Monday, February 20, 2012

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Once a Witch (Witch, #1)Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

I checked out a handful of books to read on our recent trip (all those hours in the car are good for something!) and this one was by far the best of the bunch. From the Goodreads blurb:

"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 searchspellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant."

I loved this book, 4.5 stars. There were no mistakes here- the relationships between Tamsin and her family were really believable, the banter was fun to read, and I really enjoyed Tam's friend who's a boy. Boyfriend? The plot was engaging, setting solid. No hiccups...Don't you love it when you find one of those?  

It reminds me of young adult version of "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness. (Another enjoyable book, 4.5 stars, content very tame for an adult paranormal romance.) It also reminds me of The White Cat by Holly Black, another great book.

Contentwise, there is some kissing, some fighting, moderate levels of blood. There are some curse words, including the s-word. The dividing line between good and evil use of magic was very clear, I thought.

Happy reading!


  1. Oh, this sounds great! You always come up with the best book recommendations, Kelly, usually for books I've never heard of. Thanks for sharing! Scurrying off to request it from the library right away...

    P.S. I watch a lot of HGTV when I have a newborn in the house, and a recent episode of House Hunters was set in Irmo, SC! Isn't that the town you're from? It sounded awfully familiar.

  2. Yes, I love finding a book I don't feel like editing as I go along. :)

  3. Hey Krista- you're alive!!! And yes, I'm in beautiful Irmo, SC. Actually, it's been a mild winter, really nice. Summer...not so much.

    Hey Amy- there was not ONE THING that bothered me about it.

    Let me know if you guys read it:)