Sunday, April 15, 2012

Review: Perception by Kim Harrington

Perception (Clarity #2) by Kim Harrington
published by Point (Scholastic)
on March 1, 2012
ISBN: 0545230535
Hardcover: 288 pages 
Ages 14 +

From Goodreads: 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

Kim Harringon has a very simplistic writing style. And that is by no means a negative observation. She tells a great story without adding unnecessary description. She has great character development making the people in this book seem real, and there is another good mystery for Clare to help solve, and again finding herself in the middle of. 

There is a bit of a love triangle, but there was never really any doubt as to who she would end up with. There is definitely one boy she really wants/belongs with even if she doesn't quite know it yet herself. 

After helping the police solve the case of a murdered girl, Clare finds herself the center of attention, and those who have previously ostracized her all want to be seen with her... because they really want to be her friend, or because they want to see her use her gift up close and personal?

And after a girl goes missing, Clare feels that she should again use her gift to help the police any way she can, but is sidelined by her mother. Which, as it turns out, is beneficial to Clare, as she has problems of her own to keep her busy.

The mystery centralized in the story is a good one. There are a lot of false alarms, and kept me guessing as to who done it (hint: it wasn't the butler). The ending was a, I thought that could have been the person, but was never quite sure if I was on the right track. Well done, Ms. Harrington. 

I do recommend this series. The books are a quick, but satisfying, read. I was disappointed only in finding out that Perception is the last book in the series. 



  1. I think there is something to be said for writers, or people really, that can say what they want to say in a nice simple way and then STOP TALKING/DESCRIBING. I have noticed too many people and books over describing people or events with this flowery language and I am getting tired of it. So I love that you said Kim Harrington has a simplistic writing style! thanks for the great review

  2. I agree Michelle. Sometimes less is truly more. And this way more focus can go into the actual story as opposed to worrying about which descriptive word to use next.

  3. occassionally less is truly more. And this way more focus can go into the actual story as opposed to worrying about which descriptive word to use next.



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