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I must admit that I almost never read YA fiction I must have started reading grown up books when I was about 14 and never really went back until Harry Potter But very soon I will have a teenage daughter and I quite like the idea of being able to recommend books that she might enjoy I very much enjoy that this particular book is paranormal without being about, well, let s face it, vampires Not that I have anything against them, it s just that they really are suddenly everywhere The concept of this book is fantastic, and Emlyn must certainly be commended for taking on such a seriously daunting task Most writers would surely have found writing the first person account of a blind person way too complicated I look forward to reading the next one, and to passing these on my my daughter when she is old enough. When author Emlyn Chand put out a call requesting bloggers and fellow authors to read and review an advanced copy of her debut young adult novel, FARSIGHTED, I didn t immediately jump at the opportunity Although FARSIGHTED had been on my Goodreads to read list since first learning about the book, I d been entrenched in and falling behind on my own writing goals Agreeing to read and review ARCs feels a lot like homework to me sometimes and, despite my being a generally responsible and dependable person, I am a recovering procrastinator Needless to say, I had my doubts that I d be able to finish the book within the specified time and what if I didn t like it But then Emlyn and I got to chatting, and what it basically boils down to is she is one persuasive woman You can t not agree to do whatever it is she wants you to do, and quite frankly, I m starting to wonder if there isn t something subliminal going on Moving on.Here s the FARSIGHTED blurb 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 , 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, sopho 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 As this is but a first response to the book and not an in depth review, let me just say that I powered down my Kindle wanting That s not to say the story was lacking in any way it s like I was ready for the sequel Right now Alex is such a real and likable reluctant hero, and probably the most unassuming character I ve ever read He might not have a magic wand or vampiric strength and speed, but he is a totally swoon worthy hero that any mom would be proud to let her daughter date The dialog, which is one of the most difficult aspects of storytelling to nail so that it sounds unforced and unique to each individual character, is spot on I also appreciate that even though romance plays a factor in the overall plot, it doesn t overshadow the action Some kissing and pining is good, but the meat of the story is what this reader really wants, and Emlyn definitely delivers The hallmark of any good book, in my opinion, is if you find yourself thinking about it even when you aren t reading it FARSIGHTED certainly falls into this category, which is one of the many reasons why I rated it 4 out of 5 stars So if you love young adult fiction with a paranormal twist and a little bit of romance, I definitely recommend FARSIGHTED. [Download Ebook] ♭ Farsighted (Farsighted, #1) ♂ 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 BlindJust 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 Sopho Year Might Not Be So Bad After AllAlex 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 DangerWith 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 Oh no, I thought as I read the first couple of paragraphs of this book Already, the main character, a blind teenager named Alex has mentioned his super sonic hearing This would be cool if blind people actually had the power to hear blades of grass moving, which sadly we don t We are, much to the disappointment of your average person, incredibly normal He also can sense whenever a person is looking at him, because the air around him begins to vibrateagain, this is not a blind superpower we possessmainly because we don t have any.He is also given a new pair of sunglasses by his parents Within the first chapter I ve come across two major tropes, and I m starting to lose hope Some blind people do wear sunglasses, but mostly people with residual vision This is because they have photophobia, meaning they are extremely light sensitive, they are wearing the glasses for the exact same reason sighted people do, to dim the sunlight Alex however is wearing them because he is blindand for no other reason He also, for some odd reason wears boots that supports his ankles in case he falls I m really trying to figure this out, he s blind, rather than having balance issues.The author seems to have also missed a lot of basic information where technology is concerned For example, Alex mentions he uses a braille keyboard At first, I assumed this was referring to a braille display, with internal memory And yet then he says he has to print out his notes on a braille printer embosser for the rest of us , so that can t be the case As far as I know, there is no way such a system would be put in place It s unfortunate, because it implies that blind people are really limited in school, whereas in reality technology gives us so many options that enable us to take notes and access them, as well as our textbooks Later, the author clarifies that the boy is using a computer with a braille keyboard, which is why he can t go back to check his notes This made me very sad, there is so much information online about how blind people access computers with a screen reader, giving us the ability to use it fully And yet the author says that he needs a braille keyboard to type, and has no way of reading his notes other than hard copy braille Later in the book, the author contradicts herself by saying Alex has a talking web browser Again, this indicates a lack of research as we would use a computer with a screen reader, rather than a specific web browser But if he can access the internet, why then can t he read his notes in class It was these contradictions and the complete butchering of the technology we use that bothered me These are really, really easy