We’ve all felt socially awkward at some point in our lives. For many of us, that time was adolescence. Yet imagine, that with all the normal teenage trials, acne, hormones, angst, the strain for independence, etc., you had even more things to worry about. This is the life of Alex Kosmitoras.
Alex is blind, but so well adapted to his lack of sight that it could hardly ever be considered a disability. It does however, make him stand out even more from his peers, attracting unwanted attention from the school bully Brady. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, suddenly Alex begins to hear voices. Not only does he hear voices, her hears the sounds of death.
What Alex begins to understand is that he is hearing the future of the girl he likes. Simmi is the first girl in Alex’s life who seems to be genuinely interested in him, and as far as he’s concerned, she’s the totally package. How is he going to save the newly discovered girl of his dreams? How can he keep his parents from having him committed for hearing voices? How could he blame them if they did?
These are just some of the problems face by the protagonist of Emlyn Chand’s YA novel Farsighted. A definite new path for the genre, this die-hard vampire lover really enjoyed it. There are some fresh new things I think you can only get through well written, indie publishing: characters with disabilities, main characters with non-European/American origins, and (thankfully,) teenage girls who like the same boy and can abstain from the stereotypical cattiness to name just a few. Below, I’ve listed some of the best and less than stellar aspects of an overall great book.
Why you’ll like it:
- You haven’t read this story before. Just because there’s a blind psychic does not mean you know what’s going to happen. Which leads me to my next point:
- You don’t know what’s going to happen. Then ending threw me for a loop. If you figure it out before you read it… let’s just say there might be more psychics around than those you are reading about.
- It has everything you love about YA. Like all good YA books, it sympathizes if you’re YA age. If you’re an adult (like me,) reading, it reminds you of your youth without the skin flare ups or voice changing.
- The bullies get what they deserve. Just wait and read. You’ll see what I mean. As a parent, I am happy to find any book that address the subject of bullying in our schools. As a teen, it has to be satisfying to at least read some retribution, even if you can’t get it in real life.
Why you may not like it:
- You don’t like the YA genre. If pining over the girl of your dreams and trouble with your parents understanding you isn’t your thing, neither is this book. Or most in the genre for that matter.
- You refuse to read indie published books. This is a mistake, but I know I can’t change everyone’s mind about this. Let me just say that Ms. Chand has put a great deal of time and effort into her craft and the results are up to snuff with just about anything you’d see from the traditional publishing houses.
- The runes distract you. They did me too. I tried reading them before every chapter at and it seemed to take away from the story, especially due to the change in tenses. I can say that at the end, when I was trying to skip ahead to see what happened, these little snippets kept me from cheating and helped sate my curiosity just enough.
I was also able to interview Emlyn Chand on my blog and asked her some of the burning questions I had once I finished the book. I strongly suggest that you not read this interview until finishing Farsighted, as it does contain spoilers. You can find the interview here.
If you are interested in learning more about Emlyn Chand, you can find her website and where to purchase Farsighted here.
Happy reading, happy writing!
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 Amazon.com’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 www.emlynchand.com 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 and take the quiz to find out which character is most like you!