The Silver Lining | Bookanistas Review: Clarity

Up this week I’m discussing CLARITY by Kim Harrington. Kim and I go way back…to Backspace.org, a writing forum where we frequently posted. I got to meet Kim for the first time last year at ALA. She even got to meet my mother-in-law, since I had dragged her to the conference with me! Recently, Kim came to NYC for the Teen Author Festival. We had dinner and then she rocked her panel. Kim is awesome and so is her book! I ADORE Clarity and I really hope you do too!

What it’s about:

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:

I have been itching for ages for a book to come along that fills the void Veronica Mars left in my heart—and my TV schedule. FINALLY I found the perfect replacement series!

Clarity is a wonderful mix of mystery, paranormal, and hot boys. Luckily, those are some of my favorite things. Clarity herself is such a fun character. She’s feisty like Veronica, tough like her as well. -In Clarity’s case, she’s been hardened by the teasing she’s endured for years do to her freak psychic ability. And I loved her ability! When Clare picks up an object, she is sometimes able to see a vision of a past scene the object was part of. Such a neat twist on the usual “I see the future type visions.” I loved how objects have a memory of their own, created the person who came in contact with the object was feeling intense emotions.

My favorite part had to be Clare’s relationship with her family. I loved the dynamic of wanting to protect her brother but also suspecting him of murder. I felt her conflict as if it were my own. I wanted Perry to be innocent but…I also couldn’t help suspecting him. The mystery kept twisting and turning, always leaving me guessing, as a good mystery should do. At some point in the story, I suspected every character. I love when mysteries are difficult to guess so I give props to Kim for creating one that shocked and surprised me!

Of course, I can’t give a review without mentioning the boys. And wow are there some to swoon over! I love love love when protagonists and love interests can’t stand each other at first. I mean, we’ve all heard the saying that there’s a thin line between love and hate. Both emotions require passion. And I really enjoy reading when one emotion shifts into the other.

All in all Clarity was a great read. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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