Tamsin Greene comes from a family full of powerful witches, who all received their powers on their eight birthday - all, except her. Tamsin is seventeen and has not experienced a drop of magic. Even her family is careful not to use their own magic around her. An outcast in her own family, she goes to boarding school in New York City, far enough away from her magical family to find a place where she belongs.
While home on summer break, she meets an NYU professor who mistakes her for her older, and very powerful, sister, Rowena. He asks for her assistance in finding a lost family heirloom. She accepts the challenge, which takes her through space and time, and brings her face to face with a truth that could cause a war between two witching families. Once she opens the door, it can not be closed again.
Well written. Engaging. Interesting. Exciting. Once a Witch is a coming of age story, a romance, and a thriller all wrapped up into a tight, fast-paced novel.
The Young Adult shelves are becoming awfully crowded with supernatural books. I found Carolyn MacCullough's to be a stand-out among so many. It's not the best YA supernatural book I've read, as it was slightly predictable, but it has likable characters, great dialogue, and a strong basis for a sequel, without leaving too many loose ends.
FTC Statement: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.
About the Book: Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books (September 14, 2009)