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Monday, January 16, 2012

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

Posted by Irish in Review5 Comments

Publisher: Flux
Source: BEA
Publication Date: 08 Sept 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN:  0738725951
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 332
Websites:
Place(s) Traveled to: Montana // Belle Dam, Washington
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Witch Eyes Series Order
Book 1: Witch Eyes
Book 2: Demon Eyes (Fall 2012)
Book 3:  Phantom Eyes (Fall 2013)
First Line: Binding circles were bad news, my uncle said.

From the first moment I heard about Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey I knew it was a book I had to read. It was one of my favorite genres, fantasy, contained a mystery and then had a GBLT character as the main protagonist. Witch Eyes was filled with many ups and downs and a few twists and turns and ended in a satisfying story that left me wanting more. And, I must admit, it also left me a bit made at Tracey for how certain events played out. Along with the dread that there are still two more books remaining in the series so plenty of words remain for him to torture both his characters and his readers alike.
The mystery in the book wasn’t anything super complex or difficult to figure out for an anyone experienced with reading mysteries but it wasn’t so obvious that you knew all there was to know right from the start. I also really enjoyed all the characters and how they interacted with each other. There was humor and there was heart ache and I look forward to seeing how they all deepen and grow over the course of the series. I enjoyed the world and mythology that Tracey set up for his town of Belle Dam. There were lots of seeds planted in this first book and I am curious to see how they will grow.
There is just so much to love in this book and I hated for it to end. I just wanted to stay in this world longer. Because then maybe there wouldn’t have been as much heartbreak…ok who am I kidding…there probably would have been more if the story was longer. Because for some unknown reason authors just love to torture their readers. There should be a law against that. But then again, its that torture that keeps us coming back for more. That desire and hope that maybe in this next book events will be different and everything will be all sunshine and roses. And yes I know that I am living in a dream world with that one but isn’t that part of what makes up hope? 
If you like a good fantasy novel….one filled with magic and mystery…along with a little snark mixed in…then you really need to pick up Witch Eyes. Scott Tracey has built a wonderful world and I think that I will be a long time fan of his writing. The characters are all so very real. They are flawed and make mistakes and its in those flaws and mistakes that you can find pieces of yourself that make it easy to relate to them. Witch Eyes also contains involved family members…which is so rare in YA books these days. For me this is a must read and bound to be on my favorites list for a long time to come. So if you haven’t read it yet then you are really missing out and should bump it up your to be read list. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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