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November 24, 2011

Farsighted – Emlyn Chand

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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, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, 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 begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future. – Synopsis from the book

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** This book was provided to us by the author, and we were in no way paid for our review.
The review was done simply because we support and believe in the author’s works**

This was such a good book, and I seriously think Emlyn Chand has a winner in her hands!
I loved the way the descriptions in the book are what main character, Alex Kosmitoras, would be sensing since he is blind.  As you progress through the novel, you can really tell that Chand took alot of time and effort in researching on what and how someone who is bling see’s or would see things.  Because of this, Chand did a fantastic job describing, in detail, how much more enhanced Alex’s senses are due his blindness.  To even go far as to having Alex snap his fingers to say “yes” shows just how even the little details made  this story even more believeable.  I will admit that I did find myself snapping my fingers right along side Alex when he would answer yes…don’t ask me why, but I just did.  This just proves how wrapped up I was in this story!

There were points throughout the books where I felt sorry for Alex.  His thoughts of how he thinks his dad feels about him… to see their interaction with each other.  To see how he’s treated at school because of his disability.  My heart ached for him time and time again!  I mean, seriously!  What kind of person whould treat someone who’s blind the way Alex was being treated at school.  This was just one example of how powerful Chand’s writing is. She puts so much emotion and personality into all her characters that you can’t help but hate who you should hate, and love who you should love.  Playing with the heart strings…well played Emlyn Chand…well played.

I found it so interesting how Chand mixed in Alex’s visions throughout the story.  She gave just enough information in the visions that she made me want to read continuously to find out what was going to happen next!  The little plot twists that she weaves in this tale leaves the reader wondering where this is all leading too, and how will she out do herself at the next twist.  But she does accomplish it!  Just when I thought I had the ending picked out and was ready to pat myself on the back, she twists it again and I’m guessing all over again.  LOVED THAT!

On of my favorite things about this books is the two (2) potential love interests for Alex, and seeing how he tries to deal with his feelings and understand them.  I’m so used to seeing the love triangle formula as female + male + male, that seeing the male + female + female change was fun and refreshing!

The buildup to thefinal showdown was perfectly executed.  Once the action started, it was non-stop excitement!  The way Chand incorporated all the character’s abilities, and had them working together for the greater good was so interesting to read!

The ending left off with a fantastic cliffhanger, which just screams “hurry up 2nd book”, and it should be highly anticipated.  I, for one, cannot WAIT to see what is in store for this cast of characters.

Emlyn Chand promises to be an excellent writer and story teller with her ability to write attention grabbing storylines.  It will be interesting to see what other plot twists she has up her sleeve.

Blog Tour Notes

THE BOOK:  Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t.  When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider. Get your copy today by visiting Amazon.com’s Kindle store or the eBook retailer of your choice. The paperback edition will be available on November 24 (for the author’s birthday).

THE GIVEAWAYS: Win 1 of 10 autographed copies of Farsighted before its paperback release by entering the giveaway on GoodReads. Perhaps you’d like an autographed postcard from the author; you can request one on her site.

THE AUTHOR:  Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly 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 firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit www.emlynchand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

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5 Comments

  1. larrypmNL
    11/24/2011

    Love your site. Great info. about Farsighted. And, I voted in the poll.

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  2. Emlyn Chand
    11/24/2011

    Wow, Maryann. Thank you so much for this incredible review. You had me laughing as I read. LOVE how you infuse your personality into the review. If you're not already, you should totally be a writer!

    I'm working on Open Heart (Farsighted Book #2) and hope to have it ready by the middle of 2012. I'll definitely keep you on the early reviewers list. Oh, and if you find yourself on Amazon, would you mind cross-posting this review for me?

    Thank you again!

    Emlyn

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  3. Books And Beyond
    11/25/2011

    I agree. I enjoyed reviewing this book too. I cant WAIT for book 2. I hope it is finished soon. “Dear Santa: Please help Emlyn finish Open Heart”
    :)

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  4. larrypmNL
    11/25/2011

    Your reviews are well thought out and insightful.

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  5. JaclynsMusings
    11/30/2011

    I agree, Please Emlyn! Please finish book 2 asap!! I very much look forward to reading Open Heart and so very curious as to WHO will be the story teller this time as she said that it would be someone other than Alex.
    ~Jaclyn~
    http://www.jaclynsmusings.com

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