Series: Clarity #1
Published by Scholastic Point on 3/1/11
Genres: Young Adult
Source: The Smashtastic Library
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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?
Clarity is a psychic, which means she can touch items and see visions of the history of the item, so to speak. Her mother, Starla, is a telepath, which means she can read minds. This is definitely not a character trait any teenager wishes for in a parent. And her older brother Perry is a medium, which means he can communicate with the dead. Fun, interesting family, really. Too bad the town doesn’t see it that way…
Clarity and her family run a psychic business out of their Victorian home, and while Clarity would rather not be psychic to begin with, she enjoys the bond she shares with her mother and brother and pitches in with the family business. I admire her for thinking of others during a period of life –adolescence- when you usually only think of yourself. Her compassionate, protective, fun-loving, responsible, determined-to-no-longer-be-the-town-freak personality makes her a character that you wish you knew in real life. I adored her as a narrator due to her sarcastic explanations and snarky comebacks. She had me laugh out loud on many occasions. Great writing.
Clarity is still coping with heartbreak, as her ex-boyfriend and the only person to show her any bit of kindness, has trampled all over her heart. It is quite obvious that Justin still loves Clarity. He is quite sorry about his mistakes and aches for Clarity to return the sentiment. And, in walks Gabriel Toscano. I just have to say his name again. Gabriel Toscano. So sexy. Clarity is quite taken by Gabriel, but he quickly lets her know he isn’t a fan of her supposed skill.
Gabriel is the son of the new police detective, who just so happened to arrive in town right around the murder of a young female tourist. Justin is the son of the mayor, and urges Clarity to use her talent to help the police uncover the killer – which means she has to work with Gabriel. Oh, joyous days ahead….
I’m not a big mystery/sleuth reader, although there is mystery in pretty much every book. I read glowing reviews and knew I had to find out what the fuss was about. I’m glad I did because Clarity was a quick, fun, engaging, interesting story. With my hectic schedule, I still finished it in 24 hours. I honestly did not want to put it down. It was that fun. And the setting is very realistic, and the characters are ones you would love to live next door too. At least, I would. It was a great little whodunit mystery and I look forward to the next installment!
“The dumbass?” Justin asked.
“Yes, you’re not the only one in town. Who knew?”
“Gabriel Toscano. Damn. Even his name was sexy.”
I have to agree with you there, Clarity!
“Listen, I gather you have a problem working with a psychic. Believe me, I don’t like working with a jackass any better.”
I pictured him in uniform. Let’s just say the picture was…nice.
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