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Always a Witch Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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"A fantastic urban fantasy with an enchanting romance at its heart." --Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of City of Bones "Carolyn MacCullough casts a mesmerizing spell with Once a Witch. Family secrets and sibling rivalry, time-travel and magical 'Talents' all brew together to create a superlative--and supernatural--coming-of-age story. Add an epic battle of good versus evil and an enchanting first kiss and this bewitching novel commands a sequel." --Megan McCafferty, New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series
"A light urban fantasy that goes down easy and will have readers asking for its sequel." --Kirkus ReviewsDrawing the Ocean
A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age
"MacCullough has a gift for using language with spectacularly evocative phrasing." --VOYA
"MacCullough's subtle use of present tense and visually evocative writing create an eloquent portrait." --Kirkus Reviews
"Sadie's narrative voice is absolutely authentic, and the story of her quirky, endearing relationship with Ryan is memorably poignant." --ALA Booklist Stealing Henry
"MacCullough's dialogue is flawless. The journey is fascinating." --ALA Booklist, starred review
"Finely crafted." --Kirkus Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
Tamsin Greene had a horrific encounter with an evil Alistair Knight in Once a Witch which is still left untied. Currently life is calm, but won't stay that way if things are left the way they are.
Tam's sister Rowena is still full on board with wedding plans driving the family into a frenzy trying to get everything perfect for her big day. Agatha, Tam's best friend is back at the dorm, and Gabriel, Tam's boyfriend is with Tam to help deal with Rowena's crazy wedding demands. Before this wedding can go on though- Tamsin must take care of those loose strings. Apparently Allistair Knight was successful in traveling back to the 1800's to meet with his family to warn them about Tamsin and the Greene family. You see, in the 1800's the Greene's took the Knights magical powers and were able to lock them away into something called the Domani. Alistair was able to get a little of that magic out so Tamsin must go back, not only to stop Allistair, but to find her family and get them to recreate a new Domani that's stronger. This one can't break. Can Tamsin convince them to do this?
Once Tamsin goes back in time she can't seem to find her family but she does find the Knights. Things seem to be full of surprises for Tamsin and nothing works out like expected. Will she come through for her family in the future? Will she find her family in the past?
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.Read more ›
My second favorite character has to be the Grandmother. She is a wise old woman who seemed to always have the answers even if she doesn't always give them. In book one, I wont lie, I didn't like her that much- toward the end especially. She did some thing to Tamsin that just seemed cruel at the time. Once I finished book two however, I couldn't believe I ever hated her. I wanted her as my grandmother.
If I had to chose between both books I would have to chose the second one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book! It was very well written and had greatly developed characters. I'm very sad there is only two books to this story.Published 2 months ago by Blakeley Jolliff
What a wonderful way for the story to end. Nothing follows other magical stories so that makes it even better.Published 7 months ago by Andrea DeChant
I loved loved this book. A must read! If you love magic and a great story this is it. I loved it!Published 13 months ago by matthew
This book was a very quick, fun, easy read. In fact, I read both the first book (Once a Witch) and this one in only 2 days. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ally
4.5 Magical Stars. I enjoyed Once A Witch but this one I enjoyed much much more. A very cute book. Wicked fun!Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
According to the Brilliance Audio website, "Hannah Friedman has appeared in over 100 regional and Off-Broadway productions. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Audio_Book_Addict
I want another one! I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but this was a great book regardless.Published 19 months ago by Em