Thursday, February 6, 2014

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey [Review]

Witch Eyes (Witch Eyes, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
Series: Witch Eyes #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: September 8, 2011
Paperback: 336 Pages
Publisher: Flux
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden's powers to unlock Belle Dam's secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father--and Trey, the enigmatic guy he's falling for, is Catherine's son.

To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I went into this novel fairly blind.  I'm not even sure I read the description before hand.

In a lot of ways, this is a pretty standard YA paranormal fare.  But it is very well done.  I liked several things about it.  One, it has a gay male MC.  It isn't often we have a male POV, so I always relish the change.  Plus, Braden is gay, which is even more rare - especially for this genre.  I liked that it was discussed, but it wasn't the focal point of the story.   On top of that Braden is a fun MC.  He's a bit snarky with a healthy self deprecating sense of humor.  But he is also a little lost and unsure of himself.  And he is alone in the middle of a war and doesn't know who he can really trust.  The other characters are quite as well fleshed out though.  I wanted to learn more about Riley and Jade, two girls who befriend Braden.  I also couldn't quite get a bead on Trey.  He was very mercurial and his motives were definitely suspect sometimes. 

I also thought the paranormal aspects were pretty fun.  I haven't read anything quite like Scott Tracey's take on witches.  I loved the idea of Braden's power.  I loved how it was simultaneously a blessing and curse to him.  Some of my favorite parts are when Braden removes his sunglasses and lets the magic happen, so to speak.

The rest of the story is a bit murkier.  I didn't quite follow the town's various factions and I didn't really know what side everyone was on or what their motives were.  Sometimes it was a little frustrating.  But overall, I thought this was fun book and will definitely be back for the sequels. 

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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