Review: Once a Witch

Title: Once a Witch
Author: Carolyn MacCullough


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.

Well. It’s safe to say that this book was really good. I found it in the library in the morning and finished it by dinner. Definitely a YA novel, this book is filled with magic, self-discovery, and the unraveling of a number of family secrets. Tamsin finds herself in a whirlwind of time, history, and a great, secret, family feud. There is romance, there is some crazy version of magic and… anti-magic. I was truly glued to this book and I couldn’t stop reading it once I started. Definitely suspenseful, and if I hadn’t ruined it for myself, then it would have been totally random, the ending that is. I’ve got to say though, MacCullough definitely pulled everything together. All the secrets, the stories, the insanity within characters. I really liked this book and can’t wait to begin the second (though I must, because I have a Chemistry assignment due soon!)

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
World Building: 4.5/5
Cover: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.81/5

“Why would you pretend to be Rowena?” Gabriel asks. “You’re way prettier.”

“How’s it going in there?”
“Okay,” I gasp. “I can’t really breathe, but other than that, okay.”
“Breathing’s overrated,” Gabriel advises me. “I’m discovering that right about now with this damn tie.”
-Gabriel and Tamsin

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