Guest post by Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted

As you might know, this November I’m taking part in the Farsighted blog tour, which means that I have some very interesting things in store for you guys! That’s right, not only will you get a chance to read about a fabulous YA book, but you can win 1 of 10 autographed copies of Farsighted before its paperback release AND a $100 Amazon gift card as part of this special blog tour. How amazing is that?

Mark your calendars for November 19, that’s when I’m going to post my review on Farsighted. Until that, however, here’s something to whet your apetite. Emlyn Chand, the author of Farsighted, has stopped by Books, Biscuits & Tea to say a few words about why she loves YA and what makes this genre special. So, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome

‘Why I love YA – A history of the genre and what makes it special

For years, I focused on reading classic literature with the occasional YA novel thrown in as a fun change. But you know what? I’m done moving back and forth between what I think I need to be reading and what I know I want to read. I’m making YA my official genre du jour. And what’s not to love?
Let’s take a quick journey back to the beginning of it all…
The 1930s were the decade when Juvenile Literature first asserted itself as a genre with books such as Boylston’s Sue Barton series and Rose Wilder Lane’s Let the Hurricane Roar. In the 1950s, JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye further defined the protagonists of this genre —those who are not quite grown-ups, but aren’t kids either, those who are in the process of discovering who they are and how they fit into the world around them.
It’s clear that the success of a certain boy wizard (does he even need to be named?) brought readers to YA in droves. And from there, literature for a young adult audience is absolutely everywhere.

Of all the great material that is available, YA may have the widest readership — with middle grade children wanting to read a step ahead, adults wanting to remember what it was like to be young and, of course, with the teenage audience for which the books are primarily focused.
I am 26, and I love YA literature.
It, like other genres, allows for an escape from your own reality, as you become enmeshed in an exciting, fictional world. It features characters who are malleable and who grow into themselves during the course of the novel. It’s often fast-paced and exciting, using a style of prose that is engaging and easy-to-read. If a YA book strikes a chord with you, you may be able to pick up with its adventures again, if the novel has been turned into a series, trilogy or saga. And guess what, there are actual happy ending sometimes, woo hoo!
So which YA books have I read and enjoyed? I’m a Harry Potter nut, of course. I’m also coo coo for Hunger Games and most recently, Matched. I’ve enjoyed series such as: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The City of Ember, Twilight, and His Dark Materials. Louis Sachar’s Holes also kicked butt, and I look forward to reading The Tiger Series by Colleen Houck.
The truth is, I’ve only avowed my devotion to this genre quite recently–about a year-and-a-half ago, actually. Just six short months before I decided that YA was so happenin’, so exciting, I just had to write it myself!
Much of what I’ve read has been multi-book series, which means I haven’t yet discovered all of the great literature that’s out there, just waiting for me to pick it up and enter its compelling world of adventure, excitement, and intrigue.
Please, humble book-blog reader, which YA novels are your favorites? Let’s generate a go-to list of reading gems and discover the favorite books we haven’t gotten the chance to read yet.

For further information, please visit:
The author’s website:
The official blog tour website:

Thanks to Emlyn for stopping by my blog today! :-)

~ Blog Tour Notes ~

THE BOOK:  Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t.  When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider. Get your copy today by visiting’s Kindle store or the eBook retailer of your choice. The paperback edition will be available on November 24 (for the author’s birthday).

THE CASH PRIZES:  Guess what? You could win a $100 Amazon gift card as part of this special blog tour. That’s right! Just leave a comment below saying something about the post you just read, and you’ll be entered into the raffle. I could win $100 too! Please help by voting for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll. To cast your vote, visit the official Farsighted blog tour page and scroll all the way to the bottom. Thank you for your help with that.

THE GIVEAWAYS:  Win 1 of 10 autographed copies of Farsighted before its paperback release by entering the giveaway on GoodReads. Perhaps you’d like an autographed postcard from the author; you can request one on her site.

THE AUTHOR:  Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!


  1. SweetMarie83 says

    Vicky, I can't wait to read your review next month. I love this guest post. I'm a YA addict, too. For awhile, I thought I was too old to read it, but when I became a book blogger and found out that people of all ages were reading YA, I was so excited, and there's been no turning back. I'm a Harry Potter fanatic, loved The Hunger Games, The Iron Fey series, the Wondrous Strange series, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour…I could go on and on! And I'm discovering more great YA books every day…like Farsighted! 😉

  2. kimba88 says

    Wow .. Foresighted looks interesting. I am on my way to vote for your blog.
    Thanks again for sharing some of Chand's works with us!

  3. Vicky says

    Aw thank yo so much guys! :) I hope it works now, the server was down this morning and we had some problems with voting :( *fingers crossed*

    Marie, I love HP too! :)

  4. Emlyn Chand says

    Hey! My comment disappeared :-(

    I'll say it again then, thank you so much for having me on your beautifully designed blog. I'm in awe of your web skills. Wow!

  5. Vicky says

    Thank you guys! :)
    Thanks Emlyn – and thanks for the opportunity, I loved your book, I enjoyed every minute of it. I'm happy to be amongst the lucky few who got to review it.

  6. Kah_cherub says

    I read a sample from Smashwords and LOVE IT! I'll finish it soon. Great to see books with blind main characters. Diversity is what keeps books interesting. thanks for the chance!!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  7. Colleen says

    Farsighted sounds really good! I wasn't drawn in by the cover, but when I read the synopsis, I was definitely intrigued! I haven't really read much young adult, but since that does seem to be the most popular genre in the blogosphere, I've come across a lot of books that seem really great, and can't wait to read more of them!

    And WOW what an amazing giveaway prize! It would have been cool to win one of the books, but I sure wouldn't turn down a hefty chunk of change to spend on Amazon, either, lol!

  8. KarlaCC says

    Wow the book sound amazing defo gonna check it out.

    i already voted on the poll and u´re #1 yay!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  9. KarlaCC says

    Wow the book sound amazing defo gonna check it out.

    i already voted on the poll and u´re #1 yay!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  10. Jasmine1485 says

    I'm 26 too and I love YA as well :) You've articulated far better than I can why exactly you like it, I just know that I do!

    A YA series you might not have read that I loved is the Ondine series by Ebony McKenna :)

    kate1485 at

  11. Nancy says

    I am quite a few years your senior and I can't get enough childrens lit. Not just YA but middle grade too, the line between the two is fuzzy anyway. Reading the second book in the hunger games right now. What about Artemis Fowl? Love it!

  12. TayteH says

    Hey there. Your book sounds really interesting. Farsighted. Not a name I would have chosen for a book, but it's perfect for yours. Hope to read it some time in the future!
    Thanks for coming. 😀

  13. Megan says

    Loved the post! 'Farsighted' sounds very interesting! I enter the giveaway for it on Goodreads, and added to my to-read list. I don't read a lot of YA books, but recently I read 'Rippler' & 'Chameleon' by Cidney Swanson – I LOVED them! They have made me want to read more YA books.

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. Zoe Crook says

    Great guest post! It is so hard to decide which YA book is my favourite. And I mean, MEGA hard. I am currently reading The Hunger Games and they are amazing. I am a Potterhead too!

    Thanks for the gob-smacking generous cash giveaway – crossed fingers! :-)

  15. primrose says

    Me and my sister love reading YA eventhough we're 30 something. Farsighted sounds intriguing! Can't wait for your review.

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