Author: Kim Harrington
Release Date: March 1st, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Source: For Review
Note: YEAH I KNOW, the quote is from Clarity but I just love it so much!
Cover Judge: Yeah....nope. Not working for me.
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.
Harrington really knows how to write a fun, quirky mystery that keeps me guessing and this book is no exception!
Perception is just, essentially, a damn good book. Clare is one of the best snarky heroines I've ever read about, from her witty one-liners to her logical thinking when it comes to the mystery-aspect of the movie. Nothing ever feels forced coming out of her mouth and you basically want to be her best friend. I like that she stays consistent from one book to the next but still manages to come off more mature and definitely more determined when another murder pops up into town. She thinks like teens think and that's what makes her genuine and real.
Harrington's writing style is simply and easy to follow while still flowing seamlessly enough to keep the action going throughout the book. Not once are you bored because there's just so much going on! Between the murder mystery Clare is determined to solve (even if her mother doesn't approve), to her brother's mysterious ways of locking himself up in his room, and the full bloom of her love triangle between Justin and Gabriel, there isn't a dull moment in Clarity's life!
This love triangle better not turn you off because it's crazy well done! Justin is Clare's ex-boyfriend who made a mistake and is now desperate to get her back, and he really brings it to the table. He's sweet and funny and he acknowledges his mistakes and makes up for it by saving her life in Clarity and being himself in Perception! But ultimately, i'm a Gabriel girl myself. Funny, mysterious enough to keep me loving him but not enough to make me want to punch him in the face, and just sooo sweet. I like that neither side ever tried to force her to chose or gave her an ultimatum, they let her come up with whatever decision she wanted on her own. And while it was important, I like that it wasn't the only thing on Clare's mind! She approached the situation between the three of them calmly and rationally and sometimes, didn't even think about it at all!
The killer? Was my second guess! Although i'm kind of still suspicious about my first guess soooo...WHO KNOWS!
Overall, this series is funny, cute, and well-written! I can't wait to see what's coming next,