Thursday 21 October 2010

Review: The Trouble with Spells - Lacey Weatherford

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 & Warlocks Series:
The Trouble with Spells
The Demon Kiss
Blood of the White Witch (coming soon)

Visit Lacey Weatherford's website for more information

Portia has always been a normal teenager - until the day of her 16th birthday when she finds out that she comes from a family of witches and warlocks.  As her magical powers start to develop one of the best things about joining the coven is getting to know the school bad boy Vance.  Portia and Vance are drawn to each other but when Vance's past comes back to haunt them Portia is going to need all of her new found magical skills if they are both going to survive.

The Trouble with Spells is the first book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series by Lacey Weatherford and I thought it was a great start to the series.  There were a couple of things that irritated me, the main one being that there were quite a few spelling and grammar mistakes in the book I read (that is a major bug bear of mine and makes me want to get out my red pen!) but I have since found out that there was a mistake at the publishers and an unedited version of the story was printed in error.  This has apparently been corrected now so shouldn't be an issue if you purchase a new copy of the book.

I really liked Portia as a main character, she is smart and sassy and I liked the fact that she came across as such a realistic teenager.  Her new magical abilities came as a complete shock to her so I did feel that she picked up her new skills a little too quickly but the advantage of this was that the story was able to move at a much faster pace and believe me it is definitely a story you'll want to read in just one sitting!  One of my favorite characters was Portia's grandma - she was so much fun to read about.

Vance is a great swoon worthy hero and yes he did steal my heart just a little bit!  At first I was shocked that he & Portia's relationship built so quickly - within a few days of the first time they'd spoken to each other they knew they were soul mates and had a bonding ceremony - but this is explained in the book.  Once you start watching the two of them together it is easy to forget about how rushed the beginning of the relationship felt, their emotions and feelings completely drew me in and I absolutely loved the pair of them together.

The Trouble with Spells is a romantic, action packed read and one that I would highly recommend to fans of YA paranormal romance.  I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series - this book ends on quite a cliffhanger so you might want to make sure you get hold of both books before you start reading!

Source: Received as part of a book tour arranged by UK Book Tours, this book has already been sent on to it's next destination.

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  1. I hate missing out on good books - I wish I can read the first book NOW! :D

  2. I love the sound of this! I've never heard of it before either - absolutely brilliant review :)

  3. @ Dwayne - I think the tour for this one is still going on so you might be able to sign up still, you can contact Lynsey to check though (her contact details are on the UK Book Tours website). I'd definitely recommend reading this one though :o)

    @ Melissa - I'm glad you like the sound of this one, I really enjoyed it & am looking forward to the next 2 books in the series!



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