Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Summary:

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.

Review:

Once a Witch is an enchanting tale of the life of a black sheep from the Greene family, her name being Tamsin. Carolyn created Tasmin in a way that was easy to like and gave her flaws along with characteristics that any teen girl or boy can relate to even if they are not an almost witch. Tamsin feelings towards her family were ones that I could understand, because as anyone can realize it would be hard to live and interact with your witch family if you thought you didn't have a talent. I also adored reading about her relationship with the drool worthy Gabriel because it was funny to read their conversations and to see how his talents, as well as her, developed throughout the novel.

The plot of Once a Witch was one that was thrilling and mysterious making this a fun read. Carolyn is one to make your hypothesis of whats going to happen constantly change with the twists and turns she deals into the plot. Also, her writing flowed well, making this a well written read.

Overall, Once a Witch was a fast paced and excellent read that will defiantly be flying off the shelves come it's release in September. I look forward to reading more about the Greenes, possibly, because then ending of this novel is built for a sequel.

Grade: A+

Once a Witch will be released September 14, 2009. Be sure to check out the website for this novel, here, which includes quizzes, news/ events, and an excerpt among other things.

*Much thanks goes to JG for sending me a copy of this! :)

55 comments:

  1. Awesomeness! LOVE IT! I'm getting a copy from Carolyn herself so I can't wait! Fantastic review! Super coolio!!! Sorry if I'm not making any sense! I'm just so tired today...my whole back is bruised because someone slapped and pounded on my back by accident...lol...you're probably wondering how that happened!

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  2. This sounds like a lot of fun and something I would really enjoy. Am off to track down a copy and reserve it now...!

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  3. Looks amazing. Can't wait to read this. (:

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  4. I really want to read this one! Thanks for the review!

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  5. Great review. I'm super excited about this book, even more so now.

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  6. I reeeeally liked this book and am glad you did too. Also, I've nominated you for a blog award over here: http://feedyourimagination.blogspot.com/2009/08/so-many-awards-so-little-time.html

    Kristin

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  7. This sounds much better than I expected. I'm starting to fall for it :)

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  8. I am all about Supernatural YA fiction. This one is for sure going on my short list TBR!

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  9. I love YA fiction. This has beed added to my wish list!!!

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  10. Sounds really good! I want to read this!

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  11. I've read great reviews for this book,its definitely on the top of my list to read

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  12. More fantastic comments for this book. I need to get it so badly! Great review. :)

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  13. I can't wait to read this one, unfortunately the bookstore by my house doesn't have them in yet.

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  14. It looks awesome, I cant wait to read it!!! Great review =)

    --Mariana

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  15. Awesome Review!
    I can't wait to read it

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  16. Awesome!
    Can't wait to read it!!
    ;)

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  17. This sounds like something that I really enjoy! I would like to read it!
    The Review is awesome!

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  18. I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now. Sounds like just the type book I usually enjoy!

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  19. From the blurb/premise, this sounds like an interesting take on the 'outsider' learning to cope and survive. I also like most things paranormal...
    Thanks for sharing your review!

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  20. Great review. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. fabulous review! Well..I really want to read this book! Thanks for the review, its sooooo cool!
    ^^

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  22. Great review, thank you. The book really sounds so good, that I have to read it asap! Also I love the cover, it's so beautiful.

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  23. I have always loved this kind of genre. And I've read so many great reviews on this book that I really wanna read it!! :)

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  24. This book sounds so amazing and i cant wait to eventually read it!

    Jordan
    jmoose09@gmail.com

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  25. Nice review. I'm interested in reading this as you gave it top marks.

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  26. I really like concept of the outsider of the witch family... the book sounds pretty promising from your review, I think I'll add it to my wishlist...
    maybe the sequel will be called "Always a witch"?

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  27. Great review. This book looks awesome! I can't wait to read it.

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  28. Great review! I'm so glad you liked it. I can't wait to read this, I love supernatural and magic in books - and this one sounds awesome :)

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  29. The name Gabriel sounds way too cute! Excited to read this! :)

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  30. Great review! I was lucky enough to read an early electronic copy (thanks NetGalley!) and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Glad to see you did as well!

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  31. This was an awesome review. I def. want to read the book now. I have a feeling that if my family had these powers, mine would also get lost for some reason. I tend to be the odd-ball out of my siblings and cousins...oh well.

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  32. This is the clearest review of the book I've read. Thanks! I think it'll be one I read.

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  33. Great review! This book sounds really good, and you gave it A+, so I definitely have to put it on my wishlist!

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  34. Interesting witchy story. And a hot young professor! I'm already liking it. It kind of reminds me of the show, Charmed. I do miss watching it.

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  35. Poor Tamsin, it must be extremely disappointing to have no powers when all your witch relatives has it. I know I would be disappointed if it was me =O

    I've had this book on my wish list for a little while and your grading it A+ didn't exactly made me want to take it of the list LOL Now I want to read it even more!

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  36. The cover alone was more than a come on and the story, I'm sure, will get me hooked. Cool review! Sweet and succinct. ^_^

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  37. I love the cover of this book - so pretty!

    I'm also really curious to read about Gabriel - he sounds like a good guy lead... :)

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  38. I love the cover of this book - so pretty!

    I'm also really curious to read about Gabriel - he sounds like a good guy lead... :)

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  39. This book sounds like a great read! Can't wait to get it!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  40. I wanna read this book so badly, great review! It really makes me want to read it.

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  41. I love your review!! I am soo excited to read the book! Nice interpretation, like always!! :)
    -Missie :)

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  42. A+, huh? I've been seeing this around a lot and wondering if I want to read it. I think I do, now. Great review!

    ~Misty

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  43. I can't wait to read this! Although with school I have to wait to read anything I want! Thanks for the great review!

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  44. great review! can't wait to read this one.

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  45. I like the original take on the life-of-magic idea. This definitely sounds like a must-read!

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  46. This review was really amazing. I now can't wait too read it. You told me just enough to really get me intrigued! Thanks

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  47. I actually really enjoyed reading your review, and I hadn't heard of the book, but am excited to read it after hearing about the twists and turns in the plot. Oooh!!!

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  48. Great review! I've heard this is amazing.

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  49. I can't wait to read this book!

    It sounds so good.

    Great review (:

    -Lexi

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  50. I want so badly to read this book. I haven't read hardly any witch books and never had an urge to but this one sounds like such a great read. I've heard nothing but good about it. Thanks for the review.

    ~Briana

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  51. <3<3<3

    This book sounds so awesome and I want to read it badly!!! I love books about witches, and if you gave it an A+ it must be great!

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  52. This sounds like a good book! I love the way you describe Gabriel (drool worthy!)

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  53. First time I heard of this book and it's right up my alley!

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