things to get right Even simple google searches will bring up information on how we access computers.He also is unable to submit work without someone converting his braille into print Again, this demonstrates a lack of research because most blind students either use a braille note taker, which has email, or the ability to transfer work to a USB, or a computer Either way, there is no need for someone to transcribe the work.There is also face touching, a trope that makes many blind people shudder It s an invasion of personal space, and the idea that we would randomly start touching people actually makes us quite uncomfortable In this situation, Alex touches his dads face to make sure it s really him I m going to be honest, the way I d tell if it was my parent definitely would not be through face touching, ever It crosses a barrier that I am just not willing to, and I know virtually no other blind people who would ever want to touch someone s face.It s disappointing that the author chose to stand by tropes, because there was a lot of potential in this book In fact, I didn t dislike the paranormal elements of it For me, those were the best parts of the story, however sadly it was all overshadowed by the poor characterisation There is mystery and danger, a teenager trying to get a hold on his abilities and a cast of characters who are behaving in ways you don t understand All in all, it could have been a great book I continued to read it because of these things, I genuinely wanted to know what would happen to Alex And it was this, than anything, that made the lack of research so disappointing Every time I began to really enjoy the story it would be punctuated by a huge, glaring stereotype and push me away again.I m not sure that I ll read the rest of the series The story was ok, at times I was genuinely caught up in it, but overall it wasn t wonderful.I want to encourage people to write books with a diverse set of characters, but please, please do your research Most people with disabilities are than happy to answer questions, mostly because we don t see positive portrayals in the media, and if we can help then we will By asking you will be far successful There is nothing worse than picking up a book with a character that has the same disability as you to find it disappointing Not only because you can t identify with them, but because you know that others reading it won t see how inaccurate it is Other people who pick up this book will think I m unable to take notes and hand in work in school without the help of a sighted person, that I have heightened senses and I need to wear sunglasses wherever I go to hide my face None of these things are true By spreading these tropes you are harming the community that you wish to help With research and communication with people with disabilities this doesn t have to be the case.You can read of my reviews by visiting my blog. Putting out a paperback version of the extended edition as well It should hit all your favorite online retail outlets within a couple weeks The hardcover edition is now out as well I was very honored to be given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Farsighted, by Emlyn Chand Until I discovered that it was a story told in the first person And then I tried to come up with a way to get out of my commitment without appearing to be a rotten person It s not that I ve never read this kind of book, it s just that with few exceptions, I much prefer those told in the third person Especially when there s than one perspective.But I couldn t find a way to back out gracefully, so I decided to suck it up and just get it over with.Except I found, very early on, that Alex intrigued me And then I found that I wanted someone to beat the snot out of Brady, the lowlife school bully, when it became clear that he had no problem being mean to a blind kid I knew then that I actually cared about Alex In other words, I was hooked.I figured it would take me about a week to finish Farsighted, but Ms Chand is very good at what she does, and I wound up staying up much later than I d plannedmeaning I finished it the same night I started it First she made me care, then she made me curious Enough so that I needed to figure out what was going on.I won t go into a lot of detail, because I don t want to give the story away but, as Alex s exercises his gift, it changes in a very cool way near the end of the book A unique twist that I never saw coming.If you have even a little bit of an imagination, and you re into fantasy at all, I believe you ll enjoy Farsighted as much as I did It s well worth your time to check it out. I was contacted by the author of Farsighted Emlyn Chand about a month ago and she asked me to read and review her book for a blog tour she is going to have After learning about her book I found the synopsis of Farsighted to be very interested so I decided to give it a go and read the book and I am very pleased that I did Her book was surprisingly really good I love that it is not your ordinary paranormal fiction novel Farsighted takes the paranormal fiction genre to new levels with a fresh, entertaining, and fast paced novel you will love to read over and over again Alex Kosmitoras life has never been easy but full of daily challenges Why Because he is blind Alex sees through all of his other senses with are in tuned because of his loss of sight Upon going into a new school he meets two girls Simmi and Shapri both main character s of the book ,and learns they all share similar gifts Alex will come to learn his gifts are that he ever knew he had when he begins to see visions of the future Alex is only now to learn that, Simmi the girl who has a major crush on may be in trouble With Alex s new visions he keeps seing that Simmi will die and he will do anything he can to protect her from this horrible future he sees Will his gifts save the girl he loves or will it be to late I found reading Farsighted to be quite refreshing The book was unlike any other paranormal novel I have read The whole concept of the book is very unique and like a breath of fresh air Not your normal paranormal read Vampires, Fairies, Angel, Werewolfs I really enjoyed reading about Alex and his gifts and I have never read a book where the main character is blind That makes for a very fun, and entertaining book to read All of the characters in the book both main and secondary were well thought out and very interesting with their own stories which gave Farsighted depth and personalty The plot within the book was very fun to read with twist and turns along the way which made for a fast paced read and had to keep turning the page to see what would happen I could tell the author, Emlyn Chand did her research while writing the book to learn about blind people and as well as people from India s culture I would very much recommend Farsighted to the YA crowd as well as adults If you are looking new to read I would so say to give this book a chance You will not regret you did. 