Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey [Review]

Phantom Eyes (Witch Eyes, #3)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey
Series: Witch Eyes #3
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: October 8, 2013
Paperback: 401 Pages
Publisher: Flux
My Copy: Publisher - Netgalley
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Every child in Belle Dam is taught about the feud from an early age. There are ‘our’ people and ‘their’ people. Friends and enemies. Associates and strangers. It’s the kind of town where eyes are always watching, and you don’t need a reason to sell out your neighbors.

But the feud is a lie. As a new wave of fury sweeps through the town, creating a third front to an already overtaxed war, Braden has been broken worse than ever. His innocence? Shattered. His heart? Crushed. His magic? Gone. His new life? Ruined. And this is only the beginning.

Beneath the city lay deep wellsprings of power. The one who controls them is the one who will win the feud. In a city filled with puppet masters, Braden must elude their strings and end the feud once and for all. But first, he must outsmart his father, evade Catherine’s dark magic, regain what was stolen from him, trick a phantom who refuses to die, and foil a demon’s master plan.

Even then, he may not survive. Because power is a problem, and victory comes with a cost…
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Phantom Eyes is the conclusion to the Witch Eyes series, which is one of the more unique paranormal series I've read.  Not only do we have a male protagonist and a male POV, Braden is also gay.  I loved the way this was handled.  It was matter of fact and while it was mentioned, it was never a focal point of the story.

 Phantom Eyes picks up shortly after the conclusion of the previous book, Demon Eyes.  Braden has lost his power, but wants to fight back against his enemies and end the fuel in Belle Dam.  There is a pretty complicated plot and it is hard to keep track of who is plotting against who and who is backstabbing who.  Admittedly, I got a little lost in the details.  And because there is so much going on, the plot got a little bogged down.  I felt it could have been a little shorter and streamlined, with less exposition.  But, the ending is pretty epic.  Everything really comes to a head and I was pretty satisfied with how the series ended overall.  All the loose ends are nicely tied up, but the ending wasn't too pretty or easy either.  I recommend this series to paranormal fans and those especially that want something different out of the genre.

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

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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