Review: Farsighted by Emily Chand
Author: Emlyn Chand
Series: Farsighted # 1
Source: VBT Cafe
Pub. Year: 2011
Purchase: Amazon/ B&N/ Smashwords
I received this book free of charge from VBT Cafe in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb from Barnes & Nobles:
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.
What I will remember: Real fast acceptance of others.
I truly love this book. We have a blind protagonist, Alex Kosmitoras, who is really developed emotionally and has this unique way or second sight of seeing the world. He is blessed with psychic abilities that foretell the present and the future. Simmi, his love interest, is also blessed with being an empath. Shapri also has a gift that she doesn’t accept but takes advantage of unknowingly. We have an interesting antagonist in Dax who is also a psychic. There was also an added touch of runes and tarot cards, thanks to Miss Teak owning a psychic shop and being Alex’s trainer. She has a fascinating background in that she grew up around a gifted family.
I like the whole psychic and gifts vibe going on. It’s an interesting world where there are very powerful psychics that act as magnets and draw other gifted individuals to them. Alex happens to be one of them. Very cool. Alex’s powers are that he has a second sight and it makes it difficult to distinguish between visions and reality at first. It’s how he firsts meets Dax and tries to wrap his head around Dax’s actions. I find Dax to be an intriguing character because he is always a part of Alex’s vision and a tormentor of Alex’s dreams so we only really get to see one perspective of Dax. And as this novel shows with different characters, certain perspectives can really far from the truth or right on the mark.
One of the things that I love was the fact that Shapri and Simmi were into advanced chemistry and they were proud of it. I love it when girls are not just a pretty face but actually have brains. Its even better when they are not ashamed of it. Go female empowerment. This just makes me extremely happy so I had to point it.
Since Alex is blind, there is a reliance on the other senses especially touch. There is a specific scene where he has to feel around Simmi’s room and finds an elephant figurine which is an interesting scene. I like that the descriptions come from what he is touching or smelling and that alone can create wonderful images. We might not see color through Alex but we have a clear sense of his world.
My one issue with this book is actually the relationship that Alex has with his father, Greg. Throughout the book, we feel Alex’s antagonistic feelings towards his father because Alex feels rejected by his father for being blind. There’s multiple scenes where his father is not portrayed in a positive light and yet when Alex discovers a secret of his father, everything becomes peachy. He accepts his father and it’s a “father-son fishing trip” type of life now. There’s no more resentment which I find a little unrealistic because there is no self-reflection on Alex’s part. After the secret is out, Alex doesn’t bring up those feelings anymore and those feelings cannot be just attributed to his father’s fear of psychic abilities. <-minor spoiler. I feel there has to be more to the antagonistic feelings Alex felt coming from his father prior to the psychic abilities coming into the open. Other than this part, the book is great.
I’m giving it 4.5 butterflies. There are strong characters in the novel and has interesting twists that drive the story forward. Alex and Simmi grow into their abilities and how they do so is shown throughout the book. While the visions may have dealt with one subject, they are useful and not just filler.
17th book in the 150+ Reading Challenge
Also qualifies for: Self Published, E-book, First in a series, Where are you reading?-Ohio
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Posted on February 28, 2012, in Book Reviews and tagged Alex Kosmitoras, Emily Chand, Farsighted, psychic, YA Fantasy. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Wonderful review. Thank you for hosting Emlyn.
Thank you for the fantastic review, Persephone. I’m so glad you enjoyed Farsighted. I’m actually releasing an extended edition of Farsighted on Monday, and that will clear up the issue you had. I incorporated reader feedback to make the book stronger; this includes a new chapter at the end, including a father-son confrontation. You’ll also feel the strain of their relationship in Open Heart even though Simmi is the narrator.
If you’d be so kind, would you mind cross-posting this review to Amazon and GoodReads? This really helps new authors (like me) gain exposure and a fan base. Thanks so much – you rock!
I’m so glad to hear there is going to be a father-son confrontation. Acknowledging the animosity between them (even if it doesn’t resolve it) should add more emotional depth to your novel.
I’m more than happy to cross-post the review. Thank you for stopping by.