Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Clarity Review

Clarity by Kim Harrington
4.5 Stars
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 an 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? - from the author’s website
I’ve been reading a lot of books lately that have heroines that are, at first,  a bit immature and annoying.  So it was nice when I instantly took to Clare.  She’s witty, smart and honest.  Coming from a quirky family has its drawbacks, but she handles them better than most.  I enjoyed watching her use her gift and make the best of it.  It was also refreshing to see a heroine not shirk her gift, but to have the desire to use it for good.  
I also enjoyed the love triangle created by Harrington.  It was believable and never felt forced.  I wasn’t sure if I was rooting more for Justin the ex-boyfriend or Gabriel the new guy.  I’m still not sure which boy I prefer for her. 
There were many unexpected twists to the story that had me guessing up until the final chapters.  Most of them were plausible, some a bit forced.  But because the rest of the story was so well-done, I’m willing to overlook those minor flaws.
Perception, book two in the series, comes out March 2012 and I am really looking forward to it.  Clarity didn’t end on a nail-biting cliffhanger, but the loose ends and last minute revelations will keep me wondering for the next 9 months.  Highly recommended!

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