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Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

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.

Reading Once a Witch was an enjoyable experience. Oh wait, I want to gush about how much I love the cover. The cover creates a mysterious atmosphere and I’m sure y’all agree with me that it’s fantastic. Once a Witch is a fresh take on a genre that is not widely covered in YA. Having not read many books on witchcraft, I was eager to read about Tamsin’s world. I loved learning about Tamsin’s family and their powers. However I found that the story started off a teeny bit too slow, but maybe that’s just me. Things sped up once Tamsin goes to hunt for lost family heirloom. I like how Once a Witch was set in different places, the city, Tamsin’s house and some *cough* different time periods. It will draw readers into the captivating world of witchcraft and magic.

Tamsin is such a great protagonist who readers can identify easily with. She’s the only one in her family without a Talent so she feels left out. I could feel Tamsin’s frustration strongly and so she totally won me over from the start.

Tamsin’s love interest would be Gabriel. Adding romance was a great touch to the book. However, there are some parts of the books which appeared rushed to me. I wanted to see more interaction between Gabriel and Tamsin, and perhaps more development in their romance.

Other than that, I really enjoyed this book. I read Once a Witch in one sitting and it was certaintly an entertaining read. However the ending was not very satisfying as it was a little aburpt. The ending also hints that there might be a sequel. Overall, a great novel by Carolyn MacCullough. Once a Witch was released on September 14. Get it now on Amazon!

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The Van Alen Legacy tour news

With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss’s true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver’s brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.

Young, fanged, and fabulous, Melissa de la Cruz’s vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series.

I don’t read Melissa’s Blue Blood series but I thought her fans would like to know about this.

This is from the newsletter from Melissa’s official site.
Target is promoting the books BIG-TIME with a huge in-store promotion. If you buy your copy from Target, you will receive a sticker on your book that will lead you to an online site where you can access a secret deleted chapter from The Van Alen Legacy.

Read the chapter only AFTER you read the whole book. Target is very sorry, but due to their current delivery/warehouse changes, the promotion is only available in-store and NOT on-line, as we had been told earlier.

If you do not live near a Target and cannot get to a Target, the deleted chapter will be posted on January 6, 2009 on my website. Target has the three-month exclusive on the story.

You can also order the book on Amazon, or on Barnes and Noble. or buy from your local indie bookstore.

Have you seen the trailers yet? Here is one and here is another.

I am going on tour! You can dress up, or don’t have to, I will be dressed up! And we will have a lot of fun—masquerade masks, LipSmackers Van Alen Red (a special gloss will be given out to all readers while supplies last), and a lot of the stores have planned special fun things – tarot readers, fashion shows, etc. And moi! Come see me! I want to meet you!

October 06, 2009 (7:00 PM)
Van Alen Legacy Ball in St. Louis!
St. Louis County Library
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
Come dressed in your Blue Bloods finest for a Van Alen Legacy vampire ball!

October 07, 2009 (7:00 PM)
Van Alen Legacy Ball in Wichita!
Watermark Books & Cafe
4701 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas 67218
Come in your Blue Bloods finest to celebrate at the Van Alen Legacy vampire ball! Reading, signing and beauty give-aways!

October 08, 2009 (7:00 PM)
Van Alen Legacy Ball in Skokie!
Barnes & Noble
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077
Come dressed in your Blue Bloods finest and celebrate with me at a Van Alen Legacy vampire Ball! Reading, signing and beauty give-aways!