Friday, December 27, 2013
Stirring Up Trouble (Stirring Up Trouble Trilogy #1) by Juli Alexander, Book Review
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.
Now, Zoe's dad is dating Jake's mom, and things are getting more and more complicated. If only Zoe could brew a potion or two and set everything straight. Zoe can't. If she brews a self-serving potion, bad things will happen to her appearance. Like a crooked nose, giant wart, green skin, rotting teeth--the whole ugly witch stereotype.
Zoe's tired of fate interfering so cruelly in her life. Can you really blame her for putting her potions to not-so-good use and stirring up trouble?
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 certain situations Zoe found herself in (no spoilers here) that just seemed so real to what could happen in life. The teenage crushing and best friend issues will resonate with teens and those of us who remember being teenagers not so long ago! I was easily drawn into the story and once I began, it was very hard for me to put it down! (Darn it when life gets in the way of my reading!) I highly recommend Stirring Up Trouble to any YA or paranormal reader; you won't be disappointed!
You can pick up your own copy of Stirring Up Trouble via Amazon.
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Posted by Books Are Sanity!!! at 1:30 AM