Ms. Chand has generously offered 1 copy of Farsighted to giveaway to one lucky winner. This will be a .PDF file so it can be open internationally. I will run this until December 28. Just leave a comment with a valid e-mail address. Good Luck!
Publisher: Blue Crown Press
Publication Date: November 2011
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.
Farsighted is the debut novel by Emlyn Chand. After reading the synopsis, I was very interested in reading it. I had high hopes for Farsighted, but I will admit that I didn't like it as much as I was hoping I would.
What I liked: I really liked the idea for this story. I haven't read many books from the point of view of a blind person. I thought that the author did a great job of getting you into Alex's life and getting a sense of how he "sees" the world. I also liked the different types of "gifteds" that were in the book. Each was unique and interesting. I especially liked Simmi's gift of being able to influence people's emotions. The twist at the end was unexpected and a nice touch to the ending.
What I didn't like: I felt like the story was a little disjointed. It didn't flow well for me. I found parts of the book were a bit slow and didn't add much to advance the story. I also thought that some of the scenarios in the story came out of nowhere and the reactions of the characters weren't ones that seemed logical to me.
The ending of Farsighted leaves room for a sequel, so I'll probably pick up the sequel when it comes out. I look forward to seeing what happens to Alex, Simmi, Shapri and Dax.
About 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!
Check out the trailer for Farsighted here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZjskE5zjzM&feature=youtu.be
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