Farsighted (Farsighted 1)

Farsighted (Farsighted 1)

by Emlyn Chand

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Evolved Publishing presents the first in a 5-part series, "Farsighted," by award-winning author Emlyn Chand. YA / ROMANCE / PARANORMAL / FANTASY

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... oh yeah, he's blind.

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 to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Alex is in store for another new arrival-an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, he is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.

With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.

Praise for "Farsighted":

*Winner, Writer's Digest Self-Published Novel Awards, Young Adult Category, 2012
*Best Multicultural Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2012
*Finalist, Eric Hoffer Award, 2012
*BookBundlz Book Club Pick, 2012
*Overall Winner, Best Young Adult Fiction, Best Debut Author, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011
*Bronze Medalist, Paranormal Fiction, Readers Favorite, 2012
*Finalist, Speculative Fiction, Global eBook Awards, 2011
*Winner of the Alternative Booker Award, 2011
*Winner of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, September 2011

"Open Heart," the second book in the "Farsighted" series, is now available for purchase!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622531950
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 02/06/2013
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has published three novels and seven children’s books with plans for many more of each, leads a classics book group with almost five-hundred members, and, of course, runs the whole shebang at Novel Publicity.

The book that changed Emlyn’s life was "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. While she enjoys all types of novels, her greatest loves are literary fiction and YA. She’s best known for her "Farsighted" series and is developing a slow but steady following for the Bird Brain Books. She’s eager to see how her New Adult/Women’s Fiction novel, "Torn Together," will be received by the reading masses.

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Farsighted 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Oanah More than 1 year ago
Farsighted is a book about gifted teenagers who are trying to learn how to control their power.The book is written from Alex's point of view.A blind boy whose life is not really easy.I really liked Farsighted and i'm glad i read it. I gotta admit that sometimes i thought that maybe i was wrong and Alex was not blind,because of the way he knew everything that happened around him.Some scenes from the book were written as though he could see.Well,he is blind and the fact that he knew everything that happened around him so easy ,it was wierd,but also shows how special he is. This is my first book that i read in wich the main character is blind,so i'm a little uncertain how to write this. Alex's life was i could say normal- if you don't count the fact that he was blind-until two girls caught his attention.Simmi and Sharpi.Since Alex met Simmi everything changes something strange is happening to him.Since he met Simmi he started having visions about a boy ,whose name is Dax,and Simmi's death.Well,he can't actually see what happens in the visions,but he can hear and feel everything.Now his purpose is to save Simmi and stop Dax. But what if Dax is afraid and he was misunderstood?Alex doesn't know that.All he can think about is how to save Simmi. Simmi and Sharpi are two girls with powers,or gifts how they say in the book.But Sharpi refuses to believe that that is possible to have powers.Her mother is an oracle and she is the one who told Alex about his future. Simmi is the kind of girl who believes that everything is possible.I liked her.She is sweet and smart.The way i see it,i think she's perfect for Alex.About Sharpi all i can say is that i didn't like the way Alex used her when he tried to push Simmi away.That was mean,but that was her choice.What i liked about her?She is stubborn. Alex's visions about Simmi's death were a little strange ,but when he found out about the fact that he was connected somehow with Dax,i didn't like the way he tried to push Simmi away.Yes,i understand that Alex thought he was protecting her.But c'mon not like that!Alex loves Simmi and he proved that. About Dax..what can i say?From what Alex saw in his visions,Dax is dangerous-a bad boy who enjoyed hurting peoples.That's what i thought until Dax explained why he wanted to meet Alex and why he did all those things.Still,i'm not convinced that Dax is one of the good guys. This book was different and i really enjoyed reading it.It was something new and unique.I know this review is not one of the best i wrote(all my reviews are in romanian),but this is my opinion.After i finished Farsighted i didn't know how to start the review,but i hope that what i wrote above is enough.Thank you ,Emlyn,for the e-copy. I'm sorry if i didn't write everything right.My english is not really that good,but i'm trying! Rating:4/5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read. Told from the point of view of someone who is blind. Very enjoyable.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book, and I seriously think Emlyn Chand has a winner in her hands! I loved the way the descriptions in the book are what main character, Alex Kosmitoras, would be sensing since he is blind. As you progress through the novel, you can really tell that Chand took alot of time and effort in researching on what and how someone who is bling see's or would see things. Because of this, Chand did a fantastic job describing, in detail, how much more enhanced Alex's senses are due his blindness. To even go far as to having Alex snap his fingers to say "yes" shows just how even the little details made this story even more believeable. I will admit that I did find myself snapping my fingers right along side Alex when he would answer yes...don't ask me why, but I just did. This just proves how wrapped up I was in this story! There were points throughout the books where I felt sorry for Alex. His thoughts of how he thinks his dad feels about him... to see their interaction with each other. To see how he's treated at school because of his disability. My heart ached for him time and time again! I mean, seriously! What kind of person whould treat someone who's blind the way Alex was being treated at school. This was just one example of how powerful Chand's writing is. She puts so much emotion and personality into all her characters that you can't help but hate who you should hate, and love who you should love. Playing with the heart strings...well played Emlyn Chand...well played. I found it so interesting how Chand mixed in Alex's visions throughout the story. She gave just enough information in the visions that she made me want to read continuously to find out what was going to happen next! The little plot twists that she weaves in this tale leaves the reader wondering where this is all leading too, and how will she out do herself at the next twist. But she does accomplish it! Just when I thought I had the ending picked out and was ready to pat myself on the back, she twists it again and I'm guessing all over again. LOVED THAT! On of my favorite things about this books is the two (2) potential love interests for Alex, and seeing how he tries to deal with his feelings and understand them. I'm so used to seeing the love triangle formula as female + male + male, that seeing the male + female + female change was fun and refreshing! The buildup to thefinal showdown was perfectly executed. Once the action started, it was non-stop excitement! The way Chand incorporated all the character's abilities, and had them working together for the greater good was so interesting to read! The ending left off with a fantastic cliffhanger, which just screams "hurry up 2nd book", and it should be highly anticipated. I, for one, cannot WAIT to see what is in store for this cast of characters. Emlyn Chand promises to be an excellent writer and story teller with her ability to write attention grabbing storylines. It will be interesting to see what other plot twists she has up her sleeve.
