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Thursday, June 23

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

September 6th 2010, Houghton-Harcourt
292 pages, Paperback
Bought: Amazon
First in the Witch Series
Young Adult Series

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.

I debated reviewing this book. I’m still not sure what to say about it. Simply, it bored and annoyed me.

Tasmin is supposed to be 17, but her actions more reflected that of a 12 year old. She was rebellious, because she felt inadequate next to her sister. This inadequacy put her family and the world in danger, but instead of feeling remorseful she simply got angered at a betrayal that her family had perpetuated.

Their was absolutely no love for her sister. The only guilt I saw from her was when her roommate got injured. I get sibling rivalry, but this took it to the extreme.

Gabriel was the only saving grace of this book. He was interesting and not despicable unlike the majority of the characters. He still held a torch for Tasmin after years of absence. He had a bad childhood unlike Tasmin and was still mature about it.

Tasmin did not have a ‘bad’ childhood, but complained ad nauseum about it.

Looking back I’m not sure why I finished this book. So yeah, did not like. And looking at the goodreads reviews I’m in the minority in disliking this, so I’d encourage you to look at more reviews before deciding not to read it.




  1. Evieseo from BookishJune 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Sorry to hear that you had such a terrible time reading it! i was drawn to the cover and I'm glad I have read your review before picking this book up! life is too short for crappy reads! ;)

  2. You know, not everyone will like the same books as everyone else. Your review was negative, but not mean or rude, simply your opinion/take on it. I do like how you mentioned others have really liked it and to read other reviews as well. :)

  3. Thanks! It's always nerve racking to be negative. Thanks for your kind words!

  4. Grrrr! I was totally looking forward to reading this one! Now... not so much! LOL