Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Once a Witch

Once a Witch (Witch #1) by Carolyn MacCullough

Published September 14th 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover, 292 pages
Source: Borrowed from a friend that bought it at Bookdepository

"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."

- From Goodreads



Although this was a very enjoyable read I felt a bit disconnected from the story at times. There are definitely parts that you can relate to and laugh out loud to, I just felt that the story line was a bit forced at times.

This novel reminded me a lot of the movie Practical Magic, which I thought was great! Tamsin has a very dotty family that will make you wish you grew up in a house with a bunch of witches and wizards!

If you like adventure, mystery and some magic thrown in then you'll enjoy this! There is even some romance, even if I think Tamsin and Gabriel don't really gel all that well.

I will definitely be reading the next one in the series!

For those who have read it:

Aunt Beatrice was definitely my favorite!

“Okay," I gasp. "I can't really breathe, but other than that, okay."
"Breathing's overrated," Gabriel advises me."I'm discovering that right about now with this damn tie.”


Shelagh said...

I love the colours in the cover and the beautiful old leather book!

The premise for the book sounds interesting, even though it's vaguely familiar. If I spot it anywhere I may give it a try.

Good review Lu. :)

The Word Fiend

Lu said...

Thanks Shelagh!
It's definitely entertaining and worth the read :)

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