on June 9, 2012 :
The book starts off with a brief passage from Vance’s point of view, then switches to two years later from Portia’s point of view. While it’s the only part we see from Vance’s POV, and it’s really very brief, it starts the ball rolling on the connection between Vance and Portia from the very start. And what a connection it is! We spend some time in the everyday life of Portia, and we tag along as she discovers the truth about herself on her sixteenth birthday, and learns about the boy who’s had all the girls swooning since the moment he stepped on campus. We see their relationship grow ever closer, and struggle through the awkward and just plain tough moments. The big question is: will it be enough to save them from the evil that now hunts them?
The neat thing is that because we’re reading from Portia’s POV, and she’s just discovering the world of magic, it presents the author with the opportunity to character build, world built, and push the plot along without extraneous exposition. I call that a well designed story. The love story is incredibly sweet, and tackles hard questions, such as sex, while remaining realistic and honorable. I think it’s a great book for teens based on that alone! The magic is neat, if a tad convenient. I am a fan of shows like Charmed, movies like Practical Magic, and books like Significance, so the way magic was presented as well as some characteristics of Portia and Vance’s relationship made me think of all of them combined, which is totally cool.
A minor complaint I have is that the passage of time was occasionally a little unrealistic or hard to follow. When months have supposedly passed, I didn’t feel the couple showed the changes you would expect from having been together that long. But ultimately, it’s not something you notice often, nor does it really take away from the story.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 5, 2011 :
By itself, this is a well written book. The story is a good one, easy to follow and has some great characters, like the grandmother. She’s pretty special. I liked how the author let us into the private world of witchcraft and showed us, along with the heroine. Realizing it is a work of fiction, I learned a lot about why witchcraft is the way it is and its association with the Earth. I liked being taught.
I have to say, however, other than the way the author opened up the witchcraft world, the story was pretty typical of a witches and warlock story. I think there was too much emphasis placed on the couple’s ‘link’ and way too many times where they ‘didn’t do it.’ It felt like the author struggled between making this a romance and a witch story. I kind of felt torn as I was reading it. Am I reading a romance where I can expect it to get hot and steamy or am I reading a witch book where it’s going to get weird and exciting.
I did enjoy the book, however and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to a younger audience. I’m not sure that an adult would find it as enjoyable as I did since I’m basically a YA type of gal. Worth a pickup, though.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Sep. 28, 2011 :
I finished this book as quickly as I could! I loved every second of it from the moment Vance looked up to see Portia to the very sad ending. I was thrilled to see the magic had sustenance it wasn't hocus pocus, you could tell she did her research. The big story though is the love between Portia and Vance. From the beginning it is intense, and beautiful. I found myself LONGING to be sixteen again and to have my own bad boy tote me around on the back of his motorcycle.
Lacey made me laugh, sigh, and cry throughout her novel. The pain Portia felt dripped off the pages. The longing Vance had for both Portia as well as staying on the side of good was memorizing. The characters were believable, and the plot extraordinary. The twists, especially those at the end were mind blowing and from the summaries of the next novels I have read they keep coming!
Think Twilight but a hundred times better! I can't wait to read more!
(reviewed 87 days after purchase)
on Sep. 4, 2011 :
I was leery of starting this book because of its Young Adult tag. Am I glad I decided to read it anyway! The book pulls you into its thrall from the 1st page. Portia and Vance make a great couple. They seem to have everything going for them,but for one little problem. Someone in Vance's previous life is out to get him. He's been on the run for years,but his past has caught up w/him! Only this time,he stands to lose the one person he loves more than his own life. What an amazing book,great story,and satisfying denouement.I rate it 5 stars!!
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2011 :
I just finished this book, literally just 2 minutes ago, and I was so excited I had to write this review immediately!! Oh. My. Gosh!! This book was SO good! It has everything you want in a YA book: romance, mystery, witches, warlocks and demons! (At least, that's everything I want in a YA book!!)
