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The Trouble with Spells

(Of Witches and Warlocks #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,608 ratings  ·  401 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 Ma ...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 206 pages
Published November 12th 2009 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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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
Jan 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jessica at Book Sake
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Danielle Young
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Maryan Pelland
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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....
Andrea Heltsley
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
This author is new to me. This is the first book in the series and I was excited since I got it for free. The book didn't disappoint. I actually liked the insta-love, but that's just my opinion. I liked how the story unravels at a steady pace. It was especially cool that they used her best friend as a main character the way this author did. Five glittery stars from me! <3
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brought to you by Guest Reviewer Susan

Of Witches and Warlocks, is a series of books written by my favourite author Lacey Weatherford. She is an amazing and talented writer, not to mention a wonderful wife and fantastic mother to six, yes six children. How she finds the time to write as well I will never know, but I am grateful she does.

Lacey has created a strong, role model worth, protagonist called Portia Mullins. Portia is an ordinary teenager, living an ordinary life until she reaches her swe
Is this a Kissing Book? I think this one has described all kinds of kisses than any other YA book I've read. It should be titled The Trouble with Kisses. Or make that The Trouble With Soulmates.. because the story brings the term soulmates to a whole new level.
The relationship of Vance & Portia actually scares me. While I am happy to find someone who is right for me, I don't think I'll be happy to know that my partner is doomed to literally die of heartbreak when I am gone, or vice versa fo
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
Belinda Boring
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I believed there would be interesting world building surrounding the concept of witches and warlocks in this story but that was kicked to the kerbside in order to focus on the romance, which I didn't find appealing at all.

I found the first 15% and the last 15% to be alright, as there was a gleam of plot but that could not excuse the 70% in-between of nothing happening except for Portia and Vance declaring their love and binding their souls with magic. Let's not forget the kissing. Light, fast,
Donna (BLHmistress)
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Elizabeth Emily Browne
This book is so incredibly sweet. I really really enjoyed it. Especially the budding romance and magic between Portia and Vance. And Vance.. *swoon*.

“Why don’t you watch where you’re going?” I said, mostly under my breath. I didn’t even look to see who the intruder was, but I was completely irritated. “Hey now. You ran into me,” a soft, sultry, male voice returned. I froze. My gaze slowly moved to the feet in front of me and continued to travel up—over the black laced-up boots covered by tatter
Nov 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
So, I stumbled upon the series after I read Lacey's contemporary books. I liked her writing style enough to try her YA PNR series. Unfortunately, I believe this was her first attempt at writing and it totally shows. The plot was really cliche and I felt that it needed focus. First we began with witches, then the bad witches started to drink blood, and then they turned into demons. It made me wonder if she introduced some zombies along the way.
I liked Vance somewhat, even though he was the warloc
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Eunjee Chong
Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
I am severely disappointed that this is not, in fact, a Witches/Warlocks AU Pixar's Cars fanfiction (the protagonists' names threw me off - VANce and PORSCHE-a are, upsettingly, not original characters set in the Disney original classic).

At the very least, I expected something similar to that of a soft core porn spin off of the Brady Bunch Movie, only with less family themes and more Fifty Shades-esque BDSM.

Overall, fantastic read. Absolutely brilliant. According to my 12 year old cousin. After
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lacey Weatherford is a master of "leaving the reader hanging on" at the end of each book, so much so that after I got this first book for free through Pixel of Ink, I had to go buy the other four books in the series (only $2.99 at Amazon). I really like her books and they are very fast-paced. (I read the first 2 books in a day each...and they are not short books or novellas.) I have to admit to a personal "fascination" with books regarding magic and the fight of good versus evil. I'm not quite s ...more
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
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
Sep 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
✓ Witch with no problem casting spells from the very beginning.

✓ Obsessive relationships.

✓ No plot or main character development whatsoever.

✓ Cliché expressions in every page.

✓ Falling in love already in a first day, stalking, talking about marriage in less than a week.

✓ Me laughing and crying at the same time.

In this series are five books, so i don't understand, why relationship development was so rapid. This book was so horrible and so sweet, that i was starting to feel toothache. Twilight all
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies, young-adult
This was actually pretty good. Of course I really enjoyed "Chasing Nikki" as well so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. This book as a little over the top and sappy at times but it wasn't annoying. It figures that it had to end like that. It just hooks you right in and makes you want to read the next book.
If it ain't good I don't read it !
Seriously can they not find other models ?
These two are like on the cover of every other book
Significance , that alien book .... What's its face Opal
What a great first installment to a five book series! This book was an engaging, romantic, and full of twists and turns. From reading the first book, I was instantly hooked.

Portia is one of my favorite heroines. She is sassy, kind, loving, and one hell of a kickass heroine. The book starts out a few days before Portia is going to turn sixteen. On her sixteenth birthday, Portia's true heritage is revealed. The day of her birthday is one of my favorite parts of the book. This day, in particular,
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