Release Date: June 4th, 2012
Finished Date: June 24th, 2012
Source: ARC For Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
A huge thank you to Scholastic for giving me the opportunity to review this book.