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Always a Witch

Author: Carolyn MacCullough                    
Pages: 288
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Online Galley
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from 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.

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What an awesome sequel! I really wish this series didn`t have to end! :( But at least I got to read and review it for you guys, right? :)

My Summary: The book starts off with Tam and Rowena in another arguement (go figure!). Tam hasn`t purchased her maid of honour`s dress for Rowena`s wedding yet, which makes Rowena kinda angry (understatement). They go back to the house, were a few days later, Rowena asks one of the many Greene cousins to use her Talent and turn Tam`s dress the correct colour for the wedding, which is in 3 days. Their cousin refuses, telling them that she doesn`t want to use her Talent around Tamsin in case Tam tries to take it.  Tam (understandibly) is kinda hurt by this and storms up to her room.

A few hours later, Tamsin hears voices coming from the library. Puzzled, she leaves her room to check it out. What she finds, though, confuses her more than ever: her drunk uncle Morris is questioning Old Aunt Beatrice about a certain night in 1939 - the night Tam and Gabe Travelled back in time.

When Tam confronts her uncle, something crazy happens - a mysterious stranger steps out of her uncle`s body, kisses her full on the mouth, then disappears - but not before delivering a cryptic message concerning Gabe and the future of the entire Greene family.

Tam realizes she only has one choice - to Travel back in time and eradicate the threat of the Knight family once and for all. But once she`s there, Tam realizes exactly what kind of sacrifice shes going to gave to make to keep her family safe.`

I don`t know if I`ve ever mentioned this, but I LOVE historical fiction, and mixing it with a paranormal plot? You had me at hello, basically. And you know what else?! The fact that this book is the sequel to Once a Witch just made it 234094732709438 times better.

ANYWAYS. A few things I really enjoyed about this book: Tam`s voice remains as snarky and hilarious as it was in the original, and Gabriel (although we don`t see as much of him in this book) is still just as awesome as he was before. I also really liked the fact that Tam decided she had to go alone in order to protect everyone - and the fact that she actually empathized with someone who she should`ve seen as `the enemy`. It really added some humanity and relate-ability to her character. 

I reaaaally liked the secondary characters in this one - they added an extra layer to the story. My faves were probably Cook and Jessica, although Thom was really great too!

Final Thoughts: This was one of my favourite series of the past two years. I definitely recommend both Once a Witch and Always a Witch to anyone who`s been in a little bit of a paranormal rut lately. Check them out! If you don`t like them, you have my permission to trash me in your review ;D

2 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this book too. I agree that we didn't see much of Gabriel and I really wish we would have.

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  2. Squee! So glad to hear that you liked this one. I haven't gotten the chance to read either book yet, but I have the first and the arc of the second. Happy to hear that always a witch doesn't suffer from the sophmore slump.

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