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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Enter, Night by Michael Rowe
Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby
Heat Rises by Richard Castle
The Homecoming by Ray Bradbury
The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker
How to Party with a Killer Vampire by Penny Warner
If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Last Night by Hyewon Yum
Listen to my Trumpet by Mo Willems
Little Bo in France by Julie Andrews Edwards
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
One Moon, Two Cats by Laura Godwin
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Rise of the Evening Star (audio) by Brandon Mull
Sheep in a Shop by Nancy E. Shaw
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Southernmost Cat by John Cech
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 04 by CLAMP
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 05 by CLAMP
The Watchlist edited by Jefferey Deaver
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
xxxHolic 11 by CLAMP

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Witch Eyes

Witch Eyes: 08/15/12

Link goes to PowellsWitch Eyes is Scott Tracey's debut paranormal fantasy. After having a shocking vision that foretells of his uncle's death, Braden leaves Montana for Belle Dam, Washington. There he is trust into a decades long feud between two magical factions and a mystery that goes back to the founding of the town.

Braden's magic is tied up in his eyes. He has "witch eyes" as he calls them. When he removes his dark glasses, he can see the world for what it really is, including memories of the past, ghosts, lingering magic and active spells. Like Cassel, in Holly Black's Curse Worker Series, the blow back is a bitch. For Braden, it means debilitating migraines.

Braden has to quickly make decisions and pick his allies. As he doesn't know who is on which side of the quarrel, he draws up a very unusual set of friends. In there, too, he begins a potentially volatile relationship with a man who may very well betray him.

Although Braden is gay, his sexual orientation isn't the big ISSUE of the book. Nor does he like to be called "boy." Nor is he effeminate in any way. He is, instead, a well rounded, interesting lead character.

My only minor complaints with the book are the slow beginning and the strange segues. To show Braden's magic in action, the book opens on a training scene. It would have been better to jump right to him being on the bus and fill in the details of the vision later. Next, there are the weird jumps between scenes that don't always have enough of a segue to explain how Braden got from scene A to scene B. These, though, are minor problems in an otherwise great read.

Recommended by Brantasia Books

Five stars

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