Witch Eyes

Witch Eyes

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by Scott Tracey
     
 

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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

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Overview

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 Eyespulled 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 OFTHE IRON WITCH

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Mary Arnold
Braden calls them his "witch eyes"—eyes that can see deeply into the world's reality, eyes that unravel magic spells, eyes he keeps hidden behind dark glasses, eyes that are both a blessing and a curse. When his eyes show his beloved uncle and mentor in danger, Braden flees to Belle Dam, a town divided by an ancient feud between the powerful Lansings and Thorpes, a town whose secrets include Braden's own blood allegiance to his unknown father and make him a pawn in a tug of war. Debut author Thorpe creates a compelling mix of mystery, magic, typical teen cliques, and a star-crossed romance when Braden, a Thorpe, meets Trey, the son of Belle Dam's most powerful witch, Catherine Lansing. The writing is powerful, particularly the passages that reveal the pain and pleasure of Braden's dazzling visions. Readers will anxiously turn pages to see if Braden will allow his witch's power and strength to be co-opted in the dynastic struggle, and whether he will reveal the disturbing dark reality of Belle Dam once and for all. Especially good are the passages of typical teen dialogue filled with deadpan humor—"I forced myself to finish my homework before considering plans to raise the dead"—that lighten the story at all the right moments——and the lively cast of interesting secondary characters. All of these elements should make the second book in the Demon Eyes series a must read. Reviewer: Mary Arnold
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Braden was given the gift of sight, a rare power that allows him to see and feel everything around him in its raw form. No distortions, lies, or spells can alter his vision but, like most abilities, his comes with a price-intense physical pain. Raised by his Uncle Jonathan, Braden has spent his whole life training and trying to master his gift. Unfortunately, his uncle refuses to shed any light on why he has this ability and what the future will bring. Then, a powerful vision convinces Braden that fleeing to Belle Dam will save his uncle's life and possibly give him the answers he seeks. But the town is embroiled in a feud between two powerful witch families that both want to use the teen for their own purposes. Staying neutral becomes difficult and knowing whom to trust even more so. Braden's gift seems to be the key to unraveling the secrets of the town, but are he and the residents capable of handling the truth? Tracey spins a clever paranormal story with lots of suspense and intrigue. The complex characters drive the plot and add to the perplexity and mystery. Braden is a likable and strong character whose romantic feelings for his father's enemy's son must withstand family secrets and deception. A satisfying read that will continue in the next installment.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews

A bewitching blend of paranormal romance and intrigue.

Braden's witch eyes enable him to see the world, unfiltered, as a mashup of memories and magic. He lives in seclusion while his uncle trains him to handle the sensory overload and physical toll of his impressive natural abilities. When a dark premonition spells doom for Uncle John, the signs compel Braden to seek answers in Belle Dam, a small town in Washington that is besieged by two feuding families of witches. While both sides would gladly use Braden as a weapon, he attempts to stay neutral and focused on unlocking the mysteries in his visions. Characters who withhold information are given internal justification and believable motives, making them more than merely plot devices. Unraveling everyone else's complicated secrets traps Braden into keeping some of his own, especially from love interest Trey. The two boys' palpable connection and fledgling relationship is balanced with the intrigue and interwoven seamlessly into the plot, resulting in a well-paced novel that takes advantage of every tension available. The story's climax is logical and earned, leading to a denouement filled with bittersweet consequences.

Tracey's promising debut neither panders nor patronizes, trusting readers to solve Belle Dam's complex mysteries alongside a capable, self-assured hero. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738725956
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/08/2011
Series:
Witch Eyes, #1
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
603,964
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Scott Tracey aspired to be a writer from a young age. His debut novel, Witch Eyes, was named to the 2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers list in the forbidden romance category and ranked among the top ten gay and lesbian Kindle books of 2011 at Amazon.com. Tracey lives near Cleveland, Ohio.

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Witch Eyes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Fictionlove101 More than 1 year ago
Amazing book....it will leave you hungry waiting for Demon Eyes to come out!!! If you are gay and you like magic, you will not regret buying this book!!!!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! Filled with lots of magic, witches, and betrayals, I loved reading it. What I really enjoyed about this book is the great mystery of it. Mr. Tracey lead the reader to dark places, where secrets were revealed. And me likey secrets! I love that the reader, learned the secrets along with the main character Braden. It made the reader feel more in the story. The setting of the story in Belle Dam really gave the book a much more intensifying read. I loved how well Mr. Tracey brought the town and its history back round to life. I also liked how Ms. Tracey didn't overwhelm the reader with too much information. Everything is given to the reader bit by bit and leaves the reader following the story much more closely. The rival of the families, the fighting really got my heart racing. The love interest was not my style, though others may enjoy it better than me. Overall, I really loved and adored Mr. Tracey well written book. He is able to bring to life his characters, his settings, as well as bringing the reader into the story, falling swiftly in Braden's shoes. The magic that flowed from the book, enchanted the reader from the very first line.
jmanni32 More than 1 year ago
WITCH EYES was a fun, exciting read that kept me guessing right up to the end--in more ways than one! It's centered around Braden, a teenage witch who lives with his uncle until he's sort of forced to visit the tiny town of Belle Dam, where his family is from. Once there, Braden's already difficult life becomes almost unbearable. Braden is a great character. He's strong yet vulnerable at the same time, with just enough heart to get himself into trouble by being a bit too trusting of others. In Belle Dam, he instantly becomes a pawn in a war between two families--one of which is his own. Along the way he meets two mysterious guys, Drew and Trey. At first glance, Drew is the nice one and Trey the typical bad boy, but as the book progresses, we learn that isn't necessarily the case. Scott Tracey did a great job of creating well-rounded characters, from Braden and his two suitors to the heads of the feuding dynasties. A couple of places in the story lagged a bit for me, but overall it was a fun, enjoyable read that kept me hooked to the end. And I am excited for the next installment! I am happy to give WITCH EYES 4 Stars, and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, unique read!
krazyoneboy More than 1 year ago
I love this book I couldn't put it down at first I didn't know it was a gay novel but (I'm gay myself) towards the middle that is when it got interesting and I was hooked. I can't wait for demon eyes to come out in the fall of 2012....I hope that Scott Tracey decided to release the second book early
A1243 More than 1 year ago
This is the best book about witches ever. Although you should know that Braden is gay but the story does not center around that like other books with a gay male lead character. My favorite parts were when we got to see the world through Braden's witch eyes.
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Loved this so much
BrandonSharp More than 1 year ago
Its always nice to read a book with a gay protagonist, especially if your a gay man who reads tons of urban fantasy. You can only take so much girl on guy relationship drama before you start reading over the paragraphs when the steamy scenes happen for lack of interest. The main character already knows he's a witch, so we don't have to spend time watching him discover these new found powers. It gets straight to the main story arch rather quickly which worked well for how quick it is to read. Overall, by the end I was left wanting to read the next one! Story can be underdeveloped, along with the characters and their relationships. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read, if a little predictable. For the main character to be as powerful a witch as we are led to believe, he certainly lets a lot of witches control him. Just sayin'. Certainly worth the read, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was difficult to continue reading after the first chapter as it did not hold my attention. Several chapters later i was drawn into the world of witches and found the story line facinating. As the story reached its climax, it abruptly ended. For this, i giive it two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was awesome and kept me entertained and i really hope demon eyes (the second book) comes on the nook store!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books my favorite character was trey
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Great fast passed read, leaving you satisfied but wanting more.
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I loved this from beginning to end! I can't wait until the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice to have a male witch story in the YA world for a change.
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