ChiKittie More than 1 year ago
I was contacted by the author of Farsighted - Emlyn Chand about a month ago and she asked me to read and review her book for a blog tour she is going to have. After learning more about her book I found the synopsis of Farsighted to be very interested so I decided to give it a go and read the book and I am very pleased that I did. Her book was surprisingly really good. I love that it is not your ordinary paranormal fiction novel. Farsighted takes the paranormal fiction genre to new levels with a fresh, entertaining, and fast paced novel you will love to read over and over again. Alex Kosmitoras life has never been easy but full of daily challenges. Why? Because he is blind. Alex sees through all of his other senses with are more in tuned because of his loss of sight. Upon going into a new school he meets two girls Simmi and Shapri (both main character's of the book) ,and learns they all share similar "gifts". Alex will come to learn his gifts are more that he ever knew he had when he begins to see visions of the future. Alex is only now to learn that, Simmi the girl who has a major crush on may be in trouble. With Alex's new visions he keeps seing that Simmi will die and he will do anything he can to protect her from this horrible future he sees. Will his "gifts" save the girl he loves or will it be to late? I found reading Farsighted to be quite refreshing. The book was unlike any other paranormal novel I have read. The whole concept of the book is very unique and like a breath of fresh air - Not your normal paranormal read (Vampires, Fairies, Angel, Werewolfs.) I really enjoyed reading about Alex and his gifts and I have never read a book where the main character is blind. That makes for a very fun, and entertaining book to read. All of the characters in the book both main and secondary were well thought out and very interesting with their own stories which gave Farsighted more depth and personalty. The plot within the book was very fun to read with twist and turns along the way which made for a fast paced read and had to keep turning the page to see what would happen. I could tell the author, Emlyn Chand did her research while writing the book to learn more about blind people and as well as people from India's culture. I would very much recommend Farsighted to the YA crowd as well as adults. If you are looking new to read I would so say to give this book a chance. You will not regret you did.
tweezle More than 1 year ago
The first thing that grabbed me was the cover. I couldn't get over his likeness to a teen-age Anthony Michael Hall. Once that happened, I couldn't get Anthony Michael Hall's voice out of my head - I made them one and the same.Could it be coincidence? Alex, the main character, was blind and had a gift of second sight - and so did one of AMH characters, Johnny Smith (although he wasn't blind - he was still disabled and used a cane). Emlyn Chand did a fantastic job creating her characters, especially Alex. She took a blind teen and gave him a very realistic voice. She tackled some difficult character traits: a teen, a male, an outcast, and blindness, but she pulled it off and did it very well. "Farsighted" was a great young adult novel. It dealt with being young and different and the journey one travels. Each chapter starts with a Rune and a reference of the path that the "traveler" is on. These, of course, coincide with what happens to Alex in that chapter. What I found most intriguing about the story, was Alex's point of view and how he "saw" the world. We never really got to "see" his friends or family - just how he "saw" them by smells, sounds, etc. Then when he starts having his "visions" it gives even a more interesting twist, because he visions are with his other senses and he doesn't know what is real or his "second sight" in the beginning. These visions prove to be an important part of the story - giving mystery and suspense as you try to figure out who, how and why... It certainly keeps one interested in the story and makes it difficult to put aside, as the need to know grows greater with each chapter. Emlyn wrote an exciting young adult story that will please adults as well, and with the suspense and surprise ending, this is definitely one to add to your must read list! I received an e-copy of this book from the author to read and honestly review.
