Review: Perception by Kim Harrington

perceptionTitle: Perception

Author: Kim Harrington

Series: Clarity #2

Genre: YA Paranormal

Summary (from Goodreads)

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.

Review

I enjoyed Perception for all the reasons I enjoyed Clarity, the first in the series. It’s not a challenging book, nor is there anything particularly original or exceptional in any way, but it’s just such good fun.

I read this literally in a morning, while I was still waiting to wake up. I was done before I felt like having breakfast. It’s fast paced, with good, believable characters, entertaining sub plots and just a dash of hot boys and romance in the mix. It takes everything in the chemical formula for a successful YA Paranormal book and uses them. Like I said – not original, but hugely entertaining.

The plot is fairly predictable at times, but it didn’t really detract from my enjoyment. Especially as the drama extends outwards from the central mystery of the stalker and the missing girl. The ripples of events in the previous book are still being felt – a nice touch, as all too many second books seem to hit the reset switch – particularly in Perry, Clare’s brother, who is more than a little traumatised by being accused of murder. And the idea that Clare is suddenly landed with something like celebrity status in her school is not only believable, but also gives the perfect opportunity to explore characters and relationships in a new and fresh way.

If you liked Clarity, or like books in the genre, buy this one, save it for your holidays, pull it out when the sun is shining down on you and there’s sand between your toes and enjoy.

Rating: 4/5

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