The two main characters are Portia, the witch, and Vance, the yummy warlock, who is her soul-mate. Portia doesn't find out until her 16th birthday that she and her grandmother are witches, and her father is a warlock, very high up in their coven. Vance, who is on the run from his demon warlock father, first meets Portia when she is 14 and he is 16, and is instantly attracted to her, but he made her father a promise that he would not approach her until her 16th birthday. And true to his word, he waits until after her parents tell her, and then he goes to her. Yes, it was as romantic as it sounds!! Vance is tall, dark and handsome, and my new BBF (book boyfriend)!! These two together have more power between them than anybody has ever seen, so they know they are special together.
What I really liked about this book is that they talk about how much they want to have sex, but they discuss how Vance made himself a promise that because he often has to pick up and go at a moment's notice (if word comes to him that his father has found out where he is and he has to run immediately), he will never leave a girl in the lurch after he has slept with her. Therefore, to keep his word, they can't have sex until after they are married, which they plan on doing when Portia turns 18. And believe me, it's not easy, because Vance is a delicious, romantic, thoughtful, sensitive little morsel!!
The characters in the book are all very well fleshed out, even the supporting players. You feel like you know and care about all of them. The writing is superb. The story just flows from one scene to the next, without any confusion. The book grabs you from page one and doesn't let go, even after you finish it! Yes, there is one hell of a cliffhanger, and a major curve ball is thrown at you near the end of the book, but it is a good one! You don't see it coming and then it's there, and you're just turning pages (or in my case, clicking the next page button on my Kindle) as fast as you can to find out what happens next. I swear, I'm going to have to tape my thumb because it's worn out from clicking on my Kindle! I just couldn't put this book down, it was that good!
In summary, in case you can't tell, I loved this book, and I am going to Amazon right now to buy the second book in the series, because I can't go to sleep until I find out what happens next!!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on Aug. 16, 2011 :
The book was a fun read.
Can't wait to read about what's going to
happen to the main characters next.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Aug. 10, 2011 :
This is a YA novel that I got as a freebie when I read about it on a book tour. This is apparently its second printing. It sports a new and much improved (if you ask me) cover and supposedly has fixed grammatical and spelling errors. Um…I found quite a few spelling and grammatical errors in the book and while I don’t think I’m an expert in English, I easily found these so they really should be repaired.
We meet Portia as she turns a sweet 16. She gets quite the birthday present too. First, she finds out she’s a witch and not only that, but she gets her very own warlock, one hot tamale by the name of Vance. Vance has some family problems, like his Dad hunting him down to either convert him over to the black arts or to kill him. Whichever comes first. We meet Portia’s friends in her high school and her adorable Grandmother who is also a witch (oh, did I forget to mention? So is her Dad. Mom isn’t but she knows all about everything going on around her.).
There are some very tender, romantic love scenes between Portia and Vance, I’m talking very tender. There are some life lessons built in too. The best part of the book was the exciting end of the story which involves the actual death of some characters.
This book is great fun, although a tad slow in the beginning, it winds up in an exciting ending that while a tad predicable, was still fun. This is a fun first book in the series and I imagine, will drive teens crazy with “what will Vance and Portia do next?” questions. This is a mix of the House of Night series, the Twilight series and the Immortals series. Teens will probably go absolutely crazy about this book.
What I liked: I am SO gratefully that the teens in this story aren’t whiney poor me types that are in a lot of YA novels. That teen angst thing is OVER. I loved the “exciting” scenes because they really were exciting and kept me, as a reader, turning page after page.
What I disliked: Sometimes I felt the author got a little too descriptive with things. The blow by blow, for example, between Portia and EMTs I found to be interesting on one level, but probably slow and unnecessary for the book. There were a few unnecessary descriptions for the book. It felt like the author had to get in a word count on her writing or something. It didn’t take away from the story, and it was a relatively quick read at just about 200 pages, so it wasn’t a huge deterrent to the book. I wasn’t very fond of the “cliffhanger” at the end of the story either. I was already hooked into the next books anyway. The cliffhanger really wasn’t necessary at that point.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Aug. 5, 2011 :
I got this book during the manage a blog for free. It's really easy to get into and a very easy read. Maybe that was the problem with this book, it was too easy too read and probably for a younger audience. I read all types of books, from young adult to erotic romance. Personally the problem for me with this book is that I felt no connection to any of the characters. There was no chemistry between Portia and Vance for me. Sparks didn't fly when they were together. The characters were way too accepting of what they were told. The characters are too good for my taste. Vance has his past but he was a child, there was nothing he could really do. He was not evil just used as a child.
