by: Kim Harrington
Review from uncorrected proof . Publication date March 2011.
About the book:(from inside cover)
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 an 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?
Clarity is author Kim Harrington’s debut young adult novel. I was thrilled to receive an ARC from Scholastic. I had heard about it during their Spring 2011 preview and marked it as to read. After finishing the book I immediately went to Kim Harrington’s website to make certain there would be a follow up book (book 2 coming spring 2012!) Clarity is a complete story, however, it leaves you knowing that there is more in store for the characters.
Speaking of the characters… I enjoyed the way that they interacted. There is a lot of sarcasm and wit but you can tell that they truly care for one another. I especially liked Clarity/ex-boyfriend/new-boy-in-town dynamic.
There were a number of times when I thought I was clever and had figured something out only to be proven wrong and left wondering again. This kept me reading. I had to know how everything was explained. I wasn’t disappointed.
Clarity was an engaging read that kept me turning the pages trying to unravel the mystery Harrington wove. The characters were interesting and flawed in the best possible ways (not the too perfect annoying types!) The ending answers enough of your questions to feel satisfied yet leaves enough unknown to leave you wanting the next book. Oh, the downside of ARC reading… the wait is longer!
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