Release Information: 2012 October 8 from Flux Books
Source: Purchased in paperback
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Summary: Demons don't die without a fight...
After destroying the demon Lucien, Braden—son of Belle Dam’s most powerful warlock, Jason Thorpe—doesn’t need the power of his witch eyes to see that everything in his life is turning against him: friends, family, and even his visions. When disturbing nightmares of Lucien’s return haunt him, Braden discovers that the simmering feud between the city’s two witch dynasties is fast approaching its explosive boiling point.
While struggling to come to terms with his attraction to Trey, Catherine Lansing’s son who should be his mortal enemy, a diabolical plan starts to unveil before Braden’s eyes. Young women are disappearing from Belle Dam, and as he investigates, Braden is forced to explore the dangerous unknown power within himself. But when the truth about his family is revealed, Braden must pay a terrible price.
Demon eyes has a lot of the same elements that made me love Witch Eyes. There is a magical feud in a small town, witches and demons, and secret agendas behind every innocent-looking action. There is also a forbidden romance between two boys from the feuding families: Braden, secret son of Jason Thorpe, has a complicated thing going with Trey, golden boy of the Lansing family. All of these elements come together in a many layered mystery that has a non-stop pace. Demon Eyes increases the conflict. Not only are there more (and more powerful) demons to fight, but they are subtle sometimes. One of them begins to influence Braden and his descent into darkness is fascinating.
I absolutely enjoyed this book, but there are a few things that kept me from loving it. First, I really wanted to see Braden’s relationship with his father develop. I was disappointed that their relationship seemed so non-existent, but I’m hopeful that it is explored in the next book. Second, while I loved that this book is full of game changing moments (especially right at the end), I wanted more answers. The end left me more frustrated and confused than enticed, but again, I got the feeling that all my questions will be answered in the next book.
Favorite Moment: Like in Witch Eyes, my favorite moment is the showdown with the hellhounds. In this book it’s because Braden discovers some (potentially evil) bad ass powers.
WTF Moment: The lighthouse scene. It came out of nowhere, surprised me, and destroyed everything for Braden.
Overall: A fast-paced follow up, the plot is full of game-changers for the series, but it doesn’t stand alone.
This post is part of Bloggers Dressed In Blood, where we celebrate the dark and twisted all through the month of October. I co-host with Kate aka Midnight Book Girl and Danielle from Mercurial Musings. This year we are giving away a $50 dollar gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (or 3 books of choice up to US$50 from TBD for international readers). Check out the main page to get more information and join in the fun! For those looking for the secret code it is: hellhound.