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Always a Witch Review

Monday, December 27, 2010

Always a Witch
Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

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 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 didn't read Once a Witch, but it wasn't necessary, this book stands on it's own. I understood everything and let me say it's an amazingly written book. Tamsin Greene has gone thru her life without knowing that she had a Talent like everybody else in her family, now, she is starting to get familiar with it, since she is the only person who can save her family's future she is relieved she posses a Talent and afraid at the same time about the prophecy of her grandmother that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision—one so terrible that it could harm her family forever.

This was a nice book. I really enjoyed reading it. At the beginning it was slow for me but that was because I didn't had the reference of the first one. As I advance in the reading found out it has everything, time travel, magic, action, suspense and romance.

Overall it was a nice change from my latest readings, the characters are well developed. Tamsin is a very fun character and a strong female one so it was great.

Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the ARC.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


  1. I am SO glad to hear this stands alone. Great review :)

  2. So glad you enjoyed this one, I adored Once a Witch and am really looking forward to book 2! I agree with you on Tamsin, she was strong and funny and one of the highlights of the story for me:) Nice review!

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