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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

BLOG TOUR! Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

This is one special book. Today (tonight in Aus) you all will be graced with a review on Emlyn Chand's novel Farsighted!! This is the 6th stop on the tour (you can check out the other tour dates at the bottom of this post) and I am so excited to have been given the opportunity for this tour. Another brilliant tour from Lightning Book Promotions.
First off let's get to know our author, Emlyn Chand for a moment...


Author Bio. (from Goodreads)

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. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!


Handy Hinty Links:

Twitter: @emlynchand



Now let's get stuck into her book, Farsighted! are you ready? I know I am! Ok, let's go:

Farsighted


At the Other End:

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.



First Impressions Last:

When I first read the blurb for this book, I really didn't know what to think. It did sound good, but then when I kept thinking about it, I wasn't quite sure. I'm glad I did forget about my quick indecisiveness and read this book (whether or not on this tour) because it was worth reading.


Behind the 218 Pages:



This is a great book, far better than what I anticipated originally. From the start of the novel in the note, we are told about the little passages at the start of each chapter that would be meaningful to what that chapter was about. At the start, we can predict exactly what happens from these passages to what is going to happen in that chapter, but then as we get further into the book, we just read over the passages and don’t think about what is going to happen as much as we would have in the start of the book, because we are pulled along with Alex and his world. Also, throughout the book as we start overlooking the passages, we actually get surprised and shocked at some of the things that happen. Even though we do try and guess what happens, the end result starts surprising us and we then link this back to the passage at the start, and we come to understand it all more. This method of surprise falls nicely with the story, as Alex is confused mainly the whole way through the novel about what his visions are about then it counteracts with us (as the reader) being mindful of what the chapter has in store but really have no idea at what it is about until we are surprised and shocked as we read through. This makes us connect with Alex even more as we can somewhat understand the situation he is in as well as his understanding of it all. The runes at the start of each chapter also act like a title. We come to understand that they are runes through the novel, yet at the start when we see them we just disregard them. It isn’t until we learn about them with Alex that we realise that these are meaningful to the novel and we also can know how many chapters there are through the runes used at the start.

Because Alex is blind, I was expecting great lengths of detail about everything (except sight of course), but this is where the novel lacked. We needed to have more detail of the things around us and not just the basics. We are left out of visual imagery but we need our other senses to be able to pick up on everything else to be able to still create imagery. Smells and touch needed to be a lot more in depth and not just talking about smells when something new enters, we need to know all the time, because if we don’t, then we seem to forget a little that Alex really is blind. We need to be able to see through the cane he uses. I completely forgot about the cane until the end and the middle when he mentions taking it along with him. This is really the only lacking quality in the novel. We just need that extra description and detail, especially when the persona is blind and we are seeing through his “eyes”. We sympathise with Alex and with what he has to deal with in his life, the bullying, visions and secrets take their toll on him and lead him astray, which then ends as more complication but also develops the story a lot more and gives it more depth than with just one challenge. Also, along with Alex, we can’t seem to quite distinguish what is reality and what is a vision, unless Alex actually informs us that it is a vision. This is also another area in the novel where lack of description and detail affects us.

The end of the novel does come as a shock to us at the reality of everything that has been going on in Alex’s visions. We don’t realise the full situation at what Alex’s power can do until the very end, which brings us onto looking forward to the next book in the series, and to how he develops his power. Although I have spoken mostly about the shocking moments within the novel, these moments weren’t too shocking as you read them, but the reality of everything does mentally start clicking together in place. So the shocks aren’t as overwhelming as they might seem. In the end, this book is a good read and although not as long as many other novels nowadays, it still fulfils our every need.

Be Mine:
Barnes and Noble!

Farsighted (Fishpond)


Next Stopping At...




7th Wendy @ Minding Spot
9th Angel @ 909 Reviews
10th Heather P @ Earth's Book Nook
12th Connie @ The Character Connection (interview only)
13th Andrea @ Dark-Readers
14th Deina @ Pages Hidden In Time
15th Jen @ A Book and a Latte



Previous Stops...



1st Heather K @ Hezzi D's Books and Cooks
2nd John @ The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer (interview only)
2nd Stephanie @ Our Family World
3rd Amanda @ Letters Inside Out
4th Alaiel @ Librarian Mouse
5th Beverly @ The Wormhole







4 comments:

  1. Thank you, Gina, for this awesome review. I totally get what you're saying about the sensory details. I actually wanted the reader to forget about Alex's blindness from time to time to show how normal he really is, plus he's a guy :-P This was a big departure from my first (unpublished) novel, which is so descriptive it's unreadable (and unpublished for a reason)!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it are are looking forward to Open Heart. Since the narrator of Book #2 will be a character other than Alex, I'm really excited to infuse the story with new visual details :-D

    Might I ask you for a favor? Would you kindly cross-post this review to Amazon and GoodReads to help up exposure for Farsighted? I'd really appreciate it.

    Thanks for the incredibly thorough look at my novel and for hosting me on this tour!

    Emlyn :-D

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  2. Great review Gina! Thanks for being a part of this tour!

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  3. Thank you both! Ah I get what you mean Emlyn. Ah but was your other novel about one who was blind? Oh that would be interesting, getting it from someone elses point of view :) I have posted this review on GR and Barnes and Noble (Amazon is being mean and won't let me upload or do anything).

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  4. Nope, it'll be from another character you already know. Someone who can see and bring visual life to Grandon. I can't believe Amazon is picking on you. That's so mean :-(

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