Friday, March 1, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Open Heart by Emlyn Chand

 
Open Heart by Emlyn Chand
Published Date: November 2012
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genre: YA

The Story:
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.
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My Review:  Wow.  I could relate to Simmi in many ways.  She looks down on herself, because she doesn't feel like she's pretty.  Alex won't let her around Dax, so she fantasizes about him.  We are given Simmi's perspective in Open Heart.  We see what happens when you don't love yourself.  You doubt everything around you.  Also, she starts eating unhealthily.  Which only adds to the problems on her long list. 

Emlyn Chand has continued on the same storyline. You don't miss a beat from Farsighted, the first book in the series.  I can only imagine that the rest of the series will be the same!  As you read, you can hear the eye rolls and the other "teen" actions that would occur.  Her writing style isn't like an adult trying to be a teen, she really immerses you into the teen psychic. 



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 EmlynChand.com for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review, Coley. To say that my teens are believable is such a huge compliment. I feel like too much of YA is just too mature or trying to grow up too fast. What's wrong with celebrating the true, authentic teen? ;-)

    Em

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  2. Great giveaway! I'd love a kindle, my iPad is almost out of room -- it's stuffed with so many books!!

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