Always a Witch

Always a Witch

by Carolyn MacCullough
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pagese More than 1 year ago
I think books involving magic might be one of my favorite types in the paranormal genre. This series is no exception. I really think the magic involved is subtle, which makes the storyline that much more intriguing. I think Tamsin is one of my favorite female witches. She's really had the best of both worlds (although I'm sure she would disagree). She grow up surrounded by people who can do extraordinary things, while she can't. She's tried to live a normal life in NYC, far enough away from her family. And even after she learns that she really does have magic that has been kept hidden from her, she still tries to appear normal. Much to the dismay of her family. When she goes home for her sister's wedding, she discovers that Alistair aims to bring down her family in the past. And she also knows that she's probably the only one who can save them. Tamsin chooses to time travel alone. But, she has no idea how to find her family or how to warn them about the dangers to come when she does. How do you go about telling something that a spell they have no idea they are going to cast needs to be stronger? Instead, she ends up an employee of the very family set to destroy her own. I found it interesting that they were much more diabolical than the stories told made them seem. They will stop at nothing to make sure their magic is as powerful as it can be. When Tamsin realizes what the Knight family intends to do, she realizes that only she has the power to fully stop them in the tracks. Blood magic is extremely powerful and will take something equally strong to bind it. Tamsin makes the ultimate sacrifice, which I greatly admired her for. I wondered if it was part of the reason her magic was kept hidden for so long. The story has a great pace, with a dramatic ending. I was really afraid something was going to happen to someone I really cared about in the story. Which I hope doesn't make it sound like the life that was lost was unimportant. But, I think he knew the sacrifice he was making at the time. I enjoyed how the characters interacted. I especially enjoyed how Tamsin has developed from a girl who that she had no powers, to someone is in fully control of what she can do. I don't know if there will be another one or not. But, if there is, I will read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My one and only complaint are all of the typos in the book. I have the Nook version on my eReader and the typos are driving me crazy. Overall, I love the story and really enjoyed this book.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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.
PirateVanRock More than 1 year ago
Whoa. Just wow, I really wasn't expecting that ending. It came flying up out of nowhere and hit me smack in the face. It was completely brilliant though. Since I adored everything about Once A Witch, it really is not surprise that I loved this one as well. Carolyn MacCullough took everything I loved about Once A Witch and managed to improve upon it when writing this book. It's witty, it's funny, it still has that great Tamsin/Gabriel relationship. The sarcasm is cut down a bit, but it is still great. This novel pics up not too far after the last one left off and it follows Tamsin in an adventure in the past. Her grandmother can no longer see a future for their family, so her only real option is to follow Alistair into the past and prevent him from warning the Knights. Deciding it is best to do this alone, she uses the Domani to travel back 1887 with no real plan beyond warning her ancestors and finding Alistair. She ends up taking a position as a lady's maid for the Knight family to watch for Alistair since she can't find anyone with knowledge of the Greene family. Complications arise, ensue, and are overcome. I really loved this novel. Love, love LOVE it. I loved Tamsin going off on her own (though it was stupid) and blindly charging off to save her family. I love that it doesn't turn out perfect when she arrives. Too many novels have the heroine arrive and it just all magically falls into place, like the first person she asks knows where to find her family and they believe her and fix it and then cue the happily ever after. No, Tamsin arrives and cannot find anyone that has even heard of her family. She wonders around cluelessly until a man offers her a job as a lady's maid for the Knight family. Then when she finally finds her family, they don't believe her. I truly loved that. Call me cruel, but I like seeing the heroine (or hero) struggle to get what they want/need. I was a bit sad when she left without Gabriel because I love him and I want as much of him in the novel as possible. He finally shows up in 1887 a little over halfway through the book, so those of you fearing (like me), that you won't get enough of him here, let me put your mind at easy. You get plenty of the signature Tamsin/Gabriel banter. I have to give it to Carolyn for catching me off guard because I didn't see that ending coming at all. I don't know exactly what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't that. Even though I didn't expect it, it was perfect. It seamlessly tied the whole story together. It makes it completely understandable why Grandma forced everyone to hide Tam's powers from her. It really left me speechless. I also loved that this series is just a 2 part set. It is very refreshing to see a short series in a world where it seems like every story is continued to like 15 volumes. Oh and for those of you wondering, this series had no love triangle. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a captivating story an this sequel to once a witch pulls you in just as thoroughly as the first. Ends with a conclusion that makes you wish for more and more
thereaderbee More than 1 year ago
Always a Witch is the second book in the ¿Witch¿ series by Carolyn MacCullough. I absolutely loved reading Once a Witch, and couldn¿t wait to get my hands on Always a Witch. This series is so very awesome; it¿s definitely one of my favorite series. In the book, we follow Tamsin and her hunky boyfriend, Gabriel, as they travel back in time to save the Greene Family from destruction at the hands of the evil Knight Family. Tamsin is just an awesome character. I love her. She's very courageous, and will do whatever it takes to make sure her family is safe. I love her family as well, they are so great. Gabriel is very swoon-worthy. He is totally devoted to Tam, and you can tell her cares for her deeply. I missed him a lot in the first half of the book though. Even the villains are well thought out and very interesting. This book is very fast paced, and the storyline is engrossing. Mrs. MacCullough's writing definitely kept me interested in the story, and I had a really hard time putting the book down. Overall, this book was great. This series is great! I love the characters, I love the storyline. I love it all, and I can¿t wait to read the next book in the series.
