My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Synopsis: 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. (Amazon, Once a Witch Kindle Edition)

This book was: unique, strange and not entirely in my taste.
The plot was: alright I presume, but I would have liked a lot more “umpf”.

The beginning was: slow and boring.
The middle was: intriguing, but still slow.
The crescendo was: confusing, and not really all that good.
The finish/ending was: expected, but still surprising.

The characters were: dynamic, but at the same time plain (but not static).
The world-building was: really good.
The language was: alright.
The themes represented in the book were: classic and a bit boring.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? No, I would not. Even though I didn’t like this book much, there was still something there that made me finish it. That’s why this book gets two stars instead of one. But I still wouldn’t recommend this book.

– Sofia Sundfors

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