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Once a Witch (Witch #1)

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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—a...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published September 14th 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Vinaya
This book suffers severely from First Book Syndrome. What it really needs is some solid rewriting and a strict editor.

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Where's that full stop, young lady?

Once A Witch is a story about Tamsin, who is born into a family of Talented witches. On the day of her birth her grandmother prophecies great things for her, but it turns out, Tamsin was born with no Talents at all. Feeling like a freak and a misfit, Tamsin grabs at the opportunity to prove herself when a stranger mistakenly approaches her to...more
The Holy Terror
Jul 18, 2011 The Holy Terror rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of X-Men or witches
Recommended to The Holy Terror by: Moonlighthaven2004
I have to say I was pretty surprised at how much I liked this book. I've been reading a lot of mediocre teen books lately so I didn't have my hopes up too high when I started this one. Thankfully, it was a really great book!

Tamsin's family is a group of witches, they each have Talents that manifest at around the age of eight. Unfortunately for Tamsin though, her Talent never manifests, but her older sister Rowena is one of the most powerful of the family. Tamsin's forced to live in her sister's...more
Jessica
Honestly, I don’t have too much to say about this one. The story was nice enough, I liked the characters as well as the whole gift concept, but somehow I can’t seem to find anything to gush or complain about.

When I first started reading I got really excited since the plot moves at a really fast pace and I found myself being glued to the pages. I only stopped because I had already spent the better part of my evening reading and this annoying thing called real life kept demanding my attention. Str...more
Alanna M
Despite a promising start, this book really didn't turn out very good for me. I had a hard time swallowing the resolution, since it didn't involve any measure of apology on the part of her family for estranging her all those years. One moment she's the bitter black sheep with no measure of witchy Talent, the next she is the most powerful witch of them all, ready to defend her family with her life despite the perpetuated lies they used to alienate her since she was 8 years old. The book seemed to...more
Kristi
Although Carolyn had a few novels under her belt already, Once a Witch was my first experience with her writing, and I’m looking forward to more.

Tamsin was a very relatable character. Feeling like you don’t quite fit in with your family or that you’ll never live up to their standards is something that I remember struggling with myself. I loved the dynamics of her family and how even though it was so huge everyone was close in their own ways. It was refreshing to read about a “normal” happy and l...more
Kim
This was great! I like Tamsin and Gabriel a lot (a little more action would have been nice) but if I had a sister like Rowena I'd be in jail before my thirteenth birthday. *mumbles condescending bitch*

Read this, all the cool kids are doing it!
Emma Michaels
Okay first off… I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!!! I sat down to read it last night but was interrupted so the first chance I got today I started. I went so far as to not even put it down to blow dry my hair making this a very bad hair day because I got completely distracted by the book and so sucked in that I blow dried my hair until it was just a little too dry. This book was very well written and I have to admit I am impressed by the author. It was such a smooth read and as you breeze through the...more
Anne Osterlund
Tamsin is a witch that’s not witch. The Talentless daughter of a powerful magical family she would prefer to escape. And she has escaped—at least a little, in her dorm at prep school.

But when a dark and mysterious stranger asks her to FIND a clock, Tamsin tells a fib.

She claims she can find it.

And it’s all downhill from there. Well, almost all. There is Gabriel, the young man from her past who seems not at all disturbed by the fact that she never developed her powers. And not too disturbed by th...more
Flannery
Wowzers, this book moves at breakneck speed. There were a lot of characters, a lot of powers, a ton of plot, and Carolyn MacCullough packed it all into a shorter book. Did I enjoy it? Definitely. I just wish it was about 50 pages longer and unraveled at 70-75% of the current pace.

Selin Kamaş
Fena değildi, konusu da iyi hoştu. Fakat neden bilmiyorum kitapta olaylar çok yavaş ilerliyordu. 20 sayfa okudum zannediyorum daha 10 sayfayı bile ancak okumuşum... Yazarın dilinden mi yoksa kurgudan kaynaklanan bir şey mi hiç bir fikrim yok. Ama okunabilir :))
Özetine gelirsek, olaylar Tamsin'in etrafında gerçekleşiyor. Tamsin ve ailesindeki her birey cadı. Hepsininde değişik güçleri, yetenekleri var. Fakat Tamsin'in hiçbir yeteneği yok. Bu yüzden kendini ailesinde deyim yerindeyse hep ezik hiss...more
ijul (yuliyono)
3,5 star...

