by Kim Harrington
Series: Clarity #1
Release Date: February 1, 2012 (paperback edition)
by Point (an imprint of Scholastic)
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*A copy was provided by Scholastic for review purposes*
Excitement? In Eastport? Nay!
For a relatively small book, I must say that this was one of the most interesting I’ve read in a while. I loved how Harrington explained the setting of the novel and introduced the characters and the idea smoothly, and how she moved forward with the story line right away. It was a very intriguing mystery, and I didn’t have a guess at who was the murderer. Sometimes I find in murder mysteries the staging is a little too obvious, or the motive isn’t a very good one, but this book didn’t suffer from either of those flaws. The staging and story line was very good, and I liked how Harrington had the idea to make Clarity a physic. Also, the motive was a completely believable one. I really loved the humor in this book as well. It added a fun aspect to an already pretty dark book. The ending was thrilling and interesting, and there was still a lot left to be answered.
Really the only thing that I found wrong with this book was the romance. I don’t understand why Clarity would be attracted to Gabriel. To me, Gabriel was a jerk. Even after he explained his issues I didn’t like him. He insulted Clarity, tried to tear her down, ha no respect for her, and was just an all-around jerk. Sometimes it’s good to have those kinds of people in books, but as bad guys, not boyfriends. Even though he messed up, I was rooting for Jason, Clarity’s cheating boyfriend. Now, I realize that I really shouldn’t be rooting for him, but it’s explained in the book, and compared to Gabriel, Jason isn’t a bad guy. Clarity’s attraction to Gabriel was the only thing I found wrong with her. To me she was a very strong, spirited character, and I loved her confidence, spunk, and the fact that she didn’t care what people thought.
This book was a simple, fun mystery, full of plot twist and excellent writing and staging, along with a spunky main character. There are a ton of unanswered questions concerning the romance, so I can’t wait to read the next book.
4 pink flowers