Mar 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Open Heart by Emlyn Chand Review + Giveaway


Open Heart by Emlyn Chand
(Farsighted, #2)
Release Date: May 25, 2013
Publisher: Blue Crown Press; 352 pages
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.

If you have NOT read Farsighted please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

 I was a little iffy about the first book, Farsighted, but let me tell you; this book is so much better. I think my main problem with Farsighted was Alex doesn't seem realistic. As a teenage boy, he just doesn't act like one, in my opinion. However, this book is from Simmi's point of view and it's fantastic. There's many times I want to hit her but by the end, my emotions are all over the place. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel and really, I don't even know how I feel about everything that went down.

In book two, Open Heart, we not only learn about Simmi's inner demons, which are pretty serious, but we also get to know Dax a bit more. Alex still hates Dax with all his being but Simmi feels a pull toward him and her interest in his spikes. She knows she's supposed to stay away from him because it's what Alex wants but it's not what she wants. Besides, Alex's visions from last year weren't actually about her so really, what harm could it do befriending Dax? Except, she has to do it behind his back and behind Shapri's back.

One of the scariest things we see Simmi go through in this book isn't the fact that she's afraid of her new blossomed powers but her eating disorder. She starts out this book as a size fourteen and hates herself. She says many times that if Alex could see how 'fat' and 'ugly' she were, he wouldn't love her like he does (which, for the record, I do not believe. He has hands, he knows her body enough and still loves her). As someone who is plus size, I could absolutely, positively relate with a lot of what goes on in her head. A lot, of it actually. *highlight to view spoiler* I just don't understand how her eating disorder was never solved by the end of the book. I thought for sure she'd get caught and there would be an intervention of her friends? Unless we see it come back later on in another novel? Not sure... *end spoiler*

Another thing I love is that this book has a lot of main characters of different nationalities. You don't see that a lot in Young Adult novels, which is a shame. Sure, there are characters of different nationalities in every book but not as main characters. I absolutely love that and I love how we learn more about Simmi's heritage in this book and her life before she moved to Canton.

I never fully loved Alex and Simmi together. I always thought the chemistry between he and Shapri were more intense and real but I do appreciate Alex & Simmi's relationship. *highlight to view spoiler* I read that next book is Shapri's; she and Alex get close and I am super excited to read this now. Like, I need it now. . .and I think that's part of the reason I have a hard time really loving Alex is he's with the wrong girl. He's a great boyfriend, probably one of the best any girl could have but it just wasn't there. . . *end spoiler* Though, without seeing in Alex's head, we know their feelings for each other aren't on the same level. At times, you wish Simmi would wake up and see what's so great right in front of her yet other times you're like, just let go. It's a tug of war back and forth but then you throw Dax in the mix and things really get complicated. Dax. . .I really like him. I don't believe he's evil one bit but I do believe he's dangerous. You're probably wondering what I mean. . .but I won't tell you. Read, find out.

One of my favorite, newest characters was Murray. He's an adorable freshman who head over heels in love with Shapri. His personality is one that would certainly steal woman's hearts once he hits puberty. He stares in West Side Story with Simmi and quickly becomes a new addition to her group of friends.

I was a little worried about reading this after Farsighted because I did struggle a bit to get through that but let me tell you, this is not one you have to struggle with at all. Honestly, I had a hard time putting it down. Maybe it's because I could relate to a lot of Simmi's self hate but I think that's only a part of it. It's just a better story, character perspective and just. . .overall, a more exciting read. I am extremely eager for the next book, Pitch. . .





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2 comments:

  1. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  2. Thank you for the awesome review, Jessica. As an author I enjoyed Open Heart much more than Farsighted, too (and Pitch is shaping up to be even better). Together, Simmi and Shapri represent the two sides of my self. Simmi is the weak, insecure, destructive side, and Shapri is my strong, no-nonsense side. Open Heart was very difficult to write, because I share Simmi's body image issues, but I think writing it made me stronger, too.

    Em <3

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