Kerumitan dunia sihir

Bagian awal novel ini tidak memberikan sensasi kejut yang hampir membuat saya berhenti karena bosan. Apalagi dari segi kalimat per kalimatnya terasa sulit dicerna otak saya yang pas-pasan ini. Entahlah, apakah dari novel aslinya memang sulit ataukah tersebab gaya penerjemahannya. Saya tak tahu. Yang jelas, memang ada sedikit ganjalan ketika menyimak rangkaian kalimatnya. Banyak sekali adegan yang dibuat dengan kata berulang:

...meliuk-liukkan jari-jari tangannya da...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Unexpectedly good, with well-developed relationships and an intriguing plot. Can't wait for book two!
Nely
Tamsin Greene was born, destined to be one of the most Talented and powerful witches in her family. But now at seventeen, she has long since gotten over the fact that her “Talent” just never came to be. She’s more or less an average teenager (of course, without taking her Talented family into consideration). She attends school in New York City, has a great roommate/BFF and is as far away from the eccentricities of her family as she can get.

But when a stranger walks into her grandmother's shop an...more
Nisha
Somewhere along the way, I must have categorized all YA fiction to be subpar books with even worse writing. Yet, I still manage to be intrigued by book covers and add them to my tbr. This is one of the few times that I managed to stumble on a gold mine.

Once a Witch follows Tamsin, the younger daughter of a magical family who was supposedly predicted to be the "beacon of her family" and being super powerful. Well, at the age she was supposed to be getting her Talent, as they call it, she doesn't....more
Sarah
Nothing memorable. I've read worse, but I've also read much better.

What started out as a great premise -- a Weasley-like family of oddball witches & warlocks, each granted a specific magical Talent -- rapidly spiraled into a celebration of Teh Speshul Snowflake. Not only does Tamsin have a Talent that she never knew about, but it's a SUPER-DUPER AWESOME TWO-FOLD TALENT!! that alternately protects those she loves while spelling Mary-Sue'd Doom toward anyone with fiendish plans for the magic o...more
Kelly
(3.5 stars) Tamsin comes from a family of witches. At her birth, her grandmother prophesied that she would become one of the most powerful of all — but Tamsin’s powers have never manifested, making her odd one out in the clan. If this were Harry Potter, she’d be a Squib.

Unsurprisingly, Tamsin is insecure about her magical deficiency. When a stranger comes to the family’s shop, looking for someone to help him find a lost item, Tamsin’s insecurity leads her to make a fateful mistake. Now she’s the...more
Krystle
I don't what it was about this book but there was something about it that just drew me in.

The book was a continuous stream of fast-paced tension with an added dose of action. I loved the chemistry and interactions Tamsin had with the male lead. It's quite obvious that they have feelings for the other but it's never bogged down in a mushy subplot that takes away from the main story. Yes, they like each other, but their friendship is more important and she doesn't really want to be in a relations...more
Bry
This surprised me in such a good way. The description sounded so great but I totally expected it to be crap like most YA these days, but I rushed through this one - almost instantly taken in by the story, the characters, and the emotion. Wow, I just realized how cynical I am about ya these days. I really do expect them to be mediocre at best and written as if by a 15 year old girl.

What cinched it for me big time was Tamsin. She is a girl growing up in a world that she cannot participate in. She...more
Jennifer Rinehart
I'm a pessimist when it comes to new authors. So, when I started to read Once a Witch I was waiting to be underwhelmed.

The opening scene, with Tamsin and Professor Callum was okay, not the best first chapter I've ever read, but the setup, a girl without powers growing up in a family of talented witches, was intriguing enough to keep me reading.

