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Clarity by Kim Harrington


When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?
This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats. 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 a certain 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?
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Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Point
Country: United States of America
ISBN: 9780545230506
Original Language: English
Age Group: Young
Adult
Genre: Supernatural/Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Buy the Book: Amazon
Lootability: Grab it and go


Clarity is Kim Harrington's debut foray into young adult field. Clarity is a wonderful story about a young teenage girl who comes from a supernaturally gifted family; her brother Perry is a medium who speaks to the dead, and her Mother is a telepath while Clarity – Clare – is a psychic who reads the imprints left behind on objects. When there is a murder in Clare's seaside tourist town, she must put aside old grievances and use her gift to find the killer and protect her brother…all while romance blossoms in unexpected quarters.

What I liked: It's a fun new way of looking at a paranormal teenager; no one was blue or sparkly or anything ridiculous. Clairvoyance is an interesting path to travel that doesn't take the easy route of giving some kind of supernatural creature extraordinary powers that easily save the day. The book reminded me a bit of the Gina Champion series by Kim Wilkins which I used to read when I was a teenager. The subject quite naturally suggests a mystery as the best way to create a story.

What I didn't like: It all seemed to end a bit suddenly and too easily for me. Without giving too much away, the ending made the book feel like it was setting you up for the story rather than setting itself up as the story. I'm hoping that will ease the transition into the next book.


Lootability: Grab it and go
  Clarity was a fun read and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun summer mystery. The sequel Perception is due out March 12th, so keep an eye out for that!

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