Friday, July 15, 2011

Review of Always A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Book:  Always A Witch
By:  Carolyn MacCullough
Published by:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages:  288
Available:  August 1st, 2011

From GoodreadsSince 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.

This novel started right where the previous novel, Once A Witch, left off.  Alistair Knight went back in time to change the past and give his family power, while stripping the Greene family of theirs.  Tamsin, being the only one who can stop Knight and save her family, travels back to 1887 and the adventure begins.  

This was a fun and entertaining sequel.  The plot was gripping and there was enough action to keep you on the seat of your chair.  There were many new characters who had interesting and sometimes completely scary talents.  I loved unfolding the story to see how each person's talent was used in the 'good' vs. 'evil' battle.  

The magic itself was written wonderfully in the novel.  It was a subtle touch that wasn't complex or confusing.  MacCullough made it interesting to learn about each person's talent.  Some talents were fun and cute and would definitely help in hide-and-seek, while others were powerful and often frightening.  I really loved this twist on witchcraft.

Tamsin herself is a strong, selfless individual who will do anything to save her family.  She not only uses her power but also her mind to overcome the difficulties in her path.  She can sometimes be headstrong and confused, but she has Gabriel there to help her out.  I must say that I absolutely adore the relationship between Tamsin and Gabriel.  I feel they have a very real and honest relationship.  There is no love triangle, instead it's a partnership where they greatly compliment each other.  It's refreshing to see a relationship so balanced and without obstacles.   

Overall I really enjoyed this book and would give it ★★★★ and 1/2


  1. This sounds really nice. I saw this one on NG, but I haven't read the first book, so decided not to ask for a copy. ;)

    Tamsin sounds like a great character. We do need more of these strong females in yabooks. ;)

    Great review.

  2. This does sound good and it is a series that I haven't heard of before but one that I now want to read :)

    It really has a beautiful cover as well! Always a nice bonus.

  3. Great review! I read Once A Witch and I loved Gabriel and Tamsin's relationship so I'm glad it's not muddied by a love triangle.

  4. Yay! I'm ready for this one to come out. Seems like it's been a long time since I've read Once a Witch, I think I need to go refresh my memory on it a little!
    Thanks for the review!

  5. Ok, I want to read this book now and that means I better get my hands on Once a Witch. On the to-read list they go...

  6. I forgot I'd read this book. I read it a long time ago from Netgalley and haven't thought about it since. I need to write a review soon!

    This book was so good, I agree! Wonderful review!

  7. This one looks really great, I picked up book 1 so I really need to read both soon :)


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