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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 sta...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Scholastic Point (first published February 29th 2012)
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Mimi Valentine
Oh my gosh, I can't even begin to describe how absolutely AMAZING this book was! The kind of amazing that makes you stay up until 2 a.m. to finish it; the kind of amazing that doesn't leave your mind until long after the last page is turned.

I have to admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of the first book, Clarity, but Perception makes me remember why I love YA as much as I do! ♥ It was intense and gripping, twisting and totally unexpected, and I'm not even exaggerating when I say it had a myster...more
Kelly
(3.5 stars) Perception is Kim Harrington’s second mystery starring Clarity “Clare” Fern, a young girl who comes from a family of psychics. Clare’s special power is psychometry: she can touch an object and see scenes from its past.

In the first novel, Clarity, Clare used her ability to help solve a murder mystery. As Perception begins, that story’s aftereffects have turned Clare’s social life upside down. Once a social misfit, now she’s locally famous and unsure how to deal with the sudden fawning...more
Misty
Perception was one of my eagerly-awaited books of 2012. I read Clarity last year for HH, and was pleasantly surprised to find that all of the people that pushed it on me were right. I loved Clare's voice and Harrington's breezy, engaging storytelling. I couldn't wait to get back into Clare's world. And though I think Perception suffered a bit from sophomore slumpage, I have to say, it wasnice being back in her world.

There were times when, I'm not going to lie, I was a little disappointed. The...more
Krys

I really do love reading the Clarity books by Kim Harrington. They are quick, fun, and easygoing. I usually polish them off in about a day, to give you an idea of the brevity. They are just pure fun.

In the second book, Perception, Clare (Clarity) Fern is starting school again and adjusting to a few new things. Number one is her new found popularity with the cool kids... and secondly that two attractive, available guys are trying to win her favour. Clare has always been on the outs because of her...more
Ferdy
2.5 stars

I really enjoyed Clarity when it came out and I was hoping that I would feel the same about Perception, sadly it didn't live upto my expectations.
After using her psychic abilities to help solve a murder, Clare is now no longer the unpopular girl at school. Her once enemies, Kendra and Brooke are much to Clare's dismay taking an interest in her and her powers. However not everyone is impressed by Clare's new status, Cody the school bully and Tiffany the girl who slept with Clare's now e...more
~Tina~
Ya know, I've never considered myself much of a mystery fangirl.
Sure, I like my paranormal and when I say like I actually mean love and recently I've started to enjoy a lot more contemporary then I use to. But not a lot of mystery/thrillers have landed on my favorite shelf, besides The Body Finder series, Clarity would have to be the other exception and I'm pleased to say Perception is as well.

And I totally blame it on Harrington.

I love the way this women writes! It's addicting and perfectly p...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I gushed about CLARITY, the first book in this series, when it came out in 2011 because it was so obviously an homage to underappreciated Veronica Mars TV show. Both featured a socially ostracized but witty teen solving mysteries in her small affluent town. It had style, great pacing, a dishy mystery, and subtle supernatural elements to boot. PERCEPTION, while not as strong as the debut, still delivers a decent wrap up to the series.

At it’s heart, the...more
Sharon
4.5 out of 5 stars

Perception is the second book in the Clarity series by Kim Harrington.

Clarity ‘Clare’ Fern has the special ability of retrocognitive psychometry, she can touch an object and see scenes from its past, she has spent her life being bullied because of her families unusual abilities but everyone is behind her now because of events which happened in book one and her helping to solve a murder case.

When a new girl from Clare’s school goes missing Clare is torn between trying to help ou...more
Dominique Cheung (The Book Vault)
Review originally posted here at The Book Vault!

