Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review: Perception by Kim Harrington

Perception (Clarity, #2)Perception (Clarity #2)
Kim Harrington
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Release Date: March 1, 2012

When you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you?
Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.
Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.
But then someone starts playing with her head...and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?
One thing is for certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and girls in town has suddenly disappeared. 

I enjoyed the first book in this series, Clarity, but didn't love it. After reading Perception, I have to say that I love these characters and this little world that Harrington has created. 

I'm very conflicted with this book in that it took so long for me to really get into the story. The first half of the novel I enjoyed, but, like the first book, it was nothing special. However, once I got into it, I couldn't get enough. 

Clarity, or Clare, is a really interesting character. She's strong in a way that she stays true to herself and doesn't let other people push her around, even if she seems too trusting at times. And she's loyal, especially to her family and brother. Mostly, I like that she didn't let her power and abilities define her. 

I have to say, I really enjoyed the mystery in this book. It was really interesting and unique. There were some things that I saw coming, but there were plenty of twists and surprises in there as well. 

Harrington's simplistic writing makes Perception a really easy and quick read. Despite this being a mystery, it's a fairly light read; save for a few scenes there isn't anything too intense. 

Overall, I really liked Perception, more so than Clarity. I don't know what Harrington's future plans for this series are, but I want more of these characters.


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