Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books (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.
As a younger sister who was expected to follow in her perfect older sister's footsteps, I could totally relate to Tamsin. What younger sister wouldn't be tempted to impersonate Miss Perfect if the opportunity presented itself? Of course, none of us are witches who have been told from birth that we were destined to be one of the most Talented and powerful witches in history, only to never have her talent manifest. So yeah, Tamsin has it a little rougher than the bookworm sister of a cheerleader, but that only made me like her more!
Tamsin is a very likable character, and I loved her large, crazy, extended family and their various powers. Seemed like everyone in the family had a power of some sort, useful or not, everyone except Tamsin. Despite feeling like a disappointment to her family and wanting nothing more than to be an ordinary girl, Tamsin is resourceful and determined to prove herself. With the help of a childhood friend, she sets off on what turns into a quest to save her family and fulfil her destiny.
This was a fast, enjoyable read with good writing and a decent plotline. The ending left itself wide open for a sequel, but I haven't been able to find any details on the next book yet. But whenever it comes out, I'll definitely be picking up a copy! Gave it a 4/5 rating as I really enjoyed this story!