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.
In this enthralling debut novel, Emlyn Chand creates a world in which friendship, perseverance, and a handful of psychic powers come together to fight against what appears to be the inevitable and all-too dangerous future. This is a book you won’t want to put down—even after you finish it!
ebook, 218 pages
Expected publication: October 24th 2011 by Blue Crown Press
ISBN 0615524680 (ISBN13: 9780615524689)
primary language: English
“You are not good in the purest sense of the word. Nor does such a concept exist. You are both good and bad. Time will tell which of the two you favor.” Farsighted p.128
My favorite quote from Farsighted. And there were many to choose from. In Farsighted Emlyn takes us on a amazing ride through the world of a teenage psychic. And she does it with such realism and expertise that it’s almost impossible to stop reading. The thing I am most impressed with is the character of Alex. She develops him so well that the reader can empathize with him almost from the beginning. And she does this in such a way that we can forget at times of his disability. She never capitalizes on it and in fact shows him with great strength. He is hands down my favorite character in the book.
Farsighted starts with Alex starting his sophomore year of high school. He expects nothing more than a repeat of past years, but the first day if school brings him face to face with Simmi. Simmi is unlike any girl he has encountered. In fact she is unlike anyone he has ever met. Not only does he find a friend in Simmi, but he embarks on a journey that brings closer relationships to his life than he ever thought possible. Enter a supporting cast of characters from the psychic Ms. Teak and her daughter Shapri, to his overprotective mother and distant father. We learn that things in Alex’s life are not occurring purely by chance. But that he is part of a psychic family that draws other psychics to them. Including the “bad boy” Dax.
Alex has to learn how to handle his powers, as well as help his new friends accept their powers. A large order to fill even if they weren’t trying to figure out who Dax is, and why he has Simmi in his sights.
This is a strong offering from a debut author. She seamlessly creates a cast of characters who bond, despite different cultures, physical disabilities and the hurdles of adolescence. She also manages to tread the waters of the paranormal world without sounding too “hookey”. The depictions and scenes of Alex’s ability to see the future, Dax’s telekinetic powers, and Simmi’s clairsentient abilities, come off as natural as the classroom settings. The hints at things to come, such as a struggle with substance abuse, sparks a lot of promise for the series. It will certainly stay current and thought provoking. The only weak spot, for me, is Simmi. As much as I love her character, I feel we could have got a little more on her. She tended to be weak. I also feel she was too quick to forgive Alex. (Read the book, you will see what I mean.) But I am hoping that we get more of what drives Simmi in future books. I really connected with Shapri better. Her character was head strong and self reliant. She didn’t blindly accept everything that was going on around her. And that was refreshing in her world.
I absolutely loved this book. I think fans of other YA series, including Twilight and Hunger Games, will be easily drawn in. But it will be the novelty of the series that keeps them coming back. I eagerly await book two with a Monster Energy drink nearby! (Trust me, you will need it to keep up with Alex.)
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).
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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 http://www.emlynchand.com/ 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!