Portia doesn't find out she's a witch until her sixteenth birthday. She blindly accepts it, she doesn't have a hard time finding out there are witches, warlocks and magic. There are no really evil characters or obsticles for Portia and Vance in this book until the last few chapters. That's when the book starts to get good. Parents have no problems with Portia and her eighteen year old boyfriend sleeping together in her room. This is so unrealistic. No eighteen year old given the chance to sleep in his girlfriend's room would just sleep with her without touching her. Hormones are going wild and Vance manages to control them because he wants to do right by Portia. They are both virgins and he wants to wait till they get married.
The last few chapters is where it gets really good because Shelley, Portia's best friend whom she has totally abandoned for Vance chances. Her appearance and attitude changes. She became the most likeable character for me when she became bad. Vance's father is an evil warlock, a deamon. He feeds off witches blood to become stronger. But he's only spoken about, never introduced into the story. Maybe if in flashbacks we got to know him and see what he was like the story would've been better. The book leaves off in a cliffhanger. There are two more books after this one. Don't know if I'll get them to see if the writing improves. There also isn't very much dialogue in this book. There is dialogue but it really goes nowhere, it isn't interesting. I know the story has gotten wonderful reviews and many people have loved it. Personally it wasn't that great for me. There was no real romance to me. I say read a sample and see for yourself if you want to read the book. Everyone has different taste in books.
I give the book three stars because from chapter tweenty on the story picked up and got interesting. The last five chapters were the best to me. I'm usually a fast reader but this book took me a bit longer to finish because I wanted something to happen early on and it was all saved until the end.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on July 21, 2011 :
I liked how fun and clean the book was to read. Vance Mangum has been running from his father for years. His father is evil and was turning vance too. Vance mom found out and she got Marsha to take care of Vance and protect and keep him safe.
Vance is a powerful warlock who's power started at 5years old. When he was 16 they moved again at the new school he instant he saw Portia Mullins he was tuned into her but found she was the one person that he promised to stay away from till she turned 16 and found out she was a witch too.
Two years later Portia world changed when she found out her dad, grandma and Vance were witches too in the same coven and if she joined they would be 13 members.
Portia also found out that Vance has watched over her for two years and he new she had a crush on him because he could hear her feelings and voice inside of him. Later Portia could hear and feel Vance's feelings inside her too.
But than someone tried to kill Portia and they got closer together and had a binding spell between them that was stronger than any heard of they had a hard time being apart.
It was a good story and look forward to reading more about them in the next book.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on July 21, 2011 :
The Trouble With Spells is the first book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series written by Lacey Weatherford. This book will have you addicted from the first page. Vance and Portia’s story is one that I couldn’t put down. Packed with action and love, this book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next.
Portia Mullins is your typical teenage girl. She loves hanging out with her best friend Shelly and spending time with her family. But now that her sixteenth birthday approaches it means she can start dating and boy does she pick the good ones. Not only that but she uncovers that she is also a witch.
Vance Mangum is the local bad boy. He rides a motorcycle and is drop dead gorgeous and not only that but the boy is seriously gifted. I don’t mean he is an underachiever, I mean he has some seriously awesome talent because he is a…warlock. Vance is over excited that it’s Portia’s sixteenth birthday because it means he can finally get to know her instead of admiring her from a distance.
Well, what can I say? This is my second time reading this book and I still love it. All the added extra scenes was definitely worth the re-print. My favourite part of the book was the prologue, this is a new section that was added to the book. I loved it because it was all from Vance’s perspective which was awesome. I think the first time I read the book I didn’t fully comprehend Vance’s feelings from Portia but this opening chapter explains it all and it made me realize how much he had to go through staying away from her for all that time and then eventually being able to let out all that pent up love.
