28 October 2011

{Book Review + Giveaway} Always a Witch

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 October 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | |


Always A Witch (Witch #2)
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Pages: 288
Published: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: The {Teen} Book Scene Blog Tour
Rating: 4 1/2 Birds

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.


As you may remember, we had the great pleasure of having Carolyn MacCullough on our blog a bit ago.  You can check that out HERE.  Thanks to The {Teen} Book Scene – we now bring you a review for Always a Witch.  Don’t forget to check out everyone else that’s on this great tour!

My take: Oh. My. Goodness!  Now, though I didn’t give it AS high of a rating as Once a Witch, Always a Witch was definitely fantastic in it’s own right.  Following on with the next step in Tamsin’s life was like following a harrowing tale that no teenager should ever have to endure.

The way Carolyn plays out the growing relationship between Tamsin and Gabriel is cute, but not overly so.  And the better part of it, is that the relationship grows even in the alternate era they’ve traveled back to.

Tamsin is such a strong-minded character, and at times I’ll admit I wished I could reach into the book and smack her for not just listening to people.  I think though, that her strong-mindedness gave her more depth.  She followed intuition, even if it looked like it was going to get her in trouble.  And then with Gabriel just popping in, it gave more to her just going after things.

I liked the addition of different family members from the Knights.  Each one held onto different parts of my mind and made me keep thinking back to them at different moments throughout the story. 

Everything about this book was captivating to me.  Even the little things that some people might not notice.  The actions people took, the way things were sometimes worded, it all just fell into place and ended the story on a good note.  It’s definitely worth your time to read it!

We’re giving away the first book in this series: Once a Witch. To enter, simply leave a comment below and I will draw out of a hat who won! No really, I will! Contest ends Nov. 7th.

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  1. This series sounds really interesting! I haven't read the first book, but it's definitely something I want to check out! :) Love your review!

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  2. This sounds awesome! I've heard about it and was wanting to read it :) Thank you for the giveaway and awesome review :)

  3. This book sounds great I have definitely added to my list of books to read :)

    Thank you!


  4. Awesome review! I've been wanting to read these books for a long time. Thank you for the giveaway :)

    Email: shanaboo209 [at] YAHOO [dot] COM

  5. Thank you for this amazing giveaway :D I would love to win this book. <3
    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@memyshelfandi.com

  6. YAY! I'm so glad you liked this book! I read & adored the first one a while back and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the second! :)

    Thank you so much for the amazing giveaway!


  7. Haven't read any of the series yet but it sounds like a good read.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    If it is open worldwide, I would like to be entered.

    Thank you.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  8. I've been wanting to read this series! thanks for the chance! wilsondev(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Love it when you can read a review and it reflects that the reader has enjoyed it !! Great review !! WOuld love to read this and have now added it to my tbr pile ;)
    thansk for the wonderful giveaway !!



  10. awesome. i've heard so much about this series. i would love to get the first book ^^

    witchvela at web dot de

  11. Oh, I'd LOVE to have the book~these books have been on my wishlist for a while! Witches are my fav Paranormal=)
    Thanks so much,
    Lethea B
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  12. I'd love to have this. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  13. I've been itching to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I would love love love to win!! Thanks for the chance


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  16. Thank you for this chance to win.


  17. Sounds like a good series. Count me in! Thanks!


  18. This series sounds so great! I skimmed the review a bit because I haven't read book one, though I need to. Thanks for the giveaway!

    courageousgrace (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. I've always wanted to read this series. It sounds really good!

    themgowl at gmail dot com

  20. The cover is completely beautiful and mysterious! And I read the first book and found it really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!


  21. Thanks for the giveaway! The book seems really interesting. :)

    Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT)com

  22. I have heard so many great things about this book and I would love to read it. :) Thanks!


  23. this series really does sound amazing. Im looking forward to getting my hands on it eventually! raimyrawr at gmail dot com

  24. Thanks for the giveaway!! =)


  25. This sounds like a great book thank you so much for the great giveaway!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  26. Thank you for the giveaway. I can't wait to read more of this series.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

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  28. I have read a few reviews for this series, and have only heard good things. I would love to win this book! Thank you!


  29. I'd love to play please.


  30. Thanks so much!


  31. Oh, yay! How I haven't seen this until right now, I have no idea!

    This book (and Always a Witch) are on my Want to Read (and Own) lists! :)

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    lisaaustin121 at gmail dot com

  32. Has been on my wishlist for awhile.
    Can't believe I've yet to read it.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  33. Thanks so much for this giveaway the cover for book 2 is amazing but I definitely need to read the first one!

  34. Cool! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm so glad to have stumbled across your blog! :)


  35. Hi. My email is emilyscrammedbookshelf@memyshelfandi.com. Thanks!!

  36. Oh I so want to read Once a Witch! Thanks for the Awesome giveaway:)


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