This review is part of the author's virtual tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Emlyn Chand is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a lucky commenter during the FARSIGHTED VIRTUAL TOUR, so comment today and follow the tour (if you click on the tour banner above, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops). The more you read and comment, the better your odds are to win the Amazon Gift Card.
by Emlyn Chand
Release Date: October 17, 2011
Publisher: Blue Crown Press
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*Overall Winner of the Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Best Young Adult Fiction, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Best Debut Author, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Winner of the Alternative Booker Award, 2011
*Winner of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, September 2011
*Runner-up for Best First Chapter, 2012 UP Awards
*Runner-up for Best Book Description, 2012 UP Awards
Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he's blind. Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.
Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival--an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.
Farsighted is Emlyn Chand’s debut YA paranormal novel and it pulls you in right from the very beginning of the book. Farsighted’s hero, Alex Kosmitoras is sixteen, he’s been blind from birth, and the story begins the day before Alex starts his sophomore year of high school. Many of the reviews for Farsighted state that the reader forgets that the hero is blind, and it’s completely true. I loved Alex’s narrative throughout the book and the way it seamlessly blended his heightened senses into his thoughts. When he says, “The air around her lightens up as she relaxes into our conversation,” describing his first meeting with Simmi, a new girl in school, it’s as if this is a completely natural observation, instead of something extraordinary.
So, not only is Alex blind, something for which he is bullied by the popular kids at school, but shortly after starting school, he begins to hear things that don’t make sense. Alex eventually begins to figure out what’s going on, and he also comes to realize that his new friend, Simmi is in danger. As the story develops, several of Alex’s friends acquire powers that they must learn to come to terms with.
The only “disappointment” (if you could call it that) I had in the story was that the ending was somewhat abrupt, and left you hanging. I know that the second book, Open Heart, is due to be published May 12, 2012. I’ll definitely be reading that one. I’m going to give Farsighted a Four Star Review!
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