Sunday, December 20, 2009

Once A Witch by 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.

The F's have it here, but in a good way: Fast paced, fun, and fantastic. I really enjoyed this book. The story caught my attention from the beginning, and I can honestly say it was a refreshing read that's different from anything else I've read recently. I found the main character, Tamsin, to be both a relatable and likeable character. While it has nothing to do with my lack of magical power, I've definitely felt what it's like to feel different from the rest of your family. I love it when a novel thats based on the supernatural or fantastic still manages to feel believable and realistic. The plot carried me along swiftly and this was another book that I found difficult to put down.

I don't know how the fact that this is the beginning of a series managed to escape me, but I had no idea going in. What a delightful surprise! I absolutely cannot wait to pick up the next installment!