by Carolyn MacCullough (website)
Book II to Once A Witch
Published August 1st 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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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.
After reading “Once a Witch” I was curious to see how Tamsin’s journey goes on. I totally enjoyed the book and had fun reading it. It was a bit slow in the middle but then the pace speeded up!
I have to say that I missed Gabriel in the first half of the book immensely. Although I love Tamsin too, but when she decided to “take care of the problem” alone, I was disappointed! Gabriel is such a sweet guy that really loves her and I want to see more of him!
Totally like the idea of Time Traveling and in this book Tamsin has to go back in time ro rescue her whole family – so she goes back (alone!) to 1898 to help her ancestors defeat the evil Knight family. Soon, Tamsin realizes that it was indeed a bit stupid to go alone, but she tries her best!
The ending is heartbreaking but beautiful and suddenly all fals into place. Although the end left me sad, I think it was the perfect ending for this book. I’m not sure if this was the last book in this series. If not I’m looking forward reading the next book, if this was the last book I’m also Ok with it.
Again, this series is light and fun – although I have to say this book is a little bit darker than the first book. Still, the characters are strong well developed and I love the interactions between Tamsin and Gabriel!