Sunday, October 17, 2010

Always a Witch

Always a Witch
by Carolyn MacCullough
Witch series, book two

Since the gripping conclusion of Once a Witch, Tamsin Greene has been having nightmares. Though she should be enjoying her new boyfriend, Gabriel, or discovering more about her newfound magical "Talents," she's too busy dealing with her sister, Rowena's bride-zilla wedding demands and worrying about the resurgence of her enemy, Alistair Knight. But most of all, Tamsin is haunted by her grandmother's prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision. A choice so terrible, that it could destroy her family forever.

When Tamsin discovers that Alistair successfully went back in time to Victorian Era New York, in order to destory the Greene family, she's forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the 19th century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, bustling about as a servant, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the lascivious advances Liam Knight. As times runs out, Tamsin's brash demeanor and sardonic wit place her in the center of the fray as both families square off in a thrilling display of action and magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice.
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I really, really enjoyed this sequel to Once a Witch. Tamsin, now aware of her power, is still trying to come to grips with her new status in the family. Her relationship with Gabriel is her stabilizer...what helps her balance family, friends, magic, no magic. Unfortunately, even Gabriel can't help balance things when Tamsin discovers that her family is doomed. The Knights are determined to wipe the Greenes out.

Tamsin decides to travel back to the future, alone. The situation she lands in is by no means a comfortable one. She discovers some horrible secrets about the Knight family. Eventually, she must figure out how to save the entirety of her family...or she won't ever be able to return to herown time and place.

Full of mystery, danger, romance, and some horror, this was an excellent sequel! I'm not sure if there will be a third book or not, but if there is I will absolutely read it! The way that book two ends...well, I won't give it away, but it's really, really well done!

Full disclosure: E-galley provided for review by publisher and Netgalley
Publication date: August 1, 2011


  1. So glad to hear this was good! I really loved the first one! Great review!

  2. Nice! I really liked Once a Witch, I'm so glad there's a sequel and I really adore the cover! It does remind me a little of the Fallen covers though...

  3. That was my first thought about the cover, too! I really liked the color on the first one...even if it was all darker tones. This is pretty, definitely, but I wish it had the same colors as the first one!