Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Once A Witch

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Once a Witch

Carolyn MacCullough

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

$16.00 U.S. (Hardback)

FTC: I borrowed this book from the library.

Synopsis by Barnes and Noble:

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.

My Thoughts:

I am not really sure how I feel about this book. I enjoyed reading it, and I had a hard time putting it down but somethings didn't click with me. I generally liked Tamsin, but there were times when she was just to stupid for her own good. Her sister, Rowena, was cold and heartless and it was hard for me to have any sympathy for her throughout the book. The plot was intriguing, and I was surprised by the outcome in the end. I was engrossed in what was happening but not so much who was doing it. Another big let down came at the end of the book when i found out it was a series not a single book. This made me a little upset because I was ready for the story to end.

Recommendations: Anyone who has ever been in their siblings shadow.

Age: 14 and up

Grade: B+

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