Once A Witch

Once A Witch

Book - 2009
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Born into a family of witches, seventeen-year-old Tamsin is raised believing that she alone lacks a magical "Talent," but when her beautiful and powerful sister is taken by an age-old rival of the family in an attempt to change the balance of power, Tamsin discovers her true destiny.
ISBN: 9780547223995
0547223994
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,22 cm.

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Alexandra_C_E
May 13, 2013

Awesome book about the will to survive!

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523_8
Nov 27, 2012

Enjoyable urban fantasy, great for teen holiday reading. Tamsin is an untalented 17yr old in a family of witches with a variety of talents and magical powers, until a mysterious man asks her for help and she uncovers a secret about herself and her family's past that threatens to destroy their existence. Dom dom! Largely unoriginal plot, but a fast paced and easy holiday read.

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mogie
Oct 17, 2012

I enjoyed the book. It was an easy read. It's definitely not a deep read and somewhat predictable. It was a decent story and I will read the next in the series.

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ginger_bug
Jul 04, 2012

I checked this out on a lark when I was looking up something else, and I honestly thought it was going to be kind of crap. However, I was pleasantly surprised. There is a little of the predictable in here - (spoilers possible)!! young person who thinks they've missed the boat on the family legacy/will never be anything special discovers they were the most powerful one all the time and being "protected from themselves" - but the story is fun and I liked the characters and the relationship between the main character and the love interest. Will be checking out the other books in the series.

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onceawitch
Jul 02, 2012

I love this book so much. It takes you away completely, so that you feel like you are right there! I think that is all you can ask of an author, to be able to take you away and make you a feel like you are a part of their story. In this book Carolyn MacCullough did just that. I knew i loved this book right away. I also think this book would make an amazing movie, the special effects would have a chance to look spectacular!
if you have read Once a Witch don't miss out on reading Always a Witch!!!!!!!!!

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ucblue
Jul 11, 2011

Quick and easy read. A bit predictable, but I loved all the characters in a different way. Lacking on the romance, but other wise a one day read!

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LaCh1pmunkL0ca
Mar 01, 2011

I would only give Once a Witch four stars, for I felt that although the storyline was intriguing, I didn't find the style of writing all that interesting. It seemed to be the classic, almost third person American book, with nothing to make me truly connect with the characters. All of them seemed to be nearly flawless, and other than their talents, they seemed to function as the normal family. Tamsin did not communicate well with her family, and I found that the bond between her and her sister and her family was very straightforward.
However, I did like the relationship between Tamsin and Gabriel. It seemed at times playful, and other times serious. The lie to the professor must have caused her to feel a bit guilty, and that would have affected how she felt about herself. Also, they seemed to experience many things together, with Tamsim learning to trust others. That alone allowed me to give it four stars.

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Blueeyetea
Dec 23, 2010

A good story geared towards the teen market.

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thuang26
Dec 16, 2010

the book intrigues you in the most fantastic way. it takes you on a thrill ride making you want more. :D

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Nafiza
Oct 31, 2010

I was immediately swept away in the world created by MacCullough in the first book of what promises to be an amazing series. Tamsin feels shadowed by her older, more beautiful, more powerful sister – an emotion that is relatable to by many amongst us. What immediately sets the story apart, for me, is the fact that it is a story of dynasties. A shared history among family members who are all different from the normal, more ordinary people. Tamsin, you see, hails from a family (from generations) of witches. She was supposed to be the most powerful of them all, the most brilliant. Only…she wasn’t. In fact, she didn’t seem to have gotten any powers. This leads her to feel distinctly cast-out in a family where everyone is special. Where even the toddlers can do amazing magic. So she escapes. To a private boarding school in New York.

Then enter the mysterious professor, who, in mistaking Tamsin for her sister (remember the gorgeous older, more powerful one?) sets into action events that completely change Tamsin and her perspective on who and what she is. Along the way, the reappearance of a childhood crush adds the spice of romance (he is swoon worthy, you guys) and a revelation on Tamsin’s true nature, takes the narrative from a waltz to a rapid disco. The reader will whirl from scene to scene – flung about in a miasma of emotion – reading as slow as she can to make the experience last longer and then at other times, reading as fast as she can so she find out what happens next. (Okay fine, I’m just talking about myself.)

The characters are created with an exquisite ease that sets them apart as individuals rather than replicates of stereotypes often used in genre-books. The matriarch of the family has different sides to her as does the nutty relative. Everything and everyone is delightfully interwoven to present to the world a story that leaves the reader waiting (I was going to say tortured) for the next installment.

I give it a resounding 5 stars. Read it!

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Jul 11, 2011

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