Sunday, August 19, 2012

Book Review: Open Heart + (Giveaway)

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.

Open Heart
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 285 (ebook)
Part of Series: Farsighted #1
Purchased: Review for the author
Rating: 4/5 stars
Buy: Book Depository || Amazon (US) || Amazon (UK)

So Emlyn did it again. She made me fall in love with her book and again it only took me hours to finish Open Heart.

This time we follow Simmi. And we see the world in an entirly different way than we did with Alex. For starters, i had no idea that Simmi was size fourteen/twelve. When Alex talked about her, i saw what he saw. Something beautiful. So when Simmi starts to worries about her figure i'm like "why?". It was the first time i get to see how all the characters really look on the outside. And it's funny because i can't say i missed it at Farsighted. Anyway, Simmi is a girl who feels bad about herself. One of those girls, who don't eat, and puke after the eat to get thinner. So we see a matter, really well known to most of the girls (maybe at not that extend but there is no way to not find some similarities..even some small ones) and we get to see how she thinks, what she believes of the people who try to help her, how she tries to keep up which is something really interesting to see. I've never read about a person with that kind of problems, and i never had someone close to me with problems like it so it was in a way something new to me. It's still difficult for me to fully comprehend why girls act like that, but now i have a better image on how they think so maybe if something like that appears in my life, i will manage to give better advice or just give them the book to help them.

Of course, there is also the "power" problems because let's not forget that all our characters have super cool powers. I really liked how Emlyn connected the powers to Simmi's problems. How comments that have been made about the powers could also apply in real life. It made it more real. And even if the book has less action than Farsighted, it was as interesting and a good read.

Now, you see those 4 stars up there? Well that's kind of funny because i would never give 4 stars to a book that i don't like the main character. You see Simmi is my least favorite character in the series. I can't say i liked her that much, and after some certain things she did at the book, i certainly dislike her now (i'm sorry but i found her so selfish xD). Still no matter what, the fact that i was able to not only connect with a character i don't like, but completely enjoy the book says something about Emlyn Chand's writing. Not only she knows what to say, but she also knows her characters so well that you never doubt what you are reading. Even when you don't agree with their actions or you don't like them, you have a certain respect for them as a characters. And i could even re-read the book again. It's THAT good! And not because of the story, but because of the whole world building.Every single detail makes sense. I really thought i won't manage to finish the book cause of Simmi but went away in no time.

I want to write way more things, and explain more and in detail but i really don't want to be spoilery so i'll stop. Another great book, which made me excited about the next in the series with Shapri's POV. I mean Shapri is my #3 favorite character, so i know i will love reading it. Only thing i'm changing is my rating at Farsighted. Is going up at 5 stars, because now i understood more about how it was written and how special as a book is.

Thanks to Emlyn Chand, you can now win 3 Vintage Copies of Farsighted (first book of the series), so you can start reading them too!
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  1. Thank you for the chance to win!

    Cherry Mischievous

  2. Oh, Yiota, I'm so glad you liked Open Heart despite not liking Simmi. I know readers are very divided on her, but they always remember her ;-)

    Thank you for the review and for hosting the giveaway. Good luck, everyone!


  3. I love your review! I have read so many good reviews about this series but I haven't started it yet. Simmi's life seems very interesting.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. The book definitely sounds intriguing and im definitely going to have to get my hands on a copy!

  5. This sounds like a marvelous read and I would like to learn more about this interesting group of characters.

  6. Really nice review, I love when you find a really interesting read in a book even when you don't connect or 'feel' the main character. If you enjoy a book even when that happen, you can always finish it with a good feeling!


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