Slightly Bewitching, or Why I Just Can’t Help But Love Books About Magic
Let’s just start this off by saying that I love books about magic. I’ve always been just a little obsessed with magic and dreamed about it being real.
Title: Once a Witch
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
The Story As It Is: Tamsin Greene comes from a family of witches. Having a Talent is not only common, it is expected. When Tamsin, who has been foretold to be the most Talented of them all, passes her all-important 8th birthday without any signs of a Talent, she feels left out of her family’s world. When a handsome stranger comes looking for help and mistakes Tamsin for her Talented older sister Rowena, Tamsin takes the opportunity to prove she belongs. This simple act will change Tamsin and her family forever, as a centuries old battle of good and evil is reignited. Having always felt useless in comparison to her Talented family, will Tamsin have what it takes to save them?
The Story As I See It: Tamsin is a really cool heroine. Unlike most female protagonists, who are often shy and/or somewhat average, Tamsin is tough and edgy. Wearing thrift store clothes and feeling comfortable around boys, Tamsin is a rock star. The reader will wish they were friends with Tamsin and could go out in NYC with her and her best friend, Agnes. As in all underdog stories, I was definitely rooting for Tamsin to succeed–not only in finding her purpose in life, but also in her romance with childhood friend, Gabriel. Even with her tough exterior, Tamsin is truly loveable and her adventure is dangerous and exciting. You won’t be able to put the book down as the tension builds.
Verdict: This one is fun and exciting! The author builds a great magical history and legend that is well-imagined in a modern world. The end will leave you screaming for a sequel.