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Clarity (Clarity Novel) Paperback – February 1, 2012
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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!
The story centers around protagonist, Fern, who is smart, perceptive, no-nonsense and focused with just the perfect amount of vulnerability. Her quirky and absurdly real family of brother Perry and mom Starla. But that's all you're getting from me. This is really the first review I've written in which I truly don't want to divulge too much as the story is so wonderfully woven together, so thoughtfully crafted that one must experience it for one's self. So, do yourself a favor, don't read any spoilers, pick up the novel and dive in, it will not disappoint.
This will be a permanent fixture on my bookshelf and I am super excited to learn that - YES!! there will be a sequel. *Squeal*
Oh, and for the parents out there, this is a PG-13 read. There are some fairly benign references to sex, the very occasional expletive and some references to underage drinking, nothing is glorified and I think the protagonist is a great role model for young teen girls. Just my two cents.
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 9 months ago by T. Banghart
I adore this series, it's very interesting and keeps me guessing! I highly suggest!Published 11 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 19 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 23 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 on February 19, 2014 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 on February 10, 2014 by Natalie