Google+ Reading Teen: Clarity by Kim Harrington

Monday, March 28, 2011

Clarity by Kim Harrington

When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?

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 liked this trailer, because I think it gives a good overview of the book's story, but not necessarily its tone.  Clarity was not an intense murder-mystery book, it was actually a light and pretty fun read, with a little bit of tense-murder-mystery thrown in.  Don't get me wrong, the book was all about solving the horrible murders of three young people, but Kim Harrington's writing style, and Clarity's "voice" were upbeat, quirky and fun.

I enjoyed reading Clarity a lot.  I actually knew from the first couple of pages that I was going to like it, because I instantly enjoyed the writing style.  Clarity reminded me of other witty female Main Characters like Sophie (Hex Hall), Clary (The Mortal Instruments), and Lennie (The Sky is Everywhere) and I immediately knew I would love her.  And I was right. 

I have to admit that I heard a lot of hype about this book, so my expectations may have been a little too high.  Although I liked it a lot, I didn't think it was absolutely amazing.  It was more along the lines of a fun quick read, almost like a modernized Nancy Drew mystery with a paranormal twist.

I liked Clarity's relationship with her mother and her brother.  I loved how they stuck together, worked together, and would do anything for each other.  It was great to see a family that was so close.  The mystery was exciting.  I found myself questioning every person that Clarity spoke to, wondering if he or she was the killer.  The love triangle (pentagon?) was interesting.  I was actually surprised that I found myself rooting for the "cheating boyfriend" (though I have my suspicions about that).  I totally expected to be on the side of the mysterious detective, Gabriel, but there was just something about Justin!  It seems like all the boys in town had a thing for Clarity, though, and honestly I had no idea who she would end up with.  Actually, I still don't, because even though the murder mystery is wrapped up in this book, Clarity's love life is certainly not.  Ms. Harrington opened up a whole new can of worms before ending this book, making me eager to find out what happens to Clarity next, and hoping that somehow Justin will be redeemed :D

If you like books like The Body Finder, I think you will enjoy this book!

I really liked it!

  • Sexual Content:  Sexual situations involving supporting characters, some sexual dialog.
  • Profanity: Mild/Moderate
  • Violence: Heavy
  • Other Notables: Bullying and some underage drinking by supporting characters.
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  1. You know, I'm halfway through this book and I think I'm going to give it up. It is just moving too slowly for me...

  2. Can I say that I don't like this cover? But the book sounds nice and I still have to read The Body Finder...

  3. I liked this one and agree with pretty much everything you said. I'm interested to see more of Justin and Gabriel.

  4. Great review! I've been seriously considering this book. So far, everyone's like it or loved it, and that's recommendation enough for me!

    Not to mention the fact that I'm interested in seeing how a cheating boyfriend could win you over... ;D

  5. I really enjoyed this book too! I thought Clare was basically Made of Awesome =D I don't usually go for cliffhangers, but I really liked the way this one left off with that Russian lady. I'm intrigued!

  6. I read so many good reviews on this book I thought I'd try it out. My feelings towards it (before buying it) were mixed, similar to Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. I didn't like this cover at all (as I didnt like Paranormalcy's cover) but the story sounded good enough. Once I had the book in my hands the cover didn't look so bad, in fact, when I looked closer the girl looked a bit like Emma Watson!
    So obviously I had Emma Watson in my head as I read it :D

    I agree with your review completely! I had really high expectations for this book and it was okay, but not amazing. I liked Clarity from the minute she elbowed that guy teasing her. But the constant wondering of which person she was coming across that could be the killer exhausted me. Don't get me wrong I liked the twist in the end, but there were just too many suspects and it annoyed me.

    Like you I also started rooting for the ex, he seemed like a decent guy (apart from the cheating) and his feelings seemed more real than Gabriel's. I just couldn't trust Gabriel from the beginning, he was too shady, too gorgeous, lol. Justin had made his mistake but he was still a good guy, constantly apologising and he seemed to have a good heart.
    Oh well. We'll see who she ends up with (my bet's on the ex!).

    And Paranormalcy was WAY better than this book. I have learnt my lesson: Do not compare Paranormalcy to any book. Ever.

  7. Sheepa, yes, comparing to Paranormalcy is not good!! Haha!! That's like Anna and the French Kiss. I don't think I'll ever love a romantic comedy like I love that one. I agree with you about the ex in this book. In fact, I'm suspicious that he didn't actually cheat on her. I think that girl made it up. I guess we'll see!! :D


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