Clarity by Kim Harrington - Review

Monday, January 3, 2011


Author: Kim Harrington
Published: Scholastic/Point, March 1, 2011
Special Note: ARC Review/Tour


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 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?

My Thoughts:

First off, um, WOW!! This book has easily pushed its way to one of my favorite novels. True crime mysteries in YA are few and far between, and Clarity helps fill that void. This novel totally reminds me of a psychic Veronica Mars, and those of you who know me know how much I loooooooooove Veronica Mars. I know I'm not alone on that one. :)

A novel that Clarity reminds me of is Laurie Stolarz's TOUCH series. Which is one of my most favorite series ever!

This novel has such a fresh voice. Claire is just the right amount of snarky and uncertain, which is such the right balance of a teenager. You can't help but to fall in love with her and hope everything works out for her.

When you first meet Claire you discover she's kind of the outcast at school, even though the boys all find her attractive, and her boyfriend, Justin,  has cheated on her with one of the mean girls at school. I wanted to hate Justin so bad, but I just couldn't. Claire does the right thing there though. She has every right to be down right pissed at him, and let's just say she has no problem dumping coke on the "other woman's" head. Claire is awesome!

The mystery in the novel really pulled me in when I discovered Claire's bother could be a suspect in the death of the tourist that has died in their seaside town. He is a well known man-whore in the town and the last person seen with the victim.

Now I won't tell you anymore (even though I really, really want to because I heart this book so much) because that would ruin the mystery for you guys. All I can say is YOU MUST READ THIS NOVEL!! This is going on my 5-star-awesomeness Goodreads list!


Erin said...

Great review! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

Way to pull the Veronica Mars card! Looks like this one will be creeping up even higher on my must-read-ASAP list!

Cialina at said...

Ugh. Fine. You are too convincing! I took this off my TBR cause I promised to read less paranormal books but you made this one sound too good! I placed it back on my list.

Annie McElfresh said...

Erin - Thanks for reading! :D

Amanda- HA I do love Veronica Mars. LOL

Cialina - you'll love it! :D

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