Blog Tour: Open Heart by Emlyn Chand & Giveaway!


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.




MY REVIEW:
Open Heart is the second book in the Farsighted series and it’s a unique book at that. This book is different from the first one because now we get to read the story from Simmi’s point of view. Her story is unlike other stories of every teenage girl. She struggles with the same concepts of life we all go through. Everyone has a point in their lives when they compare themselves to others and want to be like someone they’re not. Simmi struggles with that throughout the book. It’s something relatable, something understandable, and it’s written well. Emlyn takes an important issue and shows it play out in a lovable character’s life. You kind of hate and love Simmi for most of the book. On the other side of things is Alex, the perfect boyfriend. He’s sweet and considerate and he’s desperate not to loose the girl he loves. It’s interesting to read him from the “outside” point of view. Simmi has to make a lot of decisions in this book, concerning herself and her relationship with Alex. 
There are other characters that come in to play and I’ll be interested to see how the story plays out in the future. This is definitely one of those series that are different and lovable. I’m excited to see what’s coming! 


Other books in the series…





About The Author…

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.



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Happy reading, 

Valia 

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2 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Open Heart by Emlyn Chand & Giveaway!

  1. Emlyn Chand says:

    Thank you for the heart-felt review, Valia. I'm glad you liked Simmi and that you're looking forward to the rest of the series! And, oh my, let me apologize for taking so long to get over here to thank you–I've been working feverishly on finishing up book #3 in the series–Shapri's book, Pitch 😀

    Em

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