Review: Farsighted – Emlyn Chand
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.
Synopsis: 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.
In this enthralling debut novel, Emlyn Chand creates a world in which friendship, perseverance, and a handful of psychic powers come together to fight against what appears to be the inevitable and all-too dangerous future. This is a book you won’t want to put down—even after you finish it!
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!