Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Clarity by Kim Harrington

Clarity by Kim Harrington.
Publisher: Scholastic Point.
Pages: 242.
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?
I think I expected Clarity to be this heavy on the paranormal story where the plot focuses on the main character’s powers and not much else. I couldn’t be any more far off. Clarity is a hooking murder mystery that despite the family's abilities, reads like a contemporary and keeps you in as much suspense as the characters themselves. Reading it was almost an experience and I loved every minute of it.

First off, let me just state that Clarity is going on my list of all-time favorite female characters. She’s quirky, comical, random, sarcastic and narrates the story sounding like a genuine teenager. Even with the more intense scenes, her thought process and banter with Gabriel was enough to make me laugh, even if I did want to be serious.

What I loved most is how unpredictable it was. Normally with books like these, I can pick the most unexpected person as the culprit and I’m usually right, but I was all over the place with Clarity. It unfolds slowly and appropriately, like CSI and The Medium with a paranormal twist and more entertaining characters that don't put you to sleep.

Overall, I loved Clarity. It’s a quick but engaging read that had me absolutely absorbed and I’ll be twitching impatiently for the second book. I definitely recommend that you run to your nearest bookstore and pick this one up!

Other reviews for Clarity:
Novel Thoughts.
The Book Cellar.
Ticket To Anywhere.
Good Books And Good Wine.

12 comments:

  1. Great review. I just read this as well and loved it!

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  2. wow what a great review. i don't know where you find these awsome books but I'm sure glad that you do!

    Adding to my wishlist as we speak!

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  3. Clarity was such a great read! Completely agree that Clare was a fantastic character, and the unpredictable nature of the story was what I liked best. Every time I thought I knew what was up, I was wrong. So wrong.

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  4. Wow! So glad you enjoyed it!

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