Series: Of Witches and Warlocks #1
Genre: Paranormal YA
Published by: Moonstruck Media on March 8, 2011
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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 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.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Most girls get a new car or trip on their 16th birthday but not Portia…she gets the news that she’s a witch! Portia takes the news pretty well and soon discovers that magic runs in her family, her father and grandmother share her abilities as well. Being a teenage witch comes with perks and one in particular, the attention of the hottest guy in school, Vance Mangum. Vance isn’t an ordinary teenage boy either, he’s a warlock with powers far beyond his years who has been waiting to get close to Portia and make her his. When Vance and Portia meet, sparks fly! Her relationship with Vance is a dream come true, their connection surpasses the usual teen crush and Portia believes they truly are soul mates…but when Vance’s dark past comes back to haunt him, their power and love will be put to the test.
This isn’t your usual young adult novel with sad and whinny teenagers. It’s a beautiful story between two young people who fall in love and will do anything to protect that love. Portia and Vance are very likeable characters, they’re very mature for their ages and know that sometimes sacrifices must be made in the name of love, their relationship develops quickly and is pretty intense but totally believable.
Bad boy Vance had my heart from the first chapter, even when he turns out to be a total romantic! His willpower he exudes in his desire for Portia was torturous at times and had me thinking he might be a vampire and not a warlock by he way he craved her! Portia is a confident and strong willed heroine whose commitment to do right is commendable. Their bond grows stronger even in the midst of danger and their passionate kisses will make you swoon to say the least!
The story is well paced and I especially like the involvement of Portia’s family and friends, this isn’t just a young girl who’s left on her own to do whatever she wants, she’s well rounded and comes from a tight knit family with responsibilities. The author does a great job in describing the magical elements throughout without losing the reader and I thank her for that. A bit of mystery, some twists and turns add to the excitement of it all and the ending will leave you breathless! The Trouble With Spells will bewitch you with its magical charms and have you running out to get the sequel!