The Trouble with Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks, #1)
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The Trouble with Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  3,200 ratings  ·  371 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. 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 Man...more
ebook, 218 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Lacey Weatherford, via Smashwords (first published November 12th 2009)
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Lacey Weatherford
Mar 10, 2011 Lacey Weatherford rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
By the way...I am the author of this book so of course I like it! :)
No, No, NO. I got about 1/4 through the book and just couldn't do this any more. Why oh why do YA authors think that taking the worst parts of the relationship in Twilight and utilizing them is a good idea? The male lead secretly stalks the female lead for two fucking years before suddenly telling her they are soul mates. Which happens on their first date. Which is in the middle of the fucking night that she is surprised by. You've never talked and now you're soul mates and eternally connected...more
Jessica at Book Sake
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...more
What. The hell.

Guys, are we reading the same book? The was the worst book I've read in a REALLY long time. And I've read some crap lately. I was going to say that it was like the author took the worst parts of Twilight, but then realized that that would be pretty much the whole book. So, I'll say that it's like the author took all the absolute worst parts of Twilight and made them 10x worse.

First, the characters are unbelievable. Portia's the perfect teenager, never doing anything wrong. Vance...more
Oct 15, 2012 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Twilight
Uninspired prose, bland cookie-cutter characters and a rather predictable plot. I really just did not care about the two main characters, not did I believe in their "love".

I finished this book in 3 hours, but I really should've stopped at about several chapters in, when it became evident that it was not going to get better. Let me save you the trouble:

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Danielle Young
Note: The endless I love you, I love you too, our lives have never been so complete there has never been an emotion this deep (wow, thanks sixteen year olds), soulmates, let's magically bind ourselves but marriage is pretty scary, I am obviously a female because my major characteristic is that I care about people and am a care-takeer and the reader learns pretty much nothing else about me except for my relationships to others, and OH! we are magical, and if you were wondering if I was super spec...more
I just finished 'The Trouble With Spells' and bought the second book in the series. I gave the book a 3 star rating because I felt it deserved more than a "It was okay" rating, but have to admit that if possible I would have dropped it to a 2.5 instead because though I liked it well enough, it could have been better with a few tweaks here and there. I thought Vance was adorable and enjoyed the basic plot line a great deal, it had a lot of potential. The two main factors I'd give for my lower tha...more
I really enjoyed reading about the magical human kind of powers again. After all those werewolves and vampires, it's nice to read about the grandma with a coven hiding in her basement. Who wouldn't want such a grandma?

When Portia turns sixteen, she learns that she has magical powers. Together with her grandma and father she is in a coven, where she discovers that Vince, the hottest guy in school, is a warlock. They fall in a love so strong they can't even stand to be separated any more. But Vinc...more
I'm apologising straight way because I disliked this book to the point where it was really hard for me to finish reading it. Maybe because I can't stand Twilight, and this had Bella and Edward written all over it. That is if you replace vampires with witches.

This was so sweet and idyllic, my teeth hurt. Vance is this God-like leather clad gorgeous teenage warlock who watched Portia since she was 14 because she is his soul mate. Now Portia is 16 and her gran tells her a family secret - she is a...more
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...more
Maryan Pelland
The Trouble with Spells is, apparently, a first-time effort. I read the Kindle version.
The story is of a teen-aged witch, Portia. On her 16th birthday, Portia's father and grandmother gather the coven to break it to our young lady that she and they are all witches, albeit well-intentioned witches. The girl takes it fairly well and then learns that the crush of her life is a warlock who may not be able to continue being a good warlock. His father, the protagonist is told, was a terrible person/wi...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
3.5 Very Good!

A beautiful story about a young witch who at sixteen is just discovering her family’s heritage and coming into her powers, and the boy she falls in love with who is a powerful warlock with dark forces after him.

The Trouble with Spells is a magical adventure full of sweet romance, dark mystery, and emotional, entertaining suspense.
I really enjoyed Weatherford’s writing style, it was simple and to the point, exactly how I would write a novel if I were as creative as her!

Both Porti...more
Donna (BLHmistress)
I have been wanting to read this book since I started on the book tour and I could kick myself for not reading this sooner. The sweet romance between Vance and Portia poured through out the whole book and it tugged at my heart.

As most of you know I am an avid Adult romance reader, and I haven't read too many YA but there are times as much as I love hot stuff its nice to have young innocent romance for the change that being said this book had its steamy moments, those kisses wow !! Lacey wrote th...more
Casey (The Bookish Type)
Excerpt: "The Mullins family has a secret, and on her 16th birthday Portia Mullins is abruptly sucked into the dangerous and mystical world that is her inheritance. When her grandmother reveals the unbelievable truth, Portia's initial skepticism is forced to give way in the face of overwhelming evidence. Portia is a witch, destined to empower her family's coven by becoming its thirteenth member. That is only part of her fate, however - the rest lies in the form of her leather-clad classmate, Van...more
I thought it was interesting at first. But then the "I love you till death" and "No! I love you more" and "omg it hurts to be away from you" got really, really annoying. We get it! Their love physically pains them when they're apart. No need to bash our heads over with repetition.

