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Witch Eyes (Witch Eyes #1)

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Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 8th 2011 by Flux
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I like to keep stuff in my bra.

Not books or animals or shake weights, or anything. Mostly purse items, like coins or lemon candies, and the odd packet of wet wipes. Oh, and I keep electronics in there, too.

It's just so handy. Assuming your bra fits properly, you're probably going to have to limit your bounty to slim or small items, but still - better that than to have to wear clothes with pockets. When I'm working out, why would I want to wear jeans or carry a bag when I can just as easily stuf...more
I think Witch Eyes was amongst my most anticipated books of 2011, so this 2-star rating right here? It makes me want to cry. I really, really wanted to like this book, but I just... couldn't.

Witch Eyes should have been a good book - I mean, it had everything necessary to make it a stand-out read: witches, feuds, gay romance, magical powers. And yet they all fell flat, and there's nothing I can attribute it to but the writing. The best word I can use to describe the writing in this book was 'meh...more
Okay, why aren't there more YA books out there this good? Oh, I know why. Because they're too damn busy trying to be the next Twilight.

Let me get this out of the way: the hero of this awesome novel is gay. Yes, boys and girls, Braden is gay and he's got magickal powers and he's not bemoaning his state as a gay young man because he's too damn busy trying not to end up as a pawn in a dangerous and age-old game between two warring factions. If gay characters behaving in a powerful and heroic fashio...more
Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes is a book I really wanted to like. I was interested in reading because not only is the main protagonist a male, but is gay. There are not many paranormal YA’s with a gay protagonist that I can think of. And the most positive thing I can say about Witch Eyes is Braden, the hero, is a very appealing fellow. I really liked him and how he tries to overcome his handicap and tribulations thrown at him.

Unfortunately the writing wasn’t strong enough since the buildup and gettin...more
Courtney Moulton
Witch Eyes is compelling and elegantly written with a wit that has bite. Scott Tracey has woven a dark, beautiful world, and Braden is just the hero to lead us through it.

Five for you, Scott Tracey. You go, Scott Tracey.
Belle Dam is a town that has been shrouded in darkness ever since its inception. It is a town divided by a feud between the two powerful families who keep its secrets – the Lansing’s and the Thorpe’s. It is a town whose residents must choose sides in this battle that has continued to rage through generations.

And it is the town to which Braden Michaels runs in order to protect his uncle from the vision of a future which cost him his life.

But when Braden learns that Belle Dam was once home to some...more
Dec 21, 2010 Amy marked it as to-read
Marking as TO-READ because of this girl's ignorant comment on why she WON'T read it. (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...)

I think my expectations for this book were a little bit too high. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book, but it didn't quite blow me away like I hoped it would. The main reason I bought this book was because I rarely see YA fantasy books in the LGBT category, so I grabbed this one as soon as I heard of it. So yeah, I was a bit disappointed, but it was still a very enjoyable read.

The characters, in my opinion were great. I loved Braden, the main character, a whole lot. I liked how badas...more
Oh my gosh, I have just been reading so many fabulous books lately. Witch Eyes fit right in that category. I have been really looking forward to Witch Eyes for months, since I first heard about it, and I honestly don't know if I have the words to express my feelings for Witch Eyes, but I'll certainly try.

I really love witches. I think they're one of the most fun, well paranormal isn't really the right word but I'll just use it for the lack of a better word, paranormal being out there because the...more
Wow. This book was amazing. I loved that Braden is gay but the fact that he is gay is not the focus. He's just himself. His orientation is introduced and woven through the story as seamlessly as it should be in the real world. I love that it just is. I think that Braden has to be my favorite GLBT character of all time. I also love his relationship with Trey. It is sweet and real. It builds slowly but is both passionate and believable. Which is my brother and his fiance's biggest pet peeve in boo...more
Alex Bennett
Witch Eyes has been on my radar since I first heard about it. The concept seemed so original and different to me, and I couldn’t wait to read it. So when I finally got it, I started Witch Eyes immediately. It was different, very different than I was expecting, but that didn’t hinder my love for it one bit.

