Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Clarity & Perception - Kim Harrington

Synopsis for Perception: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 certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared. (From Goodreads)


I read Clarity and Perception in the same day, so I'm just going to talk about them together here. (If you want the synopsis for Clarity just click on the cover.) 


Anyways, I liked these books quite a bit - they definitely kept me entertained. The whole mystery solving genre isn't really my thing, but I thought the fact that Clare has psychic ability would make it interesting. It certainly helped; however, what kept me reading these books was Clare herself. I enjoyed her personality and her thought process, and I was entertained by the status of her many relationships. 


I didn't care for the sleuthing parts - which was kind of the point of these books, so I think I missed something here...But, in Clarity the process of elimination and all the not-so-subtle clues felt a bit like watching a Scooby-Doo episode (which is great, but without Scooby and Shaggy - not quite as entertaining). In Perception, though, the emphasis was less on trying to solve a mystery and more on Clare herself. Thus, I liked Perception much more and by the time the ending came, I actually had a chance to be surprised. 


If you like Kimberly Derting's Body Finder series, I'd suggest giving Clarity a shot. It has many of the same elements. I would just warn you that Clarity feels a bit juvenile, but then Perception steps up and matures a bit. Perception is released on Thursday, March 1st. So if you loved Clarity I definitely suggest you pick up a copy. If you haven't read either yet, now's a good time to start because then you don't have to wait to continue Clare's story. 

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Clarity & Perception - Kim Harrington

Synopsis for Perception: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 certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared. (From Goodreads)


I read Clarity and Perception in the same day, so I'm just going to talk about them together here. (If you want the synopsis for Clarity just click on the cover.) 


Anyways, I liked these books quite a bit - they definitely kept me entertained. The whole mystery solving genre isn't really my thing, but I thought the fact that Clare has psychic ability would make it interesting. It certainly helped; however, what kept me reading these books was Clare herself. I enjoyed her personality and her thought process, and I was entertained by the status of her many relationships. 


I didn't care for the sleuthing parts - which was kind of the point of these books, so I think I missed something here...But, in Clarity the process of elimination and all the not-so-subtle clues felt a bit like watching a Scooby-Doo episode (which is great, but without Scooby and Shaggy - not quite as entertaining). In Perception, though, the emphasis was less on trying to solve a mystery and more on Clare herself. Thus, I liked Perception much more and by the time the ending came, I actually had a chance to be surprised. 


If you like Kimberly Derting's Body Finder series, I'd suggest giving Clarity a shot. It has many of the same elements. I would just warn you that Clarity feels a bit juvenile, but then Perception steps up and matures a bit. Perception is released on Thursday, March 1st. So if you loved Clarity I definitely suggest you pick up a copy. If you haven't read either yet, now's a good time to start because then you don't have to wait to continue Clare's story. 

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