I was surprised to enjoy was knowing who the evil character was for most of the novel. (The description also pretty much tells you, too.) While the reader knows the "who", MacCullough keeps the reader in suspense giving only small clues to the "why" every so often. This method worked really well in keeping me on the edge of my sit trying to figure out the bad guy's motive.
All in all, I thought this was a fabulous novel. I laughed, a teared up a bit, a yelled at the bad guy, etc. I am really looking forward to more from this author and the series. There is a lot more that I want answered about Tasmin and her family, and I cannot wait to learn more.
This marvelously complex story of romance, mystery, intrigue, conflict, magic and time travel is exceptionally well-written, and it's filled with fascinating, lifelike characters. I especially enjoyed the portrayal of Tamsin's large extended family, all with their own quirks and individual magical Talents. And I liked the author's playful treatment of time travel, with its paradoxes and complications, and its danger of catastrophic consequences.
The tale comes to a satisfying conclusion, but it's clear that very soon Tamsin will have more challenges to deal with, which gives us the hope and expectation that we have at least one sequel to look forward to.
Speaking of enjoyable characters, I want Gabriel all to myself please! He is awesome, and he clearly likes Tam a lot. I thought it was so cute that he kept asking her why she never wrote back to him. He sounded so sad and lost every time he brought it up.
The storyline was really cool, and they get to time travel! Really fun, I was intrigued the whole time I was reading and I devoured this book in one sitting. I just couldn't stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen and how the whole book pieced together. The setting for everything just seemed so mysterious, and I loved how everything came together in the end.
I cannot wait for the second book, Always a Witch, coming out in August 2011. I really wish it was coming out right now, August seems too far away!
This was a really great book and a very enthralling read! And the cover is beautiful!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
(3.5 stars) This is the first book in the Witch series. Tamsin comes from a family of witches. Although her grandmother predicted that she would be one of the most Talented witches... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Boytim
I've read this book and Carolyn's second book "Always a Witch" a solid fifteen times in the past five years. It's sarcastic, funny, and beautifully written. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jamie long
I enjoyed this book because the character was different, and the story kept me going.Published 9 months ago by Jenn
Love this book it does not follow any other "magic" books. Finally a new way of telling a wonderful story.Published 9 months ago by Andrea DeChant
I liked this book but I didn't feel like there was much character development through out it. I also felt like a lot of the foreshadowing was kind of predictable. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Allyssa Day
I read this in hopes it would be a decent book without much romance and it is. My nine year old is way above her grade level in reading and this is definitely a decent book for... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was sucked into this one from the first page. MacCullough does a wonderful job setting the scene. Although I would have loved to see the romance developed more, the character of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by JavaMama
According to the Brilliance Audio website, "Hannah Friedman has appeared in over 100 regional and Off-Broadway productions. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Audio_Book_Addict