Braden, a witch with a power different than any other, has a vision that compels him to venture to Belle Dam, a town where he soon discovers an ancient feud between two witch families has been...more
Chelsea Swiggett
This book is better than cheese curds.
Petra Sýkorová
Opravdu výborná kniha. Je škoda, že YA knih s čistě mužskou (či ženskou) romantikou není víc. Většina lidí se sice tváří, že homosexuály toleruje a že je chápe, ovšem knihy o nich se pro dospívající moc nepíšou. Anebo jsem alespoň já na žádnou dobrou nenarazila.

Braden už od malička žije jenom se svým strýcem, který jej učí čarodějnickému řemeslu. Žijí na samotě u lesa, dál od běžného života, jak jej známe my. Braden totiž i mezi čaroději není tak úplně obyčejný. Má čarodějnické oči. Oči, které v...more
Dennis R.
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—...more
Once again, being a part of the Around the World ARC Tours site came through for me because I got to read Witch Eyes early. After reading the blurb I knew I had to give it a shot because how many supernatural stories are out there written by a guy? I like reading the guy YA writers every chance I can because they always bring a different perspective to the genre. Plus the story sounded remarkably interesting.

The mystery surrounding Belle Dam is quite the ride. The entire story was laid out in su...more
Kathleen Peacock
Some writers are so adept at spinning a lush, evocative setting that you can’t help but want to stroll the streets and neighbourhoods where their stories take place—even when you’re not entirely sure you’d come away unscathed. After I read Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, I wanted to hop a plane to New Orleans. After I read Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes, I wanted to ride a bus into Belle Dam.

Setting aside, I just loved the heck out of the book. Braden was a great main character and it was refreshing...more
Truly well developed, interesting story. With well created characters, and the story developed with so much mystery, you don't know who is good or who is bad or even fishy between them. The story pulled me into instantly. There was no boring moment in this plot. I will definitely look forward to next part in this series. DEFINITELY HIGHLY Recommended book!!
Serendipity Reviews
From the start of the book, I loved Braden. He is such a sensitive soul, who has never been to school and is suddenly thrust into the world of high school drama. He really wore his heart on his sleeve and fell for Scott in a big way. This is the first book I have read that had a gay relationship in it and I found it extremely refreshing and heartwarming. Scott has created a beautiful relationship. However, this relationship is hindered by the Capulet and Montague warring traditions that made Rom...more
I wanted to like this more than I did, and I tried.

Braden has an ability no other witch has. He can look at a spell in progress and unravel it (I think). His vision also reveals any and everything that happened in a place or about a person (I think). When he gets a different sort of vision, one of the future that shows his uncle in danger, he takes off for the mysterious town of Belle Dam because his uncle tells him not to (?) or because he might get answers from his absentee father (?) or becau...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A wonderful male MC with a strong point-of-view in an engaging paranormal.

Opening Sentence: Binding circles were bad news, my uncle said.

The Review:

I’ve heard great things about Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes. In a world of popular young adult fiction, Witch Eyes stands out, to me. Tracey builds a dynamic world, filled with strong characters and an even stronger plot. With many supernatural, action, and suspenseful elements, Tracey adds his own...more
What first attracted me to Witch Eyes was the cover. I know I’m shallow in that regard; I’m a sucker for a good cover. It’s been on my radar for quite awhile so when I saw it was available for a book tour I jumped at the chance. Normally “witch” novels kind of fall flat for me. They’re kind of just all the same. Witch Eyes completely surprised me and was a very fresh take on the witch idea. I got it in the mail, started reading it while cooking stir fry, read for an hour at work, came home and s...more
Micah Incredible
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If you liked Beautiful Creatures(or hated it but thought it could've been better), then you will definitely enjoy "Witch Eyes"

I Absolutely love books with strong Gay Characters who aren't stereotypical flamboyant Queens or homos but they are just like any book with male leads...they just happened to be gay. So it is quite interesting to discover that Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey is actually from the same Publisher as The Torch Keeper and his...more
My thoughts

Expectations : Reading from a male’s perspective is always fun. I heard of this book after I had just become part of the Goodreads community. . I love fictional family feuds and the inclusion of witches makes it all the better. I have had it on my wish list for a while and I immediately said yes when a kind popular blogger said she could gift me witch eyes and its sequel.

