Author: Kim Harrington
Release Date: March 1st, 2011
Publisher: Point (imprint of Scholastic)
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: ARC from Publisher
Series: Clarity, Book #1
Other Titles in the Series: Perception, Book #2 (due out March 2012)
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren
Summary (goodreads.com): When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?
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?
When I opened the package that contained Clarity I squealed (my dad thought I saw a bat or something. Nope, I had just received a book I had been pining for for months). I just knew this book wouldn’t let me down. I had high hopes for it and Clarity didn’t disappoint. I loved this book, it was so good. I have never read anything quite like it. Clarity is part paranormal, part murder mystery and completely awesome. I love how Clare is psychic but she doesn’t let her ability control her. She works with her mother and big brother at their family business like a lot of teens do, her family’s business just happens to be a whole lot cooler than a motor shop or something, the Ferns run psychic readings out of their home in Eastport on Cape Cod. Clare is a really believable character and super entertaining. I love Clare’s family, I am uber jealous of her. I think its so funny that her mom can read minds even though I wouldn’t want her reading mine. Perry, her big brother, reminded me a little of Jason from True Blood in that he’s a player who becomes suspect in a small town’s murder. Perry though is infinitely less annoying, he’s one of my favorite characters. There’s also a kind of love triangle type thing. Her Ex-boyfriend really wants her back and the new detective in town’s son may have feelings for her despite her abilities. I think I’m leaning towards her Ex Justin but I’m not sure yet, I’ll wait to read Perception next year to decide; I need more evidence. Clarity is also a small book at just under 250 pages, it’s a great book to read while sitting on the beach or even in your own back yard. I read this in February and it had me longing for summer (and I hate summer). Clarity is just a great read; I highly recommend it.