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Farsighted (Farsighted #1)

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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... oh yeah, he's blind.

Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants t
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Kindle Edition, 2nd Cover-Art Edition, 226 pages
Published February 4th 2012 by Blue Crown Press (first published October 17th 2011)
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b00k r3vi3ws
Oct 26, 2015 b00k r3vi3ws rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alex Kosmitoras (Pronounced Caas-me-toe-rh-aas as insisted by Alex) was born blind and at fifteen he has adjusted to life well enough. Depending upon his other senses, he can get through school, homework – pretty much everything. But he is treated like an outcast, a freak at school because of his handicap. Well, that seems to be like the life of any blind person, right? Only Alex is different. He has visions of present and future! You may say that it is ridiculous – how can a blind person, who h ...more
Reader79
Nov 12, 2011 Reader79 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my wife's book, and I'm so proud of her!
Becky
Nov 20, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm the proud mother. I used to be the one telling her stories!
TheFountainPenDiva
FINALLY! FINALLY! FINALLY!

A young adult novel with absolutely NO FAIL! Emlyn Chand covers all the bases and manages to tell one hell of a rollercoaster paranormal featuring a hero who's blind, but far from weak. Screw Edward and the rest of the fake-hero-stalker-mysterious-hot-boy-with-bad-attitude posse running rampant in YA-land, Alex Kosmitoras is the real deal.

Firstly, kudos to the amazing Emlyn Chand who obviously gets that the world is filled with people of different races and who populat
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Melissa Garrett
Oct 21, 2011 Melissa Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When author Emlyn Chand put out a call requesting bloggers and fellow authors to read and review an advanced copy of her debut young adult novel, FARSIGHTED, I didn't immediately jump at the opportunity. Although FARSIGHTED had been on my Goodreads to-read list since first learning about the book, I'd been entrenched in (and falling behind on) my own writing goals. Agreeing to read and review ARCs feels a lot like homework to me sometimes and, despite my being a generally responsible and dependa ...more
CatchTheseWords
Oh no, I thought as I read the first couple of paragraphs of this book. Already, the main character, a blind teenager named Alex has mentioned his super sonic hearing. This would be cool if blind people actually had the power to hear blades of grass moving, which sadly we don't. We are, much to the disappointment of your average person, incredibly normal. He also can sense whenever a person is looking at him, because the air around him begins to vibrate...again, this is not a blind superpower we ...more
Kristy James
Nov 16, 2012 Kristy James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very honored to be given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Farsighted, by Emlyn Chand. Until I discovered that it was a story told in the first person. And then I tried to come up with a way to get out of my commitment without appearing to be a rotten person. It’s not that I’ve never read this kind of book, it’s just that with few exceptions, I much prefer those told in the third person. Especially when there’s more than one perspective.

But I couldn’t find a way to back out grace
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Melissa Storm
Putting out a paperback version of the extended edition as well. It should hit all your favorite online retail outlets within a couple weeks. The hardcover edition is now out as well!
Beckie
I was contacted by the author of Farsighted - Emlyn Chand about a month ago and she asked me to read and review her book for a blog tour she is going to have. After learning more about her book I found the synopsis of Farsighted to be very interested so I decided to give it a go and read the book and I am very pleased that I did. Her book was surprisingly really good. I love that it is not your ordinary paranormal fiction novel. Farsighted takes the paranormal fiction genre to new levels with a ...more
Melissa
Feb 18, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad aft ...more
Nadine Larter
Oct 01, 2011 Nadine Larter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to Nadine by: The author
I must admit that I almost never read YA fiction. I must have started reading "grown up" books when I was about 14 and never really went back until Harry Potter. But very soon I will have a teenage daughter and I quite like the idea of being able to recommend books that she might enjoy. I very much enjoy that this particular book is paranormal without being about, well, let's face it, vampires. Not that I have anything against them, it's just that they really are suddenly everywhere. The concept ...more
Emily Rae Robles
Oct 08, 2011 Emily Rae Robles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Kosmitoras can’t wait to get away from his small-town life. But until he can graduate high school and move to a bigger city, he’s forced to endure another year of over-protective parents, endless bullying, boring classes, and worst of all, no friends. The only bright side is that he at least only has three more years of high school left.

Alex’s first day of school starts off about as well as he could hope—until he starts sensing things that aren’t there. His first “vision” manages to make a
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This is a fun book with lots of diverse characters. There isn't just the usual small-town American group of teens, they are a worldly selection from several different cultures. Each characters' heritage is seamlessly woven into their personality, without the multi-culturalism becoming a focus of the book.

I loved the young, awkward romance featured in the story. It felt real and sweet. Told from the male viewpoint, it was refreshing and adorable. I couldn't help smiling at the Alex's awkward hand
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Bonnie Wheeler


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 Goodreads.com'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 dissa
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Jennifer
Nov 13, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the author, Emlyn Chand, asked for reviewers to join her book tour on Facebook, I let a couple days go by before answering that call. Having been friends with Emlyn on FB for a while and reading things she had posted about the book, I wasn't interested. Even after committing to the book tour I still was on the fence. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how much I DID enjoy Farsighted after I read it. Very well written, fast paced, not one grammatical error, likable characters.

Alex, th
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Kaitlyn
Nov 15, 2011 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
The cover definitely depicts what is going on in the story, which is always a plus. I like that Alex has his “cool kid glasses” on! He would probably scoff at me using that term now, but I couldn’t help myself.

