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Praise for Perception

"A fast-paced psy-chick mystery." —School Library Journal

"A smart, paranormal mystery ride." —Kirkus

Praise for Clarity

*"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

"Filled with romance and mystery and twists and turns, this book is a thrill ride." — Romantic Times

"The suspense begins on the first page...Great for kids who love all things paranormal or who just appreciate a good whodunit." — School Library Journal

About the Author

Kim Harrington is the acclaimed author of CLARITY, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant readers, and PERCEPTION, which Kirkus Reviews called "a smart, paranormal mystery ride." She is also the author of the middle-grade series Sleuth or Dare. Kim lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation. Visit her online at www.kimharringtonbooks.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Clarity Novel
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Point; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780545230537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545230537
  • ASIN: 0545230535
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By OpheliasOwn VINE VOICE on September 30, 2012
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Being someone with the ability to see into the past by touching an object, from a family of people with supernatural gifts, and in a tourist town means high school ain't easy. Instead, it's full of isolation, taunting, and downright mean teens. But when Clarity helped solve a murder that threatened to put her own brother in jail in Clarity, she was lifted out of the perpetual world of the outsider... at least for a little while.

Clare isn't used to her new-found "acceptance" among the students at school, but at least not everything has changed. The Queen Bee, so to speak, still hates her, and her minion still makes life for Clare hell. So it hasn't changed that much. But Clare can't forget that her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, especially since she saw it with her own vision. He keeps sending gifts "from a secret admirer", but she knows it is him. But what has really changed is Perry, Clare's brother. While Perry was once happy go lucky and carefree, he is now haunted by almost going to jail for that girl's murder as a result of his gift. He postponed college and barely leaves the house, but something is about to happen to their sleepy little town that will remind him all too much of the girl who was murdered.

When a girl goes missing, everyone in town assumes, as an 18 yr old child prodigy, she ran away. But her mother insists something happened to her. When her mother comes to Clare's family for psychic help, they can't get much to help her. But now Clare feels like she has to help this girl. When it becomes clear her gifts and flowers aren't from her ex-boyfriend or Gabriel, the interesting guy who helped her exonerate Perry in the previous murder, she is confused.
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Much like Clarity, Perception is an exciting, fast-paced teen mystery channeling the essence of Veronica Mars, but with psychic powers.

The love triangle between Clare, Justin, and Gabriel is still a huge part of the story, even moreso than in Clarity, since the secret admirer plot line obviously places a lot of attention on Clare's love life. I still see why she's torn between the two of them and why the choice isn't obvious, but I am happy to report that she does make a decision by the end of the book, and that it makes sense.

Clare was still smart and sassy, although occasionally painfully oblivious. She suffers from severe tunnel vision in some instances and misses some pretty big clues, but overall she was still an enjoyable character. And after all, she's not really a trained detective, so it actually makes sense that she wasn't picking up on everything.

Justin and Gabriel didn't grow a whole lot from the first book. I still liked them both, but didn't gain a lot of new insight into either of them. Yes, we learn a couple new things, but my opinion on both of them remained pretty much unchanged. It would have been nice to peel back a few more layers. But since I liked them in Clarity, I still liked them here.

The character who changes the most is Clare's brother, Perry. The events of Clarity hit him the hardest, and it's sad to see what has become of his character. While on the one hand, he is no longer the flippant womanizer of the first book (which is a bonus, in my eyes), his new personality isn't much of an improvement. I still like him, in spite of his flaws, but he wasn't a "fun" character in this book (and he wasn't supposed to be).
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*Thank you to Scholastic Point for allowing me to view this galley prior to publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

[Published first at Kristi-The Book Faery's Blog]


Clarity Fern, teenage psychic-well, kind of, more like retrocognitive psychotelemetry, meaning she touches an object and can feel past images and thoughts and somewhat new detective; both of which she's very good at. Clare see's her family's 'talent's' more as gifts; given to them to help others and not just for a 'feel good' moment or entertainment value for the tourists that bombard their town but for real detective work to find out what happened to missing loved ones.

When Clare becomes involved in a case of a missing senior who is considered a voluntary missing adult although Clare knows better; Clare herself finds she's being stalked, at first it was kind of exciting but as it continues it becomes majorly creepy. With 2 hot guys hot on her trail, Sierra's case and a freak for a stalker, Clare has more than enough to worry about this fall. Add in Perry's strange behavior of not leaving the house and Clare is has even more to worry about!

Since Clare was in the news as being the `psychic' that helped solve the case over the summer, suddenly most of the Barbie Brigade wants to be her friend, all of them that is except Tiffany-yes, THE Tiffany that hooked up with Clare's then boyfriend Jason in Clarity, the first book in the series.
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