Clarity (Clarity Series #1)

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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 solve the case -- but Clare is still furious at the ...

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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?

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545230513
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Clarity Series , #1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 341,373
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Harrington

Kim Harrington is the acclaimed author of CLARITY, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant readers, and PERCEPTION, which Kirkus Reviews called "a smart, paranormal mystery ride." She is also the author of the middle-grade series Sleuth or Dare. Kim 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. Visit her online at www.kimharringtonbooks.com.
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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    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!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    I cannot even begin to explain how much I enjoyed reading Clarit

    I cannot even begin to explain how much I enjoyed reading Clarity.

    I’ve always been a huge fanatic with murder mysteries. I absolutely adore Agatha Christie’s and Arthur Conan Doyle’s murder mysteries (my favorites are And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Hound of the Baskervilles), and so once I found out that Clarity was a paranormal murder mystery, I immediately added it to my to-read list. Immediately. And I was not in any way disappointed. In fact, Clarity surpassed my expectations.

    I adore the main character and protagonist, Clare. Though she isn’t exactly psychic – in the beginning of the book, she explains that no one can predict the future – by touching objects, she can find out things about it: who last touched it, what that person was feeling at the time, etc. She and her telepathic mother and her brother Perry, who can talk to ghosts, entertain tourists with their powers for a living. Though their appointments get quite exciting sometimes (take the first clients they have in the book), it’s generally a boring lifestyle for Clare. So when she’s offered the job of using her powers to help the investigation of the murder of a tourist named Tori, she accepts.

    Then when she learns that her brother, who likes to “play” with the girls who come to their tourist-attractive town called Cape Cod, was the last person to see Tori, things get complicated. Not to mention that she has to work with both Justin, her ex-boyfriend and son of the town’s mayor, and Gabriel, the hot son of the new detective in town. Talk about tension.

    Clare is definitely a fantastic protagonist. Though I wouldn’t label her as “kick-butt,” she definitely can take care of herself, being the determined person she is. And I especially loved her indecision over which boy to choose: Justin or Gabriel? I’d say that I’m Team Gabriel (not only because he’s incredibly hot, obviously, though that might be a large part) probably because I think that although sweet at times, Justin is just irritating.

    And the plot of this book? I’ve got one word for you: OHMYGOSHAWESOME. This book literally had me flipping its pages, desperate to find out who the murderer was . . . and the answers to those other mysteries. And though some of them weren’t all that surprising, I was definitely taken back by a few.

    The only thing I wasn’t satisfied with was that ending (romance-wise, that is). I’m still wondering where those last pages of the book are, Kim!

    Clarity is simply phenomenal. Such a fast-paced book completely shrouded with mystery and full of romantic tension should definitely get more attention than it already has. A must for any paranormal reader, especially those who want something just a little bit different from vampires and werewolves!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Love it!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Amazin

    Definately a must read!! I read it in a day! Couldnt put it down! People of all ages would enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Amazing

    I love this book and its sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Good for young adults

    Enjoyed the book, but thought it was geared to someone in their late teens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Easy and Interesting Read

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

    The first thing I had issue with was the main character.  Many t

    The first thing I had issue with was the main character.  Many things felt inauthentic and cliche.  The second was the fact that all these kids somehow had access to jobs no one should have in high school.  I mean, a teenage detective, mayor, and psychic — not exactly believable.  And the fact that the parents ‘didn’t want to be involved’ in the investigation made it that much more unbelievable.  The other issue I had was the story didn’t have enough ‘meat’ to it.

    However, the mystery of the story was interesting.  It wasn’t obvious who the murderer was, and Harrington kept you guessing until the very end.  Ultimately, I think this is a book for a younger YA reader.

    I would consider reading book two, IF I could find it at the library.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Sooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!

    Loved clare-gabriel relationship how romantic and i liked how perry and clare take care of each other such a good bro! U will be crazy enough by not liking this and sequel :) @jenniferwinget

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Great Book!

    I'm 13 and I thought this was a great book. I also bought the sequel and It was very good too!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Amazing

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    I thought i knew who it was the whole time! i was so suprised by

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Diamond in the Rough

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Tor

    C you there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Tyler

    Goo morning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Ember

    Im back love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    AMAZING

    AMAZING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Shadow

    Mhm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Sefem

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Josh

    Gtgtb bbt.

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