Monday, December 24, 2012

Stirring Up Trouble

I love magic. Tell me the protagonist in a book is a witch and I'm sold. Sometimes (a lot of times recently) I've been disappointed by people who threw a witch into a story just to be able to advertise it as a "paranormal" without giving magic center stage anywhere in the book. NOT the case with this book written by Juli Alexander. Magic sneaks in when least expected and fills every corner of every page. I even learned something about witches! Did you ever wonder why good witches are always beautiful and nasty witches have moles and green skin and wiry chin whiskers? Casting self-serving spells damages a witch's appearance. Doing magic that helps someone enhances your looks. Isn't that a cool factoid? And, you heard it here! I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd in the series, Trouble's Brewing, already waiting for me on my Kindle .

From the Amazon page:

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?

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