28 January 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.
This is one of those books where it's definitely not bad but it's lacking something.  These are hard books to describe.
I did like the main character, Tamsin.  She had her sassy moments but there wasn't anything that clicked.  I did like how she worked through her resentment towards her family.

What I really liked about this book was the mystery and the family dynamic and history.  Flashbacks and witches are somehow always a lovely combination.  The historical aspect was intriguing and the characters were interesting.

The romance kinda miffed me for a while, but it more or less straightens out.  I think it would be a book that's asking for a sequel, but to my understanding, there isn't a sequel planned thus far.

It's a quick read, but definitely worth reading.

Book Info

  • pages - hardcover, 292
  • published - September 2009
  • publisher - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • genre - fantasy
  • received via - library
  • rating - 4/5
  • series - Witch
    • Once a Witch
    • Always a Witch