The Trouble with Spells

The Trouble with Spells

by Lacey Weatherford

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Overview

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148657651
Publisher: Moonstruck Media
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Series: Of Witches and Warlocks , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 27,139
File size: 249 KB

About the Author

#1 International, USA Today Bestseller, and Award-Author, Lacey Weatherford, resides in the Caribbean, where she recently moved with her family. They’ve adopted two natives, Cliff and Jimbo, two very spirited and loving cats. When Lacey’s not writing, you’ll find her snorkeling in the ocean, her favorite pastime!

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Trouble with Spells 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intertwining with a unseen surprise
jdonnelly14 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***Portia Mullins thought she was a normal girl with an encyclopedia salesmen for a dad, a nurse for a mom and a crush on the hottest boy in school who didn't even know she was alive. All that changes when she turns sixteen and she finds out not only is she a witch and a powerful one at that, but her Dad is a warlock and her Grandma is a witch too. To top it off the hottest boy in school, Vance Mangum, very much knew she was alive and as a warlock himself had been counting the days to her sixteenth birthday so he could introduce himself to her. Vance explains to Portia that not only is she his soul-mate, but he's in her coven because his demon father has been hunting him trying to steal Vance's power and turn him to a demon as well. When her best friends, the wannabe Barbie doll turns into a crazy goth chick Portia knows something's up, she only hopes she can get to the bottom of it before it's too late.If you like paranormal romance, you'll most likely enjoy this books. It's fast paced with a good flow and easy to read. However, you'll also find quite a few grammar errors and I guess you'd say an immaturity in the writing that goes beyond it being a first person narrative in the eyes of a sixteen year old. The characters are first of all a bit too perfect, their only possibly bad qualities have very good reasons behind them. They really don't have character flaws in anyway and both could be described as a Mary Sue character. They also seem to accept everything blindly. Oh I'm a powerful witch, well maybe I'll express disbelieve for a couple paragraphs but then I'll roll with the punches. Oh, we're soul-mates, cool, it's what I've always wanted. They fall instantly in love without any of the doubt or getting to know each other in typical relationships. She also has an 18 year old boy turning down sex with his girlfriend because he wants to wait until she's of age and they're married. And neither of their parents care that they spend every night sleeping in the same bed. Magic or not, no eighteen year old will be spending the night in my daughter's bed when she's sixteen. Their relationship is like a PG version of an adult relationship minus the courtship where they get to know each other. Nothing in real life falls as instantly into place as these characters' relationship does. No teenager is that good or accepting either. With a little more internal conflict in the characters and some more obstacles put in their way this could have been an excellent story. A better copy editor would have help as well.I should also mention that these modern day children never even mention computers or video games or any of the other things that are normally as close to every teenage kid as the air they breath. It sort of reminded me of the PG way a mother might describe her teenage years to her children leaving out any part that could possibly be construed as a negative influence for them to copy. That said the plot was interesting and it did flow well. The writer also has a nice writing voice. If she learned to be a little meaner to her characters I feel she could write an excellent story. She has potential and I plan to read more of Weatherford books in hopes these things will improve.
Andreat78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
BookishBrunette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gushing is so not enough for this book! I absolutely LOVED it! Hands down, it was a fabulous read. Vance and Portia completely blew me away. They were spellbinding in their undeniable connection! Their love literally jumped off the page, and don't even get me started on Vance *kill me twice...SWOON* There are entire fan pages dedicated to Vance- that's how scrumptious he is.Vance is a very powerful warlock and the son of a very bad man... Vance has been on the run since he was 5 and if his father ever catches him...The consequences will be dire.Vance sees Portia from across the school yard and knows she's his... One problem- he's not even allowed to TALK her because he's promised her father (the leader of their coven) that he will not have anything to do with her until she comes into her powers at 16.Vance waits TWO YEARS for her and the day she turns 16...Hmmm- I guess you'd better go read it!This is an absolute MUST READ!
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I read a lot of books and this book was unbelievable!!! I started to fall in love with the characters by page 13, I don't know how the author did it! I'm 25 and this book was completely captivating to my level of reading. I finished it in one night. Again absolutely amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this series is ok, I really dont know how to describe it other than how many times can u die...........lol
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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.
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3boysdivamom More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderfully written book. You could feel what the characters were going through and every emotion that they felt. Portia and Vance are my favorite couple of the moment. A love like theirs is hard to break. I can't wait to dive into the second book. This is by far one of my favorite YA paranormal series. Love it!
Kacey262 More than 1 year ago
Vance Magnum need I say more. What a perfect book to start a series. I could not put it down. I read all 4 books in 2 days. Just enough magic, romance and adventure to keep me wanting more(.. and more and more) Move over Edward and Jacob make room for Team Vance!
Hotmaja54 More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that as soon as I finished reading this book, I had to download and start the next one in the series. What a good read,and WOW,such a cliffhanger.....!!!!! Lacey Weatherford,I predict that someday soon, your name is going to be synonymous with N.Y.Times Bestseller.
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kkellijo More than 1 year ago
Didn't know if I was going to like this book or not, I started reading it & couldn't put it down. I am now ready to get the next three in the series!!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
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.
BSharp More than 1 year ago
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!
vvb32 More than 1 year ago
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.