Series: Clarity #1
Published by Scholastic Point on March 1, 2011
Source: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis (courtesy Goodreads):
When you can see things others can’t, where do you look for the truth?
This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.
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?
I’m going to start with the things I disliked because I’m just that much fun.
First off, the cover is awful. It poorly represents the book and it looks like a Sims animation.
Also, there were a couple of plot points *tries not to spoil anything* that seemed a bit ridiculous.
NOW THAT THAT’S OUT OF THE WAY this book was 300% fwamtastic.
Clare is realistic, likeable, and relatable, but she’s not so perfect that she’s cliche. She has a few very serious flaws that are strongly represented throughout.
That said, the antagonists aren’t irrefutably bad, either. They had some redeeming factors.
It was a well done mystery. Maybe it’s just me, but the ending was surprising and it had several plot twists that threw me off the scent of the murderer.
The infamous love triangle makes its appearance too, but this is one of the better ones I’ve read. Nobody is head-over-heels in love with anyone. They each have their own doubts and mixed emotions.
Clarity is entertaining, cute, and overall enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone with some spare time.