Clare's back! I definitely enjoyed reading the second installment of the Clarity series! The writing was as good as the first book. Clare's voice was still pretty strong in this novel, and she's also matured from her experiences in Clarity. It did seem to me, however, that Clare's voice wasn't quite as strong, nor as spirited, as it was in the first novel. Maybe it's because she's matured a bit? But I don't know, it just seemed to lack some of the...more
Jenny
Perception returns us to the life of Clare Fern, a young woman with an extrasensory gift who, despite having such, does not allow her life to revolve around or be dominated by the paranormal. Instead, we get a very real and down-to-earth girl plagued by insecurities, family troubles, and boy drama who holds us as spellbound as any of her supernatural contemporaries. The mystery element (in this installment a stalker) is nothing new or overly surprising, with a couple red herrings appropriately p...more
Allib
LOVED the ending! Once again Kim Harrington presents us with a fast-faced, fun novel full of romance and crime. This is a must-red for fans of Clarity if you need closure on which boy Clare ends up with!
Shreya (CCReviews)
the author lives in my hometown, i feel soooo special right now, I'm bursting with pride! and how can a cover be this gorgeous?????

I actually finished this time! :D And I liked it, Review to Come!
Irisheyz77
This one hits all the right notes. Fans of Clarity will be very happy with how this one is laid out.

More to come closer to release.
Nafiza
Aug 07, 2012 Nafiza rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Disclaimer: I thought Clarity was quite a likable character in the first installment of this series/whatever it is. Whatever happened between the first and second book, I am not sure but what I do know is that I no longer like Clarity as much as I did.

Maybe it’s the sophomore syndrome that causes authors to take characters who were perfectly awesome in the first book and turn them into really unlikable and annoyingly Mary Sue-ish characters in the second book. Maybe. I don’t know. What I do know...more
Claire
This book was going so well! Then I felt like things were just spiralling out of control. Ok... So this clearly takes place not too long after the events in Clarity, as she is back at school now. That's fine. Someone is stalking her, also fine (except for the fact that normally stalking isn't cool!). She's making friends, stepping on Nate's heart, the usual stuff. It wasn't until I hit page 205 when I wanted to throw the book across the room or at least try to reach into the book and smack Clare...more
Casey
Too many things going on for any one of them to be developed. The mystery was kind of a joke and really not actually a big part of the book. Clare's talents seemed unnecessary in this book--she barely used them. The main plot lines were: 1. the love triangle (which may become a square in future books because it seems as though the author is hinting that Nate, brother Perry's bf, has a thing for Clare) and 2. mean girls. One thing about the love triangle that really bugged me was that I thought o...more
mary
Αχ τι να πω γι'αυτό το βιβλίο!Και μόνο το γεγονός ότι έμεινα ξύπνια μέχρι τις 6 τα ξημερώματα για να το τελειώσω νομίζω πως λέει πολλά!
Για μένα η διαίσθηση ήταν ένα υπέροχο βιβλίο ίσως ακόμη καλύτερο και από το πρώτο.Για ακόμη μια φορά είχε μπόλικο μυστήριο και δράση.Αυτό που λάτρεψα σε αυτό το βιβλίο όπως και στο πρώτο είναι ότι δεν είναι καθόλου προβλέψιμο και μέχρι την τελευταία στιγμή αφήνει όλα τα ενδεχόμενα ανοιχτά και είναι αδύνατον να προβλέψεις τι θα γίνει μετά.

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Tânia
Clarity meets Perception, the follow up to Clare Fern’s story, a normal girl with an unusual gift for psychics. It’s delivered in the same made-for-TV-show murder-mystery story style, as I mentioned in my review of the first book in the series.

Kim Harrington's simplistic writing style made this an easy and pretty enjoyable read, managing to captive my attention. This time we have a mystery, that is not so big of a mystery, and a creepy stalker, who is not that creepy. The clues were all over th...more
Jennifer Armentrout
EEEEEEE! That is all.

Update. Okay. I loved this book. Clary is such a fun character. Never saw *it* coming. Hoping for a 3rd, 4th and 5th book.
Mariya
I was extremely excited to read Perception because I loved Clarity so much! Even though Perception was pretty good, I felt like it was missing a few things that Clarity had. I still immensely enjoyed it though.

In Perception another girl just went missing and Clarity finds herself having a secret admirer turned "secret admirer stalker" and at first it is exciting to have someone else like her but later on it turns a little creepy and scary. Clarity is also at the point of figuring out which guy s...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The funny conversations and good tension in the story make up for some of its predictable plot points and the romance triangle continuing from Clarity.

