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Friday, November 18, 2011

Book Review: Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

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As a busy author, I find taking the time to escape into someone else's imaginary world a very special treat - which is why I am picky about the books that I select to read. 

I first discovered Farsighted when I was scrolling through's First Reads giveaways. When Emlyn offered to let me read it, I jumped at the opportunity. When I learned the young adult novel's protagonist was a seventeen-year-old blind tenth grader, I was intrigued. There are not enough heroes in fiction with dissabilities - especially in the paranormal genre. So often, (my own novels included), we have fierce, strong  men who can handle everything that comes their way. I wondered if Alex would be the same way.  

When the novel begins, we are carried into the world of Alex Kosmitoras. He is heading into a new school year and has all of the hopes and dreams many 10th graders have. He wants to fit in and have friends, he wants to do well in school and have teacher's who inspire him and appreciate his talents. He also has a mother who talks to him like he is perpetually six and a father who leaves him feeling inadequate.  Alex isn't the typical guy who is the star of the (insert favorite high school sport team)....he is complex.  But, let me say, he isn't weak either. I wouldn't personally want to be on the end of his cane if he was angry with me!

When his gifts begin to manifest to the point he can't deny them, Miss Teak lets him in a little secret - Alex is a psychometrist. She helps him realize that as a psychic, he is gifted with a second sight that is more powerful than regular eyesight.  

I persoanlly don't believe in giving away spoilers when it comes to the action part of a good book, but let me just leave you with this: Alex goes on a quest - with Simmi and Shapri by his side and he discovers that some dangers are not what they seem. His visions, are much more complicated and only he can learn to discern their meanings. Meanwhile, he also learns that some gifts are stronger than others and he isn't the only one with special powers.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I spent a pleasurable afternoon tucked under a soft blanket, on my couch, escaping into Chand's world.  Her characters are unique and easy to relate to. Her narative drive keeps the reader guessing "what's next???" And for those who enjoy a relatively quick read (like me) - this is for you.

One thing that keeps coming to mind is - "boy, can I imagine Justin's (my middle school son) friends reading this." It is thrilling enough to capture a young teen's interests, but it isn't so dark that a parent would worry. For me, an adult who both reads and writes YA novels, it was a nice change of pace. I look forward to Chand's future novels.


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’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 CASH PRIZES:  Guess what? You could win a $100 Amazon gift card as part of this special blog tour. That’s right! Just leave a comment below saying something about the post you just read, and you’ll be entered into the raffle. I could win $100 too! Please help by voting for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll. To cast your vote, visit the official Farsighted blog tour page and scroll all the way to the bottom. Thank you for your help with that.
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 for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!
MORE FUN: There's more fun below. Watch the live action Farsighted book trailer and take the quiz to find out which character is most like you!  



Emlyn Chand said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Bonnie. I'm especially thrilled to hear that you would recommend it to your tween son and his friends. One of my goals in writing Farsighted was to take YA back to its core audience and write a book for them (not for adults about them). I'm glad you think I accomplished that!

I have another favor to ask; I hope you won't mind. If you find yourself on Amazon or GoodReads in the near-ish future, would you mind cross-posting your lovely review to help up exposure for Farsighted?

You rock!




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