Friday, 29 June 2012

A Review for Clarity (Clarity #1) by Kim Harrington

Clarity (Clarity, #1)Posted by Donna
Release Date: June 4th, 2012
Finished Date: June 24th, 2012
Publishers: Scholastic 
Source: ARC For Review
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 264
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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.
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And a curse.
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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?


The Review: Clarity “Clare” comes from a family who have special gifts. Her mother can read people’s minds, her brother is a medium and Clare is a physic.  Coming from this family sounds cool right? Wrong! Clare doesn’t like it because her family are labelled as freaks or con artists from the local people. When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend;  Justin, convinces his dad that Clare can help them solve the murder, so she’s teamed up with him and the hot new guy; Gabriel. But with the more information they uncover, all the evidence is pointing to her brother Perri, so Clare sets out to prove everyone wrong.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting, quick and intense read, one that captivated me from start to finish. Even though I’ve read books similar to Clarity, Kim Harrington did a great job putting her own personal touches on it that made the story thrilling, entertaining and loveable. There is a ton of twist and turns through-out this story that really keep you on your toes. It’s hard to predict who the killer is leaving the ending quite a shocker.
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The characters were a joy to read about. I loved every one of them. Clare is very down to earth and she always tries to do the right thing. She’s not afraid to stand up for herself to the school bullies – which I loved. I’m glad she didn’t hide away from them. The boys were just as great. Firstly we see Justin and even though he is Clare’s ex, he’s still a very likeable character. He’s made a mistake but he seems genuinely sorry about it.  The author makes it hard to not like Justin. And then there’s Gabriel, who you instantly like, but then hate, and then you really like. So it’s a tough love triangle but I have to say I think I’m Team Gabriel. I loved finding out his back story and I have high hopes that maybe one day, Clare will be able to help him find his sister. 
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Overall, Clarity is a thriller, mystery and paranormal story all wrapped in one and it really works well together. Kim Harrington has entered the YA market with a storm and I can’t wait to see what comes next. 
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A huge thank you to Scholastic for giving me the opportunity to review this book. 

7 comments:

nat cleary said...

Great review!!! I loved Clarity, such a quick read. I read it in a day and loved everything about it :)

Erin W. said...

I wasn't a huge fan of this book, though the sequel is a HUGE improvement if I do say so myself. Anyway great review!

Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

Great review! I'm glad to see you liked this too Donna. Let's hope book 2 will be just as good! :)

Carly Chambers said...

Wonderful review, Donna! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I just finished it the other day & I loved it ! :)

Addie R. said...

Great review! I have Clarity on my TBR and hopefully I'll get to read it soon.

Suzanne @ Paranormal Book Fan said...

I've seen nothing but good things about this book. It sounds really good, even if there is a love triangle. Great review Donna :)

Gaby said...

I actually won this book a while back but have not had a chance to read it. I am so glad you liked it. After reading this review I think I might get to it real soon :)