I don’t think there were any parts of the book that I disliked. There was one moment, but I wouldn’t say I disliked it. It’s essential to the book plot and set up for the next book but it doesn’t make it pleasant. Tugged at my heart strings it did. Lacey sure knows how to build up the drama. Although I was giggling at certain parts.
Overall, brilliant book and I would highly recommend to anyone that is interested in reading about witches.
Disclaimer: I was sent this book for review as part of a blog tour via The Bookish Snob Promotions. This is the second edition of the book and you can find my review of the first edition here. I have not been paid to review this book.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on July 12, 2011 :
The Trouble With Spells by Lacey Weatherford is the story of Portia and Vance. Portia seems to be a normal girl approaching her 16th birthday. Vance is the unknown around school, he keeps to himself and the rumors about him are pretty wild. He also seems to be the guy that most of the girls secretly dream of dating.
On Portia's 16th birthday she learns that she is a witch. She learns that her father and grandmother are both magically inclined as well. Her biggest surprise is finding out that Vance is a member of the same coven that she will be joining. They begin to become romantically involved and the relationship moves extremely quickly from an emotional standpoint, with them having a joining ceremony and promising marriage.
The action of the story comes from Vance's family. His father is an evil warlock who has been following Vance to corrupt him. Living life on the run has made it difficult for Vance to get close to those around him as he has spent his life moving. Finding his soulmate in Portia has made him want to stand up to his father so he no longer has to run.
The story flowed pretty smoothly it was just a bit too much teenage romance for my taste. At the end of the story the action really begins to pick up and I am interested in reading the second book in the series. If you enjoy paranormal romance then this is a series you should check out for sure.
Review written for the Menage a Blog blog tour.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on July 9, 2011 :
This was a nice start for a YA witch series. We are introduced to this witch world along with the main character, Portia, as she learns of her powers.
Portia and Vance make for such a lovey dovey couple. But what gets interesting with their relathionship is the twist at the end.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on June 22, 2011 :
It was love at first sight for Vance and Portia, Pity Vance couldn't do anything. A Promise is a promise though, and his honor shows from the very beginning.
Two years later, Portia finds out a lot about herself, not only is she a witch, but the guy she's secretly been crushing on, likes her back and is a warlock. Ah the joys of teen love.
This was everything that I expected of a teen love story. The angst of being so young and desperately in love was mixed with the certainty that they knew what they wanted for their future in such a way that you couldn't help but be affected by the innocent but intense young love.
Add to that wonderful mix, Vance becoming a man and learning his whole world had been turned upside down while he was running from the danger dogging his trail, and Portia finding her place with magic and with him. You could easily see them fall victim as so many young people do to reckless abandon, but their strong will to do the right thing prevails.
A surprise ending has left me hungry for more. I can't wait for book two.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on June 5, 2011 :
Title Thoughts: I like it. Mostly because it's a line from the book.
Cover Thoughts: I like it.
WARNINGS: Nothing but passionate kissing.
I had high hopes for this book after reading Weatherford's favorite scene from book two. My expectations were easily met. I even had a hard time concentrating on the Stanley Cup Final game 2! I kept thinking about the book and what was happening next.
Vance was everything I hoped he would be. Portia was a very likable character. Vance + Portia = a very happy person who would burst out laughing sometimes and enjoying being able to see them be a couple. Yes, there was danger, but unlike many books we got to see them be a careful, fun, loving couple.
Addict's Last Words: Weatherford used her magic to bind me to this book. I very much can not wait to start reading book two and reading more of her work.
To Buy or To Borrow: This is definitely a buy for me! Although, you should buy the rest in the series when you do because I really, REALLY want the next one right this second. Luckily, I have it.
Disclosure: I participate in tours with The Bookish Snob Promotions and a copy was provided for me by the author. No payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was not any obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist, or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
Lori (Romancing the Dark Side)
on June 3, 2011 :
A fabulous story of magic and first loves!
