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Once A Witch

MacCullough, Carolyn (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Once A Witch
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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.
Authors: MacCullough, Carolyn
Title: Once a witch
Publisher: Boston : Clarion Books, 2009
Characteristics: 292 p. ;,22 cm
Summary: 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.
Awards & Distinctions: A Junior Library Guild selection
ISBN: 0547223994
9780547223995
0547417306
Statement of Responsibility: by Carolyn MacCullough
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Fiction Good and evil Fiction Time travel Fiction Identity Fiction Sibling rivalry Fiction Ability Fiction Witches Fiction
Topical Term: Good and evil
Time travel
Identity
Sibling rivalry
Ability
Witches
LCCN: 2008049234
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Born into a family of witches, 17-yr-old Tamsin is raised believing that she alone lacks a magical “Talent,” but when her sister is taken by a rival of the family in an attempt to change the balance of power, Tamsin discovers her true destiny. (Part of a series)


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Nov 27, 2012
  • 523_8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 17, 2012
  • mogie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 04, 2012
  • ginger_bug rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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!!!!!!!!!

Jul 11, 2011
  • ucblue rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Mar 01, 2011
  • LaCh1pmunkL0ca rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 02, 2011
  • thuang26 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 23, 2010
  • Blueeyetea rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good story geared towards the teen market.

Nov 11, 2010
  • Buymoria rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good read! Didn't really find it sepcial, but had an interesting storyline that kept me reading.

Oct 31, 2010
  • Nafiza rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • ucblue rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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