Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington

CLARITY by Kim Harrington
Pub. Date: March 2011
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Hardcover , 256pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher (ARC) 
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?
Harrington packs mystery, spunk, and supernatural talents into an impressive debut. The opening scene sets the stage and from there on, readers are thrown into a past where Clare, the resident freak has to solve a murder case. I wanted to know immediately what dark secrets she would uncover in the process and what suspects would be revealed. I was in no way disappointed that was for sure!

Meet Clare - the townies consider her a freak while the tourists consider her entertainment. I saw a girl who just wanted to be normal and loved. Clare has sass and she's not afraid to dish it when her back is against the wall. And so what if she uses her ability to spill some juicy dirt to get back at her bullies. Her snarky comments had me laughing and I grew to like her even more when she stood up to nonbelievers. I did enjoy the unique Fern family dynamics. Having a mom and brother with special abilities not so much unlike Clare's, ramped up my interest even more when they were introduced. Harrington did a great job keeping me guessing. With a host of characters and plenty of secrets and suspense to keep the pages turning, I couldn’t have asked for more.

Overall, this novel is a great start to this series. Harrington can go in so many directions with the characters' abilities. I'm looking forward to getting to know these characters even more and to find out what deeds whether good or bad, will be uncovered next.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



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29 comments :

  1. I've really wanted to read this book ever since I first read about it.
    Great review.

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  2. Can't wait for my copy of this to arrive!

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  3. Thanks for the great review. I can't wait to get my copy.

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  4. This book sounds great. I love the trailer and can't wait to read it!

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  5. :) Great review I really enjoyed it !!! Now I am sure Id love to read it more !! tee hee.. Have it on my wish list for my birthday lol.. 18th march ..:P told family what books Id like .. fingers crossed.. Loved the trailor ;)thanks for the great giveaway !!
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  6. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading Clarity. I've heard a lot of great things about this book.

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  7. I enjoyed your review and I'm looking forward to reading Clarity.

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  8. Fabulous review. I can't wait to get my hands on this.

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  9. Thanks for the review! I am really excited for this one!

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  10. Clarity sounds awesome. I can totally relate to snarky characters. ;-)

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  11. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Looking forward to reading this.

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  12. Sounds good! It kinda reminds me (at least in a simple way)of The Body Finder. I'm liking all the books coming out that have more suspense and mystery.

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  13. Thanks for the honest review. Glad you enjoyed it. This book has been on my radar for quite some time now. Plus, the cover is totally gorgeous.

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  14. Sounds like another awesome book that MUST go on my wishlist.

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  15. Already on my "to read" shelf. Can't wait!

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  16. Again, I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It sounds like it won't disappoint.

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  17. I love paranormals and I love mysteries, so this kinda sounds like exactly my sort of thing. :)

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  18. This sounds really good. A paranormal mystery, awesome! Definitely looking forward to this one! Thanks for the review!

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  19. I love books that keep me guessing and Clare sounds like a protagonist I'd really love. Can't wait to read this one and thanks for the review. :)

    ~Briana

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  20. I'm looking forward to reading this one. The cover is gorgeous!

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  21. I really enjoyed your review of this book! I have heard some so-so things about this book, but you made me want to read it!
    I just started a book blog of my own, and I was hoping you would give it a shot! I would be eternally grateful!
    Thanks!
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  22. Great reveiw!!! Im so excited to read this book, it sounds amazing!!

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  23. I am looking forward to sharing this book with my advanced students! They really get into the "outside the norm" stuff!

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  24. This book kept me guessing until the end. I made up several of my own theories as I read, and of course all of them were wrong! That only made the book better. I can't wait for the sequel.

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  25. This sounds like a very interesting book. Will check it out!

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  27. This book sounds really interesting. I think my two daughters & myself will be enjoying this one.

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  28. I just finished this book and loved it!

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