January 5, 2012

Review of Always A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

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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With the way that Once A Witch ended, just begging to give the world a sequel that sounded just as amazing as the first novel in the series.  I was pretty eager to get started on Always A Witch. from the way it started, which I found a bit comical and was still serious, I was wondering how this novel would go exactly…it wasn’t like how Once A Witch ended, with everything perfectly fine. There’s still a hundred and fifty nine questions running through  my head (and since I’m too lazy to list ALL of them I’ll list my top three): What happens to Alistair Knight? How does Tamsin warn her family? Does she stop the Knight family from rising to power once again??? Now I know what you’re thinking “I was thinking those same things too!” and now you’re thinking “I want answers, now!.  Those same thoughts were going through my mind while I was reading, and lucky for all of us they get answered. All one hundred and fifty nine of them.
In this installment, Tamsin has to travel to the past to a time before the Domani was created to warn her family about the Knights and that this time the Domani won’t work. I instantly was intrigued because of the fact that Tamsin had to travel back to Victorian, New York City where we got present day insights on the past. I found that really, really cool. Well, not only that…the other thing that made this installment stand apart from Once A Witch was the way that MacCullough made her olden day New York so believable. I could easily  imagine the outfits that the characters wore. I could imagine the settings genuinely and better yet, I found the old Victorian characters more memorable than the present day ones that we met in Once A Witch (That isn’t a bad thing). Mainly because we got to get an insight into the Greene family’s enemies, the Knights.
We got to see La Spider and see just how vicious and terrible she was, so willing to help increase her Talents no matter what the cost was. We got to see the sort-of-hunky-but-only-if-he-weren’t-such-a-creeper Liam Knight whose Talent of slipping into other peoples bodies I found disturbing, what I found even more disturbing was the way he found his victims whose blood he would end up drinking. But despite meeting the frightening Knight family, the servants that they had control over were very interesting, like Rosie and Cook who ended up being very realistic characters who both remained in the Knight household for reasons unknown until later in the novel.
I remember myself gasping whenever a major point in the plot was revealed where I would end up stating what I thought might happen next (I won’t say what). It had a spectacular ending though, one that I found very memorable and because I nearly cried. If you don’t believe that Tamsin Greene is a strong and powerful character even after reading Once A Witch just wait until you read Always A Witch where you’ll finally see just how strong she really is.

1 Comment

  1. aLmYbNeNr

    Wonderful review. I loved both of these books but I especially loved this one. The time travel is excellent and so is the story. I was sad about the way the book ended, but I think it totally ended the right way.

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

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