What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, October 19, 2012

Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

This book sat on my bookshelf for a while before I picked it up, but then I knew it would be perfect for Witch Week. So I opened it up and got started.

Here's the summary 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.

What I Liked: 1) The back story. There are a lot of historical references in the book, and the way they were all tied into what was going in the present was really interesting. I think that it brought a lot to the story. 2) Tamsin and Gabriel. These two were perfectly in sync with each other, almost too much. Well, other than their very first encounter in the book, which was funny. But they have this way of knowing what the other needs, which was cool. 3) The ending. Actually, the way the story just unwound itself as you read. It was awesome pacing all around with every piece being revealed a little at a time.

What I Didn't Like: The pacing was awesome, but there were some gaps in the story. It was enough so that it affected the flow of the story - a lot of stopping and starting. Like, how did we get from there to here? It just created a little of a problem for me staying connected with the story.

Overall Thoughts: An intriguing story with some fluffy characters, Once A Witch is a fun piece of fantasy that is short and enjoyable. There were a few gaps in the storyline which led to a little disconnect, but overall it was a fun little fantasy with a simple take on witches.

My Rating: 3 candy corns

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  1. Hmm this sounds interesting. I think the gaps in the story would bother me too, but it seems like it was enjoyable enough. Great review!

  2. Ooo your Halloween theme makes me feel so happy!

    Thanks for your review, the flow of a book is pretty important! I'm happy you enjoyed it overall though, I may pick it up form my library.

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre


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