The Trouble with Spells by Lacey Weatherford

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 from 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.

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

First the good. It’s a great story. I felt an emotional attachment to the characters. It was a book I read really quickly and enjoyed and wanted to finish. It contains some unique paranormal elements that were interesting.

Now the not so good. The editing of this book is terrible, it’s full of mistakes. I’m not a great writer and only a so-so editor but I could have kept my red pen busy on this book.

The potential for a fabuolous book was there with the storyline. The book moved along at a fast pace but this meant sometimes the writing was rushed and there wasn’t enough character and story development. Things just happened and were accepted way too fast.

A few things felt like they were lifted right out of Twilight – Vance saying Portia is like a drug to him, Vance sleeping in bed with Portia every night.
And then it ended with little resolution as a set up for the second book.

That said the book was entertaining and a quick read so I will read the sequel if I can find it at the library or from a friend.

Content: This is a fairly clean read. There is no language and little innuendo. My main problem is the issue of Vance spending his nights spooning with Portia. I could believe 100+ year old, animal blood drinking Edward might have enough control to resist going too far with Bella but I don’t think it’s a story element that should be repeated in other books. I doubt any other man, human or otherwise, could show such control.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

EDITED: Please see comment below – the editing errors in the copy I read have since been corrected.