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Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
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Aug 01, 11

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Read in October, 2010

published on Mundie Moms on October 22, 2010
4.5 stars - I really liked this book. Go and pick it up.


You know when you start to read a book and you just keep nodding your head because you really want to stop and tell everyone about it but you just can't seem to tear yourself away from the pages? Well, that happened to me when I read Carolyn MacCullough's Once A Witch.

It just had everything I love all wrapped up in one book: a tense sibling relationship, a non-magical person born into a magical family and time travel. If it contained a Hot Boy with a Sword, Carolyn would have hit all my buttons at once and that might have left me too stunned to do a proper review.

We meet Tamsin as she's about to close up her family's shop for the night but a handsome stranger comes in asking her to help him find a lost, family heirloom. Tamsin does what any sensible, non-talented member born into a talented, magical family would do -- she volunteers to help him. I loved this bold move because it is an opportunity for Tamsin to show her family and especially her uber-talented sister, Rowena, that she could be of help even if she didn't possess a magical talent. And the move shows off Tamsin's stubborn, curious and determined personality.

So let's get to the really good parts because I know you're going to ask me if there's romance in the story and I will admit that Tamsin and Gabriel are now amongst my very favorite fictional couples. Yes, yes, they sit right there with Janie and Cabel, Sophie and Archer and dare I say it -- Jace and Clary.

I'll even give you a non-spoilery scene between them (from page 240-241):

"Let's dance. Dancing always makes me think better."
I gave him a dubious look. "It does? And is that really a good idea?"
"Killjoy," Gabriel explains patiently, "I'm wearing a suit. You're wearing the prettiest dress ever. It's 1939, and who knows what's going to happen next. Come on, Tamsin. It's the best idea I can come up with right now." And with that he leads me from the shadow of the tree onto the torch-lit dance floor, where we join the throng of other entwined couples.
"I can't dance," I mutter.
"This is a waltz," Gabriel says in the exact same way you'd say, This is an orange.
"I still can't dance."
" I can," Gabriel says and pulls me toward him.

Did you almost clap hands like I did? Well, if you did, then go pick up Once A Witch. I will tell you that it is one well crafted story. But don't believe me, just read the blurb on the front cover:

"A fantastic urban fantasy with an enchanting romance at its heart." -- Cassandra Clare

I'm looking forward to the sequel, Always A Witch. Its release date is August 1, 2011 but I may have just clicked the Pre-order Button because I cannot wait. I'm going to guess that you will do the same as soon as you finish reading Once A Witch.


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