Once a Witch (Witch #1)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
September 14 2009
Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.
I couldn't finish this book. I was forcing myself to read it until I finally had to quit. It was too face paced to where I couldn't get to know the characters. They didn't seem real to me. They talked and did stuff but that's it. You don't know what kind of personality they have. They all seem the same. And it was boring. It's like the author was trying too hard to be suspenseful. It also felt slow. I didn't understand what was going on. It's also a great example for my blog post I did "Why First Chapter Attention-Grabbers can be a Bad Thing". It hooked me, yes, but failed to keep me.
Cons: I thought the concept was fantastic and completely new, which is why it's so upsetting. It could've been done better. I was very disappointed.
2 stars. The extra star for a great concept.