It was refreshing to get a different kind of main character here. 1. Alex is a boy, which is sometimes lacking in YA fiction. 2. Alex is blind, which is definitely lacking in YA fiction. I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard of another YA book with a blind protagonist. Correct me if I’m wrong,
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NightlyReading
Dec 08, 2011 NightlyReading rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I felt sorry for Alex not have any sight. I cannot imagine having to live life not being able to see the vibrant colors or the look on my children’s face when they smile brightly. I soon realized that Alex does not need pity! He is fine just the way he is and actually does quite well without being able to see.

I loved the characters of Simmi & Shapri. Shapri was my favorite, she was not afraid of anything and could care less what people thought. If she had something to say, she was r
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❋ Sylvia ❋
What a great book!
This has become one of my all time favorite books, I bought this on a whim, the story line was different from any other paranormal book I've read and was intrigued by the main character. Usually I don't read books from a guys POV, so it was sorta hard for me to get into that mind set, but once I did I fell in love with Alex! What you'll find with all these characters is that besides the paranormal side, you don't get much more realistic then this book! these characters are wr
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Cassandra (The book & movie dimension blogger)
Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog

What there is first off that really set a nice tone was Farsighted contains a "Note to Readers". Helps to bring us along the story much more closely and found intimate.
A Note To Readers
You are about to embark on a journey along with the characters in this novel. At the beginning of each chapter, you'll find a rune and a corresponding prophecy. Put your powers of divination to the test by trying to predict what each chapter hol
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Michelle (Much Loved Books)
I got my copy of Farsighted from Emyln as part of a blog tour through Novel Publicity. Farsighted is a debut novel by Emlyn Chand but from reading it you wouldn't think so. The detail that has gone into the writing in this book is really great.

Farsighted is about a boy called Alex, as he goes about his day to day activities. The only problem is that Alex is blind so he uses his other senses to compensate for not having sight. Suddenly Alex is sensing things he shouldn't be able to and goes to th
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Frederick Brooke
The premise of this book gave me high expectations, and it lived up to them. A blind boy navigates the emotional roller coaster of high school life with an unemployed father, too little money and too few friends. The author introduces you to what it would be like to be blind, emphasizing Alex's heightened senses of smell, touch and hearing with many wonderful details.

When he starts having visions and hearing voices, life becomes twice as complicated. Alex is charged with the weighty responsibili
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Jaclyn Cotton
Farsighted by Emlyn Chand (read it on my blog by clicking HERE
Read my Interview with Emlyn Chand by clicking HERE

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand is the first in a series of books about teenagers with various types of psychic gifts. One of these teens is Alex Kosmitoras who learns that he has psychic ‘visions’ which is ironic as Alex is blind. So for Alex, his ‘visions’ come in the very same way as he experiences the rest of the world, through his other senses.

When the story st
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Becca
Oct 13, 2011 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Miranda Wheeler
Nov 10, 2011 Miranda Wheeler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
View the original review here: http://ricochetreviews.blogspot.com/2...

Going into this book, I wasn't sure what to anticipate. Being an avid reader of the young adult paranormal genre, I thought I'd read it all. Werewolves, vampires, faeries - you name it and I've probably encountered it on my literary travels. While I think of them fondly, I’d be lying if I claimed I wasn’t curious about what is out there. A psychic seems to be a rare occurrence in the flooded YA market. After reading Farsighte
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Kenya Wright
Dec 16, 2011 Kenya Wright rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
The idea of a blind main character was fun. The descriptions of senses and how he got around and dealt with people was creative.

I did feel that it dragged a little toward the middle. I would have liked more action. (I am an ADD reader after all).

I felt the writing was excellent and the characters interesting.
Coral
Oct 26, 2011 Coral rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listen/read my review here - http://alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com/...
Guinevere Thomas
It's taken me some serious time and thought to write this review. When addressing main characters with disabilities, I make sure to research the disability in question, just to make sure Im not praising problematic tropes when it comes to characters with disabilities.

"Farsighted" followed the exploits of Alex Kosmitoras, a teenage boy with a disability(he's blind) who finds out he is "Gifted" or a human being with a supernatural ability.

There was so few wrong with this book, that you won't hear
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Becky
Nov 17, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was sent an extract of this book first to see if I would like it and I have to admit I was immediately drawn into the story, so I accepted a copy and put it on my TBR list.
Alex was born blind, it's all he knows and he has his own way of 'seeing', when things start to get even weirder in his life Alex discovers he has 'second sight' - irony!
I was intrigued by Alex and felt like I understood him as a character, the way he survives i
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Melinda VanLone
Nov 02, 2011 Melinda VanLone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a reader, what matters to me is a good story. And this was a good story. I found it engrossing, and thoroughly enjoyed this look into young adult paranormal. I can’t remember ever reading a story told from the point of view of a blind 16 year old boy. I liked that perspective, especially because Alex doesn’t spend any time moping about the fact that he can’t see. It just simply is who he is.

First line: “Today is the last day of summer, but I’m not doing anything even remotely close to fun.” I
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Ami Blackwelder
I have mixed feelings about this book. Farsighted starts with a great premise. A paranormal superpower of seeing into the future and into the distance. Great cover too! For originality it scores stars. And I also wanted to read it for that reason. I like that the main character has a vulnerability, being blond.

BUT I thought this was geared toward adults, the cover even looks like an adult! But actually it is a YA paranormal, about a Sophomore boy who is blind and developed a sixth sense.

What I
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Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. She used to write under the pseudonym Emlyn Chand, but finally had the confidence to come out as herself to the world. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa'sway of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

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“They say that right before you die your whole life flashes before you – a medley of your own personal greatest hits. Well then, I must be about to live, because events that haven’t happened yet are constantly pushing themselves into my head.” 16 likes
“There are two types of visions. Those that will happen no matter what, and those that can be stopped. Now more than ever, I wish I could tell them apart.” 14 likes
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