Witch Eyes - Scott TraceyPublisher: Flux
Release: August 2011
My Rating: 4/5
A boy who can see the world's secrets and unravel spells with just a glance.
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.
When I first heard about Witch Eyes I knew that the novel would be something special. I wrote up a Waiting on Wednesday post and started sharing the word. It was the first time that I had actually felt excited about the release of a YA LGBT book, not to mention a fantasy novel.
Witch Eyes is easily one of my favorite novels of the year. Tracey has woven a page turning treasure with a touch of snark and an amazing history. This book will not disappoint any fantasy lover, the story is unique as are the characters.
I'm happy that Tracey introduced Braden as a gay teenager who had already figured out he was as a gay male. I find too often authors wish to focus on romance or sexual discovery when coming to a LGBT novel.
Authors so easily forget to tame down the romance aspect in teen fantasy novels these days which is something I find annoying. That wasn't the issue with Witch Eyes, fantasy took the front seat while hints of romance remained at the back.
This is an unforgettable debut novel and I'm impatiently waiting the second (Demon Eyes) of the series expected in 2012.
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