Most girls get a new car or trip on their 16th birthday but not Portia...she gets the news that she's a witch! Portia takes the news pretty well and soon discovers that magic runs in her family, her father and grandmother share her abilities as well. Being a teenage witch comes with perks and one in particular, the attention of the hottest guy in school, Vance Mangum. Vance isn't an ordinary teenage boy either, he's a warlock with powers far beyond his years who has been waiting to get close to Portia and make her his. When Vance and Portia meet, sparks fly! Her relationship with Vance is a dream come true, their connection surpasses the usual teen crush and Portia believes they truly are soul mates...but when Vance's dark past comes back to haunt him, their power and love will be put to the test.
This isn't your usual young adult novel with sad and whinny teenagers. It's a beautiful story between two young people who fall in love and will do anything to protect that love. Portia and Vance are very likeable characters, they're very mature for their ages and know that sometimes sacrifices must be made in the name of love, their relationship develops quickly and is pretty intense but totally believable.
Bad boy Vance had my heart from the first chapter, even when he turns out to be a total romantic! His willpower he exudes in his desire for Portia was torturous at times and had me thinking he might be a vampire and not a warlock by he way he craved her! Portia is a confident and strong willed heroine whose commitment to do right is commendable. Their bond grows stronger even in the midst of danger and their passionate kisses will make you swoon to say the least!
The story is well paced and I especially like the involvement of Portia's family and friends, this isn't just a young girl who's left on her own to do whatever she wants, she's well rounded and comes from a tight knit family with responsibilities. The author does a great job in describing the magical elements throughout without losing the reader and I thank her for that. A bit of mystery, some twists and turns add to the excitement of it all and the ending will leave you breathless! The Trouble With Spells will bewitch you with its magical charms and have you running out to get the sequel!
(reviewed 61 days after purchase)
on May 29, 2011 :
For Portia, her relationship with Vance is extremely strong and special--not only are they soul mates, but their attraction for each other displays new abilities, mostly unheard of in their coven. Their way of communicating with each other telepathically linked them in a such a way they could feel each other's emotions and know what the other was feeling. I understood just how deeply connected they were.
The scene between them in the woods during their binding ceremony and at the football field as Vance teaches Portia how to float were whimsical and romantic. Through Lacey Weatherford's writing, I truly felt for this couple and for their precarious situation with Vance's father trying to locate his son for his own evil purposes. There were times the story slowed but I'll admit, it never bothered me since I had become so sucked into their world. The pacing was fine and reminded me of a roller coaster ride with the bumps and rollicking ascent and then the story took off towards the climatic and surprising ending. The author did a commendable job conveying Portia and Vance both as individuals and as a couple.
After the first book in the series ended I really knew who these people were and wanted to continue learning about and experiencing their lives. Portia was a realistic teen, dealing with a new identity, raging hormones, a best friend with jealousy issues, and a guy to totally swoon over. I enjoyed the twists at the end and found the spin on the parents keeping the special ability a secret from their kid unique.
The Trouble with Spells was a fun, entertaining and thoroughly addicting read. I didn't want to put the book down and look forward to the next title in the series, The Demon Kiss.
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)
on May 28, 2011 :
This series has, quite possibly, the hottest male lead I have ever read. Vance is a motorcycle-driving, leather jacket-wearing, great baseball-hitting warlock. Apparently there is a bit of magic in the baseball talent area, but it still works for me. Vance has had his eyes set on Portia from the first moment he saw her two years earlier. Now that she is sixteen and aware of her powers and that of her family members, Vance can finally approach her. The two hit it off immediately, probably because they both have liked each other for years. Their relationship was fun to read, together they make an entertaining comedic duo. They both had me laughing out loud at times and almost always smiling to myself (luckily I read in private, otherwise I would've felt foolish). Vance has a lot of darkness in his past because of his father. I won't share too much of his story but there has been a lot of running and hiding and much loneliness for Vance. Portia handles stressful situations well, she wasn't like other heroines who mope and are in constant need of rescuing. She knew what needed to be done and did it, at times her actions went against the wishes of her parents and grandmother. Her grandmother was one of my favorite characters, what a cool lady! She owns her own shop where she sells healing lotions and the like. She is the high priestess of Portia's coven which she joins soon after her birthday. Let's talk about the ending. Wow! I can't call it a cliff-hanger, it was more like starting you off at the beginning of the next cliff. The next book is sure to be exciting and just as much a page turner as Book One. There are some aspects of the book some readers (myself included) may not find original, but I can't deny that I liked Vance's character and story. The descriptions of magical powers and spells were interesting, they added a certain charm to it that I really liked.
