Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the Farsighted & Open Heart Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop please enjoy Bailey’s review of Open Heart, book two in theFarsighted Series and enter to win a Kindle or Nook! And in case you missed it, you can read my review of Farsighted or check out my awesome interview with Alex!
Title: Farsighted (Farsighted #1) Publisher: Blue Crown Press Publication date: October 20, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-0983930808 Paperback: 224 pages Grab It:
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, Alex 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.
Title: Open Heart (Farsighted #2) Author: Emlyn Chand ISBN-13: 9781622531929 Publisher: Evolved Publishing Publication date: 2/6/2013 Pages: 302 Review Source: Blog Tour Grab 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 helping.
At least she has Alex, the boyfriend who 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.
Just one problem: she’s not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? Why can’t she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction whenever Dax is around, while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter whom she’d hurt or what she’d risk.
Simmi’s loyalty is on the line. Whom will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with “bad idea” written all over him? Emotions run high in the tension-packed book two of the Farsighted series.
Open Heart is the story of an insecure girl named Simmi. Over the course of the book, Simmi has a lot to deal with, whether it is centered around her powers or typical high school drama. Not only does Simmi have to deal with her power of clairsentience and the powers of those around her, she has to deal with the school’s new resident mean girl, Ronnie, a growing attraction to Dax, whom her boyfriend, Alex, despises and her own feelings of worthlessness.
What I enjoyed most about this novel is, although it had fantasy aspects, Open Heartdealt with issues that teenagers face today. One of these was Simmi’s eating disorder and I appreciated that the author put a warning at the beginning of the novel. The characters had a variety of personalities, keeping them realistic. My favorite was Shapri, simply because she was so sassy and unafraid of telling things like that were. I also managed to form a connection to Simmi, which is good, considering the novel is from her point of view. Although I wanted to reach into the novel and shake her at times, Simmi was genuinely a lovable character. I empathized with her.
This novel would be suitable for anyone who loves a mix of fantasy and reality. However, it should be kept within a mature audience, as it does have descriptions of an eating disorder. Overall, Open Heart was a great read!
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 three 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 is 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 women’s fiction novel, Torn Together, will be received by the reading masses.
Names Diayll, I am a 30 year old country girl, living and enjoying life. I run a blog, mothergamerwriter.com and I am working on completing my first novel. You can find me representing the Xbox and anything else game related on Twitter at MomGamerWriter. But don’t take my word for it, check me out!
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