Thursday, March 10, 2011

Review: Clarity by Kim Harrington

Published: Scholastic Point (March 1, 2011)
Pages: 242
Format: Hardcover
Series: This is book one
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: 5/5

GoodReads Summary: 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?

My Thoughts: When I saw Clarity's cover, the first thing that popped into my mind was "dang. That girl has some wicked sweet eyelashes. I wonder if she uses that prescription lengthening junk that costs 7 trillion dollars." The second thing was "I want it. I don't care how or whose grandma I have to throw bows at, I need to have it." I am so excited to report that I was not at all disappointed by wicked eyelash girl OR the story between the covers.

Clare is psychic. She can see past events when she touches people's belongings. Therefore, she's "different." Therefore, she's ostracized and labeled a freak. We learn from the start that Clare is feisty. She DOES throw bows and it is glorious. I may as well have just closed the book and flailed my arms at that moment. I'm glad I didn't, however, because Kim Harrington is a gifted storyteller. I loved the fact that Clare is totally self-sufficient and stood up to the guys who did her dirty (won't mention any names to avoid spoilers!) Nothing drives me more crazy than when a girl doesn't hold a grudge when said grudge needs to be held. DON'T BE DOORMATS, WOMEN.

The romance is subtle, but the first book in the series focuses more on Clare's development in each of her relationships/friendships with the opposite sex. I'm surprisingly okay with this. Usually I'm waving my "Team ____" flag, but I didn't have one in this story. There's definitely a potential for a love triangle in future books, but this is one triangle that isn't necessarily annoying and can honestly go either way. This is 100% acceptable in my book. Unpredictable triangles are something you don't see very often, where each of the "competitors" are evenly matched. This is new and unchartered territory for me and I am smiling ear-to-ear.

The mystery and suspense were well-constructed and there were plenty of twists and turns. I am hoping, however, that we get a more thorough introduction to some of the minor characters, because this story and its participants have SO MUCH POTENTIAL. The groundwork has been laid and I cannot WAIT to see how it all pans out. This books was relatively short, however, and I'm hoping this doesn't hinder the story if future books are of similar length.

Definitely pick this book up if you're looking for an entertaining heroine that is smart, assertive, and won't hesitate to put a guy in his place with her words or a swift kick to the face (I'm only exaggerating a little about the swift kick.) So much badazzness packed into one 240-page package. I rejoiced in this book. REJOICED!


  1. i've heard awesome things about clarity, and your review doesnt disappoint! thanks for sharing!

    ps. i completely understand what you mean about going into a story waving your "Team X" flag :)haha! i do the exact same thing!

  2. I can't wait to read this one! I've seen a few reviews where people absolutely love it, so I'm quite excited for it. Sounds great; thanks for the awesome review. =)

  3. "dang. That girl has some wicked sweet eyelashes. I wonder if she uses that prescription lengthening junk that costs 7 trillion dollars." LOL!!

    I was thinking "Damn that girl is little. She looks 13 or 14 like my sister." Especially after reading her relationships with the guys.

    This is a fantastic book though. Loved your review on it. Perfect quick read. I don't get why all YA novels need to be 400+ pages nowadays.

  4. This is a really great review, Jen! I've been wanting to read this book - perhaps I need to make it my next purchase :-) I totally get what you mean by the unpredictable love triangles. As often as we see them, it's kind of refreshing to read a story that isn't clear cut who the girl should end up with (psst.. another reason why I love the Summer books so, so much!).

  5. I've been hearing about this book for quite a while and this just makes me want it more! Aaaah. So many books, so little time.

    By the way, I'm trolling your blog (you're awesome) and since I'm new around here (like, really new) I'm stealing your blog list. I hoooope you don't mind ;)

  6. I didn't have a Team flag to wave yet either! I thought that was so weird for me! I usually already have my money put down on a certain side! Great review!

  7. AHH! I just bought this book and after that review I'm going to have to grab it soon! Awesome! Thanks!

  8. Again, I don't know how to read. I read that as Clarity is psychotic, and I was like, um, no she's not. I read this. She's not psycho. Then I'm like, duh brain, PSYCHIC.

    Anyways, I really really liked Clarity too, just didn't like the dual love interest troupe.

  9. I just borrowed this one from Jacinda today, so I'm super excited now!

  10. I quite enjoyed this one as well. Most particularly the characters. They were interesting and great fun!

  11. Definatly going out to buy this this weekend! Witty review, as usual, I'm sold! And you know..all about throwin the bows :)

  12. I have this sitting on my shelf and after reading your review I want to read it asap! So glad you enjoyed it :)

  13. I can't wait to get started on this one!