Saturday, December 4, 2010

Always a Witch (Witch #2) by Carolyn MacCullough

Always a Witch (Witch #2)
by Carolyn MacCullough
Pub Date: 8/1/11
ISBN: 97805472248551

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Thank you Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the ARC!

Synopsis (courtesey of GoodReads):

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 was excited to read the next novel in the Tamsin Greene series. I especially enjoyed the author’s descriptions of not only Tamsin’s surroundings, but also each character physically – like I could see the 19th century town, Knight house and its glory, and the clothing from the period.

It was interesting to find out what other types of Talents newly introduced characters have, since each person has such a unique Talent. The Knight family of the 19th century has some pretty cool Talents, though they prove to be mainly problematic, but also helpful for Tamsin.

While I enjoyed the story, I thought it could have been more flourished, since the storyline didn’t have me on the edge of my seat for most of the book. I also thought that the story was a little on the short side – why not have 2 or more big events/dilemmas the protagonist must deal with, or perhaps go into subplots. Always A Witch, and the Witch series in general, I categorize as a young-YA type of book, since it does not have the edginess other paranormal YA books tend to have (i.e., more physical type romances, more dire situations/dilemmas the protagonist must face). I think this would be a good book to give a pre-teen, early teen as an introduction into the paranormal and fantasy genres. BUT – I look forward to reading more of Ms. MacCullough’s novels and see more of Tamsin Greene. :)


  1. This is on my TBR pile. I finished Once a Witch just a little while ago and I can't wait to read this one. Happy reading!

  2. I received this title from Netgalley and wish I could get to it sooner. I have a list just a bit before it. I loved Once a Witch, so I can't wait to read it. :)

  3. :) thanks! I hope you enjoy it as well when you get to it!


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