Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Book Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington

Title: Clarity
Author: Kim Harrington
Publisher: Point (Scholastic)
Hardcover, 242 pages
Date Published: March 1, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?

This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case--but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?
There’s nothing like a good ol’ mystery to entertain your mind and make you live out a whodunit and that is exactly what Clarity offers. Clarity “Clare” Fern is a psychic. She is gifted with retrocognitive psychometry, meaning, she gets visions from objects. She is 33% of her freak family and most of the time, she’d like to be normal. But wanting to be normal and actually being normal are two entirely different things. Clare is used to the name-calling and being a social leper and she fights back with her sarcastic comments and intelligent, yet witty insults.

I love her.

The paranormal aspect in Clarity really isn’t that paranormal at all. Sure, Clare is a psychic, her hippie mom can hear thoughts, and her manwhore brother Perry can speak to the dead, but all in all, this story is more a murder mystery with a tinge of the paranormal. And for all of you who love a good love story, well there’s a bit of that thrown in too. Attractive boys litter the pages. There’s Clare’s older brother Perry, her cheating ex-boyfriend Justin (who I desperately wanted to hate, but I couldn’t), the new detective’s son, Gabriel Toscano (Clare thinks his name is sexy – I agree), and Nate (Perry’s best friend who I want to see more of because of my instant adoration). See? Plenty of yummy boys to go around.

On top of the murder mystery and the boys, there is some seriously awesome writing. Kim Harrington’s writing is funny, honest, and living in Clare’s head is a joy. I connected with her so much because she tells it like it is and she fights for what she believes in. My only complaint – and it's not really a complaint at all – is that Clare jumps to conclusions far too quickly, but we all know it happens. And Clare’s conclusion-jumping kept me guessing who actually did it because she made me think it could be this person or it could be that person.

Clarity is a murder mystery with some serious flare. Kim Harrington not only created a captivating whodunit with a stellar Cape Cod setting, but also more than a few interesting characters. Clare’s story could easily be a closed case with this one book, but I am very happy and eager to read Perception, book #2, next year.

Opening line: “You don’t want to kill me,” I said. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: My name is Clarity “Clare” Fern and my brother is Periwinkle “Perry” Fern. What were our parents thinking? Apparently where their next tab of acid was coming from. ~ pg. 4
And this one:
Kissing Gabriel was like an exotic vacation.
Kissing Justin was like coming home again. ~ pg. 187
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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The Slowest Bookworm said...

Ooh I loved a good murder mystery, and a bit of added paranormal makes it all the better. Glad you enjoyed it. I've been trying to get my hands on a copy but it's not in the shops here yet.

Candace said...

Fantastic review! I felt 100% the same way! Can't wait for the next one!

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Great review, I can't wait to get my hands on this one.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

~The Book Pixie said...

I'm actaully really excited about the murder mystery aspect of this! Have heard great things about Clarity so far and am looking forward to it. Thanks for the review!


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