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)
on May 15, 2011 :
The Trouble with Spells is the first book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series by Lacey Weatherford. The book centers around Portia, who discovers she is a witch on her 16th birthday. On the same day, she learns that Vance, the hottest guy in school, is a warlock who belongs to the same coven. The book begins with Vance's point of view. Any book that starts with a sexy, mysterious guy has a fighting chance with me. I felt that the best parts of the book included Vance. I really liked when Vance's past is revealed, bit by bit. I found myself skimming over a lot of the minute details of Portia's day-to-day life, always ready to get back to Vance. Which leads me to a teeny problem I had with the storyline.
Shortly after connecting, things move fast for Vance and Portia. Very fast. Vance starts spending nights with Portia, in her room, in her bed. I had a hard time believing parents of a teenager would let her boyfriend sleep in her bed every night. Even if they are "bound" and decide to remain abstinate. But to the authors credit, Portia's mom does express concern with the situation and has "the talk" with Portia. Also, there were times when the narrative began to feel a little young for me.
Now that I've gotten that out of my system, let me say what I did like about The Trouble with Spells. This was a very, very sweet love story. The chemistry between Portia and Vance is so hot. When Lacey Weatherford describes their passionate kisses, I swooned a bit myself. I did love the devotion they had for each other. The book also had great drama. When Vance's trouble past comes crashing into the present, the drama, danger and mystery is ramped up. I don't want to divulge spoilers, but the last few chapters had me gasping and gaping.
In fact, the last few chapters of the book were so great that I can not wait to read book two in the series, The Demon Kiss. As of now, there are four books in the series. As long as they are all as good as The Trouble with Spells, you can count me in!
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
on April 30, 2011 :
I don't even remember how I came across this book, but man I am glad I did. I loved it, wish I would have read it sooner! A lot of the book consisted of world & relationship building and then the end chunk was a whole lot of awesome action. Portia & Vance are a great couple. They have a great connection & are not without their issues. The book was awesome & I definitely can't wait to read the next in the series!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 18, 2011 :
This book happened to find me. Since getting and falling in love with Nook this past Christmas, I have made some great friendships. One of those is with Bookish Snob. So far, I give her 100% recommendations rate. She has not brought to me a bad book yet. This one here, is just another of her super great picks.
This book took me a few chapters to get into, and I'm not sure why that was. (I am a wife, mother, student with finals coming up . . ) However, once I got into this book I didn't want to put it down. There were surprises all throughout. Just when I would think, Oh . . I got this! Nope, I didn't have it.
The book has emotional pull. One moment your happy, the next your sad . . you can feel their pain, their fear. It's a wonderful look into the journey of Portia Mullins as she step forward into a world of unknown.
I am excited to read the following books in this series. This is also something, my 17 yr old might like to read . . if I were to ever let her touch my ereader.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
on April 17, 2011 :
This story has a bit of a twist from all of the other YA paranormal books out there. The parents are the ones keeping the magic secret instead of the child hiding their skills from the parents. It’s hilarious that Portia’s dad was supposed to be an encyclopedia salesman, but as Portia finds out – he’s actually a warlock and the rest of the family is in on it. Portia turns out to be very gifted with her magic, but the reason why is unknown. Vance is the great boyfriend that Portia finds a strong link to. The main characters are all formed very well and are thought out down to the last detail. Even Portia’s mother who isn’t a major portion of the story has her reasons for being the way she is.
