Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

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 t
heir 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. (summary from Goodreads)

Tracey has created an enthralling and original story with Witch Eyes.

Braden has known magic all his life - and not much else. Living with his Uncle John in the middle of nowhere is for his own good - or so he's told. Braden's special, even when it comes to magic. He has Witch Eyes, a power that allows him to see the world like no other, in an explosion of painful insight. When Braden has a vision of his Uncle's death, he's sure he has to leave to protect him - and so he goes where the vision leads him, right to Belle Dam. What he finds is a town built on magic and caught between warring witches Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe, new friendships, and a romance he never expected. But Belle Dam is hiding a lot of dark truths, and Braden is stuck right in the middle of them all. To survive, Braden will have to face a past full of secrets and magic...and possibly give up his chance at love.

Tracey's Witch Eyes is a thrilling tale of family feuds, magic, supernatural creatures, friendship, and forbidden romance that is a must read! A fun read, totally action packed and fast paced, I couldn't put Witch Eyes down...and it was over way before I was ready! I appreciated everything about this book and found myself completely connected to the story and characters.

I think it's been a long while since I've read a paranormal from a male point of view, and so from that perspective Witch Eyes is a refreshing narrative. I really liked Braden, right from the beginning. His power is so interesting and he's really funny - I loved so many of his thoughts and attitude, especially towards Trey and company. For the most part I admired his jumping in to all of the chaos that is Belle Dam - though, yes, I found it seriously foolish with so little information. But what became quickly obvious is that nothing is as it seems, and delving deep into it to get the truth is something Braden couldn't avoid doing. Despite throwing himself feet first into the fray, Braden is still cautious of his emotions, holding back just enough that he keeps questioning everything, and it's this that makes Braden stand out - I can't help but want everything to world out for him. Especially in terms of Trey. I'm such a sucker for a good romance, and Tracey hooked me with the tension between Braden and Trey alone. Everytime they interacted I turned into a tween version of myself, torn between giddy bouncing in my seat or giggling out loud. Anytime it became clear the sheer amount of secrets and obstacles they'll have to face, my heart would get heavy. That, and I wanted to smack the heck out of Trey. Maybe still do. But I digress. Any qualms I may have initially had about insta-love got totally shot to pieces, and I'm very desperate to see where Braden and Trey's relationship goes from here.

I mentioned earlier that nothing throughout this book is what it seems, and it's this that really drove the narrative for me. Braden notices so much, in detail or in passing, and you never know how it's going to come together...and trying to figure it out had me on the edge of my seat! It means that you can't trust anything or anyone, everything's a question, and this really pushes the mystery, and twists and turns. Witch Eyes is just the beginning however and so very few questions are answered yet. I am very much looking forward to learning about Grace and the magic of Belle Dam, about the family feud, and exactly what part Braden's Uncle plays in it all. It's all so very intricate that I don't doubt Tracey has a few surprises to throw at us yet. What we got with Witch Eyes alone provided heart-pounding action! Braden's visions are awesome, with so much information in one hit, and I was blown away every time Tracey described spells occurring. It's kind of amazing the detail involved in it all, and my imagination could run wild with this book.

Tracey's characters are surprising too, never quite what I expected...especially Jade. I adored her tenacity, but also her vulnerability. In much the same way, Riley and Drew stand out too, Riley for her bubbly nature and Drew for his secrets...and hotness, I won't lie. Their parts are sure to be huge and I can't help but to wonder where Tracey will take them. For now though, I really like the friendships they've formed. It's interesting to think about the possibilities for change - it puts me on edge, especially as with so much of what's happening in Witch Eyes, you can't be too sure who to trust in the long run. I tell you what though, I like so many of these characters, my heart's sure to be broken somehow!! While I don't hold much love for Jason and Catherine just yet...or ever, really...there's a lot of power and secrets with these two, enough to cause an explosion for sure. I'm saying it again...I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

If you're looking for a fast-paced read with a whole lot of magic, then Witch Eyes is for you!


Publisher: Flux
Published date: 8 September 2011
Pages: 360
Format: Kindle edition
Series: Witch Eyes, book 1

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