BOOK REVIEW: "Stirring Up Trouble" by Juli Alexander

Title: Stirring Up Trouble
Author: Alexander, Juli
Published: January 17, 2012 by Createspace
ISBN: 1468152785
Edition Language: English
Source: purchased e-book

From Goodreads:
What’s worse than lusting after my best friend’s on again off again boyfriend? How about my dad dating his mother, and my mom redesigning his bedroom for her show? With fate interfering so cruelly, can you really blame me for putting my magic potions to not-so-good use?  I’m Zoe Miller, a fifteen-year-old witch with only one power-—a talent for potions. I have my life all mapped out. I plan to be a doctor and develop drugs to cure disease. We already have potions to help all kinds of symptoms, but none of them will get by the Food and Drug Administration. I mean, the government bureaucrats are not going to okay the ingestion of bat wings or unicorn horns. Luckily, fat-free margarine has already been found to be an adequate substitute for dead man’s toe. So, I really hold out hope that I can make things work. Looking for edible substitutions to use in the potions is my passion.

Mrs. Beamer's Review:
I was in the mood for a fluffy, light-hearted read...with no paranormal, fantasy, ect. stuff.  SO...when I started the book and immediately discovered the main character has magical powers, I almost stopped reading.  So glad I didn't!  This book was perfect for my mood at the time.  The magic does not distract from the current-ness of this book.  It reads with a very modern tone.  I was transported back to my high school days and reminded of the good and the bad that goes along with that time.  I laughed out loud several times at the witty dialect.  Zoe is a breath of fresh air as a (slightly) normal teen just trying to live her life.  She crushes on a boy friend...spats with her best friend...has uncomfortable moments with her parents...all the typical teenage stuff you would expect.  I found the magic really took a back seat to the other story lines.  In fact, I thought the element added to the quirky and fun nature of the book.  Through Zoe's magic, the author ties in morality and karma quite nicely!  B-U-T-......I read the last page and yelled NO!!!!!  The story just cut off.  After some fast research, I learned the author is working on a sequel.  YES!!  Can't wait to read it :)  "Stirring Up Trouble" is a clean, fun read...  Great debut novel!!

My Favorite Quote/s (from this book):  "I don't want to feed vegetables with fewer nutrients to the poor.  They had enough problems already".  ~and~ "Other witches could time travel, but not me.  All my family could do was brew potions.  Life sucked."

Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 0
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 0
Drugs/Alcohol: 0
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: upper elementary
Potential Controversial Topics: none

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