Title: Clarity (Clarity #1)
Author: Kim Harrington
Details: Hardcover, 242 pgs (I read an ARC)
Published: March 1st, 2011 by Scholastic Point
Reading Level: Young Adult
isbn: 0545230500 (ISBN13: 9780545230506)
Source: My friend Angela sent her ARC as a gift
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?
I LOVED the characterization in this book! They all really stand out and I could understand and connect with them. There was a lot of mystery and suspicion and you don't really know who the bad guy (or gal) is so even when I liked all the characters I was picking them apart trying to figure out if they could be a killer. Because you see, this is a murder mystery.
Clarity lives with her mother and brother, both of which have 'gifts' and they run a psychic shop near the boardwalk in a tourist town. But things go a little crazy when a girl is found murdered and then the Mayor decides to let Clarity in on the case to use her ability to pick up what she can. She has to work with her ex boyfriend and the new detectives son, who is super yummy. Actually both boys are hotties and Clarity has her work cut out for her if she plans to keep hating on these boys.
Clarity's mother and her brother are both very important to the story and both were great. I felt a lot of anger at her brother for some of his decisions but it was clear that him and Clarity were very close. Their mother is very eccentric and I just loved her personality. I really like it when a parent is more involved in the story and she definitely was awesome.
Clarity was my favorite though. She's got a tough skin from being picked on all her life because of her ability and she's not afraid to stand up for herself. She's outspoken and she's tough. She doesn't spend any of her time being scared. She's a girl that does a good job at taking care of herself while still getting stuff done. She felt authentic to me. In her thoughts and actions.
The romance was good. It wasn't really an important part of the story but there was flirting and some kissing, but Clarity doesn't really know what she wants. She's angry at her ex boyfriend but still has feelings for him and the new guy is super hot but doesn't believe in her ability. I really had to give her kudos for how she handled everything. At least 90% of the time.
I really really loved this book and HIGHLY encourage you to pick it up if you haven't already. I'm very anxious to read more about her, her family and her man candy.
Disclosure: I received an ARC as a gift. All opinions stated are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.