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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
Hardcover, Extended Edition, 260 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Blue Crown Press (first published October 17th 2011)
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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
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm the proud mother. I used to be the one telling her stories! ...more
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

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
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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!
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
Kristy James
Aug 31, 2011 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
Feb 18, 2012 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
Sep 27, 2011 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
Miranda Wheeler
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 holds b
Sep 23, 2011 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
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'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
Oct 05, 2011 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
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Emily Rae Robles
Aug 29, 2011 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
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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,
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
❋ 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
heather - NightlyReading
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 right
Isa Lavinia
Farsighted It took me 5 days to get through this, I don't know, it just seemed to really drag, the pacing wasn't for me.
And to be honest, apart from Shapri, I didn't really like any of the characters, they felt real, had depth, and were well-written. I just didn't like them. So this part of the review is all about my "taste" and not so much about the objective worth of the book. For me it was ok (so 2 stars), but I have to give it 3, even if I didn't really like it that much.
And here's why tho
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
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
Kenya Wright
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a country French cafe I passed almost everyday to get to my apartment fourteen years ago. It was called La Madeleine and it had the most amazing tomato basil soup. The smell of basil wafted elegantly above my spoon, enticing me to take that first savory sip. I also couldn’t order the soup without a small Caesar salad; the croutons were crusted in Parmesan cheese and melted in your mouth. I probably ate there once a week. The very thought of it made my stomach warm and my mouth water.

Christopher Godsoe
A parable exists in the writing world that goes as follows, "Show, don't tell."

When I first learned of the underlying concept of "Farsighted", I had to admit that I was more than marginally intrigued. I approach reading through a writers eyes, and quite often make my reading choices based on an interest in how the writer might choose to bring their particular plot line to life. In essence, I read in order to learn ways to become a better writer.

That brings me back to the above bit of writing wis
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, i'd like to thank Emlyn Chand for giving me an advance reader's copy of this novel for review. I truly appreciate it...
Along with an excerpt being posted on the 24th of October, 2011, this review will also be published on my blog on the 30th of October, for the Farsighted Blog tour. Check it out on the day for more details on how to be in with a chance of winning some prizes.

Wrapped in meaningful epigraphs, Emlyn Chand’s first published novel, Farsighted, is pie
Laurie Carlson
"Farsighted” by Emlyn Chand

First, I just want to say that I really enjoyed this book by Emlyn Chand! Her writing is SO good, enjoyable, and continues to make you think after the book is over, that she got me to read a genre that I don't normally read! I just have to laugh at that! She asked me, I said no. She wrote back and said to 'just try it out'. Okay, I said. Sure enough, I was hooked! Emlyn, you're GREAT! The power of suggestion really DOES work with a talented and unique person such as yo
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simple fact, I have stated and said over and over this is a book for all young lords and ladies to gather up and read. Much like LOTR, but not epic fantasy, just really awesome! YET, it is a paranormal fantasy-ish and at the same time something I feel a child should read! Not like a book on how your boobs are suppose to grow, but a book that involves real teenage issues with the FUN of New Age-y stuff blended in that perhaps Mum maybe doing (cough ... cough like me)! As I am now nose deep in the ...more
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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's way 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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