jgoehl More than 1 year ago
When the author, Emlyn Chand, asked for reviewers to join her book tour on Facebook, I let a couple days go by before answering that call. Having been friends with Emlyn on FB for a while and reading things she had posted about the book, I wasn't interested. Even after committing to the book tour I still was on the fence. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how much I DID enjoy Farsighted after I read it. Very well written, fast paced, not one grammatical error, likable characters. Alex, the star (or should I say sapling) of the book, is blind and has been that way since he was born. His mother owns Sweet Blossoms, a floral shop, and his father (who Alex just can't seem to figure out)can't seem to find a job so his family never really had much. A sophomore in high school, Alex is use to being made fun of and bullied and has no friends. Until Simmi, a transfer student from India comes into his life. She smells like an Almond Joy. Then enters Shapri, who moved from New Orleans. All three have some type of psychic ability, whether they accept it or not. When Alex starts "seeing" visions, he has no idea what is happening. With the help of Shapri's mother, Miss Teak, he is able to understand those visions, but how to stop what he is seeing before it happens is a different story. Someone is wanting his beloved Simmi dead, but who is this guy and why? Although I was enjoying the read, I didn't really start to get into the story until about half way through when things started falling in place and the action really picked up! I actually wanted Alex to be in love with Shapri, she's more outgoing and spunky than quiet soft spoken Simmi. I am looking forward to finding out more about Shapri and Simmi in future books. One thing that I really liked about this read was that Alex isn't a poor me kind of guy. You almost forget he is even blind until you come across a sentence about how something "smells" to him or using his cane. He seems fairly independent, considering he can make his way from school to his moms shop by himself, and he is not afraid to stand up for himself! This is a great first published novel for Emlyn Chand. She has created an interesting world that will pull you right in. I'm excited to read book two, which will come out in 2012 (hopefully early 2012 and not later!). An enjoyable read for YA and adults. Farsighted is clean enough for even mid-grade readers getting ready for the transition to YA.
NiinaCs_Blog More than 1 year ago
Alex Kosmitoras is boy, turning sixteen in few days, he goes to school where he is pretty much only spoken to by the school jerk. Alex is blind, his family poor, his father unemployed and his mother working hard to support them. As school begins after the summer, Alex makes his first friend he's ever had in school, Simmi. She's moved in from New Delhi and immediately intrigues Alex with her almond scented hair and lovely accent. As fun as the new occurrence is something weird is happening, Alex "sees" other moment in the middle of his school days, and when Simmi's death pops up Alex takes to learn all he can about his "gift" to stop Simmi's murder! I loved Alex's character! From the beginning he's very reliable and has a unique vision and voice about his life. It¿s so refreshing to read the first person narrative from a blind young man who doesn't fixate on looks, he "sees" colors, feels textures, and that was just LOVELY to read. Alex grows immensely along the book, starting out feeling numbly normal and goes to having a psychic ability! His mother and father play really good and strong secondary characters feeding into the story the twist and the lulls it needs. This book is wonderful, a unique view on life, it's a must read for YA fans. The easy beginning turns into a fascination read, into a book you can't stop reading, and if you have to it makes you grunt in disappointment. Can't wait to read Emlyn Chand's next book!
peacedanceCR More than 1 year ago
but I like this! The author is a wealth of knowledge for Indie authors, so I was intrigued when she offered her first book up for review. I like it! I'm not going to go so far as to say that I will enjoy YA stories now, but, I do like this. Multicultural characters makes my heart sing. She took a blind character and made sure the reader could 'see' what was going on. Not only that, I know the school system around a special ed. student and she incorporated all of that into the story so that you had a feel for what his life would be like. I'm really impressed with the story and only hope she writes some old people stuff as well.
RoGoodman More than 1 year ago
Think about being sixteen. The overwhelming uncertainty of who you are and the person you will become in the future is a daily part of your life. You have issues with your peers, in addition to your parents. Now, imagine you had to endure all that without being able to use your eyes. Farsighted isn't just an ordinary novel; it's a journey through the eyes of someone who can't see. Alex Kosmitoras was born blind, but ironically enough "sees" much better than everyone around him. Emlyn Chand has created a world where each and every reader will experience what it's like to be without vision. She hasn't just written a well-crafted story, the text will transport you into this fantastic world. You become Alex. You smell, touch, and experience what he does. You're the outcast; the one who feels alienated and alone. You're the one being bullied and at the same time shunned by your classmates. And you're the one who eventually starts to know when things are going to happen, before they occur. When psychic premonitions of impending doom involving his closest friend start to plague him, Alex knows he must take action. Amid the confusion and uncertainly of what is going on around him, because things aren't always as they appear, he soon discovers he has the power within him to change situations. With the help of his equally gifted friends, Simmi and Sharpi, in addition to his father and Miss Teak, Alex sets off to stop the dangerous Dax. One of the things that impressed me the most about Farsighted was the fact that Alex was written as a strong character, despite his "disability." The concept of this YA novel is one of the most innovative and interesting ones I've read in a long time. Emlyn Chand should be commended for her debut offering, not only for her writing ability, but her originality in conveying this story.
