11.16.2010 | Tuesday

The Trouble with Spells

category: Book Reviews

The Trouble with Spellstitle: The Trouble with Spells
author: Lacey Weatherford
series: Of Witches and Warlocks #1
published: 8 March 2011
publisher: Moonstruck Media
genre(s): fantasy, romance
pages: 246
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

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.

my review

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.

About Lacey Weatherford

Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.

It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first “big” book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.

Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.

When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.

Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline!

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3 responses to “The Trouble with Spells

  1. Elenariel

    Here from Lacey’s site, thank you for your nice review!
    I think I’ll shortly know if really Hot warlocks rock my world!

  2. Teresa Kleeman

    Hi what a great review. I too feel books that make you cry are great books with great writers.
    The best pickup line I can remember is this; Have I died and gone to heaven? Because you look like an Angel. Cheesy I know but kinda of cute.

    All I can say is “Hot warlocks rock my world!” And “KISS ME, VANCE!” oh yeah! Already have The Trouble With Spells from Lacey’s website.

    Teresa K.

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