"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
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 momentsand 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
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
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)