I was delighted to find such great writing, I didn’t want to put the book down. I lost an hour of sleep because I just had to finish the story and know what was going to happen. The ending is wide open and left off in the beginning of action being taken…good thing there is a follow-up to this or I might have been disappointed. This is a story that parents can be ok with their kids reading (there are no Twilight: Breaking Dawn sex scenes here) and the parents would probably enjoy the story as well.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 13, 2011 :
I really fell in love with Portia and Vance's story. I was really impressed with the all the characters that the author in the book. They were all so endearing, I feel like I know everyone personally. I am waiting for the rest of the series.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on April 12, 2011 :
What a great story! I felt the pull of Portia and Vance from the start and it was as if I were there watching as events were happening. Lacey Weatherford is a master in her genre. Can't wait to read the other books in the Of Witches and Warlocks series!
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on April 9, 2011 :
What a fun story! It made me long to be sixteen again. I was just swept into this story. Portia and Vance had a wonderful romance. I liked Portia and I really liked Vance. He is any girl's dream hero. He looks like a bad boy but has a rock-solid sense of ethics and values. He sees her and falls in love with her when she is only 14 but has to wait until she is 16 and learns that she is a witch before they can be together.
Portia has had a crush on him since she met him and is very pleased to learn that he is one of the witches in the coven that she becomes a member of on her sixteenth birthday. While she is surprised to find out that her father and grandmother are powerful witches, she adjusts quickly to her own magical heritage. Her romance with Vance helps with her adjustment too.
There romance is going smoothly until someone starts trying to hurt Portia and kidnap Vance.
While I was swept into the story, every once in a while my cynical adult side popped up. It seems to me that Portia learned her magic very quickly and with none of the tedious studying or practice that most people have to do when they learn something new. It also seemed strange that the parents who wouldn't let her date until she was sixteen were so accepting of the relationship between Portia and Vance. They slept together - though chastely -- most nights and made vows that bound their souls together. Cynical old me thinks of all the relationships that I have seen between sixteen and eighteen year olds that have completely fallen apart by the time they are 21.
I liked the relationship Portia has with her parents and grandmother. They were there to love and support her no matter what she did -- aside from the whole dating thing. They treat her as a responsible young adult and she doesn't hesitate to confide in her parents.
I think teenagers will love this romantic story and will gobble up the sequels. I know I am eager to find out what happens next for Portia and Vance too.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on April 8, 2011 :
This book was a nice surprise. Being almost 30 myself, I often feel that I am too old to read books in the Young Adult genre. I love them anyway though! This particular book had me hooked from the beginning. Portia finds out that she is a witch on her 16th birthday. Vance, who is a warlock, has fought an attraction to Portia for 2 whole years - waiting until she found out about her heritage before even approaching her. Poor Vance had such a tough childhood, and is such a lonely person. There is just something about him that makes your heart melt - he is perfect boyfriend material. Portia and Vance are both really mature for their age and are waiting for marriage to become intimate.They fall in love very quickly though, and there are plenty of romantic and passionate scenes in this book. There is also plenty of danger lurking around to make things exciting. The ending has left me almost heartbroken. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book in this series! I'm dying to know what happens next!!!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
The Bookish Snob
on April 6, 2011 :
What a way to begin a new series. Lacey Weatherford has created an addicting new world where young love and magic go hand in hand. Her characters Vance and Portia show all the joys of new love and the heartbreak that comes when that love is so cruelly tested.
From the moment each character is introduced, you fall in love with them and you become intimately involved in the adventure they are taking. Portia is the sweet girl who is told on her 16th birthday that she is a witch with powers that seem to go beyond what those around her expected. You watch her take those first steps of wonder as the world of magic is opened up before her eyes.
At that same moment, Portia's eyes are also opened up to a different kind of magic in the form resident bad boy , Vance Mangum. He is the epitome of all that was good about going to highschool. In Vance, Portia finds budding romance and the passion that sparks between them astounds them both. It was a pleasure to read about them and I'm extremely interested in seeing how they're love and commitment to each other develops.
