Friday, 25 May 2012

Review: Open Heart by Emlyn Chand

Title: Open Heart
Author: Emlyn Chand
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Author
Format: eARC
Publication Date: May 25th 2012

Tell Me About It
Simmi Shergill's life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township's sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be working as a diet plan. Well, at least her boyfriend, Alex, loves her so much he'd do anything for her. Last summer he even risked his life to protect her from the mysterious boy everyone was convinced wanted to kill her.

The problem is, she's not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? And why can't she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Whenever he's around, part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter who she’d hurt or what she’d risk.

Simmi's loyalty is on the line. Who will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with "bad idea" written all over him? Emotions run high as the tension mounts in book two of the Farsighted series.

My Thoughts
When I first read Farsighted I really enjoyed it and couldn't wait to see what happens in the next book.  Where Farsighted is focused mainly on Alex, Open Heart put us into Simmi's thoughts.  After the events that transpired in Farsighted Simmi has doubts about her own ability to use her powers and also her her self image and self worth.  This then ends up affecting her relationship with Alex, and Simmi becomes distant and passive.

There are more new gifted people in Open Heart, drawn to the energy of Simmi. Shapri, Alex and thier families.  This sudden boom in population means new homes need to be built and Joe Franklin is the one to do it.  His daughter Ronnie is one of the new group of pupils attending the school.  From the minute I met both of these characters I instantly disliked them.  Ronnie thinks and acts like she owns the world and that everything revolve around her.  The attitude she has towards school and her fellow pupils is intolerable and her father is not much better.

Another new character is Murray who I loved straight away.  He is easy to like and only want's to please others.  He is the perfect friend, and after taking Emlyn's test to find out who would be your Open Heart Boyfriend, Murray ended up being mine.

Emlyn has done a good job of portraying Simmi's feelings of uncertainty, guilt, jealousy, and self loathing.  Simmi's lack of self confidence is a hard thing to deal with, and from personal experience I know it can be a hard thing to overcome, no matter how old you are and no matter what others tell you and although I could relate to some of these feelings and understand why Simmi did what she did to Alex, Shapri and Dax, I still dislike her to treating her friends this way, especially Alex, and I personally would not forgive her.  Near the end she gains more control over her power and can do more things with it, and although she does use this ability for some good I really hate how she uses it to twist things to her advantage.

I really enjoyed Open Heart and I am looking forward to next instalment when we get to focus on Shapri.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the awesome review, Michelle! I'm glad you liked Open Heart and that you understand Simmi--at least a little. I think you and Murray will be very happy together :-D


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