Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells

Rated 4.47/5 based on 30 reviews
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. When she meets up with a warlock who becomes her boyfriend, she finds her life, and his, in precarious waters when they are hunted by an evil greater than they have ever known. More
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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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Review by: Hillary Curran 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)
Review by: Sue Owen 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)
Review by: Alisha Robinson 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)
Review by: Susan Baxter 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)
Review by: Julie Witt 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)
Review by: DivaV 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)
Review by: Kelly Lester 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)
Review by: Jackie O 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)
Review by: rhonda laney 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)
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