Gethsemane More than 1 year ago
Alex Kosmitoras has been blind ever since he got sick from the measles as a child. Because of this, his life has never been that easy. Yet he's tried his best not to let the jeering and the bullying by other kids at school get to him. At least, not till now. You see, Alex has started having visions - visions that he's unable to understand. They all started after having met Simmi, a new girl at his school who's arrived from India. She's smart. She's funny. And she smells like an Almond Joy candy bar - a scent that drives him to distraction. He finds himself drawn to her, wanting to know more about her. To delve deeper into the world she lives in. His attraction for her grows day by day, but so do the visions. When his visions start to show that Simmi is in some sort of danger, he knows that he needs to find a way to make them stop. But how? he wonders. Alex soon meets Miss Teak, the woman who's bought the shop next door to his mother's. With her help, he begins to master the powers that he's been gifted with - powers that seem daunting and unhelpful, at times. Despite this, he vows to do everything he can to protect Simmi - no matter the cost. Setting aside his differences with those around him, Alex knows that time is running out. The visions start occurring more and more and he's aware of the fact that he's practically running 'blind' with what he's gotten so far. As the clock winds down, he soon discovers the path he needs to take and embarks on a journey that will leave him wondering whether the world as he knows it will ever be the same again. This was truly a delightful read. Emlyn painted a truly unique take on a paranormal world seen through the eyes of a guy who's unable to truly see the world he lives in. We experience his world through his sense of touch, hearing, and smells that allow him to 'see' everything around him. Alex is the kind of guy that any girl would be proud to take him to Mom. I truly recommend reading this enticing book.
ReviewerRachel More than 1 year ago
Farsighted By Emlyn Chand Alex Kosmitoras isn't your average sophomore. For one thing, he's blind and has been since birth. For another thing, he has the ability to see the future. He wishes he didn't though.well, maybe he did. After all, it did gain him a best friend, Simmi, a girl who had just moved from India. He just wished he could control the visions. Most of the time his visions just showed things in the near future, you know, like his dad asking how school was, but then he was struck by a serious one. Over and over this vision came: Simmi's death. Through the new psychic business next to his mother's florist shop, he learned there are two different kinds of visions, ones that will happen no matter what; and those that can be prevented, but who's to tell the difference? And then there is the paradox, what if the very thing he does to prevent the incident, cause her death in the first place? Can he save Simmi's life, and what is the cost he's willing to pay? Farsighted is an awesome book. It was new and exciting, it almost made the shelf of fame. The sequel (s) will decide if it goes on the shelf or not (I'll have to think on it, It's a tuff decision.) It was just a fantastic fantasy. One of my favorite things about this series is the dimension. If you want it to be a fun fantasy, it is. If you want it to be deeper, it is. Here is the deeper part: I'd say the core of Farsighted is Truth, not only truth but the way that lays influence the truth. That truth is better incorporated if you knew something worse first. It offers a nice insight into emotions, which is the secondary theme of the series. (Along with strength, or what the world perceives to be strength.) In a twisted sort of way, the worse things that happen to us are the best. They make us more determined for the good things and make us who we are and make us better people. Alex is perfect for the symbolism for trials and tribulations. Being blind, he's 10X more likely to listen and has 10X the choice to NOT hear it. Those moments of complete disorientation are the physical manifestation of our emotional incapability's (ours by choice). He's the epitome of human abilities. Because, in reality, we all have our own blindness. It shouldn't be our 'disability' of our lives per say, rather our 'ablility.' Anyway, I love this book, it's definitely a re-reader, and one of my favorites this year. Only one negative, cussing. But I think the story is definitely worth it.
momgamerwriter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/WriterRating: 5 out of 5 ControllersReview Source: Goddess Fish PromotionsReviewer: MeFarsighted is a book that will immediately grab you attention and leave you wide-eyed and open mouthed long after it¿s done. Author Emyln Chand takes her readers on a riveting journey with a stellar cast of characters, creative special powers, and a fantastic plot that only leaves readers wanting more. Twists and turns, setbacks and love, make this novel a roller coaster ride of excitement.What a phenomenal book Farsighted truly is. I must admit I wasn¿t sure if I could fall in love with a main character that not only had a disability but also had a unique gift. What Chand does it surprising, not only did she make me love Alex, but she also made me feel sorry for him, angry with him, and root for him constantly ¿ and this was all in the first few chapters! This should speak volumes about the depth of her characters and the elegance of her writing. Not once did I feel a situation was unexplained or a character under developed. The entire cast, Alex, Simmi, Sharpi, Alex¿s parents, Miss Teak and Dax all had a role to play within the pages and worked beautifully together when they crossed paths. It was exciting watching the story unfold before my eyes, a unique voyage I¿d happily take over and over again.Alex, a natural loner because of his blindness, is on a journey of self discovery. Soon after his ability of second sight takes over him, he discovers that something bad is going to happen to the girl he loves, Simmi. Simmi, his first true friend means the world to him, and he will stop at nothing to save her even if that means learning to use a gift he really doesn¿t want. His second sight was both a gift and a curse from the beginning, making it difficult for him to distinguish between what is real, and what might occur. It forces Alex to seek the assistance of a palm reader, Miss Teak, to better understand what is happening to him and how he can prevent Simmi¿s demise, thus bringing about his quest to find the elusive Dax. But for Alex, things aren¿t always as cut and dry as they seem, or as he dreams.Because of his blindness, Alex has to rely on other senses, especially touch and smell. Chand does an excellent job conveying how Alex is able to paint pictures of the world around him just by touching objects and smelling the faintest scent. I liked being able to experience the world through his eyes and seeing just how important our other 4 senses can be. It was very refreshing to see a story portrayed this way and even better to experience. Everyone should read the book for this reason alone.Another thing I loved about this novel was the strong female characters. Both Simmi and Sharpi are intelligent and insightful young girls who spoke their minds. Each had their own special way of talking and dealing with Alex and you could see how his actions would change depending on which girl he was around at the time. There was definitely a strong theme of independent women, especially in Alex¿s mother who just happened to be the sole breadwinner of the family. Though the theme was present it wasn¿t overpowering, and shouldn¿t stop anyone from reading the book.Overall, I don¿t think I have a single negative word to speak against Farsighted. It is definitely a book unlike any other, and will probably turn out to be one of the best books you have read in years. The story works, the characters are convincing, and even the rune¿s add something a little extra. I highly recommend this books to everyone ages 15 and up.
EpicYAReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Farsighted is Emlyn Chand¿s debut YA paranormal novel and it pulls you in right from the very beginning of the book. Farsighted¿s hero, Alex Kosmitoras is sixteen, he¿s been blind from birth, and the story begins the day before Alex starts his sophomore year of high school. Many of the reviews for Farsighted state that the reader forgets that the hero is blind, and it¿s completely true. I loved Alex¿s narrative throughout the book and the way it seamlessly blended his heightened senses into his thoughts. When he says, ¿The air around her lightens up as she relaxes into our conversation,¿ describing his first meeting with Simmi, a new girl in school, it¿s as if this is a completely natural observation, instead of something extraordinary. So, not only is Alex blind, something for which he is bullied by the popular kids at school, but shortly after starting school, he begins to hear things that don¿t make sense. Alex eventually begins to figure out what¿s going on, and he also comes to realize that his new friend, Simmi is in danger. As the story develops, several of Alex¿s friends acquire powers that they must learn to come to terms with. The only ¿disappointment¿ (if you could call it that) I had in the story was that the ending was somewhat abrupt, and left you hanging. I know that the second book, Open Heart, is due to be published May 12, 2012. I¿ll definitely be reading that one.I¿m going to give Farsighted a Four Star Review!
Bookworm_Lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex has a disability. He is blind. He is good with it. I think he understands that there isn't anything he can do about it, he accepts it with grace and lives the best and most normal life that he can. Ok, maybe not too normal. He doesn't have a lot of friends. He would like to though. He is starting his sophomore year of high school and his goal is to make a friend this year. Simmi is new to town, and she smells wonderful. Alex can't help but to want to know her better, to become her friend, and if he's lucky enough her boyfriend. Things begin to change when his dad begins acting weird and he starts having visions of the future. A psychic has opened up shop next to his mother's flower shop and he begins to visit her. He begins to train to control and tap into his new power. His visions show him a troubled young man named Dax. His visions show violence and uncontrolled rage. He makes it his goal to stop Dax, because his visions show the death of his friend Simmi. This story is well written. It caught and held my interest right from the beginning. I really enjoyed Alex's character. I was impressed by his attitude and ability to make the best of his situation. Simmi is such a cute character. Then you add the psychics daughter, and you have three great friends who are able to do wonders together
earthwindwalker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
FARSIGHTEDBY EMLYN CHANDAlex 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. MY THOUGHTS:This book was a nice read. This is a great Young Adult book for readers interested in paranormal ideas. I especially liked the use of Runes at the start of the chapters as Runes are one of my favorite metaphysical items. The use of one of the Nostradamus quatrains also pleasantly surprised me. I think the idea of a boy who is blind seeing past/future events is intriquing. Alex drew me into the story and really spoke to me with the teenage angst. I am looking forward to the next book in the series and hope the Nostradamus quatrains and rune references are used again. I would recommend this book for young adult to adult readers who are interested in the paranormal as well as readers who are interested in runes and Nostradamus prophecies. I gave this book 4 stars for the spiritual/romance mix.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Description: Sightless sixteen year-old Alex Kosmitoras is an outcast, treated by his father and his peers like he doesn't belong -- until the day he meets Simmi, a girl from India that seems genuinely interested in his friendship, (not to mention she smells like a candy bar). So, he thinks maybe Sophomore year won't be so bad -- then the visions start; and these aren't visions of sugar plums, but ghastly premonitions depicting the unimaginable, including Simmi's death. Unsure what to do about his new-found ability, Alex has to decide whether to try and intervene, or let the foretold future run its course. With the help of the new psychic in town, Miss Teak, and her daughter, Shapri, he must learn to control his second-sight and stop what's coming before Simmi, and everything else in his life, become part of the past.Review: I live for paranormal fiction, especially YA, so when I heard about Farsighted, I had to get a copy! The premise sounded so refreshingly different from what's been floating around the YA publishing pool lately, (vampires, witches, and werewolves- Oh, my!). Not that I mind sparkly supernatural beings, but I am very glad that Emlyn Chand came up with something out-of-the-otherworldly-box. First-off, I loved the cover idea and the way it was designed in monochromatic tones, especially since that is how I envisioned Alex's premonitions. Once I started reading, I couldn't get over how well the characters and their histories were set up and explained. Even if I disliked a character, I still had feelings about them and felt like they could be real four-dimensional people. Alex's character is very well-developed, and I enjoyed witnessing his character grow into the person I saw during the last few chapters. