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Clarity (Clarity Series #1)
     

Clarity (Clarity Series #1)

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by Kim Harrington
 

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Don't close your eyes. Except when the truth is too dark to bear.

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

Overview

Don't close your eyes. Except when the truth is too dark to bear.

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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harrington debuts with an auspicious kickoff to a series of mysteries with a psychic twist. Sixteen-year-old Clarity "Clare" Fern works in the family business doing psychic readings for summer tourists in their Cape Cod town. She can uncover memories and emotions by touching objects, her mother can read minds, and her brother is a medium. When a tourist girl is found murdered, Clare jumps at the invitation to help with the case: following the clues and working with the police is exciting, even if it requires her to spend time with her cheating ex-boyfriend and the yummy son of the town's new detective. When her brother becomes the prime suspect and two more people are killed, it will take all of Clare's smarts and abilities to uncover the truth before she becomes the next victim. Harrington's well-developed characters and tight plot are simultaneously charming, realistically complex, and intriguing. While recalling classic sleuth stories, Harrington creates a fiery and sharp-witted heroine who's more Veronica Mars than Nancy Drew (Nancy almost certainly never used the term "Skanky McSkankbag"). Clare is a teen detective for the 21st century. Ages 14�up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Clarity "Clare" Fern, 16, has a gift, or maybe it's a curse. She sees visions of people's pasts just by touching an object belonging to them. When a teen is murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend asks her to use her talent to help solve the crime. Initially reluctant because of a not-so-pleasant past with him, Clare agrees once she meets Gabriel, the hot son of the new detective working the case. Unfortunately, Gabriel thinks her "gift" is a hoax, and her brother suddenly becomes the prime suspect. When two more bodies surface, Clare has to resort to lying and using people to keep her family safe. Reminiscent of Mary Higgins Clark's novels but with teen elements, Clarity is a good mystery with a love triangle thrown in. Numerous characters are introduced, each of whom has a possible motive for committing the crime, and throughout the book, readers will be searching for clues to solve the crime before the end. The suspense begins on the first page as someone is about to kill Clare. Great for kids who love all things paranormal or who just appreciate a good whodunit.—Gina Bowling, South Gibson County High School, Medina, TN
Kirkus Reviews

A murder mystery with a twist involves teens in a police investigation that may get some of them killed. The twist comes from the main character, 16-year-old Clarity, who, along with the rest of her family, will has psychic powers. The town treats her as a freak, as Clare's "gift" keeps getting her into trouble. When someone murders a visiting girl, however, the town calls in Clare to help solve the case. She juggles an old boyfriend who wants her back, the hottie son of the detective and the rich boy who suddenly develops an interest in her. Clare's brother becomes the main suspect, but she's sure the real culprit must be someone else. As the killer strikes again, Clare may be in danger. The mystery comes across as standard stuff but with a lilt of humor that weaves through Clare's colloquial first-person narration and makes the story more entertaining. Harrington writes Clare as an appealing character with whom readers easily can identify. Light entertainment that will make good beach reading.(Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)

From the Publisher

Praise for CLARITY:

*“Harrington's well-developed characters and tight plot are simultaneously charming, realistically complex, and intriguing. . . . Clare is a teen detective for the 21st century."
– Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Harrington writes Clare as an appealing character with whom readers easily can identify. . . . good beach reading." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Filled with romance and mystery and twists and turns, this book is a thrill ride." -- RT

"The suspense begins on the first page . . . Great for kids who love all things paranormal or who just appreciate a good whodunit." -- SLJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545230506
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Clarity Series , #1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
HL580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Meet the Author

Kim Harrington lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation. She has no psychic powers and is cool with that. Visit her online at kimharringtonbooks.com.

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Clarity 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I really had no expectations going into this book. The cover intrigued me and the description sounded like it might have something new to offer. I was so glad to get a chance to review it for Book It Forward Tours. I really enjoyed Clare's fresh voice. She's only 16, but I seriously had to remind myself of that constantly. It's not that she acted older than she is, because there's is definitely some teenage moments. It's all about her attitude and her sense of self. She's had to deal with everyone else thinking her family are freaks. It's made her a stronger person and it shows. I love her witty comebacks. Her family may be strange, but I actually really loved how each of them has their own talent. It made each of their personalities unique and how they functioned together as a whole really interesting. I also really enjoyed the who done it mystery. It was really well played out. I liked how the official investigation was different than the one going on behind the scenes. It had that Nancy Drew mystery feel with the teenagers being the ones to figure it out. Add in the paranormal elements, and it was just a lot of fun. I had no idea who the real killer was until the end, so that's always a plus! My only problem (and it's such a tiny complaint)... I wish it was longer! I didn't want it to end. So, fantastic and fun debut for Kim Harrington. I can't wait to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely enjoyed this book. It was incredibly phenomenal! I would enjoy a sequel or a series to this book. Note to Author: Keep writing books like this you'll make it big! Much love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately a must read!! I read it in a day! Couldnt put it down! People of all ages would enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book, but thought it was geared to someone in their late teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it wouldnt be too good but i gave it a try. It turns oit it wasAMAZING!!!! It had u too the very end. Not only w as it about this girl with "un norml abilieties" but also aboit mystery case. Although i wont give out who the killer was, i defiantly didnt suspect tht pern. I had me right sown to the very end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought i knew who it was the whole time! i was so suprised by the outcome, i really didnt see it coming. It had so many clues that led to so many people, it was confuzing. i loved all the twists in plot and creepiness. really good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With all the most recent young adult novels being Twilight-esque, the main character is refreshing. She's strong willed, and respects herself. She isn't one of those heroines who mopes a lot and rolls.in self pity, but actually gets things done on her terms. Good mystery, even if it was somewhat predictable. The love triangle is subtle, and the book focuses more on the intellectual aspects of the mystery than over dramatizing the romantic aspect. Overall, this stood out to me among my hundred and something books.
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C you there
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AMAZING
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Looks at River. "This isn't a battle we can fight for her, America. All we can do is hope she wins." He glances at Shadow. "And what about you? Why do you care so much?"
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Renee2111 More than 1 year ago
This book kept me intrigued, but it had a simple story line. The characters were created well and I really felt a connection with Clare. The plot twist at the end was foreshadowed, but still a surprise. I was interested enough to buy the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable novel and is especially good for young adults. Unusual and likeable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it. mystery, drama, romance, and a supernatural plot makes for an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EASY READING! INTERESTING STORY AND SETTING? WOULD READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOT
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Sure
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When?
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I hope others like it as much as I did. Good look with all your other books. Malh
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