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Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI gushed about CLARITY, the first book in this series, when it came out in 2011 because it was so obviously an homage to underappreciated Veronica Mars TV show Both featured a socially ostracized but witty teen solving mysteries in her small affluent town It had style, great pacing, a dishy mystery, and subtle supernatural elements to boot PERCEPTION, while not as strong as the debut, still delivers a decent wrap up to the series At it s heart, the Clarity series is a mystery, and PERCEPTION kicks off right away with not one but three solid mysteries a missing teen girl, a stalker, and a traumatized ghost trying to communicate with Clare s brother Perry All three mysteries are balanced well throughout the book, and Clare makes a few wrong conclusions while investigating that made her feel all thereal I also appreciated that the ending was a big surprise on all fronts, but still fit perfectly will all the clues leading up to it Sadly, part of the magic that I loved so much in CLARITY was missing for me in PERCEPTION Literally Clare s psychic touch ability was almost like an afterthought this time It didn t really play a significant role in the mysteries she was trying to solve In fact, it could lift out entirely and barely affect the story My other gripe was with the two love interests They morphed into one character They said the same suggestive things, flirted the same way, and basically acted the same way There was zero tension anticipation about who she would ultimately choose because I couldn t tell them apart It was a big disappointment on that front.According to the author, there aren t anybooks planned for the Clarity series, but that she would love to writeand already has a few mysteries in mind for Clare Most of the various plotlines if not all the character arcs are wrapped up in PERCEPTION, and it does feel like a satisfying ending for the series Taken together, if you haven t given these books a read yet, you re missing out on a couple fun, fast reads and a truly memorable protagonist Veronica Mars fans especially should run, not walk, to the nearest bookstore.Sexual Content Kissing References to sex I really do love reading the Clarity books by Kim Harrington They are quick, fun, and easygoing I usually polish them off in about a day, to give you an idea of the brevity They are just pure fun.In the second book, Perception, Clarity Clare Fern is starting school again and adjusting to a few new things Number one is her new found popularity with the cool kids Second is that two attractive, available guys are trying to win her favour Clare has always been on the outs because of her family s psychic abilities but her abilities are the talk of the town now Soon a high school girl goes missing and it s all Clare can do to not get involved with the investigation Again.I do adore these books They are not perfect, but they are great in that they are solidly entertaining My one gripe was that I found this one a bit predictable That said, I can typically call the baddie from mystery plots right away and, sure enough, it happened here too However, it didn t decrease my enjoyment of the book Clare and Perry her brother make for a great team and it will be interesting to see who nabs Clare s heart, shouldbooks arise I already know which way the pendulum seems to have swung, however I can t give up any spoilers You ll just have to wait and see.I hope there arebooks coming in this series I appreciate the misadventures of the sassy psychic girl detective wannabe very much 4 out of 5 stars review courtesy of www.bibliopunkkreads.com [Download Epub] ♰ Perception ♢ 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 ,, , 3,5 Review originally posted here at The Book Vault Clare s back I definitely enjoyed reading the second installment of the Clarity series The writing was as good as the first book Clare s voice was still pretty strong in this novel, and she s also matured from her experiences in Clarity It did seem to me, however, that Clare s voice wasn t quite as strong, nor as spirited, as it was in the first novel Maybe it s because she s matured a bit But I don t know, it just seemed to lack some of the spunk and brightness she had in the first novel It was almost as if she was a bitsubdued her voice at least in Perception, despite having apersonal mystery to solve.Another similarity to the first novel was the mystery part of the novel I don t mean the actual mystery itself Clare s on a completely new adventure this time but like the first novel, the mystery at hand in Perception was a bit predicable While it was slightly less predictable than the mystery in the first book, I guessed the perpetrator about half way through the novel The writing is good, however, and doesn t drag, so despite being predicable still, it was an enjoyable read Thankfully, there scharacter development for Gabriel so he s not just the cookie cutter handsome, mysterious, good looking hunk again I enjoyed learningabout Gabriel, Justin and the other characters in Perception The writing is well balanced it doesn t focus so much on back story that the plot drags but it doesn t constantly throw you into the fray without letting you glimpse at the characters pasts I was a bit disappointed that we didn t get to learn anythingabout Clare s father but hopefully there will belight shed on that subject if there s to be a third novel I don t want to give it away, but I for one think Clare made the right choice between the two love interests The strong character she exhibited in the first book was obvious in Perception as well and I m happy that this was on YA novel where the female lead truly knows and understands her leading men and chooses between them for their personalities and the way they