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the use of Alex's point of view through touch, sound, and smell. Even though the people and objects around him were never described through seeing eyes, I could imagine everyone in surprising detail, in part because of all their different personalities. This use of Alex's perspective was integral to the plot, and I must be honest, Emlyn Chand knows how to craft a page-turner. The story has a great flow and is well-thought-out; the twists and turns actually surprised and entertained me. The runes at the beginning of each chapter were really interesting to read about and slightly foreshadowed what was to come, but I was still shocked by certain outcomes, (no spoilers!). The only part I'll complain about is the ending, I really hate cliff-hangers - and not knowing what's going to happen is already driving me crazy. I absolutely cannot wait for Open Heart - Book 2 in the Farsighted Series, slated for release in 2012. Kudos to Emlyn Chand on her amazing debut published novel - the first of many, I am sure!Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)*** I received this book from the author (Novel Publicity) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You've heard the expression "don't judge a book by its cover", right? Well, this is exactly what happened here. I'm not really a fan of this cover but I've heard so many good things about this book that when I was offered a spor in the blog tour I just couldn't say no. And you know what? I'm so glad I said yes!Our main character, Alex, is your average guy. Bullied in school by the "cool kids" (who in my opinion, of course, are just idiots...), with zero friends and always eating by himself in the cafeteria.Sorry, not average, right? Well, thrown in there that he is actually blind and that he has a gift: he can see the future.Yeah, not average but interesting. Really really interesting.So, he is a guy. A really good kid who struggles with his father's relationship with him because he knows that, deep inside, his dad blames him for being blind and that he only acts nice and sweet when his mom is around.To compensate his father's behavior Ale'x mom is a sweetheart. She is the type of mom who would call her son "brave little oak tree" (which I think is absolutely cute!) and make sure that he nows she loves her by doing small things to make his heart smile.But then Alex's life changes when a new girl arrives to his school. Her name is Simmi and she is from India. Soon she becomes Alex's best friend. Actually only friend. But he is happy, happier than ever. He is falling in love for a girl with a sweet heart and a kind soul, a girl that smells like Almond Joy Bar and that really cares for him.And everything is just great until one of Alex's visions suggests that Simmi is going to die very soon. He has never intervened in the future but now things are different, he can't just sit and wait for it to happen, he needs to stop it, to change the future... But, is it possible? Can he really do something to stop Simmi's death?Personal opinion:Where do I start? Let's begin with Alex. I love him, I really do. He is such a sweet kid who knows that being blind makes his life a little harder but that understands that is part of who he is and lives with it with grace.It was so refreshing to read a book from a male's point of view! The way he thinks, the way he express his feelings, the way he acts are so real that I usually found myself thinking of him as a real person and not a character written by a girl. Kudos for that, Emlyn! You really captured his essence in this book and he became a real person for me.Another thing I enjoyed was the fact that we have a lot of cultures in this book. No kidding. I'm in love with the Indian culture and this book just captured me with all the things I could learn with the characters. And since my own background is a mix of three cultures (Spanish-Peruvian-Brasilian) I'm absolutely grateful to the author for making Farsighted a house for different people.Oh, you want me to tell you something cool? Every chapter begins with a rune. This rune comes with a little prophecy that, if you think about it, will give you an insight of what is going to happen in the chapter. I thought that was absolutely clever! I often found myself pausing my reading to think about what might happen next and smiling when correct.This idea brought more depth to the plot and its magic side. Again, kudos for that, Emlyn!And, just so you can understand how much I enjoyed this book I'm going to re-read it before the end of the year. I'm not sure how since I have so many other books to read but I simple will have to find a way to do so... this book was marvelous! The ending left me happy but eager to read the next part... Months can't pass fast enough.Read it, please, you won't regret it, I promise.
NiinaC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex Kosmitoras is boy, turning sixteen in few days, he goes to school where he is pretty much only spoken to by the school jerk. Alex is blind, his family poor, his father unemployed and his mother working hard to support them.As school begins after the summer, Alex makes his first friend he's ever had in school, Simmi. She's moved in from New Delhi and immediately intrigues Alex with her almond scented hair and lovely accent.As fun as the new occurrence is something weird is happening, Alex "sees" other moment in the middle of his school days, and when Simmi's death pops up Alex takes to learn all he can about his "gift" to stop Simmi's murder!I loved Alex's character! From the beginning he's very reliable and has a unique vision and voice about his life. It¿s so refreshing to read the first person narrative from a blind young man who doesn't fixate on looks, he "sees" colors, feels textures, and that was just LOVELY to read.Alex grows immensely along the book, starting out feeling numbly normal and goes to having a psychic ability! His mother and father play really good and strong secondary characters feeding into the story the twist and the lulls it needs.This book is wonderful, a unique view on life, it's a must read for YA fans. The easy beginning turns into a fascination read, into a book you can't stop reading, and if you have to it makes you grunt in disappointment.Can't wait to read Emlyn Chand's next book!
