Google+ Reading Teen: Perception by Kim Harrington: Book Review

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Perception by Kim Harrington: Book Review

by Kim Harrington
Series: Clarity #2
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Point; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
Buy the Book: Amazon
When you can see things others can't, what happens when someone is watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only, Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?
Review of Clarity

 At a Glance:

I really enjoy this series a lot.  Clarity and Perception are both light, fun, quick reads, with a little bit of tense-murder-mystery thrown in for good measure.

Why I like it:

These books are just fun.  I just came off of reading a pretty in-depth, intense book, and I was looking for something light and easy, and this book was perfect.  I love murder-mysteries.  Like I said in my first review, Clarity is like a modern day Nancy Drew with a paranormal twist.  It's crazy that this book is basically about a girl who is being stalked, gets bullied constantly, just found out a girl in her school was murdered, and has a brother who is depressed and sees dead people, but yet it's still so upbeat and mostly pretty happy.  That's not to say there weren't some pretty intense and creepy moments.  There were definitely parts where my heart was racing, not knowing who this stalker was, and where he might be hiding.  CREEPY!!  I love it!


Reading my old review, I compared Clarity to some of my favorite snarky, witty heroines, but I didn't get that feel from her in this book as much.  She often seemed a little slow, in fact, because it was just too obvious what was happening, yet she STILL WENT OUTSIDE ALONE!!!  So that was a little frustrating.  However, one of the things that I really loved about her was that she was such a TAKE CHARGE kind of girl.  No matter what, you know she's going to get things done.  I also love her loyalty, selflessness, and her love for her friends and devotion to her family.  She's just really a fantastic character to read, even if she did frustrate me from time to time.

Triangles, Love, and Stalkers:

If you thought you knew which boy you liked, you may just change your mind in this book.  I know I did.  About twenty times.  Justin, Gabriel, Gabriel, Justin, I just couldn't make up my mind!  In the first book, I was really leaning toward Justin.  He just seemed to really love her, and he was so sweet, and I thought Gabriel could be kind of a jerk.  But in this book, they were both so sweet.  In the end, I think I was swayed firmly to team Gabriel.  He's just so in tune with Clarity, and so protective.  Love it!  And if three wasn't a big enough crowd, how about adding one more to the mix.  Ok, maybe the third guy(?) wasn't such a catch.  Especially when the creepy gifts and phone calls start happening.  Secret Admirer or Creeper?  *Shivers*  I thought adding this extra element made Perception even more exciting than Clarity was. 

Bullies Suck:

I swear this book has some of the biggest jerk bullies I've ever read about.  It's funny because I've been watching Survivor, and there are two people on that show that make me think of Tiffany and Cody in Perception.  I never knew people could really be so blatantly cruel.  I had so much emotion reading about these bullies, and I just kept wishing dreadful plagues on them.  Why do people have to be such jerks and get such pleasure in making others miserable?  I'll never understand, but Kim certainly does a good job of making me hate them!

The End?

I'm not sure if there's another book in this series or not.  While Clarity was left very open, I felt like Perception had a definite ending, and a very satisfying conclusion.  *Applauds*

Moral of the Story:

Never go to Prom.  You might die.

Book Doppelgangers:

The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting is very similar, especially book 3The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.  For the feel of the book, The Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins, The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

  • Profanity: Moderate
  • Sexual Content: Mild with Moderate diaolog
  • Violence:  Moderate
  • Other Notables:  Underage drinking, not by the main character.  Psychics, ghosts and other paranormal happenings.
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  1. I didn't like this one as much as Clarity. Where I thought Clarity had a very unique murder mystery storyline Perception just followed in the footsteps with the same murder as so many other stories. This one just wasn't unique enough for me and if there is a third book I'm expecting more.

    Thanks for the great review, glad to see you did like it.

    1. Yeah, I'd definitely say I liked Clarity more than Perception. I also seemed to like Clare herself more in Clarity. But, I still thought this one was fun. Especially after reading Grave Mercy, which was so serious and intense.

      I thought this book was SO similar to The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting, but not as good. Have you read that one yet? It's awesome!

  2. It's like you read my mind with this review!! I couldn't agree more. I really like Clare's character, the scene in the parking lot was the best :D She is pretty kick-ass and witty.
    I enjoyed this book but I liked Clare more in Clarity. To be honest a lot of the characters from Clarity I missed in this book, her brother Perry and his mate Nate were brilliant in the previous book but there wasn't enough of them in this.
    I couldn't pick a guy in the end of Perception, even though I really liked Justin in Clarity their differences were really coming out in this one. But when she chose Gabriel I couldn't say I was exactly happy with that either. Maybe I just didn't like either guy enough? I dunno.
    I agree when you say it was like The Last Echo, but I think TLE was better, probably because of the killers pov and also because his history was waaaayyyy creepier.

    I think there will be a 3rd book, I think it's going to involve her father in some way. He's the only person we don't know enough about and the psychic from Clarity also said that they should be glad he's not in their lives anymore. I think he's going to come back and stir up some trouble.

    Your Moral of the Story still makes me laugh like a maniac.


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