treat her not just because his eyes are sooo dreamy, and the kisses are simply world shattering Don t get me wrong, those are desirable qualities as well, but they shouldn t be the only factors when agreeing to be someone s girlfriend I could really feel the chemistry between the two and the development of the romance between them was realistic and believable, which is a breath of fresh air amongst all the star crossed lovers that have been dominating YA fiction lately All in all, it was enjoyable and I certainly appreciated therealistic romance I hope to learnabout Clare s family, especially her father, and her past if there s to be another novel 2.5 starsI really enjoyed Clarity when it came out and I was hoping that I would feel the same about Perception, sadly it didn t live upto my expectations After using her psychic abilities to help solve a murder, Clare is now no longer the unpopular girl at school Her once enemies, Kendra and Brooke are much to Clare s dismay taking an interest in her and her powers However not everyone is impressed by Clare s new status, Cody the school bully and Tiffany the girl who slept with Clare s now ex boyfriend are still giving her a hard time at school When a girl goes missing from school, Clare is determined to use her abilities to help find the missing girl On top of juggling school, her new found popularity and investigating the missing girl, Clare is dealing with boy troubles Justin her ex boyfriend wants her back, the new guy Gabriel wants to date her and she also has a secret admirer Clare soon finds out her secret admirer issinister than what she first thought The main problem I had with this book was Clare, I don t remember her being so insufferable in Clarity Clare goes around thinking she is better than all the other girls, she makes little effort to make any friends because she claims everyone judges her even though she happily goes around judging everyone too Clare was so self rigteous and up herself that I couldn t enjoy the story The other problems Every teenage girl in the book apart from Clary and Mallory are bitchy, shallow, mean, boy crazy and easy No other girl is potrayed well, even Mallory comes across as a pathethic loser It s ridiculous that Clare is the only girl who s made out to be half decent Any girl who didn t wear a chastity belt either was a victim and ended up dead or were backstabbing bit es who had no morals Why do most YA authors demonize girls who are sexually active or girls who like to date a lot Too many guys were in love or obsessed with Clare and I couldn t for the life of me see why Clare also spends the entire book pretty much stringing along both Justin and Gabriel It was hinted at that Nick also liked Clare and I actually thought in the first book that Nick and Clare would make the best couple Clare has a few TSTL moments She s not as bad as most YA heroines though to be fair.Even though I didn t particularly enjoy this book, I did like the first one and if another book is released I would still to read it There s definitely potential forbooks and I would like certain things to be explored such as what happened to Gabriel s little sister, Nick s interest in Clare but most of all why Clare s father left and also the psychic community where Clare s mum and dad grew up. 4.5 out of 5 starsPerception is the second book in the Clarity series by Kim Harrington.Clarity Clare Fern has the special ability of retrocognitive psychometry, she can touch an object and see scenes from its past, she has spent her life being bullied because of her families unusual abilities but everyone is behind her now because of events which happened in book one and her helping to solve a murder case.When a new girl from Clare s school goes missing Clare is torn between trying to help out or leaving it alone it is something that plays on her conscience, she has a deep need to help Not only is she worrying about this but she has also acquired a secret admirer, she is eager to work out who is behind the messages and gifts she is receiving because what started off innocently is becomingthreatening.I adore Clare as a character, she is so much fun sassy, witty and switched on, and she also accepts her ability and wants to use it to help others rather than keep it hidden, so long as she is not in the spotlight I love how she stood up for herself she grew as a character for me in Perception and I thought each of the decisions she made was thought out well.I am not a love triangle fan at all and the love interests are Justin and Gabriel who I both thought were great Justin was in my bad books in Clarity but something was revealed in this book that made me feel really sorry for him I am relieved with who Clare eventually chose.I loved the Fern family dynamic, Clare s brother Perry who I think is wonderful is going through a tough time in this book and I was so surprised by him hiding this fact from his family Each of the secondary characters are great, we have the clich d popular girls who have latched on to Clare but she was reluctant to get too close, I liked Mallory and the fact she was very similar to Clare I hope to see their friendship progress I am curious to see where Ms Harrington will go with Nate, he has me intrigued and I am sure there are feelings there for Clare.What had me stumped in this book is Clare s reluctance to inform her mother of her stalker and of the threats it was out of character for her but thinking about how her mother would react I could possibly understand why.I adore Ms Harrington s crisp and engaging writing, the pacing and plot were perfect and I literally devoured this book in one sitting I didn t want it to end especially since there are still a number of unanswered questions I have which I am hoping will be answered in the next book.I love this series and can t wait to see what Kim