Review: Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

From Hicklebees: 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.

Praise: “A bewitching blend of paranormal romance and intrigue.”–KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Welcome to the town of Belle Dam, a mysterious place filled with intriguing characters, magic, and dangerous secrets. Witch Eyes pulled me in and kept me up half the night finishing it, only to leave me with a thirst for more I seriously can’t wait to see what Scott Tracey does next. His debut urban fantasy has it all: great voice, unique worldbuilding, and a sizzling romance that I adored.”–KAREN MAHONEY, AUTHOR OF THE IRON WITCH.

Plain and simple, Scott Tracey delivers in his debut paranormal coming September 8th from Flux. The author paints a moody picture of Belle Dam with a fabulous young protagonist to galavant around and as he is new as well we get to discover Belle Dam and her secrets together. It’s just like being besties.

One thing I loved about this book is the protagonist Braiden is gay. His uncle doesn’t really like that but he doesn’t give Bray (I can call him that because we were 3am reading homies) a hard time, instead he sees it as something Braiden will grow out of. There is a lot here for any teen, straight, gay, Miley Cyrus fan… This is one of the few books that paints a gay character that is very real, not just the BAMF FABULOUS secondary BFF.

Braiden has Witch Eyes and it seems like Belle Dam is THE place to find out what that means exactly and what else he can do with his powers besides see how any spell has been worked. One of the founding daughters of the town had Witch Eyes too, but the town buried her and her secrets with her when she died.

The more Braiden pokes around the more he antagonizes an age old war between his father, and the boy he may be in love with’s mother. The real question is will Braiden find the answers he is looking for before he spurs a battle that neither side can win?

I absolutely adored Witch Eyes and I generally look to Flux for hot new young voices and that is what Tracey is. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

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