Blog Tour: Farsighted & Open Heart by Emlyn Chand

Posted March 1, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway / 2 Comments

Open Heart by Emlyn Chand
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Also by this author: Farsighted

My review for Farsighted went up earlier.  Now it’s time to show some love for Open Heart.


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.

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.

About the Author:
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched 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 Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

This book deals with some pretty heavy issues.  Trust and eating disorders being the major ones.  It’s also told from Simmi’s perspective.  

Simmi seems like a completely different person from Farsighted.  A lot of this could be because of how Alex sees her.  But she never seemed so distraught before.  She suffers from low self-esteem, especially when her best friend is skinny and beautiful.  Simmi is constantly having to hide her pain, and dislike of herself, from her family and friends.  Due to all of these issues she’s facing alone, her powers are diminishing. She can’t control them, and doesn’t trust herself to wield them the way they are meant to be.  She cuts herself off from all of her friends. 

 I didn’t care for Alex very much in this installment.  He seems very overprotective, and pushy.  He also doesn’t seem to care about anything that interests Simmi.  I want to say this is completely his fault, but it’s not.  Simmi is always withdrawing into herself because of her size, looks, and the fact that she’s confused about her relationship with him.  I do see why Alex behaves the way he does.  Shapri is oblivious to the problems that plague Simmi.  She tries to cheer her best friend up, but doesn’t realize she’s hurting her instead.  Shapri isn’t doing it intentionally.  She remains loyal to Simmi, and defends her when she won’t defend herself.  

The plot in this one seemed to move kind of slow.  We are thrown into Simmi’s mind, but nothing really happens.  She knows that there’s a threat that’s moved to town, but doesn’t do anything to figure out why. That bugged me to no end.  There are signs of the craziness everywhere, and it takes her a while to put two and two together.  I do love how much thought is put into Simmi’s eating disorder.  It’s a very scary sickness, and can be life ending.  It’s a topic that I think should be broached more often.  Everyone is scared to talk about it, but in a world that glorifies the “perfect” body it needs to be discussed.  

The events that happen in this book seem to be a catalyst for what’s going to happen next in the series.  I’m excited to read more about this group of friends, and see where their journeys take them. 


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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

2 responses to “Blog Tour: Farsighted & Open Heart by Emlyn Chand

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review, Katrina. I think you’ll really enjoy Pitch. It’s the fastest moving in the series, probably because Shapri demands it be so! I’m finishing up the manuscript now for a May 21 release. Can’t wait!

    Em 😀

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