Thursday, February 10, 2011

Once a Witch - 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 was an awesome read!  I blew through this one so quickly.  I couldn't put it down.  

At first, I was a little put off by Tamsin's attitude.  The girl definately has a chip on her shoulder.  She's done everything she can to put distance between herself and her family, because while they have Talents--magical powers--she doesn't.  This wouldn't be so bad, except that when she was born, her future-seeing grandmother told everyone she'd be one of the most Talented members of the family in history, and they've never let her forget what a disappointment she is.  So while at first I found it hard to connect with her as a character, that quickly passed, and I could see exactly why she has an attitude.  It's for self-preservation.  And I quickly found myself on Tamsin's side.

So when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very powerful sister, and asks her to find something for him--one of her family's skills--she can't stop herself from saying she'll help him.  


But then she soon finds herself way over her head, and she has to turn to her old friend Gabriel--who has turned into a very cute teenage boy since she saw him last--for help.


I loved the interaction between Tamsin and Gabriel, who, though a very Talented person himself, he's still very much a teenage boy, one who clearly has a thing for Tamsin.


Overall, I adored this story.  I didn't want to put it down.  I can't wait for the sequel!


Happy Reading!


-geekgirl


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