By the time I got to Rowena's Engagement party, her grandmother's prediction for her when she was born ('she will be a beacon')and Tamsin's meeting with G...more
kari
Oct 11, 2011 kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, 2010
I think I see a sequel in the future for this one. I guess I hope so because I'd love to read more about Tamsin, Gabriel and their big family of witches.
Tamsin, born of a long line of witches, has no Talent, what the witches call their power and she feels left out and different. In an effort to try to show that she is capable of doing what the others can, she makes one very bad choice, or maybe several, depending on how you look at it. Anyway, there is time travel, surprising magic and the begi...more
Rachel
You can check out more reviews on my blog: Paper Cuts

So Once a Witch was recommended to me by my cool friend from Australia, Kate (She's got a pretty cool blog, Nomalicious Reads that you should follow. Check it out!), and I'm so glad she did. I really enjoyed reading it. I thought the relationships were well-developed and the storyline had a perfect, flowing pace.

Normally, I'm really not a big witch fan. Other than Harry Potter, I can't help but think of pointy hatted women with warts, and that...more
Danny
This was a light and enjoyable read! I had this book for a long time but never picked it up, but after the intesity of Beautiful Darkness I wanted to have something light and fun - and "Once a Witch" didn't disappoint!
Review on the Bookworms

Tamsin ( what a lovely name!) is a easy to like girl - it was easy to connect with her and follow her voice through the story. She was always different from her family. All in her family (and town..) have special Talents.

I like he magic world created here, t...more
Shelley (Bella)
I really enjoyed this very smooth, easy to read story. Great characters, primary and secondary. I loved Tamsin and her snarkiness and easily related to her on many levels. I thought her relationship with Gabriel, considering their closeness as children (a bond that never really ever fades, if you're lucky enough to have such a friendship), to flow naturally, as in they were able to "pick up where they left off" and remain "thick as thieves" and then some. It's easy to believe they are destined t...more
Ifmarybooks
I've always loved witches, it's one of my favorite "topic" in YA book and paranormal romance. I liked the idea of this close community and the idea of each one having a Talent.
The plot and the story is not so original but I don't know why I really felt bound to that book. Through the book you start understand things. I was really curious about this mysterious teacher and the clock that he wanted to find.
There is those books that you're so close with it because of your mood at the moment or the...more
oliviasbooks
A witchy urban fantasy with a likable, genuine set of characters, an adventure that kept me glued to the pages and a romance betweeen childhood buddies on top.
The end was not a cliffhanger, but it promised a sequel. A sequel I would definetely like to read.
~Tina~
I just finished this book in one sitting!
It was a lovely adventure and I was happy to have read it!

It's a wonderful- It's not what it seems - book that tugs at the heart!

I can't wait to read the sequel!

Paradoxical
Not going to lie, books with a premise like this one where the main character is some sort of down trodden, talentless person compared to everyone else are really up my alley. Then couple that with magical powers, finding out that she's really not all that ordinary after all--well. I'm not sure if it's because of my love for (well done) cliches or what-have-you, but there you go. That said, I was pretty on the fence about Once a Witch.

The main character, Tamsin, is envious of her sister and long...more
The Bookologist
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 t...more
Rie Conley
I debated reviewing this book. I’m still not sure what to say about it. Simply, it bored and annoyed me.

Tasmin is supposed to be 17, but her actions more reflected that of a 12 year old. She was rebellious, because she felt inadequate next to her sister. This inadequacy put her family and the world in danger, but instead of feeling remorseful she simply got angered at a betrayal that her family had perpetuated.

Their was absolutely no love for her sister. The only guilt I saw from her was when he...more
Kate
Generally speaking, I love a good tale about witches. I think that they have fascinating history, and are a great subject to discuss. That being said, Once a Witch is possibly the best YA book involving witches that I have read in a while. The plot was enchanting and fast paced. It included an amazing dynamic between its lead characters, Tasmin and Gabriel. Their constant back and forth banter was amusing, and kept me laughing throughout the novel. In addition, Tasmin was a wonderful heroine. Sh...more
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Carolyn MacCullough received her MFA in creative writing from the New School and lives with her husband in Brooklyn.
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“I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.” 85 likes
“Please!" I stop my pacing, glare at him. "Is that all you can think about at a time like this?"
Gabriel rolls up on one elbow and smiles at me. "I'm a guy. It's what I think about all the time.”
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