Saturday, September 10, 2011
Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Tamsin still has her grandmother's prophecy ringing in her ears. She's destined to either save her family or ruin it forever. After all, what are witches without power? Which will it be...
Clarion Books, a division of Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, sent me a copy of this book when I won their contest (thank you)! I missed the first in the series, however this book can definitely stand alone. It has already been published so you can find a copy at your local bookstore.
Tamsin seemingly was born without talent in a family of witches. It was a real disappointment to her, but she was learning to live without it. Then she suddenly finds she take other people's talents. She's thrilled. Her grandmother is still concerned about the family's danger from another family of witches who wants their power.
Ms. MacCullough uses time travel to send Tamsin back in time to try to stop the evil plot. To add even more excitement to it, she puts Tamsin in the evil family's house as a servant. Things get much more tense then! Tamsin can either win or lose, and you're not sure which is going to happen.
This is a very well written tale that moves along smoothly and keeps your interest. The ending was a complete surprise to me and done well.
Why not buy both books in this series and read about Tamsin's adventures? They are great fun.