{Book Review} Perception (Clarity #2)

Author: Kim Harrington

Genre: YA paranormal mystery
Published: March 1st 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Pages: 288
Source: Purchased Hardback

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Rating of this Book – 4 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Though I really enjoyed reading Perception, it truly was not as great as the first novel, Clarity. The plot was intriguing, the mystery creepy, and the romantic drama enticing. However, the book was a bit of a downer at times, especially when it came to one of my favorite characters, Clare’s brother Perry. He was just not the same, and though I understand it to some point after the trauma in the first novel, it depressed me. Also, unlike Clarity, this book didn’t have any unexpected twists. I had guessed the stalker and murderer by mid-book, and to my disappointment, I found at the end that I was correct. The clues just felt too obvious.

Though the mystery of the killer was elementary, I did love the blossoming friendship between Clare and Mallory. Mallory is a new character, and hopefully she’ll be here to stay for a while. I think she is a refreshing personally for the series. She’s perky, a little dark, and the essence of individuality. A perfect contrast to Clare.

I’m still a Clarity fan, but I hope the next book is not as perceptible.