Harrington has in store for us next. Ya know, I ve never considered myself much of a mystery fangirl Sure, I like my paranormal and when I say like I actually mean love and recently I ve started to enjoy a lotcontemporary then I use to But not a lot of mystery thrillers have landed on my favorite shelf, besides The Body Finder series, Clarity would have to be the other exception and I m pleased to say Perception is as well And I totally blame it on Harrington.I love the way this women writes It s addicting and perfectly paced It doesn t just focus on the whole whodunit mystery It guides us through Clarity s life, what her family is going through, what life is like at school, new friends and lets not forget her tangled romantic happenings which were the highlight of the story for me Wrap it all up with glimpses of her gift and hidden clues and you got yourself the makings of a great and fun story To say that I loved this book just as much as the first would be an understatement I m amazed how attached I felt towards these characters, that doesn t usual happen till the third or forth book, but I genuinely care about Clarity, Perry, their mom, Justin and Gabriel.Clarity is an awesome protag She s so leveled headed which is rare for a teenager She doesn t just jump into a decision but instead waits till her heart is actually ready She s also quite clever and not afraid to stand up for herself She s the kind of character I d love to be friends with.Perry won me in the first book, so it was hard to see him going through this ordeal I wasn t use to seeing him look so defeated but I m glad that we got the old Perry back in the end.Mallory is a new character and I liked what she brought into the story I ll admit Harrington did a great job with having the reader guess whether she was friend or stalker Nice touch.Now for the boys Just when I was all prepared to wave the Team Justin flag again, Gabriel had to go all charming, sexy and supportive dame him I ve always had a soft spot for Justin and believe that he deserved a second chance and evenso now after reading this book But it turns out that I liked both guys equally and I m happy with the choice Clare made Nope, I m not gonna spoil it Muhaha All in all, I absolutely loved this one It s not predictable, in fact I was pretty shocked who the killer was It s filled with creepy suspense but has a great mix of romance and friendship.This was my idea of a perfect escape and I m only hoping we re gettingI never want these books to end 3.5 stars Perception is Kim Harrington s second mystery starring Clarity Clare Fern, a young girl who comes from a family of psychics Clare s special power is psychometry she can touch an object and see scenes from its past.In the first novel, Clarity, Clare used her ability to help solve a murder mystery As Perception begins, that story s aftereffects have turned Clare s social life upside down Once a social misfit, now she s locally famous and unsure how to deal with the sudden fawning attention she s getting from kids who once shunned her She also has two boys vying for her heart, plus a rather creepy secret admirer Her brother is acting strangely too And if this weren t enough, another mystery emerges Sierra, a fellow student, has gone missing Clare feels a responsibility to use her power to help people and becomes embroiled in the case.The mystery is a really good one Harrington scatters red herrings throughout the story, sending the reader s brain off in many different directions, and when the solution is finally revealed, it makes perfect sense I once read a guide to mystery writing that said, to paraphrase, that when the culprit is exposed the reader should first be surprised and then a moment later think, of course, it had to be This is exactly the experience I had with Perception Another well done aspect is the way Clare deals with her love triangle Rather than string either boy along, she takes a step back from both of them to sort out her own feelings view spoiler Also, regarding Tiffany and Justin I totally knew it That story was fishy all along hide spoiler Oh my gosh, I can t even begin to describe how absolutely AMAZING this book was The kind of amazing that makes you stay up until 2 a.m to finish it the kind of amazing that doesn t leave your mind until long after the last page is turned I have to admit that I wasn t the biggest fan of the first book, Clarity, but Perception makes me remember why I love YA as much as I do It was intense and gripping, twisting and totally unexpected, and I m not even exaggerating when I say it had a mystery that left me guessing until the very end I didn t expect any of it at all Clare has to be my newest hero Even as a psychic, she s the kind of realistic, down to earth, and easy to relate to girl you see everywhere you go When she received those anonymous notes and flowers, she reacted exactly as any sane girl would have flattered at first, but then thoroughly creeped out She was so well written that I couldn t tell her thoughts from mine And yes, there s a love triangle, but it s one that I promise you won t mind it because of how real it is There s no I ll die if I don t have Boy 1, but I don t want to leave Boy 2 either Instead, the author crafts an insta love free romance where the girl knows the risk of choosing her attraction for either and that whatever she chooses may not work out anyways Part heart stopping mystery, part intriguing supernatural, and 100% altogether amazing book, Perception is undoubtedly one of the best YA mysteries out there I ll recommend it to you whether you liked Clarity or not definitely a book you don t want to miss BUY or BORROW If you have any money left in your wallet, you should go out and buy this book instead It s guaranteed to keep you up until you finish Original review at Mimi Valentine s YA Review Blog