Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Audiobook Thoughts: Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

  • Published: August 1, 2011
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • 7 discs, audiobook
GR Summary: 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

(Might you want to read my review? You do?! It's right here.)

I really enjoyed the audio book of Once a Witch, so I was raising the roof at the fact that I had its sequel on standby, This narrator brings it, yet again. The book would've kept my interest on its own, but knowing that the person reading--no, ACTING--the story was clearly enjoying herself was a treat, as well.

So Tamsin finds herself in another bind, except this one requires time travel. TIME TRAVEL. This book has a synergistic effect of awesome: witches and going back in time and a LONG-lived family feud. But I have a minor grievance: Gabriel was sorely absent for a good half of the book. HOWEVER, major applause for MacCullough letting Tamsin shine on her own. I sure was really looking forward to some T & G love, though, and kept waiting and waiting. But when he showed up, there was WAY too much to be done for much making out to happen. (There is always time to make out, just saying.)

Another minor problem I had: the action. If you'll recall from Once a Witch, there's a grudge that a certain Scottish BAMF is holding against Tamsin. I'd like to think he probably wants her not alive anymore. I was expecting a whole lot more rage and angst and teeth-baring. When the action should've been at its highest, I felt that Carolyn MacCullough pulled a bit of a Stephenie Meyer in Breaking Dawn. I wanted Pow! Zing! Bam! but received more of a soft-spoken "merp."

Always a Witch had a captivating premise and I loved learning more about the Green/Knight family histories. Tamsin solidified her status as resident awesome witch with a healthy dose of bravery and some ever-important sarcasm. She sacrifices a LOT in this book and my heart went out to her character for being SO strong and SO capable. Would I have enjoyed a few more magic moments with Tamsin and Gabriel? Well, I am only a woman. But Always a Witch was a solid sequel to Once a Witch, and I will be impatiently waiting for future MacCullough books!


  1. "soft-spoken merp"...might go down as my new favorite phrase.

    Agreed on that point. I was hoping for more with the action. Otherwise, enjoyed the story a lot.