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Clarity (Clarity Series #1)

Clarity - Kim Harrington Smash Attack Reads! http://www.smashattackreads.com/2011/04/review-clarity-by-kim-harrington.htmlClarity is a psychic, which means she can touch items and see visions of the history of the item, so to speak. Her mother, Starla, is a telepath, which means she can read minds. This is definitely not a character trait any teenager wishes for in a parent. And her older brother Perry is a medium, which means he can communicate with the dead. Fun, interesting family, really. Too bad the town doesn’t see it that way…Clarity and her family run a psychic business out of their Victorian home, and while Clarity would rather not be psychic to begin with, she enjoys the bond she shares with her mother and brother and pitches in with the family business. I admire her for thinking of others during a period of life –adolescence- when you usually only think of yourself. Her compassionate, protective, fun-loving, responsible, determined-to-no-longer-be-the-town-freak personality makes her a character that you wish you knew in real life. I adored her as a narrator due to her sarcastic explanations and snarky comebacks. She had me laugh out loud on many occasions. Great writing. Clarity is still coping with heartbreak, as her ex-boyfriend and the only person to show her any bit of kindness, has trampled all over her heart. It is quite obvious that Justin still loves Clarity. He is quite sorry about his mistakes and aches for Clarity to return the sentiment. And, in walks Gabriel Toscano. I just have to say his name again. Gabriel Toscano. So sexy. :) Clarity is quite taken by Gabriel, but he quickly lets her know he isn’t a fan of her supposed skill.Gabriel is the son of the new police detective, who just so happened to arrive in town right around the murder of a young female tourist. Justin is the son of the mayor, and urges Clarity to use her talent to help the police uncover the killer - which means she has to work with Gabriel. Oh, joyous days ahead….I’m not a big mystery/sleuth reader, although there is mystery in pretty much every book. I read glowing reviews and knew I had to find out what the fuss was about. I’m glad I did because Clarity was a quick, fun, engaging, interesting story. With my hectic schedule, I still finished it in 24 hours. I honestly did not want to put it down. It was that fun. And the setting is very realistic, and the characters are ones you would love to live next door too. At least, I would. It was a great little whodunit mystery and I look forward to the next installment!