I love books! My love of them started with Dick and Jane and I've never looked back. I love all kinds of books but on my blog I review Middle Grade and Young Adult novels. I also have a family, two sons and a great husband! I have one rescue dog, Jasper who hates text messages and thunder and fireworks and loves snow. I have a BA in English Lit from the University of Florida and spend time writing when I get the chance. I am not accepting review requests. Be kind to yourself and others.
Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.
This was a good story. Just not a great story. I think I had trouble connecting with Tamsin and she was really the whole story so therein lies the problem. Tamsin was supposed to be the witch of all time, greatest to be born in her family and she's a flop. She didn't get her powers. And it doesn't really seem like her family rubs her nose in it except possibly her older sister Rowena, who being a bitch anyway, would do that as a bigger sister. That's what they do. I had an older sister.
But Tamsin has this New York size chip on her shoulder, so big that she pretends to be her sister and that's where the trouble begins and it takes two books to fix her mistakes.
Yeah, there's some budding romance with childhood friend, just returned to the clan and looking much more sexy, Gabriel. I liked him. He was teasing, wary, friendly and always looking out for Tamsin. More so than she deserved.
I know heroines are supposed to be risk takers, all bravado, make sure all the harm comes to herself and no one else, but Tamsin just doesn't think before she literally leaps. If she'd just have shared once with someone then she could have saved what she valued so much and I'm realizing this review is spilling over into the next book, so I'll stop here.
Rowena was bossy and unlikable. Tamsin, well I just couldn't get behind. So you aren't like everyone else in your family. That happens sometimes. Deal with it. I just didn't buy that as her reason for her angst and the impetus for starting this huge problem she started. I loved Gabriel. As I said, he was loyal, willing to do whatever was necessary to help Tamsin, and very protective. I like protective guys. Not smothering, just protective. And Agatha, her roommate seemed great, what little we saw of her. I'd like to have her for a roommate, but Tamsin had to keep her whole life a secret from her because of the witch thing and she could never even have her down to her family's house. That would stink! It's like only knowing someone halfway.
You do have to read this one though because the next book is a great treat! A whirlwind of action and tragedy and survival.
And you have to have the background of this one to read that one. So read away! It's not a hard to read book. It's just that in comparison, Always a Witch is by far the better book.
But do catch up because next week when I interview Tamsin, I'll also be starting a one week giveaway for Always a Witch. I'll also be reviewing it!
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