Lacey Weatherford writes a well written story and the ideas introduced will appeal to both the young and not so young reader. The book grabs hold of you from the very beginning and leaves you breathless by the final word. Of Witches and Warlocks - The Trouble With Spells is an amazing read and an essential additional to your library and the paranormal genre
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on April 6, 2011 :
What an amazing book! That's all I can seem to think of right now. I was hooked from the instant I started reading it. Lacey did such a great job creating these characters, and even though there were days and events that were skipped, it felt right and kept the story at a pace that kept me interested the whole way through. There were times when I had to physically stop myself from reading and walk away because I needed to go to work or school.
Now hear me out on this next part. It slightly reminds me of Twilight. I know I know, there are a lot of people who don't find that series very interesting, and if you are one of them then you need to pick up this series instead. Portia is a very strong character and she is the polar opposite of Bella, although Portia and Vance's relationship is what really drew the comparison to me.
Portia and Vance's relationship rockets off because of the strong connection they have. They have a bond that no one else has hear of and are able to do things that no other witch or warlock has ever heard of someone else doing. They are completely inseparable and their love for one another pulls at your heart. I absolutely love them together, and when they were apart and Portia felt pain, I felt it too.
Again, this book was such an amazing read. If you like anything dealing with magic, love, or action, then you need to check out this book. I know I'm already planning on when I'm going to get the next one. I cannot wait to see what happens with this series and I'm so happy I joined the Bookish Snobs Promotions and was able to be part of the blog tour for such an amazing book. I hope you all check it out, because it really is a good read.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on March 24, 2011 :
Wow! I am so impressed! I was IN from the very start. The characters are beautifully written and the story is fantastic. I was on the edge of my chair, turning pages as fast as I could read them! Couldn't get enough of this book! It has all the elements of a must read. It has non-stop action, daring deeds, good vs. evil, danger and suspense, as well as being an all out love story.
All of the characters have been carefully created and as a reader I found myself drawn to each of them for different reasons:
Portia - she is a genuinely nice young girl, adjusts remarkably well to finding out that she is a witch, and falls HARD and FAST for the school "bad boy" Vance.
Vance - the school "bad boy" but truly a powerful warlock who has been secretly in love with Portia for 2 years before they finally get to meet and find out she loves him too, he is running from his father and his father's evil plan for him.
Grandma Mullins - an amazing, wise, powerful, loving, supportive woman, she leads the coven.
Stacey - Portia's mother who is not magical in a witch sense, but is in her own way and who is completely comfortable in her role as the only non-magical member of the family.
Sean - Portia's dad who seems to always find the right balance, he is the second most powerful person in the coven.
Brad - Shelly's boyfriend who you expect to be the dumb jock with no ability to befriend the "bad boy" Vance, but who completely surprises you by being so very much more.
Shelly - Portia's best friend, she falls under the spell of an evil witch, spends a bit of time being jealous of the relationship that appears to be taking her best friend but comes around.
There are more characters, but obviously these are my favorites. They are so well created that I found myself completely invested in their lives in no time. It was refreshing to read a YA love story with no love triangle and even the willingness of Portia to die to save Vance doesn't rub the reader wrong.
Loved the book - can't wait to read the next one!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on March 15, 2011 :
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. 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!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on March 12, 2011 :
A copy of this book was provided to me for an honest review prior to a blog tour celebrating re-release of the series by the author..
As a long time fan of the television show "Charmed" this book had me hooked with the words Witch and Warlock!
While I did find a few errors in spelling and grammar they did not detract from the powerfully written story that had me from the very first page....
I found the entire book to be refreshingly fun, truly enjoyable as the main characters of both Vance and Portia are not only very strong and very well fleshed out by the author but their love story is romantic and emotionally realistic...
I am very glad to finally have gotten a chance to read "The Trouble With Spells" as have read many reviews singing it's praises and they were all justified as it is a nice fast easy read that ends on a note that leads right into the next book which I hope is as good as the first one...
Fans of YA are going to really enjoy this and fall in love with Vance and Portia's story just like I did!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)