Stirring Up Trouble (Stirring Up Trouble, #1)
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Stirring Up Trouble (Stirring Up Trouble Trilogy #1)

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Zoe Miller is a 15-year-old witch with a talent for potions. She's working hard to find a substitute for toad slime. Since fat-free margarine has been found to be a substitute for dead man's toe, she's hopeful that she'll find one.

Then there's all the so-called normal stuff. Like high school, her annoyingly selfish "friend" Anya, and her crush on Anya's ex-boyfriend Jake....more
Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Julie Alexander
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If you're looking for a fun, young romance for a teenage girl to read (or if you yourself want to wax nostalgic), this is it! I'll tell you upfront, there's a lot of teenage kissing and a little bit of hand-wandering. Other than that, clean clean clean. Perfect for ages 13 and up.

Zoe is the magical daughter of a magical mom and a scientific dad. They're divorced. Zoe has one magical friend, Milo, and regular friends Anya, Jake (who used to date Anya), and Camille.

The book centers on Zoe figuri...more
Cute characters and story!
Amie Beamer
Mrs. Beamer's Review:
I was in the mood for a fluffy, light-hearted read...with no paranormal, fantasy, ect. stuff. SO...when I started the book and immediately discovered the main character has magical powers, I almost stopped reading. So glad I didn't! This book was perfect for my mood at the time. The magic does not distract from the current-ness of this book. It reads with a very modern tone. I was transported back to my high school days and reminded of the good and the bad that goes along wi...more
Kate McMurry
YA paranormal chick lit with witches and magic potions

Fifteen-year-old Zoe and her mother are witches living in Knoxville, Tennessee. They are descended from a lineage of alchemists who were granted the gift of making magical potions from the ancient Greek god, Zeus. Unlike her mother and grandmother, who have no particular talent or interest in making potions, Zoe is a potions prodigy. Not only can she concoct classic, time-tested potions, but she experiments and develops new twists. Her magnum...more
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
*I received an e-book copy from author*

Zoe Miller takes after her mother…she’s a witch. Unfortunately that was not enough to keep her parents together. They are divorced because her dad had an affair with his lab assistant. She’s very good about making potions and is constantly trying to find substitutes for unsavory ingredients, like toad slime. If that doesn’t beat all, she’s in love with her best-friend, Anya’s, ex-boyfriend. They are constantly making up and breaking up. She’s hoping this ti...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
In one word, this book is “cute.” It was a fun beach worthy read. Nothing too complicated. I knew I would like this book when I read that the witches that use self-serving potions to shed a few pounds or grab the attention of the local hottie would “suffer” (i.e. turn into the hideous witches you’re used to reading about). I could totally relate to the characters’ desire to suffer with a hairy, green wart for thinner hips.
The characters were hard to connect with. There didn’t seem to be a lot o...more
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
Stirring Up Trouble is a breath of fresh air in the YA paranormal and witch genre! It is laugh out loud funny and full of young teenage romance! And let me clarify here, it is full of clean romance ( no sexual situations thank you!) which this blogger appreciates! Zoe is a fifteen year old witch who lives with her recently divorced mom. Unfortunately her Dad left her mom for his lab assistant! Zoe's relationship with her Mom is one of the best parts of the book. I loved the awkwardness of certai...more
Bethany Huang
am a big sucker for books that incorporate paranormal lives with normal teenage ones, so this was a perfect fit for me. This book was incredibly entertaining, from the little additions of what a teenage witch's life would be like to the mishaps Zoe would get herself into. The way Juli Alexander added details about how Zoe was a gifted potions maker who was researching for replacements for ingredients normally used in potions from the supermarket added a bit of seasoning to a recipe for a normal...more
Witchmag's Boekenplank
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This is a very “fluffy” book. Although it’s entertaining, it has no real depth. It also felt more like a preview of the real story, where you get to know the characters and what’s happening, than the real thing. Even with the big, important scene at the end (that was a bit different from what I expected) it didn’t feel like the ending, more like the prologue was over and the real would start. And it couldn’t really grab my attention, therefore I’ll c...more
Ellen (more books, please)
This was a great little YA. No sex scenes, no blood, no heavy-duty paranormal. A few spells here and there make a book fun, right? Well, in this case they do. Even an object lesson or two is given in how and why Zoe can cast spells. That was a fun little twist.

It was nice reading about a teenager who has close relationships with both parental units even though her father has left her mother.
Her parents had been split up for a while, but Zoe was still dealing with the aftereffects. She wasn't act...more
Liliana ♥s Mythology
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This book... I just loved it SO much! There are so many great things about it that I just need to tell you!!

What initially caught my attention about this book was the witchy magical stuff (duh), but there was also something else that caught my attention: the stepsiblings/stepsiblings-to-be forbidden love! I don't know what it is about this, but I just LOVE it!

And then there's the little detail of Zeus (as in the Greek god!!!) giving them their witchy powers... I wa...more
A very cute read that kept me engaged enough that I would read a sequel, but definitely a book that was lacking in a few key areas. What I was most looking forward to was some world-building, as the book pretty clearly leaps into a simple, but interesting notion of magical give and take at the start, but very little gets fleshed out over the course of the book. Where did the Council come from, for instance? We know that magic is often genetic, but how much of a community is there? What type of w...more
Robin  Hart
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Amy H
I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review..

this was a very quick read, it was cute, and i needed something simple..