Cover : I’m not normally a fan of floating heads. But this one isn’t that bad. The Thorpe mansion is shown on the c...more
I was disappointed by Witch Eyes. I had high hopes going in and found it to be mediocre at best.

I'm not entirely clear whether Witch Eyes was intended to be consider urban fantasy or paranormal romance. Maybe the author was trying to bridge the gap; I don't feel like he did it very well. Both the world building and general mystery plot AND the probably-pre-doomed-due-to-circumstances romance plot suffered from not enough attention and detail and felt lack lustre.

The book is too short and feels...more
Jun 06, 2012 Bookwatcher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA readers
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Kate
Braden don't use magic... yes, he is a witch, but he see and use magic!

The blurb of this YA novel call my attention. I love magic, and a YA with a witch narrator is something I can't miss... and I'm glad I did it!

Meet Braden, just 17 and already an expert in magic.

Not because he want it... he MUST know how to live with a huge burden.... his witch eyes. In my view it's not a gift, but a burden. Imagine out dear narrator, telling you how strong is his power. He can bent magic, he can create magic...more
Sammy Goode
When we first meet Braden he is living with and training with his Uncle John. We are introduced to his extraordinary poser the moment he first takes off his sunglasses. What happens next is both a cool gift and a nightmarish burden to bear. Imagine sitting on the train riding to work and being able to hear every thought around you. Now imagine that you can also hear the thoughts and memories of the thousands and thousands of people who have sat in the very seat which you currently occupy. Furthe...more
I read this expecting a romance and experienced it more as a fantasy novel. There is a villain, conflict, mystery and lots of characters. It is set in a high school and somewhat young adult. The fact that the main character is gay is clear throughout and his issues with his family regarding homosexuality are okay, if cliched and not dealt with in a lot of depth. He develops a relationship with one guy and has potential feelings for another guy, but the story is not about his relationships and th...more
So this is really good. Like, really.

I mean, in and of itself it's a pretty average YA novel. Boy has a special power and a special destiny, comes to town and spends the rest of the book attempting to find the truth of his destiny while navigating a new romantic interest with an inexplicable draw on him, who is probably the Juliet to his Romeo. Witch Eyes being exceptional in that Braden's love interest is a dude.

And, you know, this is how you write gay people, world, you write them as people....more
I have had my fill of girls going swoony over mysterious boys, so of late I’ve been picking up one YA after another with boy protagonists. I haven’t regretted my decision so far. From Anna Dressed in Blood to Ward Against Death, everything that’s passed my hands have been winners in their own right. Where Cas was smug and confident and Ward was coming into his own (if just a bit unsure of what he could should do.) In this one, Braden is something in the middle: he knows he’s special with Witch E...more
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Braden possesses an incredible and unfathomable gift, though to him, it's more of a curse. The Witch Eyes are all-seeing, allowing him to see the truth of the world around him - an enviable talent - but one that is accompanied by blinding headaches, bloody noses and blackouts. The Witch Eyes have Braden on the run though, and he escapes to Belle Dam to find a future and master his gifts while saving his uncle. But Braden's gift is legendary, and he is caught between two feuding families vying fo...more
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Scott wrote his autobiography at age six, and its all been downhill since then. He traveled the country on a Greyhound for a month, devoted a semester of school to starting a series of urban legends, and spent five years perfecting how to say "would you like fries with that" for a short story. Or so he claims.

If you would like to get in touch with me, please go here to my website. I cannot guarant...more
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