Friday, August 19, 2011

Always A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Title/Author: Always A Witch (Witch #2) by Carolyn MacCullough
Publisher/Date published: Clarion Books, August 1st 2011
How I got this book: received it from the publisher through NetGalley

Goodreads summary: "The adventures of Tam and Gabriel continue with more time travel, Talents, spy work, and of course, the evil Knights.
Since the gripping conclusion of Once A Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother's prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision — one so terrible that it could harm her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian-era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice."

I very recently read Once A Witch, the first book in this series and really enjoyed it! Tamsin is a breath of fresh air and I really connected to her. She struggles with not fitting in her family, being the only one who doesn't have a Talent. Or doesn't seem to have one as we discover in the book. But let's not get spoilery.

I was so glad I had Always A Witch waiting on me when I finished Once A Witch, cause I was really looking forward to finding out how Tamsin would fix everything and save her family. A lot of things are cleared up in this book, including why Tamsin's grandmother never told her she did have a Talent and it's a really good explanation! I was really glad of this, because it irks me when things get kept from the main character that are really important for no good reason. But here: VERY good reason.

I really loved Gabriel in Once A Witch and though he's not in the story as much as I would have liked, I loved him in the scenes he was in. He's a wonderful character, slightly overconfident, but it's endearing.

And as the summary says: Tamsin has a terrible choice to make and seriously, it's awful. I don't know if I could have done what Tamsin did, but for her it was totally in character and I loved her for it.

I hope there will be another book with Tamsin and Gabriel, but I fear that it's only a two-book series. It was wonderful and this was a great conclusion to the story started in book one, if you like witches, I'd highly recommended these books!

My rating: 4,5 stars


  1. I read this one too! I really loved it and the ending was awesome! I love how she tied it all up in the end. Disappointing there is not a third!

  2. I remember I read this one a while ago and that I liked Gabriel, but then the series sort of ell off my radar :P

    I didn't know there was another book, I'll put it on my maybe list :D

    Thanks for the review, you make it sound so good.

  3. I meant I read the previous one, Once a Witch.
    Sorry for the double post.

  4. I really need to read Once a Witch again because I forget what happened in the first book since it came out so long ago, lol. And then I can move onto reading Always a Witch! Thanks for the great review!

  5. Do we know how many will be in this series? Or the release dates?