Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Farsighted Online Book Tour: Review of Farsighted (Farsighted #1) by Emlyn Chand

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. 

Recommended: Yes.

See the Full Book Tour: Official Farsighted Blog Tour Page

About Farsighted
Available as: Hardcover, $12.95 from
E-book, $10.98 from's Kindle Edition
Recommended Ages: 15 and Up                                                                   
E-book: 218 pgs.
Published: October 24th 2011 by Blue Crown Press(first published October 17th 2011)

For this Review: *E-book Copy Provided Through Book Tour*

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 based on the hints provided. Or you may choose to ignore the runic prophecies altogether and dive right into the story. Either way, happy travels.

Nobody really likes Alex. His own dad doesn't much. Only his mother just because he happens to be blind. Beginning high school this year, he expects it to be another awful year but along comes a new friend. It's Simmi. While quiet and reserved Alex finds her intriguing. Just as Alex is starting to feel a romance blooming as he hoped he starts to develop crazy powers that suggest he can see the future and more. At first he's skeptical what with a new psychic and the psychic's daughter moving into town too. It quickly becomes apparent he just has to believe before Simmi becomes entangled in a danger, Alex can actually prevent. Alex finds all the more frustrating as he realizes it's all connected to his powers that are attracting powerful but obviously dangerous psychic kids. 

The thing most impressive is that the story has solid characters. Alex is likable enough but can aggravate you making him somewhat more real. While Ms. Teak, the new psychic who is a sort of guide to Alex and seems very mysterious. Let's hope we see more of Ms. Teak and her background since going that way could be interesting. Shapri, Ms. Teak's daughter, it seems is a psychic as well and it becomes apparent that as Alex and her grow closer there is a sort of potential for romance. She's really more prone to be louder than Alex or Simmi which I like a lot since she's really a more overly lively type of girl. While, Simmi is a contrast to Shapri who's sweet and a calm presence.  She's also Alex's main biggest love interest.  Even, Alex's dad however small the role plays a pivotal role in the book towards the later events in it.

Farsighted is by far easy to get into. The characters are involved in various  situations sometimes immensely important in the dangerous zone or sometimes just friendship problems but all fit together well. The story has some very subtle suspense in both situations and romance. It's unique in many ways from the perspective and how character complexity is developed through the use of plot. Since, this is the first in a series, once read you'll be wanting to reach for the next one soon after.  Proving that there is something in ,Farsighted, that makes for a unique story that has big potential in more books to come even.
Overall: Good read
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult, Romance, Psychic Kids

                                                       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 for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!


Emlyn Chand said...

Wow, thanks so much for the great review, Cassandra! I'm glad to hear you were able to connect with the characters; that was really important to me. We'll definitely see more of Miss Teak in the book that Shapri narrates. Is that Open Heart? I dunno; I'm keeping the next narrator a secret :-P

Anonymous said...

Nice review Cassandra. I added this to my TBR and wishlist to day and saw that you had read it. I can't wait to give it a read.

Cassandra @ Book & Movie Dimension a Blog said...

Glad Farsighted interests you. If you ever get around to reading hope you like it. Happy reading!

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