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Stirring Up Trouble

(Stirring Up Trouble Trilogy #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  635 ratings  ·  96 reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Julie Alexander
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Aug 23, 2015 added it
Book 1

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fast read and funny too. Zoe is down to earth and I like her. I don't know about Jake yet, Milo is funny and I like his friendship with Zoe. . Zoe's mom is Kewl and she should date the 30 year old, why not? Anya is an annoying as hell. On to book 2!
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I got this from the free collection of kindle books in Amazon (used to be, but right now it's not anymore free). I won't say it's not good, but it's just not for me. Genre is definitely very YA, as in high school, as in witches... Anyway, the definite turn off for me was that readers were left hanging at the end such that you'd be forced to buy the sequel (I won't though). I would have given these three stars if it's a stand-alone, not an unfinished story.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute characters and story!
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
It's cute!

Sure, the characters make sheets of paper envy their flatness, the magic system is slapdash, and there's so little plot that it might bore someone into a nap. If a book is like a baked good, this was when you've thrown all the ingredients into the bowl but not properly mixed them together yet.

But it entertained me and made me happy and that's all you want from a book sometimes. Plus I picked it up while it was free on Kindle a couple years back, so there's no "this wasn't worth what I
Candy Laine
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witches are real. They brew potions and do magic. They may also attend your high school. Zoe is a talented witch who loves working on her potions besides doing well in school. Her love life is a little chaotic considering that she's got a crush on her best friend's ex boyfriend. It gets worse when said ex boyfriend's mother starts dating her divorced father. The story runs through the ups and downs of Zoe's angst as she tries to figure out a way to deal with the emotional roller coaster that her ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adorabe read for a teenager

This was one of those cute stories about a likeable teen who has that high maintenance best friend, a crush on a guy who finally notices her as more than a friend, a cute, nerdy boy friend, but with a little twist. She's a witch, and when she uses her magic for personal gain, she pays a price for it. Literally.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously cute YA book with some teenage angst, some romance, and a little magic thrown in.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun young adult book.
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
Amy H
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

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
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
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
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
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amie Schumacher
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, read-ya
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
Robin  Black
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
*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
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
My Sister's Bookshelf
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
For my full review, please check out our blog!

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
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
Leanne Tyler
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-novels
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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Rachel Lynn Sterling
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Out Of The Cauldron

This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to find out what happens next in Trouble's Brewing!

Zoe has been in love with Anya's boyfriend Jake forever! Too bad Anya's been her best friend since kindergarten... But things may be looking up for her now that Anya dumped Jake. If the reguar teen drama isn't enough, Zoe happens to be a witch with an incredible talent for potions. The drawback to magical talent is any self serving spell causes uglificatio
Ramya (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
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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