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Clarity (Clarity Novel) Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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*Harrington's well-developed characters and tight plot are simultaneously charming, realistically complex, and intriguing. . . . Clare is a teen detective for the 21st century."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Harrington writes Clare as an appealing character with whom readers easily can identify. . . . good beach reading." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Filled with romance and mystery and twists and turns, this book is a thrill ride." -- RT
"The suspense begins on the first page . . . Great for kids who love all things paranormal or who just appreciate a good whodunit." -- SLJ
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I'll give it 3.5 stars - it kept my attention, and was a very quick read, but almost too quick.
Clarity, Clare, Fern comes from a long line of psychics. She receives visions from objects she touches, her brother is a medium, and her mother reads minds. They do psychic readings in their tourist town, so Clare has always been an outsider. She's also nursing a broken heart after her first love cheated on her.
Then a tourist gets murdered, her brother is a suspect, and her ex, Justin, wants her help in finding the killer. Considering this means working with Gabriel, the hot son of the detective on the case, and is a chance to prove her brother's innocence, Clare agrees.
In other hands, the angst-o-meter at this point would have gone off the charts, but Clare's interactions with Justin, who wants her back, and Gabriel, who hates psychics, felt natural. Neither boy is perfect, but they also aren't one-sided, so that helped. Also, the story moves so quickly, there really isn't a lot of room for romance. Clare is a feisty heroine who is used to trading barbs, so their interactions were fun to read.
I can't say I was overly surprised by whodunnit, but the mystery wasn't drawn out too long, so that saved it.
There is some violence, and sex is a topic, but there are no graphic scenes.
The action moves along at a quick pace, which was good, but it also meant that there wasn't much time for in-depth character interactions. There was a good setup, though, so hopefully in future books the secondary characters will be given room to grow. The end isn't a cliffhanger, but does leave enough questions for the next one to solve. I'll be checking that one out.
Clarity belongs to a family with special abilities. She is a psychic, her mother is a telepath and her brother is a medium. Together they run their family "psychic readings" business. They have always been regarded as the town freaks.
I fell in love with Clarity right away, immediately seeing the world through her eyes. Kim Harrington does an excellent job fleshing out a leading lady who is both strong and sensitive. And then she gave this leading lady two love interests! The story moves along at a quick pace. This is easy, enjoyable reading. The whodunnit aspect of the story was predictable, but an enjoyable ride all the same. I wished for more of a resolution as far as the love interest went, but I guess this is something a sequel will explore. Yes... definitely scope for a sequel!
First off, let me just state that Clarity is going on my list of all-time favorite female characters. She's quirky, comical, random, sarcastic and narrates the story sounding like a genuine teenager. Even with the more intense scenes, her thought process and banter with Gabriel was enough to make me laugh, even if I did want to be serious.
What I loved most is how unpredictable it was. Normally with books like these, I can pick the most unexpected person as the culprit and I'm usually right, but I was all over the place with Clarity. It unfolds slowly and appropriately, like CSI and The Medium with a paranormal twist and more entertaining characters that don't put you to sleep.
Overall, I loved Clarity. It's a quick but engaging read that had me absolutely absorbed and I'll be twitching impatiently for the second book. I definitely recommend that you run to your nearest bookstore and pick this one up!
I was legit on the edge of my seat from the start. Clarity's got all the key ingredients to a great YA novel: snark (a must-have, in my opinion), the mean girls Tiffany, Kendra and Brooke (God, even their names are bitchy), and the hot new guy. I loved that, in contrast to so many weak-willed, boring heroines, Clare had a fiery personality and was completely unwilling to let anyone boss her around. Her psychic abilities -- and everyone's knowledge of them -- made her strong, and it was her love for family that kept her grounded. All of the characters had their own unique personalities and a complexity that made them more relateable and almost real. Gabriel Toscano is the detective's son -- a brooding loner who takes a shine to Clare despite his immediate skepticism of her "abilities." Throw in Justin, Clare's ex-boyfriend, and we have ourselves a good ol' fashioned love triangle, friends, and I totally bought it. Actually, I had no idea who I was rooting for.
As for the mystery aspect, I felt like I was being jerked all over the place and had no idea who to believe. Clarity kept me guessing, and the wheels were constantly turning.
Sequel? I sure hope so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it. I was surprised in rereading that I couldn't remember who the killer was, which made it as much fun as reading it the first time! Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Banghart
I adore this series, it's very interesting and keeps me guessing! I highly suggest!Published 8 months ago by Bell
I recommend it. I read Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington and liked it. This book I liked ass well. So do buy this book.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
Been waiting for book 3 for WAY too long! Can we please get another book already!!! These are some of my favorites!Published 20 months ago by Josie D. Ardner
While not on par with another similar series I finished recently, "Clarity" was still a good book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by crumbworks
I debated alot about whether or not to read Clarity. After deciding that alot of the books I've read and ended up loving probably had underwhelming synopses too I thought I'd give... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Natalie
The summer could not get much worse for Clarity, her boyfriend Justin, betrayed her by cheating on her with the Tiffany. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Serenity