Thursday, 24 November 2011

Review:Farsighted by Emyln Chand

Title: Farsighted
Author: Emlyn Chand
Genre: Young Adult-Paranormal
Publication Date: October 24th 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.

In this enthralling debut novel, Emlyn Chand creates a world in which friendship, perseverance, and a handful of psychic powers come together to fight against what appears to be the inevitable and all-too dangerous future. This is a book you won’t want to put down—even after you finish it!

[From goodreads]


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 the only person he can think of to help, Miss Teak.  Together, with the help of some friends, Alex gets things sorted out.

I really enjoyed reading Farsighted, I have never read a book like this before so it was a refreshing change to read it rather then my usual types of books.  From the minute I started Farsighted I was hooked and stayed up late to try to finish it.  It took me longer than planned to finish, but it was worth the late nights to do it.  I loved reading about how Alex recognises different people, either from their voices or their smells and enjoyed the budding friendships between Alex, Simmi and Shapri.  I really liked how Emlyn has thought about the difficulties that Alex has to go through, things that we take for granted, but has managed to portray them in the book so well that even I felt like it was a day to day activity for me.  I sympathised with Alex, for how he struggles to fit into life in general and how he found it hard to get to know anyone, but having Simmi and Shapri make friends with him and treat him the same as anyone else made me happy.

I loved how Alex used runes to train his ability, and how each chapter of the book had a rune at the start of it, on my ereader it looked like they would jump off the screen.

Farsighted isn't a book with just an average boy who gains a special ability, there are more people that come onto the scene with their own unique ability, and we get to see how they work together to help Alex.

At a point in Farsighted I wanted to hit Alex for how he treated Simmi, even though he did it to protect her I hated him for how nasty he was, even worse was how understanding Simmi was about it all when she found out the reasons why.

From start to finish Farsighted is a great read and I cant wait for the next book Open Heart to be released November 24th 2012.

Find more information about Emlyn below


Blog Tour Notes

THE BOOK:  Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t.  When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider. Get your copy today by visiting’s Kindle store or the eBook retailer of your choice. The paperback edition will be available on November 24 (for the author’s birthday).

THE CASH PRIZES:  Guess what? You could win a $100 Amazon gift card as part of this special blog tour. That’s right! Just leave a comment below saying something about the post you just read, and you’ll be entered into the raffle. I could win $100 too! Please help by voting for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll. To cast your vote, visit the official Farsighted blog tour page and scroll all the way to the bottom. Thank you for your help with that.

THE GIVEAWAYS:  Win 1 of 10 autographed copies of Farsighted before its paperback release by entering the giveaway on GoodReads. Perhaps you’d like an autographed postcard from the author; you can request one on her site.

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!

MORE FUN: There's more fun below. Watch the live action Farsighted book trailer!


  1. I've seen this on different blogs quite a few times now and even though this isn't something I'd usually read, I'm really starting to get interested. Thanks for sharing! :)


  2. Thank you so much for this lovely review, Michelle. I'm so glad that you connected with Alex. That was my main goal in writing this novel. I know it sounds cheesy, but this Thanksgiving I really am thankful for the support of wonderful book bloggers like yourself. Enjoy your turkey day!

    And thank you for the wonderful comment, Carina. Farsighted definitely breaks the boundaries of paranormal. For lack of a better way to put it, the story is much more normal :-D

  3. OOh I didnt know the second book was going to be called open heart! Im pretty excited for it. I don't want to have to wait a whole year for it to come out tho! :(

    chelle2006 @


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