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title: The Trouble with Spells
author: Lacey Weatherford
series: Of Witches and Warlocks #1
published: 8 March 2011
publisher: Moonstruck Media
genre(s): fantasy, romance
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Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant from a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school's handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance's checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.
Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells is the debut novel by Lacey Weatherford. Portia is a likeable, normal teenager, right up until she finds out she is a natural witch. From that moment on, her life completely changes. She learns things about her family that she never could have imagined, and that life isn’t what it has always seemed. But it isn’t all bad when she gains a new boyfriend in the form of Vance Magnum, the love of her life and some she can tell all her secrets to.
This was a story of life-changing secrets that could have led to a tale of intolerance and teenage rebellion. Instead, it was a story of love and acceptance, albeit a struggle of good versus evil. I was drawn into the story as if I were a part of the story, as opposed to an outside reader. Portia’s struggle was very real and you felt her emotions right along with her. Vance was a perfect romantic hero, a combination of gorgeous bad boy and the guy trying to be honorable. The supporting characters were as well fleshed out as the main characters which made them come to life for me. The story was action-packed, but not overdone, keeping you engrossed to the very end. Near the end of the book, I was in tears reading it. Any book that causes an all-out cry-fest is a favorite! I think that the finest quality of a book is one that brings you in so much, makes you care so much, that it evokes an emotional reaction like that.