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Inspired Kathy
EDITED: I wanted to add this note I received from Lacey:
"Hi Kathy! Thanks for the review! Just FYI there was a mix up and the publisher put an unedited draft in the original book. It has since been reprinted!"
I bumped my review up to a 4 star review because the editing was the reason I gave it only 3 stars to begin with.

This is a hard book for me to rate. There were things I really loved about this book and thing I didn't like.

For full review:

Content: Thi...more
I am so happy that I read this book because I absolutely loved it. I haven't read many books that are only about witches & warlocks, so that was interesting. A lot of the book was world & relationship building which was very important for the rest of the story. The relationship between Portia & Vance happened pretty fast (and yes I know instant love bothers people, but I guess it isn't really an issue for me), but it was very important to the story & makes sense later on. I thoug...more
I don't know, I think maybe I'm needing a little less romance in my paranormal romance books at the moment (which sounds crazy, I know) It's just killing the story for me. A little bit more realism in the romance part and I'm, it's not just that. I need something fresh, something different, a story that I don't already know the beginning, middle and end of. But saying all that, the story was good. It's just one of those whole "it's not you, it's me" things....
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Favorite Lines “All this running has taught me to live in the moment because life is short. If you want something, you should reach out with both hands and seize it. God’s Grace is something we can never earn, but it’s something he still gives us freely.”

“I wondered if everyone in love felt like this. Was this ever-present, hot, sizzling fire running through my veins normal?”

“Sometimes it’s like my life is just beginning. It’s a new awakening for me. Even when I knew you were the one for me, I h
I initially picked up Of Witches and Warlocks for two reasons. Firstly, I enjoy stories about witches and secondly, I kept hearing about the “Vance Mangum Fanclub” and quite frankly, I like a hot guy as much as the next girl so I wanted to know what made this guy so appealing. Vance is of course one of the main characters from the book alongside Portia, a young witch in the making. Here’s the synopsis:

“Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday...more
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 p...more
signed review copy from author

My dear blogger friend Susan Mann from the UK introduced me to this series which I am sure will prove to be a big success. Fans of the Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan will love this book. The story starts as Portia realizes she is not who she seems. Sweet sixteen holds many secrets. Best of all is the sudden and shocking attention of on a motorcycle with a tough boy edge. He is majorly swoon worthy ladies. You'll find yourself drawn to him as his past unrav...more
When I first heard of the Of Witches and Warlocks series, I couldn't wait to read it because it contained one of my favorite subjects in paranormal YA, witches and warlocks. Luckily Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells provided to be a likable set-up to a new series I'll definitely be reading, but I will admit I did have several problems with it.

The first addition to this action packed series starts three days before Portia's birthday. Portia is your typical high school girl. She's...more
Kadbury(Young Readers)
Original Post:

This book really surprised me.I had pretty high expectations because the tour coordinator kept on gushing about this book but I really didn't think I would enjoy this book so much.

I really liked the prologue of this book as it was from Vance's POV.Unfortunately I kept on thinking that there will be more chapters from his POV(point of view) but there weren't(cries).

I really liked this book.Vance was so swoon worthy.Of course there were times w...more
Everyone loves a story where boy meets girl and they find out they are soulmates. For me, nothing could be more romantic. I don't know about you but these books are addicting and "Witches and Warlocks" is one of those books. Right from the moment you meet Portia and Vance, you fall in love with them and get caught in their discovery about themselves and their powers. Vance is the bad boy every girl dreams of and the commitment and love he feels for Portia is breathtaking. The book takes you thro...more
Belinda Boring
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 see...more
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 remin...more
Lyndsey Rushby
There aren’t that many books that I would consider ‘comfort reads’. A book has to have quite a big impact on me for me to feel like reading it at least a few times a year. Of Witches and Warlocks instantly went to the top of my ‘comfort reads’ list. I know that I am going to get withdrawals from not having read this book in a while so it is going to be one of the very few that I take away with me to University.

For some reason, I usually have problems with female main characters. I don’t really...more
Kezia Goodman
This book was amazing, I laughed till I cried, then I cried, I was happy, angry and 'issued, over joyed and then amazed.

I cheered for the good guys and booed at the bad, I felt like a little school girl, and yes once again I stayed up late reading this as I couldn't put it down.

This is the first time I've ever read anything from Lacey Weatherford, and I have to admit I have fallen in love with her style of writing. Characters so tangible I felt like I good pull them off the pages, emotions and f...more
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...more
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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 hoo...more
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