Seeing with Your Eyes Closed is Book One of the Energy’s Magic series. Author D. R. Kiss creates an exciting, well-paced drama with a lot of action that will be very appealing to teenagers. A 14-year-old girl named Gabrielle has powers she doesn’t fully understand—powers to see the colorful energy readings that come off of people. Gabby has never thought much about this ability although her aunt, an energy worker, often counsels and mediates with her. But when three strange girls start seeking her out at the school, Gabby makes bad decisions and suddenly loses control of her life. When a misunderstanding with her friend April spirals out of control and kids at the school are becoming heartbroken and sick right and left, Gabby learns the astonishing truth and has to protect the school from dark energy.
D. R. Kiss’s book is a great read. Expert writing joined up with themes about accountability, good decision-making, and healing meditation, woven into an entertaining plot. Seeing with Your Eyes Closed moves along like a popular teen TV show, part vampire intrigue, part friendship drama, and part romantic comedy. It’s laced with fun quotations at the beginning of each chapter to highlight the experiences of the characters as they grow to empowerment not through self, but through a community of positive energy practices. Gabrielle was a strongly developed and sympathetic protagonist, a real person with flaws, strengths, crushes, mistakes, and deep feelings. Her quirky grandmother—far wiser than she appears—brought a fun touch and tough April was a perfect sidekick to Gabby’s more sensitive, idealistic personality. This book is quite addictive and after reading it you’ll want to read it over again!
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