Zoe is a witch. not like the typical witches that you read about. Her mother is also a witch, but the funny thing is that she sucks at it. See when you are a witch you have to choose between using spells or potions. Both Zoe and her mother picked Potions. The thing with witches it once you use a potion there is always a price to pay. So, Zoe and her mother...more
My Sister's Bookshelf
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I thought this book was great! I especially love Zoe’s mom. Their relationship is awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Zoe too. Anyway, Zoe has been in love with Jake for the longest time, so when he wants to pretend to date her to teach their parents a lesson, what’s a girl to do? You’d think being witch would help things, but it seems to complicate in unforseen ways too. Anyway, the best descripti...more
It was cute. The witch side of the character wasn't really balanced well with the romance. Once she snagged the guy, then the witch side became more of a focus. I would have liked the two to be better mixed before that. It was still cute though. Nothing special, but enjoyable for the fluff it is. I enjoyed the characters, except for Anya, but I don't think she was meant to be very likable. I loved how Zoe's mother was getting such a kick out of her dad's troubles.
Leanne Tyler
Zoe Miller isn't your typical teenager. Teen Witch, yes. Bad, no. Zoe uses her powers with potions to do good in the world and she wants to become a doctor when she grows up. She enjoys experimenting to find cures and substitutions for dead man's toe or frog slime. But Zoe has her typical teenage problems too. Like her dad suddenly getting involved with the mother of the boy she's been crushing on for years, but Jake was dating her best friend Anya so he was off limits until Anya broke up with h...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd

STIRRING UP TROUBLE is YA at its best. It was charming, lacked vulgarity, major sexual situations and had a great story line. I loved that Alexander wrote a story that focuses on friendships and relationships of teens in a new and interesting way. The books highlights choices and consequences in a fun way and whimsical way...mix a spell that is self serving...bad things can happen. I just loved that!! As a mother, I also loved that Alexander created a story that focused on a positive parent rela...more
Rachel Lynn Sterling
More like 4.5 stars! Just so you know (because I didn’t when I read it), this is the first book in a series. I download a lot of freebies and they tend to be one of a series, so I’ve probably got at least 12 storylines leaving me hanging right now waiting on the next books! I was sooo not looking for another one when I started this book. I have to say though, I am not sorry I read it and yes, I am very much looking forward to the next edition.

The best way to describe this book is – GREAT FUN! Ms...more
Idea Smith
Zoe is a regular teenager in a lot of ways - second fiddle to a more glamorous best friend, crushing on this best friend's hunky boyfriend, trying to cope with her parents' matrimonial troubles. Regular in most ways except one. She's also a teenage witch. The trouble is that she can't use her powers for her own benefit, unless she wants to contend with horrible retribution that could take the form of anything from embarrassing appearance changes to unstoppable hiccups.

Otherwise a regular teen d...more
The pace is a little too fast, but not so much that it's hard to keep up. I liked the writing, most of the characters, I loved Zoe's relationship with her mom. That said, throughout most of the book I kept wondering WHAT was the point of them being witches? There was nothing happening that made being witches make sense. The world building was sorely lacking to explain everything, and the events that were thrown in just left me with more questions than answers. For example, does Halloween affect...more
Jennifer Erwin
Here's another intro to a YA series by Juli Alexander. I really liked her way of telling this story. It's funny, I connected with the characters, it's light hearted, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to seeing what happens to everyone in the next book.
This was a very enjoyable book. The witty remarks and great characters kept me laughing and curling my toes. Zoe is a wonderfully created character who is a real teenager with real teenager problems - of course with the addition of being a witch. She is funny and smart and all around fun. Jake is a realistic character who is sweet and romantic. The other side characters create an enjoyable and full world that support the main characters and the plot as it moves along. The plot goes along very we...more
I havn't read a book like this in a while, the one where you start reading and before you notice you're on chapter six. Or you mean to make a mess in the kitchen but you look up from reading at the clock and decide it might be better to just hit the store instead.

I didn't find this book particularly cleaver or anything, but it certainly captured my attention and held it through out. How Zoe interacts with the other characters is interesting to read, and I can't help but wonder what in the world...more
Vilde (vforvilde)
Read through through Text Me: 8 Novels of First Love.
Valerie Hunt
This was a cute book, about a witch whose magic comes with an odd side effect (She becomes uglier, i.e. looks like the traditional ugly witch, and can only resolve that by doing something selfless). She has quite a few problems: she's in love with her best friend's boyfriend and has to avoid using magic accidentally (mixing anything together) on Halloween in order to avoid causing some terrible calamity. Hi-jinks ensue.

Again, a cute book. Probably meant for a younger audience than me (I'm in my...more
Lenore Kosinski
2.5 stars for me -- it was a cute little read, but you know how in YA there are those that are for adults too, and those that really are only just for youth?? Well, for me this one was a bit young and simple. Doesn't make it a bad book, just not as interesting to my 33 year old self. *shrugs* I found the weird world of magic in this one a bit underwhelming...maybe in future books in the series you'll see more, but I didn't really get it. And even the relationship with Jake was confusing to say t...more
Trudi Jorda
I was not expecting a teen aged angst witch type book when I down loaded this novel. I must admit it worried me at first, but I kept reading and found myself enjoying the story! Juli Alexander shows a great deal of insight into the mind of a teen ager, and adds more into the cauldron of the story by making it a young potions witch with consequences for any selfish or self serving spells, potions etc. I wish more people saw the dangers of being self serving in the world! :)
I absolutely loved this book! As in, couldn't put it down long enough to sleep loved it! Humor, magic, young love, what more could you possibly ask for in a book? The characters were amusing and the book was highly entertaining. I got pulled into the teenage drama of the young protagonist. Not only does she have to deal with being a teenager, but she also has to deal with the difficulties of being different. I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it.
Stirring up trouble was a cute read and I loved the young witch having normal teenage issues. Moreno I love the fact that they use their magic for the good of others and brewing love potions every mow an then. The book defiantly had me laughing out loud. I can't wait to read the next one.
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