Opening Sentence: I stepped forward with forced confidence.

The Review:

So Clare’s life at Eastport has gotten a little easier. Since she caught a killer last summer, she’s stopped being the town’s psychic freak and turned into a hero. The popular girls–at least some of them–want to be her frien...more
Justin
Wow, can a book be perfect? Kim Harrington is back with a power house of a sequel. I absolutely loved Clarity when I had first read it, and I was blown away by how well Kim can keep you guessing throughout the story. She didn't slack up on that one bit in Perception. Everything picks up not to terribly long after the events in the first book, and everything is starting to get back to normal... for the most part.

I don't know how many times I can say it, I LOVE Kim's writing. When you can sit down...more
Andrea
4.5 out of 5 rating

I remember being pleasantly surprised by the previous book in the series, Clarity, so I just knew I would enjoy this one too. And I was so right!

There is such a great mixture of things in this series...just a touch of paranormal, a little bit of mystery, and some romance thrown in...and add a great main character along with fantastic secondary characters and you've got one great read!

Clarity is just such a great character. She's shows that she wants to be a "normal" teenager...more
Anna
You can find more of my reviews on my blog, Literary Exploration.

I have to start off this review saying that I wasn’t a huge fan of Clarity. Yes, I enjoyed it, it was cute, there was enough going on to keep me interested, but there were some flaws! That being said, Perception far surpassed my expectations!!!! I absolutely LOVED this book so much more than I thought I would!! There was so much action, romance, mystery, everything wrapped into one!! I finished it in about a day, and I stayed up la...more
Stacey O'Neale
You know what I hate about Kim Harrington? Twice now, she's delivered a book that I couldn't put down. All my regular day/night stuff got put to the side because I had to find out who she chose. Thanks a lot Kim, I do have a life ya know! ;-p

All kidding aside, I really enjoyed Perception. I love being part of Clarity's world and having to choose between two hot guys. Oh, the horror! I'm also into her brother Perry, but that's probably because oogling over him means I'm not breaking the law.

Kim...more
Rebecca
I have been waiting for this book for a year! Ever since I read Clarity I just had to read Perception. While I was super excited to be reading Perception I was also a little nervous that this wouldn’t be as good as Clarity however, my worries were soothed completely.
I absolutely loved Perception. I feel like I could go on and on about how amazing it was but I don’t really want to do that.
There was so much mystery in Perception that I couldn’t stop reading it! I just had to know all the things th...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Picking up not long after Clarity ends, Perception starts off with things trying to get back to normal, which is short lived. There's a disappearance, a murder, and not to mention a crazy stalker who's after Clare. Like Clarity, Perception was a fun, quick read full of mystery, and romance. It's one of those books I quickly got immersed in. I had to know who was behind what was going on and before I realized it I was already done with the book. One of the things I really enjoyed about this seque...more
Turquoise
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Sirenprincess
Clarity and Perception are great YA paranormal romances. Anyone into this type of book will enjoy this one. It features a strong girl with supernatural powers, a mystery to solve, and a great love triangle.

I absolutely adored Clarity, and this book reminded me how much I love this world. That being said, I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one. I couldn't put it down and did read it in one day, but the mystery in this one was just tooooo easy to figure out. I did not care for the...more
Smash
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Smashtastic Entertainment Quickie:Another great installment into the fun, mysterious, spooky world of Clarity Fern!

Interest in the book: I adored Clarity. I love the simple, snarky, to-the-pointvoice Kim Harrington has given Clarity. It is a lot fun to experience the world through Clare's eyes.

Characters: Kim Harrington keeps Clare firmly nestled in her touristy Cape Cod town (though her mother comes quite close to changing this), but Clarity is anything but...more
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Kim Harrington is the author of CLARITY, PERCEPTION, THE DEAD AND BURIED, the SLEUTH OR DARE series, and FORGET ME (as K.A. Harrington). She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation.
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