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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: Always A Witch

Title: Always A Witch
Series: Once A Witch # 2
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy/Paranormal
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Book: ARC sent by publisher

 "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."

This book started right where it left off and another adventure began. Only this time, Tamsin must make choice that can change the fate of her family's entire future.

One thing I enjoyed about this book is the great plot line the reader gets to go on. Tamsin is thrown back in time, trying to save her family. I like watching Tamsin go back in time and play a different person. I loved watching a character time travel!! I guess it because I always dreamed of time traveling as well. Tamsin is really good at playing different roles in order to get where she needed to be. She also learned many new secrets about not only the Knight family, but her family as well.

In this book, I felt as though Tamsin didn't grow up as well as she soon. She still lacked trust in Gabriel and always went off doing things on her own. Granted, it was her choice that is important, but there is nothing wrong with a little help.

Overall, I felt like this book wasn't as good as the first one. They are still going through the same thing, fighting the Knight family, learning secrets, learning talents, etc. I was really hoping for more of  new adventure instead of a repeated one. I wanted more twists, more secrets, and more love! Though the ending was tied up nicely, I am somewhat disappointed in the lack of adventure.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I've been noticing this happening a lot. The second book usually doesn't measure up to the first.

  2. I haven't read this series but I have heard it is good. Witches are one of my favourite paranormal reads :)

  3. @Kate, yeah I really loved the first book but this disappointed me :(

    @Nic, The first book is great! I love the way the witches worked in the book. It's different!

  4. Oh I'm curious about this one and I didn't know it was a time travel book. Oh now I really need to get it. Great review!

  5. Second books are SO hard to get right. Sometimes they move so slowly, or the author spends too much time on one plot and not enough on another. I definitely feel for authors writing second books in trilogies! Good review though!


  6. I've seen this happening a lot with this book (and a lot of second books in general) and it's a little disappointing. I will be reading this book but I've been warned!


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