Elizabeth’s Book Review: Stirring Up Trouble by Juli Alexander
How Excited Was I To Read This Book?: Probably a 5. I got it as an a free kindle book on Amazon, and while it sounded cute, I’ve learned to be wary.
How Excited Was I When I Finished This Book?: 7.5. It was actually really cute! I’m just being picky in my ratings I think.
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?
Review: I thought this book was great! I especially love Zoe’s mom. Their relationship is awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Zoe too. Anyway, Zoe has been in love with Jake for the longest time, so when he wants to pretend to date her to teach their parents a lesson, what’s a girl to do? You’d think being witch would help things, but it seems to complicate in unforseen ways too. Anyway, the best description of this book is cute. If you’re looking for something deep or meaningful, find a different book. If you want something light and airy, this book is great. I did feel like it was aimed at a little younger age group than the YA I’ve been reading recently and that I read in general. In other words, I would have no problem letting a middle schooler read this. I’ll warn you, it does have an obvious set up for a sequel, but it did not bother me in the least.
Sexual Tension: It definitely existed between Zoe and Jake, but in a rather innocent way if that makes sense.
Re-Readability: Medium to Low. It was cute, and I could see myself re-reading certain fun parts without necessarily re-reading the entire book.
Recommended for: People looking for a quick, easy, light read