(Release Date: 09/14/09)
Let me jump right into this one....a fascinating tale, "Once A Witch" draws you in from the start and refuses to let go even after you finish the final page! (mini-SPOILER: The ending leaves MEGA room for a sequel!)
Author Carolyn MacCullough creates a world within our own, rich with life, love, and magic. In this case, the family consists of witches...but put away those images of cackling "hags" with crooked noses or green faces with pointy hats. These witch's look like you and me and their powers, known as Talent, are unique to each of them. Upon their eighth birthday, their Talent is bestowed upon them, allowing them time to practice and mature both in age and ability before they reach their full strength. This has happend for each generation going back as far as can be remembered....up until Tamsin.
Tamsin Greene is cast as the outsider. She has been the one exception to this tradition, despite her grandmother's predictions of her being one of the most powerful in their family (yeah, no expectations set high there!). Living normally and Talentless is not what their family strives to do, but that pushes Tamsin in that direction all the more. One day, while working at the family store (Greenes' Lost and Found, New and Used Books....I love the name it's obvious, yet not), a stranger comes in by the name of Alistair Callum, a professor at NYU. He claims to be seeking an old family heirloom lost ages ago during a card match, and ends up taking her for her Talented sister Rowena. Seeing her chance to gain bonus points in her families eyes, Tamsin fails to correct the error and promises her assistance.
As of this review, the release date is set for 09/14/09 (doubt it will change as it is so close). If you are a fan of any of the other popular authors and titles in YA fiction today, SEEK THIS ONE OUT! I found myself wanting to read one more page...then one more page...then just another before finally having to break away for whatever other obligations called. There is also a great site set up for the book with quizzes, exerts, and more so be sure to check it out! (It's really nice...starts with an old book and the words appear in script...I'll just let you see for yourself....) Last, but not least, I also discovered that the author is on Twitter! (Who isn't, right?) Seems that she can be found at @CMacCullough.
Once you've visited the site, take the "Which Witch are You" quiz and post your results here! Do the Talents that character has match up with the ones you would desire?
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Until next time....happy reading!