Monday, March 4, 2013

Open Heart - Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour)

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It's time for the reivew for book 2 in the Farsighted series.

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 rating: 3 of 5 stars

Open Heart is a sequel which means that this review may contain some spoilers from book 1.

Open Heart focuses on Simmi, this sweet Indian girl we met in Farsighted. But things are not always what they seem, Simmi has a lot of secrets and we might be surprised by what lies down beneath the surface.

Dax is now living with Alex’s family and school year begins again. As a consequence of the presence of two strong magnets, more gifted people is coming to town and the school suffer from overpopulation which means that new people is introduces into the story. Now than Alex and Simmi are together things should be simple but they are not because Dax is now part of the equation.

A story with a rhythm similar to book one but with a lot of slow moments and suspense, this book is similar but opposite to the previous story. Cultural diversity is more present and music takes an important role on the story.

Simmi is one character that you love or hate, there’s no middle point. Is easy to relate with much of the conflicts and feelings she goes through, but there is a huge component of her personality that I found extremely disturbing. Her insecurities and flaws make her more human and tridimensional, but it is hard to truly justify many of her actions. There is a part of her which is very selfish and not so noble, and the worst part is that she tries to blame her disorder for that. Reading about Simmi struggling with her gifts was a mix of emotions because for me her gift is awesome but she doesn’t give it the proper use and most times doesn’t feel like a part of her.

Alex seems like a different character from Farsighted. In this installment, he is a more mature boy and deals with her anger in a better way, there are still traces of his former self but I like this Alex better. Shapri continues being my favorite character, funny and honest. And still she is a character that deserves to be developed.

Dax is a good surprise, a character with a well-defined personality and a pinch of bad boy that makes him a likeable boy. One of the high points about him is how he tries to help Simmi and do things the correct way.

Overall is an entertaining story with excellent elements of reality, with real teenager problems (my respects to the author for introduce such difficult and present topics such as eating disorder). However, there are many obvious situations that made the reading predictable and there is no big action scene or conflict to solve. We are practically dragged towards the end without any big emotion or adrenaline. Just to make clear, there are some small conflicts or moments of high tension but they don't live up to the expectations.

*** Thanks to GCReading Blog Tours and the author Emlyn Chand for the copy of her books. ***

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  1. Thanks for the review! This sounds like an interesting series! Ill definitely check it out.

  2. Thank you for your review, Ruty. I'm glad you liked Open Heart and hope you'll check out Shapri's book, Pitch, which releases May 21!

    Em :-D


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