Monday, July 25, 2011

Always A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough: Review/GIVEAWAY!!

Always A Witch
By Carolyn MacCullough
Expected release date August 1st 2011
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

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.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

Once A Witch was a fun, light, easy peezy, great read. The characters were well built, stable, and I found myself eager to dive into the next book. Always A Witch not only held up to my expectations but exceided them!

Tamsin Greene is left to fight for her family's survival. To do this she has to travel back to 1887 and help her ancestors put an end to the Knight family once and for all. She will be faced with a terrible decision. A sacrafice so big that only she is strong enough to make the right choice. Thing is she doesn't really know what that is yet.

I loved the time travel in this book. The imagery of New York City in the 1800's was great. The streets, the smells, the sounds, the clothes, MacCullough doesn't let you miss any of it! I do have to say that I was a little mad at Tamsin for going without Gabriel. I know she only had his best interest in mind but that left me missing, or should I say pining, for him for the first half of the book. I found myself constantly "looking" around the corner hoping that he would show up, and then he did. *squeee* I couldn't have been more happy to see that she doesn't actually go it alone entirely. I also enjoyed the fact that even when I thought I knew what was going to happen, MacCullough proved me wrong. I love it when that happens lolz!

While Once a Witch is pretty light and fun, Always a Witch is much darker and gripping. I found myself flying through the pages with lighting speed, holding my breath, and even fighting back tears on more than one occasion. Maybe it's just me but it seems that is what really draws me in. While the first book made me laugh out loud and it was fun, this book took my heart on a rollercoaster ride and I loved it. I guess what I'm saying is that if a book can bring my to tears and leave me gasping for air then I have found a winner. This lady's and gentleman is that book and therefore it has earned this.....

Buy it, borrow it, rent it, steal it if you have too, but you have got to READ this book;) 

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!

Thanks to the lovely and amazing Carolyn MacCullough we have a SIGNED Arc up for grabs!
Thats right one lucky winner will win an Arc of Always A Witch signed by Carolyn MacCullough herself!

So what do you have to do to get yous chance at this piece of awesomeness?

1.) This contest is open to US, Canada, & the UK.

2.) Also you must be a follower through GFC.

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4.) To enter fill out the form HERE!!!


  1. Yes! Once a Witch was great and Always a Witch looks great.

  2. I love when you feel all the emotions so strongly when you read!

  3. I know! I love too. I mean wats the point in reading if the story doesn't make you FEEL it?!

  4. I like the cover and it sounds like an awesome read! :D

  5. hey I heard this ones a good book. Ive just got to find the first book, I actually have this on my netgalley i jsut couldnt start without reading Once a witch. thanks for dropping by to my page girl.


  6. Thanks for the giveaway. This one sounds really interesting.