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Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
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    Jinx by Meg Cabot (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Although Jean is a skeptic about her own power (and the entire witchcraft angle) rather than coming from a wizarding family, readers who enjoyed Once a Witch are likely to enjoy the similar tone (and the sweet romantic angle) in Cabot's Jinx.

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  KendraJ. | Dec 29, 2016 |
Tamsin comes from a family of witches. It was prophesized that she would be one of the most powerful, but her talent has never appeared. Others might be able to change the weather, to teleport or to read the mysterious book of the family history. Tamsin is utterly normal.

One day, while helping out in the family bookshop, a customer asks her to find a lost clock. Eager to prove herself, she enlists the help of Gabriel, another outsider of the commune, and travels to the past to retrieve the object. But time travel can have unforeseen side effects.

Magical system: besides the talents, there is ritual magic by invoking the elements and/or blood, usually practiced on Samhain. ( )
  hnau | Jun 29, 2015 |
Things got a little confusing with the time travel, I thought that could have been better explained. All and all a pretty good book. ( )
  PrescottKris | Jan 26, 2015 |
RATING: 3.5 stars.

Nice story, although it was kind of predictable. Seemed a little Harry Potter-ish in places, but it also had a lot of original elements and ideas, so overall, I liked reading this. Pity the romance suffered a bit due to the rest of the story, but since it's a series maybe it will get more "book time" in later installments. Plus it was refreshing to read a YA urban fantasy where the focus wasn't a melodramatic teen romance. ( )
  slayra | Sep 21, 2013 |
I stumbled across Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough quite by accident, and have to say I am really quite shocked I hadn’t heard more about this series before this week. I immediately started reading this book and was swept away with the story of Tamsin.

Tamsin is from a family of powerful witches, the downside is Tamsin is talentless and I guess you could say because of this she feels that she is not a witch. Growing up and feeling empty and left out she goes to New York to attend school. There we meet her best friend Agatha and see the close relationship she has with her. In reading this story you feel strongly for Tamsin and can only imagine how it would feel to be so different from everyone in her family.

During a visit home, while she is working in her families store she meets a tall dark stranger who assumes she is her sister and asks for her help.

Tamsin decides she wants to prove to her family she can help this stranger, proving something to herself and her family even though she has no talent. This is where the story has some twist and turns and kept me reading till quite late at night.

This story has some funny moments, quirky aunt, handsome young man, a grandmother who doesn’t seem to answer her questions a sister who drives you crazy. Sound like a typical family LOL.

This is the beginning of a great series and would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys reading PNR/UF books.
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  TanaT | Aug 7, 2013 |
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For my husband, Frank Adamo, whose love and support make all things possible.
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I was born on the night of Samhain when the barrier between the worlds is whisper thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.
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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.

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Born into a family of witches, seventeen-year-old Tamsin is raised believing that she alone lacks a magical "Talent," but when her beautiful and powerful sister is taken by an age-old rival of the family in an attempt to change the balance of power, Tamsin discovers her true destiny.… (more)

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