Saturday, 29 September 2012

Book Review- Open Heart (Farsighted #2)

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Blue Crown Press
0983930848 (ISBN13: 9780983930846)
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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 working as a diet plan. Well, at least her boyfriend, Alex, 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. The problem is, she's not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? And why can't she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Whenever he's around, part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter who she'd hurt or what she'd risk. Simmi's loyalty is on the line. Who will she choose-the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with "bad idea" written all over him? Emotions run high as the tension mounts in book two of the Farsighted series.
  In book 2, Simmi talks her heart out to us, the readers.The same Simmi, who is portrayed as the epitome of sublime beauty by Alex in Book 1 is not at all confident about herself. She is overweight and feels that it hampers her chances of who she wants to be, someone that everyone envies i.e. Her insecurities surface as you go on reading. Her revelations shock you. As it turns out, she being with Alex is nothing more than an act triggered by jealousy. Being singled out seems to be her major concern. She constantly reminds her readers that she is confused.Her powers are meant to do well to others but somehow she feels, she, too like Dax might become the cause of some sort of disaster. Simmi is confused. Simmi is talented. Simmi is someone who makes mistakes like all of us do.
Emlyn Chand, stands out as a writer. Her knowledge of Indian culture is commendable. The fact that each of the protagonist takes turns hopping on to the driver's seat is great. That way every character gets to have their say. Each one of them gets to talk of their insecurities which doesn't happen when there's just a single charecter who takes you through all of it. The book makes a gripping read. I've been getting hold of last benches during lectures so that I got to read, to know what happens next. Thankfully, I didn't get caught. 
There were minor spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Trust me, that turns out to be a major turn off when a book is that good. In the next book,Pitch, it's Shapri's turn to take up the role of a narrator. That is particularly exciting for me because her psychic power appeals to me the most. Anyways, thank you Emlyn, you made me have a great time. Another 5 on 5 for this one again! :)

~Sudeshna. =)


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  3. Thank you for the awesome review, Sudeshna. I'm so glad you enjoyed Open Heart and that you didn't flat-out hate Simmi! You're right she's confused, but she wants so badly to make the right decisions. I'm sorry about the typos. I was overzealous and ordered my carton of paperbacks after editing but before proofreading--the issues aren't there in the book now! Thank you again, and if you can cross-post your review to Amazon and GoodReads, I'd really appreciate that :-D