Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance
Publication Date: August 2011 (expected)
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I loved the first book, and I loved this book, too. We pick up swiftly from where we left off in book #1, and the transition concerning time between publication was absolutely flawless and smooth – it’s as if I never stopped reading the first novel at all.
Another one of those “I really hope this isn’t the end” series – but with the ending that was given for book #2, I can honestly say that I’m satisfied, and that it feels comfortable and right that the story ends there. It’s very difficult to find an open-ended sequel with that quality to it, but MacCallough did this absolutely excellently. This is definitely one of the best of 2011 so far, even if it is another sequel within that category. I have nothing to nitpick at all. It really was that good. Go read the first book first, and then read this one – you won’t be sorry you did.
Short, I know, but just…wow. This is just so rare for a YA work to be so cleanly and neatly wrapped up without cliches or fallacies of logic. Absolutely gorgeous!