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Perception (Clarity Series #2)

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Review: Perception

There's something about Clare that will keep me coming back for more. I love her character. I find her endearing, charming, and all around great person to read about.

While Clare might not like the spotlight the events of book one have put her under, I actually thi...
There's something about Clare that will keep me coming back for more. I love her character. I find her endearing, charming, and all around great person to read about.

While Clare might not like the spotlight the events of book one have put her under, I actually think it's helped her come out of her shell a little bit. She seems to know who to trust overall, even though events lead to doubt those around her. I love that she knows what type of people the popular girls are, but basks in the limelight just a little bit. I think it helps see what a wonderful person she is. I'm also very happy to see that she's made some friends outside of Justin and her brother.

I love this new popularity in YA mysteries. It's always been one of my favorites genres, but something that doesn't get a lot of play in the young adult world. I like the element of Clare's families abilities. It's a different twist to the story. It's not just good old fashioned detective work that gets the mystery solved. I also enjoyed the Clare likes to help people with the problems to the point that it draws some extremely unwanted attention to herself. I had it pegged who the culprit was, but I still enjoyed the buildup to get there.

One of my favorites parts of this story was the romance. I like Justin, but I'm so proud of Clare for being so hesitant when he wants to get back together. Although, I was surprised to learn the true circumstances on the night he cheated. I don't think it changed my opinion of him very much though. Probably because I love Gabriel. I love that he doesn't push Clare into making a decision. But, he is sure to tell exactly were she stands and what he wants. I think Clare needed that push to make a decision.

Great read and I can't wait for the next one!

posted by pagese on July 8, 2012

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another fun mystery

Clarity "Clare" Fern thought things would go back to normal for her once summer ended. Except it's not so easy for people to forget the psychic girl who helped solve a murder and clear her brother's name during the tourist season in their Cape Cod town.

Back at schoo...
Clarity "Clare" Fern thought things would go back to normal for her once summer ended. Except it's not so easy for people to forget the psychic girl who helped solve a murder and clear her brother's name during the tourist season in their Cape Cod town.

Back at school Clare is getting a lot of unwelcome attention from the student body. Not to mention more attention than she can handle from ex-boyfriend Justin and new guy Gabriel Toscano. Both want to be more than friends. Too bad Clare isn't as certain of her own feelings yet.

As Clare tries to navigate her new-found celebrity, she also starts getting unexpected notes from an unidentified sender. Could it be someone Clare knows? A shy secret admirer? Or is it something much more sinister in Perception (2012) by Kim Harrington?

Perception is Harrington's sequel to her debut novel Clarity.

Set during Cape Cod's off season, Perception lacks some of the excitement found in Clarity even as Harrington shines a light on Clare's more typical day-to-day life. Though the narrative often refers back to the first book, Perception explains enough to be able to stand on its own without much difficulty.

All of the characters readers loved from the first book are back. Unfortunately so is Clare's unfortunate love triangle. While Justin and Gabriel both remain likable, Clare's vacillation throughout the novel grew tiresome--particularly when to some readers her choice will be obvious from early chapters.*

Much like the love triangle, the mystery aspect of Perception felt a bit obvious as well. While some parts of the story will keep readers on their toes other twists will be guessed early on.

Clare and her family develop a lot over the course of Perception leading to a novel whose strength lies in its characterizations. That said, Perception continues the story of a spunky, clever heroine in a fun mystery sure to leave readers smiling.

*Happily, the love triangle is resolved to some extent at the end of the story so hopefully Clare, Justin and Gabriel can all move on to other things when Harrington writes another Clarity novel.

Possible Pairings: The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison, Slide by Jill Hathaway, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

posted by MissPrint on May 9, 2012

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