Review: Clarity

Title: Clarity

Author: Kim Harrington

Read via: library

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?

This book had so much buzz surrounding its release that it certainly caught my attention. The cover, however, I am not a fan of. It seems somewhat creepy and Clarity looks really young. Yes, I am a cover snob, and that kept me from reading this for awhile. But after rereading the summary one day, I finally gave in and decided to check it out. It was a surprisingly good read.
Clarity was a fun character. She was fun and engaging, although I think her voice sounded younger than her age implied. I enjoyed both her love interests, but I was almost more of a fan of Justin (her ex) than of Gabriel. I really wanted to love Gabriel, if only because I adore that name, but I was not completely drawn to him. Clarity’s family, her mother and brother, were nice, but did not always feel believable. Her mother went from being this strict, business-oriented woman to sounding like a foolish teen girl at times. There was not a firm balance with her voice. Perry also had the issue of sounding young at times, but overall I was pleased with him asĀ  a character.
The story is the most interesting part of the book. The mystery kept me guessing and pulled into the book. I had trouble putting it down because I really wanted to figure out who was behind the murders. It was easily my favorite part of the book. I also loved the way the family were psychics, but did not believe that anyone could seriously see the future. It is an interesting twist that set the story apart from other books of the genre. Although there was an issue towards the end, that I will not mention so as not to spoil anyone.
As a whole I found the book to be an enjoying, quick read. After all of the hype I will admit I was expecting a bit more out of it than what I got, but I would still classify it as being worth the read. I do believe that this is part of a series, and I am not sure if I will continue to follow it. For younger teens I think this would be highly enjoyable, but for me it was not quite my cup of tea.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Cover Rating: 2 out of 5

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