MesaSagacityQuest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Farsighted but I didn¿t love it. The book was a little confusing at first, but it gets better. Alex blindness left him to be an outcast at school. He doesn¿t fit in¿and he thought a new school year would be the same as the last school years. But on the first day of his sophomore year, he met a girl, Simmi. Alex felt connected with her right away. Soon, Alex started to see the vision that gets him in trouble. Farsighted is about Alex learning about himself and his powers/abilities. Alex and Simmi were very likeable characters. There are two things why I give this book 3.5; one, it took a while to get into the book and two, the romance is lackluster. Overall, Emlyn did a good job for her debut novel, and I enjoyed it. And I still plan to read the second book in the series.
anonymousreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emlyn Chand's Farsighted was a refreshing read. The author does an amazing job using descriptions to show us everything that's happening. Since the main character, Alex, is blind, she gives us detailed descriptions of smell, sound, and touch. And even though there are virtually no descriptions of sight, I was still able to picture everything clearly in my mind. Her writing had a certain flow to it, and everything was very nicely paced. The bits of prophecies before each chapter also added something to the story.Let's talk about the plot. I've read books that contain psychic people or small psychic elements, but never an entire book about the topic. After reading this book with all the different types of abilities it contains, I'm excited to find some more. The story centered around Alex and the development of his new powers. Along with that came new friends and journeys. There were parts where I actually gasped due to some small twist that was thrown in. The plot plays out nicely and in my opinion, very well paced.However the one thing that I didn't really like was the dynamics between the characters. Separately, I loved all of them. But for me, the dialogue between them didn't always seem plausible, and the relationships developed really quickly. I understand that the relationships had to develop for the pacing to go as evenly as it did, but it just seemed off to me. But other than that, the characters were all great! All of the "good" characters were like-able and for the most part relate-able (except for the being blind part, I can't really relate to that. Though, as I said before, the author did a great job with that) while all of the "bad" guys were infuriating and frustrating.If you're looking for a different, even paced read, Emlyn Chand's Farsighted is the book for you!
LibertadAraceli More than 1 year ago
Actual score 4.5 Every once in a while, I buy tons of books with particular themes. A handful featuring Latino/a protagonists. 4 or so featuring Black main characters. This was part of the fleet i bought including disabled lead protagonists. If I'm to be honest, this sat on my shelf for a few months. I'm always afraid of how authors will portray disabilities in books. Usually it find fall under the trope where somehow the disability can be "fixed" and the protagonist will live out the rest of their days able bodied. So soooo happy this wasn't one of them! The story follows Alex Kosmitoras, an unpopular misfit, who just wants to be normal. It's hard being normal when every chance you get, there's a run in with the school bully, your parents don't have the money to buy you the things you need and oh yea how could I forget, you're BLIND. Fill in the blanks there's a chance you might just be psychic and you're in for some crazy things to happen. At first, I thought that I would feel sorry for Alex. He was born blind and has never had the privilege of ever seeing things. I thought this would be a story highlighting what some people see as disadvantages that come along with having a disability. Alex however, made me forget sometimes that he had a disability. He was written multi faceted, engaging, charming and just about as snarky as any other teenage boy in a YA novel. Yea, he did certain things much different, but he really made his disability work for him. He wasn't moping around being sad about being blind. He had typical thoughts of teenage boy. He strived to do well in school, he wanted to make friends and he fantasized about having a girlfriend. Doesn't get any much normal than that. So where does the paranormal element come in? Glad you would ask!  Alex is one of many who have psychic abilities. His power? He can see the present and possibly the future. I'm sure his abilities grow in the series as they seemed to grow in this book and it was interesting how this power played out in this particular book. He sees visions how he's always seem them. They're not clear images but they are very real and could possibly happen. I don't think this is the most unique ability but in this particular book, "The Gifted" as they're called, seem to have abilities that are based on the mind. That was really interesting. I loved how it worked in this book.  The plot centered around Alex "seeing" one of his friends die by the hands of a crazy person. He must somehow use his abilities to figure out whether it's a future that is going to happen anyways or one that can be prevented. I enjoyed seeing Alex gradually coming into his abilities. Sometimes the lead protagonist get "gets" it and those are the ones i relate less to. The world of psychics seemed very real in this book and It was really nice to see a disabled character written as clever. He figured most things out on his own and when he couldn't he had help from the people that supported him. He had two very present parents, and that's what's missing a lot on YA novels. The parents are just non-existent but here were Alex's parents seeing him through this war with his abilities. I think I appreciated that aspect of it the most!  When it came to the side characters in the book, I was pleased to know that both of his friends were Women of Color. Simmi was Indian and Shapri appeared in my mind as African American. Since Alex is blind, he can't really explain what they look like but there are clues that link to this. Simmi constantly mentioned things in her culture, she spoke with a singsong accent(Indian women tend to) and she didn't eat meat. Shapri talked with a slight Southern accent, She moved to Grandon because her family was affected by Katrina and she had sharpness that was undeniably "Sista"like. This fact made me really happy because all three main characters came from marginalized groups. Oh and i think Simmi is plus sized!Happy-Happy, Joy-Joy!!! Nothing about the diverse set of characters the author chose to write about seemed forced or fake. It was a genuine story featuring a multicultural set of people. This is the kind of book I always ask for, but writers never seem to listen to my silent pleas. If there are characters that aren't white, it's usually one out of like 5. The fact that the 3 main characters are from marginalized groups makes me feel stupid for not picking up a little sooner. My only complaint was I would have liked to know more about the history of "The Gifted Ones". I really loved the title and the cover made it easy to see Alex as handsome. I'm not sure if he really looks like that but that's how I envisioned him. The guy on the cover "appears"to be blind and has brown skin like most people of Greek ancestry(if you couldn't tell by his last name). I also liked how he described people by their scents since he couldn't physically describe them. So many descriptions are based on looks that we forget that we have 4 other useful senses.
