Author: Kim Harrington
Publisher: Point (Scholastic)
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Series: Clarity, book two
Source: unsolicited ARC from publisher
May contain spoilers for book one
About the Book: When you can see things others can’t, what do you do when someone’s 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?
One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.
My Thoughts: I was so very excited when I opened a surprise box from Scholastic and found this book among the titles. Clarity was one of the first ARCs I ever received and a book I reviewed when I first really started blogging. I loved it and could not wait for book two! Perception was worth the wait.
I was hooked from chapter one. It’s very short yet mysterious. Chapter two takes the reader back 16 days so you don’t know how the events of chapter one carry out until the end of the book. I loved this. It kept me guessing throughout the story.
The progression of the story and the growth of the characters and their relationships since book one were really well done. Clare’s involvement in the case from Clarity has given her a new found popularity that she doesn’t trust nor want. It has also sparked a desire to use her gift for more than entertaining tourists. It was interesting to see how she changed. I also loved seeing how her relationships with Justin and Gabriel played out. The regular “high school drama” fit seamlessly with the drama surrounding the missing girl. It just worked so well!
If you enjoy mysteries with a dash of romance and a paranormal twist Perception is for you! I read it in one sitting!