Friday, February 21, 2014

Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey [Review]

Demon Eyes (Witch Eyes, #2)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey
Series: Witch Eyes #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: October 8, 2012
Paperback: 395 Pages
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Demons don't die without a fight...

After destroying the demon Lucien, Braden—son of Belle Dam’s most powerful warlock, Jason Thorpe—doesn’t need the power of his witch eyes to see that everything in his life is turning against him: friends, family, and even his visions. When disturbing nightmares of Lucien’s return haunt him, Braden discovers that the simmering feud between the city’s two witch dynasties is fast approaching its explosive boiling point.

While struggling to come to terms with his attraction to Trey, Catherine Lansing’s son who should be his mortal enemy, a diabolical plan starts to unveil before Braden’s eyes. Young women are disappearing from Belle Dam, and as he investigates, Braden is forced to explore the dangerous unknown power within himself. But when the truth about his family is revealed, Braden must pay a terrible price.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I was excited to delve further into this series because I really enjoyed the first book, Witch Eyes.  I thought it offered a unique take on some well trod troupes and gave us an interesting POV.   Braden was a fun narrator: snarky, but vulnerable.   It was refreshing to have not only a male MC, but a gay one at that.  But ultimately I was a little disappointed in Demon Eyes, which I think suffered from some Sequel Syndrome.

Part of the problem was Braden lost some of sarcastic humor that made him a fun narrator.  He is definitely angsty this time around and it isn't a good fit on him.  Secondly, I felt the plot languished a bit.  I found myself uninterested in what was happening as the Scooby Gang basically spends the entire book running around in circles.  Even the romance was a bit lackluster.  Trey does that thing that always annoys me in books.  He alternates between kissing Braden and then pushing him away.  Wash, rinse and repeat.

I'm hoping the final book will rectify some of these problems and put it back on track.  Overall, I do think the series is quite good.  I may feel more generous towards the second book once I see how it fits into the overall story arc.  But please, give Braden back his personality!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
.5 Homecoming
1. Witch Eyes
2. Demon Eyes
3. Phantom Eyes

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