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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Opened by S.T. Sanchez is an enchanting fantasy story about Emma’s discovery of an alternate world. At school, Emma experienced unexpected blindness. Francesca helped her to the nurse’s office. When her mother took her to the doctor, he confirmed that her condition was permanent. However, the next day, Emma woke up and could see without the aid of her glasses. Francesca and Dante approached her, and she saw that they both had pointed ears, and Dante had wings. Francesca invited Emma and her brother JJ to come to her house to watch movies. Dante revealed they were Fey. He warned her never to say her name or where she was from. Emma had a nightmare in which a Fey burned her. She woke up to discover that her arm was burned. Why was a Fey attempting to hurt her?
S.T. Sanchez’s ability to create a plot with equal parts light and dark is exceptional. Dante initially came across as a jerk. He threatened Emma when she tried to ask him about his appearance. Francesca’s indifference toward the danger JJ faced was horrible. I have to side with Emma’s distaste when JJ became infatuated with Francesca. I think Dante had a hand in Emma recovering her sight since Francesca was the one who found her when she was unable to see. This isn’t a typical YA romance novel involving Fey, though. The sudden change in the plot’s direction was mind-boggling. I was engaged in the story as the Fey involvement became more intense. The vivid descriptions of the scenes made everything easy to envision. I recommend Opened to readers who enjoy fantasy stories with a hint of romance and mystery.