Book Review: Trouble With Spells by Lacey Weatherford

Posted June 12, 2017 by soaringu in four stars, witches / 0 Comments

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Title: Trouble With Spells
Pages: 320
Published: 3/8/11
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Rating: four stars.fw

Summary:

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 of 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 Thoughts: 

What a great first installment to a five book series! This book was an engaging, romantic, and full of twists and turns. From reading the first book, I was instantly hooked.

Portia is one of my favorite heroines. She is sassy, kind, loving, and one hell of a kickass heroine. The book starts out a few days before Portia is going to turn sixteen. On her sixteenth birthday, Portia’s true heritage is revealed. The day of her birthday is one of my favorite parts of the book. This day, in particular, revealed what kind of character she is. When she is introduced to her true heritage, I am amazed at how well she takes everything in. Weatherford does a great job making Portia a fun character to read. I also love that Portia isn’t perfect. She can be naive during times and kind of stubborn. However, her intentions are from her good heart.

Vance Mangum aka the “bad boy” is one of the greatest heroes I’ve met. He is quiet the opposite of those who I met. Vance is a warlock who is on the run from his father. His father has tried to make him get to the dark side. Poor Vance has been tortured and constantly tries to fight the darkness in him. I love how he does believe that he has a lot of control over his powers, but he still does. This is quiet to the contrary of heroes who have huge inflated egos. Vance is a sweet guy who despite appearing aloof has great intentions. My heart goes out to him for his everyday tortures. However, his internal strength coupled with his love for Portia makes me in awe of him. I want my own Vance.

The secondary characters in this book are really nice people. I love how Weatherford does not make them side-kicks, but instead people who add a nice tone and better flavor to the story. Portia’s family is wonderful. I love that Weatherford makes her parents involved in Portia’s life instead of absent. Even Portia’s friends are really nice people.

Of course, we need to talk about the romance. The romance between Vance and Portia is extremely sweet and passionate. I love how Vance is extremely patient with Portia. He is understanding and does not push her. Their kisses are, boy, hot. These two people seriously know how to kiss. The passion through the pages makes me want to combust. These two people know how to love wholly and passionate. I love that there isn’t tons of angst and denial of feelings. They go straight to the point.

I could feel his kiss like it was running through my whole body, sending little sparks everywhere.

Lastly, the world. The world in this book has been developed fully and is explained very well. There weren’t any weird of strangely unexplained things appeared. Weatherford does a great job making the world of witches have say in the novel and balancing it out with other aspects of the novel. The spells are pretty cool and remind me of Harry Potter. 😛

Overall, this is a great read by Weatherford. I found this to be a nice engaging read. Great book for the first of the series. I can’t wait to read the next one. Therefore, the rating of this book is 5 stars.

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