Clarity by Kim Harrington

Monday, April 18, 2011

Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Mystery
Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: So happy I read this book! I really enjoyed it. It had everything I expected from all the synopsis and reviews I've been seeing. It was mysterious, entertaining, engaging, and exciting to read; I literally could not put this book down as it was so fast-paced and I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next. I also liked the fact that the mystery part was unpredictable enough that it kept me trying to guess the entire time. I mean, if I'm going to read a book that has some mysterious aspects about it, it's a given that it has to be unpredictable or else it would ruin the entire plot. It sort of reminded me of the old show, Veronica Mars. And I enjoyed that show, so being reminded of it was a good thing.

I also have to praise the fact that the author was able to create a balance between Paranormal stuff and reality. I feel like I have been seeing too many Paranormal YAs that are a bit forced or melodramatic. Clarity was believable and likable, and it didn't seem like it was just trying to fit in on a trend, if that makes sense.

As for the characters, I really enjoyed them all. I liked the different twists and turns their characters had to go through, as well as their different personalities. Again, I liked that their relationships with each other didn't seem contrived or anything, and I liked how the author developed them throughout.

So overall, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend this to anybody who likes a YA paranormal/mystery novel. I can't say it's a favorite of mine, but it's one of the few lately that I was truly into and was excited about while I was reading it. 4.5 stars!


  1. Yay! Another positive review for this book. I cannot wait to read this one. ;)

  2. Sounds intriguing. I love the idea of not too melodramatic of the book and the characters sound interesting. Thanks for the nice review Jill.

    CJ @ Coffee N Crackers

  3. I also gave this a 4.5. This is the kind of YA I like! It seems like I have to sift through some before getting to gems like this! --If you run into "Princes of Las Pulgas" by C. Lee McKenzie ..check it out, it was a pretty good.

    My review of Clarity

  4. Nina - Let me know when you're reading this one!

    cj - Thanks for reading :)

    Jinky - I agree with you. Lately I have just been reading okay books, and I'm glad I found something that I think I'll actually remember for days or weeks. And thanks for the recommendation. I have never heard of that book before so I will check it out and see if it's something I'd like :)

  5. Great review! It kept me guessing too and I didnt know who the killer was until close to the ending.

  6. sounds fantastic. I love finding a new wonderful read.

  7. Jenny - Yay. Me too. I kept guessing and guessing and I didn't really guess it haha

    naida - I agree. It's one of the best things!

  8. I bought this one not that long ago and am really looking forward to reading it! :)