Review: Stirring up Trouble by Juli Alexander

Stirring up Trouble by Juli AlexanderTitle: Stirring up Trouble
Author: Juli Alexander
Publisher: Self Published
ISBN: 9781468152784
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Witches
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥

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?


When Zoe comes home from school, the first thing she sees is the enormous wart on her mothers chin. Apparently her mother couldn’t resist the temptation to remove a couple of kilo’s from her perfectly looking body by using a spell. Yup, you’re reading it right: a spell. Zoe and her mother are witches. Witches who have to abide the rules Zeus made when he bestowed the gift on their ancestors. Which means no magic out of self-interest. To go against these rules will have consequences: you’ll look like a real witch, including warts, hair on your chin and the like. The only way to redeem yourself is by doing good deeds, like hugging babies at hospitals and such. 

As though being a teenage witch isn’t hard enough, complications arise when her dad starts dating her friends mother, with whom her best friend has an on/off relationship. The boy Zoe has had a crush on for years. Although Jake is available at the moment, he still doesn’t see her as potential girlfriend material! Besides, Anya wouldn’t tolerate it if she starts something with him! But opportunities arise when she and Jake combine their strength to do something against their parents…

This is a very “fluffy” book. Although it’s entertaining, it has no real depth. It also felt more like a preview of the real story, where you get to know the characters and what’s happening, than the real thing. Even with the big, important scene at the end (that was a bit different from what I expected) it didn’t feel like the ending, more like the prologue was over and the real story would start. And it couldn’t really grab my attention, therefore I’ll call this a “fluffy” book, since I still liked reading it.

I really liked the no-self serving part. I’ve often read stories where you can use magic as you like, so it was refreshing to read a story where it has dire consequences. You’ll think twice before using it for your own good, otherwise you’ll be a “real” witch. I loved that part ^^ Even more I loved that you have to do good deeds to remove all the effects. It’s such a good way to redeem yourself ^^

I loved reading about Zoe, although she did feel a bit older than her fifteen years. Especially when it came to love. I wasn’t like that at all when I was that age. Okay I had some crushes, but kisses like that….. I might be a bit too innocent 😉 Aside from that aspect, she is a great gall and not prone to do the most stupid things when under stress. Although she did manage to screw up big time, it was not really her fault and very funny, so I’ll forgive her ^^


3 HEARTS. It’s a fluffy book to read. A compelling read, without much depth. I like the main characters  although they didn’t feel like they were 15-year-olds. This book felt more like a prologue than the real thing, so I’m very curious were the next book will bring me ^^

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