Farsighted (Farsighted, #1)

Farsighted (Farsighted, #1) - Emlyn Chand Teenager Alex Kosmitoras was born blind ... but that doesn't stop him from having visions. Just as he experiences the world, Alex's visions involve sound and smell.The constant is a boy about his own age, Dax, who seems to be threatening Simmi -- the girl on whom Alex has a crush.And then there's Shapri, whose mother runs the local psychic/fortune telling shop. She's more than a little prickly, and it's not just because her mother is seen as the town oracle.The three teens begin studying together to improve Alex's gift for second sight and figure out where Dax might be found -- and how to stop him.One of the best things about the book is that author Emlyn Chand created a diverse group of characters. Alex is Greek, Simmi is Indian (as in, from India) and Shapri is Creole. This is not the typical "white bread" YA paranormal novel.To be quite honest, I was a little skeptical going into this particular book. YA is not necessarily my thing, and neither is paranormal. However, Chand has created a group of interesting characters who are not cardboard cutouts; there are familial problems and resentments, and no one is perfectly good or perfectly bad (well, except maybe for Brady, the school bully ... we don't see enough of his background to understand him in a different context).Overall, an excellent and entertaining read.Congratulations to the author on being a finalist in the Global eBook Awards.