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March 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Farsighted & Open Heart by Emlyn Chand – Review and G!veaway

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Farsighted & Open Heart by Emlyn Chand blog tour

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We’re excited to share our review of book 2 in this series, Open Heart!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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Simmi Shergill’s life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township’s sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be working as a diet plan. Well, at least her boyfriend, Alex, loves her so much he’d do anything for her. Last summer he even risked his life to protect her from the mysterious boy everyone was convinced wanted to kill her. The problem is, she’s not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? And why can’t she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Whenever he’s around, part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter who she’d hurt or what she’d risk. Simmi’s loyalty is on the line. Who will she choose-the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with “bad idea” written all over him? Emotions run high as the tension mounts in book two of the Farsighted series.

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Open Heart (Farsighted #2)by Emlyn Chand
Publication Date:  March 25, 2012
Publisher:  Blue Crown Press

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MaryAnn NewBook 2 of the Farsighted series by Emlyn chand, Open Heart, was a perfect follow up to book 1.  It was wonderful to be reunited with this cast of characters, and will admit that I really enjoyed this one more than the first.  Although it does contain a subject matter that is all too real, author Emlyn Chand does a fantastic job in incorporating the difficulties in eating disorders in Open Heart.

Open Heart basically continues on from near where book one, Farsighted, left off.  Simmi and Alex are now a couple and are delving ever closer to love territory.  Alex remains this sweet, though very clingy, boyfriend to Simmi, and for some reason, Simmi doesn’t seem to reciprocate these feelings.

Having to deal with her disgust with her body, her lack of self-esteem has her careening down a dark and dangerous road, and it seems that per gorging and purging is the only thing that is making her feel somewhat happy.  But with Alex’s incessant hate for Dax, who now lives with him, Alex’s animosity rolls off him in waves.  And Simmi being a Clairsentience, hiding feelings from her is near impossible.

But when Dax starts to show some interest in Simmi, and they start to delve further into their feelings, Simmi not only has to deal with the strain of her relationship with Alex, but it seems that it also affects her relationship with her bestfriend, Shapri.

As with the Farsighted, I completely devoured this second installment in the Farsighted series.  Author, Emlyn Chand, once again shows just how fantastic an author she is, and how well she can capture a reader’s attention.

It was so difficult to have to have to bear witness to poor Simmi and her insecurities.  I was truly sad for her to think that the only way she can be happy is to have a size 7 figure and she was constantly doubting the affections of others.  And when she started going down the dark road of an eating disorder, I was hoping against hope that her family and friends would open their eyes and see just how destructive Simmi’s behavior was becoming.

I found the times between Alex and Simmi to be very sweet, though somewhat stifling.  I don’t think I would have survived as long as Simmi had if I had an Alex who was constantly grabby and needing to show PDAs all the time.  And I think I would have flipped my lid if he insisted on joining the drama play because of his hatred for Dax.  I kept thinking to myself, “Buddy, if you trust your girl, lay off!  You’re suffocating her.  Let her enjoy her drama rehearsal!”  But then Alex goes and does something so sweet like stick up for Simmi’s honor.

But then we have Dax.  The thorn in everyone’s side.  I understand the fiasco that happened in book one, and I can see where people can be hesitant when it came to him, but my heart did go out to the guy.  I can only imagine how lonely he could be having been ousted by his own parents, and forced to live under the same roof as Alex who can’t stand him.  But when it came to Simmi, this romantic, sweet side of him came out and in all honesty, I would have fallen for him too.

I recommend Open Heart to fans of book one in this series, Farsighted and to fans of reads involving supernatural powers.  I’m curious to see what happens in the next books in this series!  Emlyn Chand has created a cast of characters that finds their way to your heart and mind.

You can check out our review of Farsighted HERE!

About the Author:

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firmNovel Publicity Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visitwww.emlynchand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

Note: Emlyn also writes romance under the pen name, Darby Davenport.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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10 Comments

  1. Meghan Stith
    3/5/2013

    I’ve seen this books around and have been wanting to read it!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  2. sherry fundin
    3/5/2013

    Great giveaway. Thanks
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  3. Amber H.
    3/5/2013

    Thanks! I’ll definitely be checking out this series.

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  4. Christine
    3/5/2013

    These books are so intriguing–might just have to give them a try :)

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  5. Sherry J
    3/5/2013

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    dragonkeep62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Denise Z
    3/6/2013

    I really enjoyed Farsighted and thought I had Open Heart, but I am not finding it, so perhaps I was wishful thinking LOL Looking forward to Simmi’s journey :)

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  7. Anne C
    3/6/2013

    This is just what I need. A book about people with psychic powers. Need a break from the vamps and the weres. I have to get my hands on the first book soon!

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  8. Shannon B
    3/6/2013

    I am adding this to my TBR list right away. After I read the first book which I have on my TBR pile.

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  9. Lisa Richards
    3/6/2013

    I’ve had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Emlyn Chand
    3/13/2013

    Thank you for the awesome review, Maryann. This is one of the most detailed reviews I’ve received of Open Heart to date, because readers seem to have a difficult time discussing it without giving away spoilers. I feel for Dax while writing him, too–so I definitely can’t blame you ;-)

    Em

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