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Always a Witch

(Witch #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  6,692 ratings  ·  642 reviews
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, Alis
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Published August 1st 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Always a Witch (Witch #2), Carolyn MacCullough
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 fin
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I was a little hesitant going into this book because all I remember saying to myself the first time I read it, was that it wasn't as good. After reading, I've decided that it was pretty good. I still think that Ms. MacCullough could've just written a longer and single book instead of two.

Since the ending of the last book, Tam and Gabriel realize that they have to time travel and find the Knights, the family that is trying to ruin their own. Tamsin is still thinking about the prophecy that her gr
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who liked its precessor or Bewitching Season
I confidently predict that readers who loved Once a Witch will also love the second half of the story about the seemingly talentfree, teenaged witch Tamsin Greene, her wacky, magic family, her hot and talented boyfriend Gabriel and their joint fight against the super evil and humans-hating Knight clan, because it is basically composed using the same elements:
- an imperfect and insecure but likable, courageous and strong teenaged heroine.
- a cute and devoted love interest and side-kick.
- a slig
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. Just wow. I did NOT see that coming. After I read Once a Witch, I remember saying that MacCullough's writing was pretty decent. Now I'm forced to swallow my words. It's not just decent, it's pretty damn good! In this sequel to Once A Witch, Tamsin must journey back in time to the New York of the 1880s to stop her family's enemies from regaining their power and destroying what the Greenes have spent a hundred-odd years building.

MacCullough seems to have a talent for historical fiction. The s
Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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More reviews can be found at my blog Nomalicious Reads

Always A Witch was a thrilling, sigh worthy read; a fantastic conclusion to Once a Witch.

Carolyn MacCullough tied all the ends off very nicely, and I'm sad that Tamsin's journey is now over :( But it ended so well that I can't complain.

Tamsin dealing with the social norms and bad guy,s in the nineteenth century definitely had its amusing moments as well as its heartwarming and shocking ones.

The bad guys, La Spider and Liam were amazingly,
It took the return of an old family enemy, two episodes of time travel, and one very dangerous love spell that nearly killed my sister before I learned three things.
First, I can stop anyone from using there Talents to harm me. Second, I can absorb a person's Talent if they attempt to use it against me three times. Third, I apparently have a choice ahead of me.

Since this book isn't released till Aug 2011, I don't want to say to much since I want others to just
Always a Witch is suc
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved this even more than the first book in this question is...will there be a book three? I am not quite ready to say good bye to Tamsin and Gabriel.

Always A Witch
Carolyn MacCullough

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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 everyone she loves. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in tim
Annie ⚜️
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, fantasy, ya
I really didn’t like the end at all and the lack of sense, common or otherwise, in this story was a big reminder of why I shy away from YA. That being said, it was a quick, pleasant enough read and I do like a witch family story. It’s only a duology not a trilology so at least it’s short.
Wendy Darling
What started out as a cute book became a really good one in the end. Full review to come.
Kate McMurry
Book 2 of the Witch Urban-Fantasy Series for Teens

Note: Please do not read this review if you have not read Book 1 of the Witch series, Once a Witch, because there will inevitably be spoilers for that book.

Once again 17-year-old Tamsin Greene’s life is strongly influenced by one of her grandmother’s prophecies, in this case that she will soon have to make a huge decision that could affect her family’s very survival. After the events of Once a Witch, Tamsin has become fully aware of her enormous
Always a Witch is the sequal to Once a Witch. In Once a Witch, Tamsin Greene grew up in a talented family of witches believing herself to be ordinary. Her own family were rather awful to at her times considering their deception. We find out part of the reason why they treated her this way in Always a Witch. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alone among her relatives, Tamsin Greene grew up believing the family’s Talents had skipped her over, and learned to get by without magic. But in Once a Witch, Tamsin learned that she was far from powerless. Rather, she was one of the strongest of the Greene witches. Always a Witch concludes her story.

Tamsin is still getting used to having magic, and her sister Rowena is annoying her with her bridezilla antics. These concerns take a backseat when the family learns that the sinister Alistair Knig
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Reviewed by Sophie for MM's-

Well established weaknesses for me include: time travel, magic, stubborn girls and boys who always, but always do the right thing. Need I go on to add that yes, Carolyn, hit them all.

Let me start by saying that I completely admire Carolyn's ability to plot a two story arc and then gracefully execute it until the very last page when that one thing mentioned in the first book (that was oh so important) comes back full circle. Yes, I'm trying hard to keep this spoiler-fr
More like 3.5...better than the first with a thriller of an ending.

Fans of Carolyn MacCullough's Once a Witch will absolutely devour this sequel, Always a Witch. MacCullough has upped the action and the plot, and the second half of this novel is utterly gripping. It's one of those sequels that's better than the first with an absolute thriller of an ending.

In Always a Witch, Tamsin must travel back to the 1880s to stop Alistair and the Knights from destroying her family. Readers who love time tra
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow. I didn't give Tamsin the credit she deserved at all. She totally won my heart. She's a real hero.
At the beginning, I totally thought she was gonna be a stupid character but really the only stupid thing she did was lying to Alistair about who she was. Otherwise, she completely proved herself wrong.
She sacrificed her Talent-- the thing she had longed for for so long--; to save her family, the people she loved. She didn't even hesitate to do whatever that needed to be done.
"But what am I
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 6/24/11:

I read Once a Witch awhile back after it was first released and remembered really enjoying it, but this one blew it out of the water. It may be cheesy to say that this book put a spell on me, but that is exactly what it did. I was unable to put this book down for long. Every time I closed it to do something other than read, my Kindle kept whispering my name urging me to pick it back up and dive into the story. This ed
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it

After Tamsin Greene’s horrific encounter with the wicked Alistair Knight in Once a Witch, Tamsin is just starting to get comfortable with her new found Talent and finding her place within her extraordinarily Talented (magical) family. Tamsin’s happy and relieved to have found her Talent yet struggling with her grandmother’s prediction that she will soon make a decision, a decision so vital it will affect her entire family’s future.

