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 ...more
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 ...more
But I couldn’t find a way to back out grace ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Alex, th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
When he starts having visions and hearing voices, life becomes twice as complicated. Alex is charged with the weighty responsibili ...more
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.
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 ...more
Along with an excerpt being posted on the 24th of October, 2011, this review will also be published on my blog ttoria.blogspot.com 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 ...more
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 ...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.