Title: Always a Witch
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Sequel to: Once a Witch
Date Started: December 31
Date Finished: January 1
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
If I remember right from my review of the previous book, I liked the character of Tamsin because she was sarcastic and the ‘black sheep’ of the family. The same thing applies for this one. Despite discovering that she does in fact have a Talent – a really cool one when you think about it – she is still treated as an outcast. Because her power isn’t as cool as I think it is. Some of her family thinks that it’s unnatural and are avoiding her at all costs. Which is hard to do considering her sister is getting married and the whole family is in town and Rowena is bridezilla. So add in a stranger who time traveled from 1899 looking for information about the Greene family who can jump into other people’s bodies and things are about to get interesting.
But not really. Tamsin time traveling back to 1899 was actually quite boring. Working in the Knight household as a maid and watching as Liam Knight did experiments that would have made Frankenstein look humane, and I was just… bored out of my mind. I wished that Tamsin hadn’t left Gabriel behind, even if I get that she was just trying to protect him. Even when this book hit some good action, I was just confused and my eyes were starting to lose focus on the page. Different timelines always make my head spin.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. It looks like not even a new year will kick me out of my reading slump. This book was okay and a nice conclusion to a series. I just didn’t really care for the ending. After everything Tamsin went through, she gives up her Talent? Really? Ugh.
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