Perception by Kim Harrington
Release Date: March 1st, 2012
Scholastic, 275 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Clarity #2
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.
Perception follows Clare Fern in the aftermath of her first solved murder-mystery crime. She’s gone from mostly invisible/ocassionally picked-on girl to being doted on by many of the “popular” girls from school. Her two love interests, bad boy Gabriel and ex-boyfriend Justin, are still vying for her attention. But Clare just wants to be left alone. And now a girl from school has gone missing and good-hearted Clare can’t help but get involved.
This novel was a good sequel to Clarity. It’s just as fun and cute as Clarity, but has an entirely different storyline, which I appreciate. Sometimes authors recycle the same old storyline, just with different murderers and victims, and call them sequels or even turn them into entire series. I liked that Perception had its own thing going on. We learn more about Perry, Clare, and the gang and it was a nice fluffy read.
I still stand by my comparison of this series to Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday. Perception, as well as Clarity, are fun supernatural murder mysteries that aren’t dark or scary but more Nancy Drew-esque.
Also, Team Nate FTW!