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 , 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 Sopho 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 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 Overall Winner of the Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011 Best Young Adult Fiction, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011 Best Debut Author, Dragonfly eBook Awards, 2011 Winner of the Alternative Booker Award, 2011 Winner of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, September 2011Review 5 out of 5 Alex Kosmitoras is a 15 turning 16 year old boy who hasn t had an easy life He s been bullied at school, his parents are overprotective and to make matters worse, he s blind He s never had a friend, but when a new girl comes to their small Midwest town from India, he finds that he has a chance to have a normal life Simmi is very smart, nice and wants to be Alex s friend As it gets closer to his birthday, Alex s life has another surprise in store He begins to see the future Alex is unable to ignore these visions, as they suggest that Simmi is in danger With the help of a mysterious psychic, and friends who have gifts of their own, Alex embarks on a journey to change the future I loved this story for it s insight no pun intended into the mind of a boy who is bullied, but doesn t act the victim Alex is a great character He has a great sense of humour, but he also has feelings that get hurt as easily everyone else s Being blind doesn t seem to hold him back from doing what he wants When Simmi enters his life, he doesn t understand why she wants to be his friend, but he is ecstatic I definitely recommend this book It is a fantastic read and Emlyn Chand has created characters I can relate to emotionally, if not physically Lynn Worton I m the proud mother I used to be the one telling her stories FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY A young adult novel with absolutely NO FAIL Emlyn Chand covers all the bases and manages to tell one hell of a rollercoaster paranormal featuring a hero who s blind, but far from weak Screw Edward and the rest of the fake hero stalker mysterious hot boy with bad attitude posse running rampant in YA land, Alex Kosmitoras is the real deal.Firstly, kudos to the amazing Emlyn Chand who obviously gets that the world is filled with people of different races and who populates her book with that in mind To this day I still don t get why so many authors think this world resembles some 1950 s all white suburb I mean, where the hell do these authors live Do they work with diverse groups or are they in some scary gated hell where everyone looks like them Wake up people It s 2012, there s a black man with his beautiful black wife and two adorable black girls in the White House Your girls probably prefer Drake to Justin Bieber and your boys probably listen to Kanye West and PitBull Time to join the human race folks.When asked why she featured different cultures in Farsighted, Ms Chand said I don t see why my characters all need to belong to the same culture or ethnicity What fun is that Culture shapes our characters in a big way, so by diversifying my cast, I was able to hit on types of personalities and situations Simmi, for example, is very polite and reverent Alex is shaped by his own way of looking at the world too his blindness This may not seem like a culture at first glance, but look again How different would your world be if you couldn t see it Great answer.I cannot imagine what it must be like to be born blind, and yet through Ms Chand s brilliant yet spare narrative which sounds exactly like a teenage boy making his way through adolescence, I see Alex s life through his eyes He s fiercely independent but also has times where he seems to overcompensate for his blindness In short, he s real Ms Chand does not gloss over his blindness nor make it seem cool It just is His other senses are incredibly keen and I will never look at an Almond Joy candy bar the same way again Alex has big problems that have nothing to do with his blindness He s the target of Brady Evans, school jock and bully extraordinaire, his family is struggling financially the way so many are these days and now he s seeing visions of things that may happen When a psychic shop moves in right next door to his mother s flower shop, his life shifts from 0 to 60 as he discovers he s gifted Along the way he meets and starts to fall head over heels with Simmi, an Indian teenager whose family moved from New Delhi to the small town of Grandon He also meets the mysterious Miss Teak please, no raspberries and her tough as nail daughter Shapri, both of whomleft New Orleans after Katrina and settled in the sleepy town for reasons that have a lot to do with Alex and his father Best part is there s no genderfail either Simmi and Shapri and strong and active girls in their own right They like science and do well in Advanced Chemistry how cool is that Shapri comes to Alex s defense, and both have their own special gifts In short, they don t need a guy to rescue them or to give them meaning the way so many so called YA heroines seem to These are girls you d actually like to be friends with.Farsighted is intelligent and gripping young adult fiction in a sea of absolute dreck It s one of a few books that gives me great hope the irritating trend of Twilight reduxes may be coming to an end.