Life has finally settled down a bit for Tamsin;
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2011
Well, now I kind of wish that I hadn't wished for a sequel to Once a Witch. I hate to say it, but nothing much happens in this one until the very end and the evil person is eliminated off-screen and without any fanfare. Although there are plenty of other evil people, I'm not sure that the villain should meet his end without it being shown. That feels like it's unfinished in some way.
Also, most of what I enjoyed in the first book is completely missing here. There is very little interaction betwee
Saf SK
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded to 4 ✨

I liked this second book very much. It grabs the attention and the plot has so much action, I couldn’t let it go.

Perhaps there wasn’t a need to make it a duology. Since the two parts are short, I would have liked it to be one single book. They probably decided to publish it in two parts because it was a debut novel. I think it would have worked better as a whole to balance out the slower first part and the non-stop action in the second.

This second part is fast and follows Tam
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a good follow up in the series. I was really afraid this book would suffer the normal series curse in that the first book is excellent and the 2nd book ends up the complete opposite so you drop the series completely.

I was pleased with the growth of the characters, the progression of their abilities and relationships, and the plots complexity. Although sadly the plot did not advance at all until about 1/2 way through the book.

All in all it was a light, fun, and easy read. It surprised
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I have to say that I really enjoyed this one. Tam and Gabriel continue on in their quest to stop Allistair from his plot to save the Knight family from destruction. I really liked the time travel aspect of this one. I haven't read many books with that in it and it is refreshing twist to the story. I missed Gabriel in the first part and would have liked to have seen Tam reach out a little more for help even though I know why she didn't. I was very sad in the end but it was expected and completely ...more
Kiki Z
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I still don't like Gabriel or his so-called romance with Tamsin. In fact, it makes even less sense in this book.

There's also absolutely no reason why this book and the first one couldn't have been one book. It would have flowed better AND easily explained why Tamsin's gift was truly kept a secret instead of the ridiculous reason that we're given in the first book. It genuinely feels like book one was an entire prequel event rather than part of the main action when you're finished with this one.
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Alisha Marie
I loved Once A Witch. Seriously, it was one of my favorite books read last year (or was it the year before?) and not only was it the PERFECT Halloween read, but it was also a fairly unique read. You don't see many YA novels written about witches (or at least many that have been done well...or at least I haven't). Therefore, I have been anxiously awaiting the sequel, Always A Witch. While I didn't think the sequel was as good as Once a Witch, it was still a really entertaining novel.

Always a Witc
Rashika (is tired)
*This mini review has also been posted onTangled in Pages

This year I want to get the reading I've been avoiding done. I want to complete series' that I refuse to finish and read sequels I once awaited eagerly. I thought this would be a good place to start seeing that I read the first book in this duology back in 2012. I cannot remember exactly what put me off but I decided not to read the sequel and let things be. Perhaps it was fear of a love triangle (how I hate those) but I have to say, whate
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Always a Witch is a marvelous and pleasing continuation to Carolyn MacCullough’s Once a Witch. It started right where it left off and another adventure began. The outline of the story was planned out well and MacCullough definitely knew how everything was going to happen. This time around, Tamsin must make a choice that can change the fate of her family’s entire future. Usually when a story involves time traveling, it can tend to be confusing and get the reader out of place, but I found it to be ...more
Oct 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
Dare I say I enjoyed this one more than Once a Witch (Witch, #1) by Carolyn MacCullough ?? Yep, I enjoyed this one more. It had a clean historical fiction vibe going that I completely enjoyed. It is very much age appropriate for the YA crowd.

Spoilers and complaining ahead:

I want more relationship between Gabriel and Tasmin. I love that their love-story is not the main element in the book, but I feel like the scenes they do share could have been a bit more romantical.....

Honestly, I feel like this was super-fast paced and over too quick.
Dec 17, 2010 rated it liked it
The plot centers on two family of witches, the Greenes and the Knights. Every witch has a talent be it speed, fire or being able to find lost things. Tamsin always believed she had no talent but recently found out that she does in fact have a powerful talent, she is immune to all other talents and can take other peoples talents if it used on her three times.
The Greene family in the 1800's discovered the Knight family using their talent for evil so they created the Domani, the Domani stops the K
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it

I'm going to start off by saying that I am so so lucky not to have a sister like Rowena...aka Bridezilla!!

The protaganist in Always A Witch, (aka Tamsin Greene) is faced with many challenges and finally pieces together the path she was chosen for. I admire the courage throughout the story she exudes and the selflessness that leads her on her journey back in time to when it all began.

I really enjoyed Always A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough. At times I felt it was a little slow but when it started
❅ Karen ❅
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
So I was originally going to give this book 4 stars but then I thought I was being too generous. I'm enjoyed the first book but I felt like it was missing a lot. I didn't think it was as interesting as I expected it to be. I was still waiting for like something bigger to happen, something more exciting. This book definitely got me into a reading slump. It wasn't until the last third of the book that I thought things were getting a bit intense. I absolutely loved the ending and I definitely did n ...more
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Carolyn MacCullough received her MFA in creative writing from the New School and lives with her husband in Brooklyn.

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“You are a beacon for us. One of the most powerful."
"I'm not," I say softly. "Not anymore."
Smiling, my grandmother presses my hand. "Always, Tamsin. Because of you, we have a future. That's why you will always be a beacon for us." Still holding my hand, she turns toward the house, toward the sound of laughter and music spilling out from the lit windows.
Looking back at her, I mile, close my eye in her trademark wink, and say, "Ah.”
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