Review: Always a Witch

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Always a WitchAlways a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Series: Witch #2
Published by Clarion on August 1, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Time Travel
Pages: 276
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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.

Before reading the review, be warned that this is the second in a series and you shouldn’t read on unless you’ve read the first, don’t want to read either but like reading reviews, or love spoilers (for the first book, not this one). I completely adored Once a Witch and the same is true of the sequel, even though it broke my heart a little bit. The resolution of the story made perfect sense and, though I saw it coming and knew it needed to happen, I really did not want it to happen that way.

Tamsin never smoked again, a thing I complained about in my review for the first book, so it really was just that one scene. This pretty much cements my belief that she may have been a sm0ker in an early draft and that one scene missed getting cut. Thank goodness she’s not actually a smoker or I would probably have to hate her. Which I don’t want to do, because she is so delightfully sarcastic, as all of the best heroines are.

I still really love the Talents. They remind me of people’s powers on the Heroes television show. It’s so much fun to find out what everyone can do. Tamsin definitely has the coolest power, sort of Peter Petrelli-ish. My one complaint here is that when Tamsin’s going back to the past to save the whole family, they don’t all line up and throw their power at her three time so that she can be well-armed for the coming battle. It’s not like she takes their powers forever, as evidenced by Aunt Beatrice still being able to freeze kids at the end of book one. Stupid family is stupid.

For those who loved Once a Witch, you will not be disappointed in Always a Witch. It has magic, action, suspense, nineteenth century drama and romance. Always a Witch is coming out August 1. Get yourself a copy!

P.S. I like the cover. However, who on earth is that supposed to be? Jessica? Tamsin has curly hair, like the girl on the cover of book one. Sigh.

One response to “Review: Always a Witch”

  1. Nori says:

    Yay! I’m super excited to read this one! Also, I hate when book covers just don’t make sense. Like when main characters are clearly of a Mexican background, yet the cover features all white girls…

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