LovesChristianSpec More than 1 year ago
This book was so well written and a pleasure to read. I really got into the characters and the plot. I love superhero-type stories! But the ending was anticlimactic and unsatisfying. Kinda hate it when books don't finish, instead just end to try to make you buy the next one in the series.
Evanlea More than 1 year ago
This book has been on my TBR for awhile now. It is a young adult book, so kept being swept to the back of the pile. This past week I decided I wasn't going to sweep it back again. The story is about Alex, who has been blind since birth, and the friends he meets his Sophomore year of school. Up to this point Alex has been an outcast, made fun of and has no friends. He hopes this year will be different. His family has been on hard times, which allows us to see a facet of Alex's personality as he handles the issues that arise from the situation. As two girls, Simmi and Shapri, come into his life, so do the visions and Dax. What do you think it would be like to be a blind oracle - to see the future without really seeing? In this story you find out what it's like for Alex. In some ways this story was a bit simplistic in parts, however, it is a YA book and I'm not a YA reader. The writing style would be great for any aged YA reader at any reading ability level. The story flowed well and the characters developed over the story. I was hooked all the way through the book wanting to know what happened next. I felt that the author did a great job of writing from Alex's perspective, allowing us to see through his "eyes" - or rather senses. The emotional teenaged ups and downs were evident and well written. The next book in the series is available, Open Heart. I'm looking forward to adding that one to my kindle in the near future. Can't wait to find out what happens to Alex, Simmi, Shapri, and Dax!
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I love the characters different personalities and how they become friends. They each have their own problems and special gifts and learn how to work together. The book is written from Alex's point of view and he is blind, I like how strong and independent he is. I feel sorry for him throughout the book because of his relationship with his father. I however, loved the way the father's story comes out towards the end of the story, and how they all have to work together for a common goal. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series. 
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   I liked this book so much more than I was prepared to. I know, I know, I signed up for the tour. But I went in with a negative attitude for some reason, and let me just say that Emlyn blew me out of the water with Farsighted. I loved Alex's voice, and although I have no idea what it is like to be blind, I do know what it is like to feel like an outsider. So I related to him on that level very much so.     It gave me so much hope watching him grow as a character and then learn to accept things that he previously thought was the stuff of the stories. He had no idea that he was having visions, and he started feeling crazy. But then he met others like him, and slowly began to accept that there is more to the world than he once thought. I liked that Alex was an unlikely hero and what he accomplished despite his handicaps.       He meets quite a cast of characters, and I love how they all play into the story. Simmi is sweet and a bit of a mystery to me. I loved what she brought to the story though, and the confidence and protector instinct that she evoked in Alex. I also enjoyed reading about Shapri. I appreciated that she doubted even though she grew up with a mom that was a psychic of sorts and it went straight up her family tree. I like the confidence she possessed in herself and how she is slow to let people in, but once she does, she is loyal to the core, even when they are involved in things she doubts and doesn't believe in.     The family support is great in this one. I love that they are present and involved in Alex's life, and that he also has other adults that he can trust and talk to. I also appreciated that the parents were realistic. Alex's mom was loving but she hovered. This would drive anyone crazy, and although Alex understands it is protector instinct because of his blindness, it still is a flaw, and that makes it perfect, easy to relate to, and believable.       The pacing is good, and the plot flows well. I like how things tie together and while most things were pretty tied up, we do get a taste of a different conflict for the next book but doesn't leave us hanging in a major way.       The ending is nothing what I expected, but I think that Emlyn made it work for this story, and I am def looking forward to picking up the next one to see if some of my suspicions are true.  Bottom Line: Great fantasy about a blind main character who fights for his friends and to discover his gifts.