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3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,465 Ratings  ·  1,225 Reviews
"Your daughter will be one of the most powerful we have ever seen in this family. She will be a beacon for us all."

Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and on the day she was born, her grandmother proclaimed she would be one of the most Talented among them.

But Tamsin's magic never showed up.

Now, seventeen years later, she spends most of her time at boarding sch
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Hardcover, 292 pages
Published September 14th 2009 by Clarion Books
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Vinaya
Feb 17, 2011 Vinaya rated it liked it
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
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The Holy Terror
Jul 18, 2011 The Holy Terror rated it really liked it
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
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This book is about Tamsin who is born into a family with great expectations. They are all Talented meaning that they all have specific powers that they are able to use. Her grandmother predicts that she will be the strongest and most powerful Talented witch. Her family is ecstatic and expect the best from her. They are disappointed to realize that she has no powers. Feeling like an outsider, she tries to stay away from her family and be like a normal 17 year old girl. This ends when she is at he ...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
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Kim
Apr 29, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
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!
Alanna M
Jan 21, 2011 Alanna M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne Osterlund
Feb 04, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
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
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Kristi
Sep 18, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it
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
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Unexpectedly good, with well-developed relationships and an intriguing plot. Can't wait for book two!
Emma Michaels
Aug 08, 2010 Emma Michaels rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 11, 2011 Selin Kamaş rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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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
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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.
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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
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Jennifer Rinehart
Apr 27, 2012 Jennifer Rinehart rated it really liked it
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
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Kelly
Aug 18, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
(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
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Krystle
Dec 09, 2010 Krystle rated it really liked it
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
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Nely
Jan 08, 2010 Nely rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
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
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Bry
Oct 31, 2011 Bry rated it really liked it
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
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kari
Oct 11, 2011 kari rated it really liked it
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
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Ifmarybooks
Feb 27, 2011 Ifmarybooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jo-Jo
Oct 10, 2015 Jo-Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This is a book that I really enjoyed a lot. The book is about a girl named Tamsin who has grown up in a family who all have different and individualized Talents- their term for the magical abilities each person has which can vary from person to person. Funny thing is, when Tamsin was born, her grandmother proclaimed that she would be the most powerful witch that has ever been born into their family... and then for some reason in the entire 17 years that Tamsin has lived, this has never came to p ...more
Rachel
Jul 15, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
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
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Nafiza
Oct 24, 2015 Nafiza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, wahfiqa-s-list
I was immediately swept away in the world created by MacCullough in the first book of what promises to be an amazing series. Tamsin feels shadowed by her older, more beautiful, more powerful sister – an emotion that is relatable to by many amongst us. What immediately sets the story apart, for me, is the fact that it is a story of dynasties. A shared history among family members who are all different from the normal, more ordinary people. Tamsin, you see, hails from a family (from generations) o ...more
Danny
Oct 31, 2010 Danny rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2010
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
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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
Gonca Özgül
Jan 11, 2016 Gonca Özgül rated it liked it
Bir zamanlar bu kitabı ne kadar severek okuduğum geldi aklıma, duygulandım :D Gabriel'e olan aşkım hatrına 3 puan olsun bari...
Howdy YAL
Oct 31, 2014 Howdy YAL rated it it was ok
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I’ve had this one stuffed in the back of my shelves for ages. I bought it when Walden books (a Borders subsidiary still existed) that should show you how long it was. But I never read it. Don’t know why. Just one of those perpetual backlist books. But when I decided to participate in Blogger Blackout I decided to focus my attention on backlist titles. And the fact that this is Halloween week made this title perfect to read. Going in: lots of high hopes. Wi
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julieta
3.5 stars
I enjoyed it a lot, it's was exactly what I had been looking for and didn't find in Don't Die, Dragonfly but even I have to admit this was horribly edited. Too many words spelled wrong, grammar mistakes and the lack of use of italic to differ thoughts from conversations.
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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.” 118 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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