Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Once A Witch:
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.

Underneath all the magic and mystery of this urban fantasy, Carolyn MacCullough’s romantic heart of the story shines through. Gabriel moved away years ago with his mother, and now he’s back. Tamsin turns to him when finding a ‘lost object’ becomes more difficult than she imagines. Living in a family endowed with special Talents can be difficult, but it’s especially so for Tamsin who has no Talent—at least that’s what she’s been told all her life. Suddenly life becomes dangerous for Tamsin and her loved ones as she and Gabriel get closer to the family heirloom the stranger hires Tamsin to find. And little does Tamsin know that the stranger is a member of a rival family that explores the darker side of their magic. Their search takes them into the past where they unknowing unleash a power that has been bound for centuries. Rowena, Tamsin’s sister, becomes caught in a spell that could take her away forever, causing her to harm those around her and Tamsin must learn the truth about herself in order to protect her family. With Gabriel at her side, they discover just how delicate the balance is between life and magic.


  1. Looks intriguing! I’ve always loved me some witches! Never heard of it before, so thanks for sharing!

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

  2. I really liked this one, I though Tamsin was fabulous, I'm always a fan of a little sarcasm, and I thought it had an interesting story without too much focus on a forbidden love aspect like so many YA books now. Not that I'm not a fan of that, because I am (bigtime), I just thought the more quiet approach to the romance was refreshing. Glad you enjoyed it as well Amy!


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