Chelsea_K 10 months ago
This book does a good job of picking the story back up were it left off in Once a Witch. Alistair Knight is not done causing problems for the Greene family and Tamsin has to Travel back to 1887 to stop him and the rest of the Knight family from destroying her family and their future. This book was a bit darker than the first book in the series but was still an enjoyable read and ended well with a few unexpected twists along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with the previous book in the series, Once a Witch, the editing leaves something to be desired. It was a little jarring at times when the switched tense - present to past within a sentence
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I was looking through the nook store one day for a book to read and I found this series. At first I thought that this series would be one of those books you read and forget about, boy was I dead wrong. This series is a work of art. Where one book leaves off the next book picks right back up. And all throughtout the series Tamsin has one question on her mind, why did her family lie about her talent? She doesn't only find that but something else that touches her. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
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I bought this book yesterday and there is 180 pages in it and i finished it in a couple of hours. This book begins with action and the ending i love. This book along with the first book has a strong moral to it and i just love that
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Beautiful, just beautiful! I was entranced at the first word. This novel, which was handcrafted with much thought, had twist and turns at every page and much surprise and supense. I love how at the end she loved her familynso much she gave herself up. I hope this author writes another book just as great as this one. Btw, you must read the books in order.
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The Greene family has always been very talented--magically Talented, that is. Except for Tamsin. Instead of a Talent she had a cryptic prophecy from her grandmother declaring that Tamsin would one day be a beacon for her entire family. At least, that's what she thought for the first seventeen years of her life. Now she knows the truth about her Talent and her family's past. Unfortunately so does Alistair Knight and he's gone back to Victorian era New York to share what he knows with his ancestors and possibly destroy the Greene family forever. With Alistair Traveling to the past, time is running out and Tamsin realizes she has no choice but to follow. Alone in 1895 New York Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the Knight mansion. She still has a crucial role to play in her family's struggle with the Knights even if she isn't sure what that role is yet. All she knows for sure is that it will involve a terrible sacrifice and, in the end, she may not have any choice at all in Always a Witch (2011) by Carolyn MacCullough. Always a Witch is the sequel to MacCullough's delightful novel Once a Witch. As some regular readers might already know, Carolyn MacCullough is one of my favorite authors of all time and also an author I was lucky enough to meet a while back which remains one of the high points of . . . my life. All sounds like tangential information unless you got to see a galley of Always a Witch. On the covers of the advanced reader copies (and in the image attached to this post) part of my review of Once a Witch was quoted. There are a lot of reasons for any reader to love this book but for me a lot of that love is wrapped up in MacCullough being one of my favorite authors and also my excitement at being quoted on the galleys* and being so fond of these characters. In other words, I'm delighted my words got to endorse this book, however briefly. (The quote didn't make it to the final cover but I'll always have the galleys. I realize this sounds made up so I am taking the liberty of including a copy of the galley cover here: [...] ) Once a Witch was a clever urban fantasy with an original take on magic as well as a fast-paced, funny and entertaining story. It was a delightful introduction to Tamsin and her world. Always a Witch is just as good as the first--maybe even better. Definitely good enough that I finished it in one day. Family is still a central element of this book, as it should be when the family is as splendid as the Greenes, but there is a lot more to this story with the extended time travel and Tamsin's choice looming throughout the narrative. As a sequel there is always the risk of summarizing too little or explaining too much. MacCullough strikes a perfect balance of summary and new material here. The inimitable Gabriel also returns along with other favorite characters. Tamsin's same fierce love for her family permeates these pages. Always a Witch is a great fantasy with a well-realized look at old New York besides. Tamsin is one of my favorite heroines with her strength, resilience and general charm. Like Once a Witch before it, this book is a wonderful story about family and love and, yes, about magic too.
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