Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Genre: YA, Mystery, Supernatural.
Publisher: Point, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
Favorite character: Clarity.
All in all: LOVED IT!
Synopsis: When you can see things others can't, where do you look for the truth?
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? ~Goodreads.com
My Thoughts: The acknowledgements at the end of the book mentioned Veronica Mars and I thought, “Definitely!” In fact, I kept thinking of Veronica throughout this book.
Chapter one starts right off with a dangerous conflict that drew me in and then the novel went into the events leading up to it. I love the writing. It's pretty, fun, clear and flows well. I also love the small details, how the author uses brushstrokes to paint the world. The beach, their house, the summer traffic, even the use of the slang word “wicked” had me believe I was in Cape Cod.
The plot has several elements occurring but is easy to follow. The author keeps it simple and clean and although it was a tiny bit formulaic, I didn’t figure out the mystery 100%. I also have to admit I had a hard time with some of Clare’s doubts about someone who was an initial suspect and yet when she suspects another character of betraying her trust, she believes that person right away when they set her straight. These were my only qualms with Clarity. HOWEVER, I feel they were minor in comparison to the overall story. I loved it and couldn’t put it down.
***SPOILER ALERT: Yes, there is a love triangle, but it isn’t your typical cliche and allows Clare to come to terms with a betrayal, and learn and grow from it. She finally understands that just because someone makes a mistake, doesn’t mean they are a terrible person. Something, that I even need to remember. This is probably my favorite part of the story because Clare stuck to her guns although a piece of her didn’t want to. I couldn’t decide which team I would be, team Justin her former boyfriend or team Gabriel, her new potential love interest. Justin is the guy who always believed in her and Gabriel is the guy who doesn’t believe in psychics, but clearly cares about her. But really Clare, you can’t expect someone who is skeptical to just start believing because you say it’s true, or because you’re a nice person. Skeptics need proof! What I really like is that she is strong about what feels right for her. Maybe because I’ve been in her situation and could really relate. It was waaay back in high school and I knew I had to break up with a boy I liked even though I didn’t want to. :END SPOILER ALERT***
Clarity had enough spookiness and supernatural elements to keep me believing and did not go over the top. I’m a skeptic, but the family's psychic abilities and how they worked and didn’t work for that matter, are very convincing. I enjoyed the belief that no one can see the future because people have free will and the path that someone takes is constantly changing.
I love all the characters, from her spacy mother to her player brother and even to mean girl Tiffany, although Clare is my favorite. Her wit is funny, her vulnerability touching, her strength inspiring.
I really am not into the whole “trilogy” scene that is prevalent in the publishing world now. The endings of a lot of books really leave me hanging and frustrated and feeling as if I have no choice but to read the next installment. This was not the case in Clarity. The author tied up the present mystery, while leaving just a taste of another episode to come. I didn’t feel like the author threw a curve ball in the story to force me to chase it. The book is a great stand alone, but has room to grow. I personally am very much looking forward to the next mystery that is hinted at.
I've seen a lot of chatter regarding the cover. I am more inclined to pick up dark or gothic covers, but I think it's pretty and now that I've read the book I feel the cover fits the story.
(I am trying something new: Writing about books without giving a rating! I'm going to see if it works for me and for you. Please let me know what you think. If you must see a rating from me, you can visit my Goodreads page or my Amazon reviews.)
Posted by Midnyte Reader at 10:05 PM