Once a Witch Review

Monday, January 31, 2011

Once a Witch (Witch #1)
by Carolyn MacCullough
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published September 14th 2009 by Clarion Books
Review by Amber I

From Goodreads

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.

My Thoughts

This was a pretty good book. It was an easy and simple read. Not to long of a book either so it wasn't dragged out. I honestly liked it. And will read the next one in the series.

We only get to see a little of the side characters and I didn't really bond with any of them that much. But I did like Tamsin. I would have loved to spend more time with her family though. Hopefully we will be getting that.

It was a great start to a first book. It kept you interested and wanting to see how everything was going to play out. I liked trying to figure who or what the professor was. And it was neat going back in time. Its a great starter and I think the 2nd one will make it even better.

If you are looking for a simple light quick read then this will really keep you entertained.

I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.


  1. Thanks for the review! I haven't read anything with witches just yet so I can't wait to get started on this. :D

  2. This sounds interesting. I recently started reading books with witches as the main characters and find I thoroughly enjoy them. They bring a whole new element to the paranormal world besides the traditional vampire, and shifter. I am also a series girl!

  3. This book sounds really interesting, I checked out the first few pages on Amazon using the look inside feature and I'm definetly going to be buying it to read when I can afford it!

  4. I think my favorite YA witch book is The Secret Circle by LJ Smith, if you haven't read that, I highly recommend it. It lets you see a lot into the witches. This one the girl is kinda on the outside most of the book so you do not get to much into it. I think the 2nd book is really going to bring it together.

  5. @ Sheila You should for sure check out Cassandra Clares book too!! I remember you said you haven't! They are amazing.

  6. It has been in my to-read list for a while. It's intriguing. Great review!

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