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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Open Heart Blog Tour!

Review: So continuing with the blog tour from last week, today I'm reviewing book two in the series for you guys!  If you read my review of Farsighted, or you have read the book, we were introduced to Simi as Alex's love interest.  I thought their romance was really sweet in the first book. Well in Open Heart we are completely in Simi's point of view and it could not be more different from being in Alex's.   Let me just open with: "welcome to the life of a teenage girl."

I think Simi's struggles with her everyday appearance, (weight, pimples, clothes, etc) were portrayed very realistically and not in a cliche way.  I remember thinking those thoughts when I was in high school, and I completely identified with her in that aspect.  

The only thing I couldn't get into was how she treats Alex.  I really ended up liking him in Farsighted and honestly I am rooting for a Shapri/Alex romance.  Even though in Open Heart Simi and Alex's relationship was not an awesome one, things just did not go down that well.  

Getting to know Dax a little more in this book was nice.  In Farsighted we saw him as the villain of the whole novel, and in Open Heart I didn't come to love him, but I no longer hate him.  I also have to talk about Murray.  I loved Murray.  Everyone needs a friend like Murray, someone who is impartial and doesn't take sides.  I thought he was a breath of stable air to the instability of high school.

The end of Open Heart is heart wrenching.  I didn't see it coming, and I need to know what's going to happen with Simi and the gang next.  I'm really, really hoping that we'll have a book from Shapri's point of view because she is still ultimately my favorite character from this series.  

Open Heart is immensely engaging and will keep you turning the pages.  It has no shortage of the angst you once felt in high school, and stays very true to the threads of book one in the series.  I can't wait to see what is going to happen in the next installment! 

3.5/5 Oh yeah I liked it!

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 Emlyn Chand: 

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!


  1. Open Heart looks like the next book that I am going to read!! I really love the mysterious nature and am looking forward to it!

  2. Thank you for the heart-felt review, Jessica. Did you take the quiz to find out who's your Open Heart boyfriend at ? It just might be Murray! 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 :-D



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