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Review: Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

Title: Witch Eyes

AuthorScott Tracey

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Witch Eyes (Book 1)

Publication Date: September 8, 2011

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738725951 (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738725956 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

Braden’s witch eyes give him an enormous power. A mere look causes a kaleidoscopic explosion of emotions, memories, darkness, and magic. But this rare gift is also his biggest curse.

Compelled to learn about his shadowed past and the family he never knew, Braden is drawn to the city of Belle Dam, where he is soon caught between two feuding witch dynasties. Sworn rivals Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe will use anything–lies, manipulation, illusion, and even murder–to seize control of Braden’s powers. To stop an ancient evil from destroying the town, Braden must master his gift, even through the shocking discovery that Jason is his father. While his feelings for an enigmatic boy named Trey grow deeper, Braden realizes a terrible truth: Trey is Catherine Lansing’s son . . . and Braden may be destined to kill him.

Quick & Dirty: A wonderful male MC with a strong point-of-view in an engaging paranormal.

Opening Sentence: Binding circles were bad news, my uncle said.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I’ve heard great things about Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes. In a world of popular young adult fiction, Witch Eyes stands out, to me. Tracey builds a dynamic world, filled with strong characters and an even stronger plot. With many supernatural, action, and suspenseful elements, Tracey adds his own unique elements. Definitely one of the enjoyable reads for this year.

Braden has been sheltered for most of his life. His uncle John has hidden him in the middle of nowhere, teaching him everything he can about magic, spells, and elements. But Braden is as powerful as any witch, because he was born with witch eyes. Witch eyes are an ability to see the world in it’s truest sense. Braden can see the darkness lingering, the magic essence, and an explosion of memories that have left its remnants. But an unexpected and terrible vision has altered Braden’s life. In order to protect his uncle, Braden sets off for Belle Dam, a city familiar to his family but that he has never known. Once he arrives, he quickly discovers the history of two feuding witch families,the Lansings and the Thorpes. But that’s not all he discovers, and he may have put himself and his loved ones in even more danger.

Braden is a strong character. I thought him to be layered with so many great qualities. His life choice doesn’t define him in any way, nor did Tracey make it a large issue in Witch Eyes. Braden is unique and original, determined and filled with strength. His eyes add a sense of vulnerability to him, but in a calculating, observant sense. He is sensitive, but to those that he cares about the most. It’s rare that I find a character to be strong from start to finish, and that was Braden, through and through.

The world in Witch Eyes was interesting. Tracey built Belle Dam to become a complex spell. Each character, each place added to the darkness looming around the city. It added to the mystery, and I really enjoyed it. The action was jam-packed. I didn’t expect to see hellhounds, shape shifters, and demons in the mix. It definitely added an evil element, fierce and creepy. Let me just say there’s a little girl that will give you nightmares!

Witch Eyes was an easy read. The beginning instantly grabs you, and you’re on this intense journey. Tracey fills your mind with detail, but surprisingly enough, I didn’t feel bogged down by the information. He paced the chapters nicely, and I never felt like a scene dragged on. He adds a slight romance, and for those of you who have never written LGBT elements, don’t worry. Tracey doesn’t make this element define the characters, but adds an extra awesome factor to the story.

Witch Eyes was different, as were its world and characters. Tracey brought out my imagination and I highly enjoyed it.

Notable Scene:

A woman with her face covered. Like in my vision?

Lucien was still talking. “For now, enjoy Belle Dam. This could be your life, Braden. Normal school, friends, football games and pizza? Do I have it about right?”

I was supposed to trust him, but he still made me uncomfortable. “What’s your angle?” I asked carefully. This isn’t normal, part of me wanted to say, but the rest of me was already considering the possibilities. High school. Hanging out with friends.

The lawyer flashed another smile, and for the first time, I saw shadows in the depths of his eyes. “Angles are for people playing games.” He stood up from the table, pulled out his wallet, and dropped a bill down. “Lawyers deal in agendas.”

Witch Eyes Series:

1. Witch Eyes

2. Demon Eyes

3. Phantom Eyes (October 2013)

FTC Advisory: I purchased this copy of Witch Eyes on my own.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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