Archive for December, 2011
In addition to my review on the novel Farsighted, I also have a special treat. I was fortunate enough to be granted my first author interview with Emlyn Chand. In addition to asking her a few of what I think of as fairly ‘standard’ questions, I also tried to come up with ones that are specific and unique to her and her book. I’d like to welcome and thank Ms. Emlyn Chand for stopping by Jaclyn’s Musings today. So without further ado…
Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Farsighted by Emlyn Chand is the first in a series of books about teenagers with various types of psychic gifts. One of these teens is Alex Kosmitoras who learns that he has psychic ‘visions’ which is ironic as Alex is blind. So for Alex, his ‘visions’ come in the very same way as he experiences the rest of the world, through his other senses.
When the story starts, we meet Alex as he is just about to begin another year of (high) school. At first he feels lonely, which he believes is largely because he lacks the ability to see. But Alex doesn’t let that stop him and has adapted, he is in mainstream classes without any sort of adult aide. He does require all his textbooks be special ordered in Braille which makes them much larger and heavier than his peers’ editions. Throughout the store Alex undergoes a lot of changes in respect to his newly found psychic gifts. Alex does get help and guidance from two sources, one of which, to Alex at least, is highly unlikely ally.
I gave Emlyn Chand’s Farsighted a 4 because I felt it took awhile for me to really get ‘into’ the story. I did enjoy the runes and ‘fortune’ given at the beginning of each chapter. As someone who lives with both a physical and invisible disability, I very much liked the synopsis of the book as not many [books] I find have a protagonist who has any sort of disability. I was also pleased that Alex has a couple of very good friends that don’t treat him differently just because he was born without vision.
I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series that we’re told will be narrated by someone other than Alex. Now I have a couple guesses, but am not going to share them as I do not want to give away too much of the story. And I thank the author Emlyn Chand and Novel Publicity for allowing me to join the Farsighted book tour.
Farsighted by Emlyn Chand is scheduled to be released in print on Nov. 24, 2011 and is currently available for Kindle on Amazon.com.
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The Sting of the Scorpio by Monique Domovitch
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The Sting of the Scorpio by Monique Domovitch is the second of two novels about the lives of Alex and Brigitte. This novel pretty much picks up just after the first one ends. Unlike the first novel that takes place both in the US and in France, this one takes place only in the US and specifically in the City of New York.
Scorpio Rising follows Alex and Brigitte through their childhoods into young adulthood whereas The Sting of the Scorpio follows them through most of their rest of their lives. The titles even give clues as to parts of life each book is about.
I liked being able to follow Alex and Brigitte from meager beginnings in early childhood through the growth and changes during much of their lives. And ‘watch’ the challenges each face during the various stages of life.
I found The Sting of the Scorpio to also be a quick and entertaining read. Like the first one each of the main characters have chapters written from their perspective which I think that makes both novels very multi-dimensional and more realistic.
I found Alex and Brigitte to each have qualities that I could relate to. I liked that there was more of a conclusion to the end of this one, than the first, but would have liked an Epilogue from Brigitte’s perspective as well. I think that since both books were from both of their points of view, the ending should have been shared as well. Both books only took me a few days to read and held my attention throughout.
The Sting of the Scorpio by Monique Domovitch is available now.
Scorpio Rising by Monique Domovitch
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Scorpio Rising is the first of two novels about the lives of Alex and Brigitte by Monique Domovitch. Alex was born and raised in Brooklyn while Brigitte was grew up in Paris. While they grew up thousands of miles apart both faced many challenges in their early youth.
I liked how the chapters alternated from whose point of view in which they were told from. Not long into the book I figured out what one of the main plots was, but enjoyed ‘watching’ it unfold. I did find that the time differences between the main characters to be confusing as they are the same age, yet many years might pass before switching back to the other characters point of view.
I thought that Alex and Brigitte were very well developed and complex main characters. I found myself rooting for them as they grew up. Both of them are very driven and motivated young people determined to get what they wanted out of life. Although sometimes at the expense of others, in the case of Alex. Both are dreamers and have big plans, but as in reality, “life happens when you’re out making other plans” and so things happens not always as either would have ideally liked. Which I think added to the realism of this book, as things don’t always go the way one wants.
I found Scorpio Rising to be a very quick yet entertaining read. Though I didn’t like that there wasn’t much a conclusion, but more of a “end of part one” type of ending which made me very glad that I had the second book already.
Scorpio Rising by Monique Domovitch is available now.