Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Tamsin comes from a family with magical Talents, but she doesn’t have any herself. While working in her family’s bookstore, she is asked to help find a lost object, something others in her family do for people. Tamsin is tired of being overlooked and pretends to be her older and very Talented sister Rowena and takes the job. She goes to boarding school in New York City, against her family’s recommendations, and finds that the man looking for a unique clock also lives there. He’s a professor at NYC. At the same time, a Talented childhood friend reappears into Tamsin’s life and agrees to help her find the clock. But all is not what it seems in this twisting book filled with romance, magic, and danger.
This book is light and lovely. It is a refreshing fantasy filled with enough angst and action to move it along briskly. There is also enough danger to make it difficult to put down, enough mystery to keep the pages turning, and enough romantic tension to keep any romance-lover happy. MacCullough has created a protagonist who is bright, snarky and very funny. Tasmin is the brilliant star of the novel even though she feels ordinary and dull. MacCullough’s light touch keeps the book breezy and a pleasure to read.
Perfect for reading under the covers with a flashlight, this novel is simply a lot of fun to read with its captivating blend of fantasy and romance. A light and lovely book appropriate for ages 12-14.
Reviewed from copy received from publisher.
Also reviewed by A Patchwork of Books.