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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I am 58 years old. But I must admit that I still enjoy books about teenagers. I loved them when I was a teenager and I love them just as much today. Seeing with Your Eyes Closed by D.R. Kiss is about magic and young people. It is a great Young Adult novel and I have already recommended it to several of my students and young friends. I like that the magic in Seeing with Your Eyes closed is based on principles and practices from yoga and other Eastern practices. I always like books based on a world with magic in it to give us a reasonable framework and explanation for that magic, and D.R. Kiss does a great job of that in this book.
The magical framework is good in Seeing with Your Eyes Closed, but it is not the book’s strongest point. I think that would be the characters. Gabby, her friends, her family, and her town give us an ideal and charming version of American life in a small town. All D.R. Kiss had to do to make an exciting story was add the evil vampires. The plot and characters fitted together perfectly. Gabby is as good a female protagonist as Katniss from The Hunger Games. I liked this book and I think everyone else, but especially young girls, will like it too. This is the first book in a series called Energy’s Magic. This series has the potential for bestseller status and even a series of movies.