Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Review: Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Title: Once A Witch
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Author Links: Website | Book(s) | Twitter
Series: Witch #1
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: September 14th 2009
Format: Hardback
Pages: 292
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles
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.
3 stars, enjoyable but lacked some things.
Once A Witch's cover is such an eye catching cover. I love how she's holding the book in her hand, makes it somewhat more mysterious and made me even more curious to find out what it mean.
This was a really enjoyable read that reminded me a tad of The HoN series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Once a Witch was a quick and somewhat light read. The romance was cute but I wished there had been more development to it. I felt that the characters rushed into the romance to quickly although they did know each other before when they were younger but hey, people tend to change over time. The pace was consistent but picked up towards the middle where the action mostly occurred.
As I read the book I found myself ticked at the family for keeping some things from the main character and wanting to grab them by the shoulders and have them apologize to her. Also, there was not much character development, the characters didn't develop they mostly just stayed the same. I could really relate to the main character at times although I wished I could have gotten to meet the characters a tad more. The plot was really interesting and I especially enjoyed how the author managed to weave in the aspect of the elements and the talents into the novel.
Overall, Once A Witch was a quick read that has aspects of magic weaved into it, which will capture the reader's attention.
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Book Trailer: I really enjoyed watching this trailer, and the music made it more dramatic. ^.^

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