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?Review of Clarity
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?
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.
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!
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.
The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting is very similar, especially book 3. The 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.