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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
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Hardcover, 275 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Scholastic Point (first published February 29th 2012)
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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 was nice being back in her world.

There were times when, I'm not going to lie, I was a little disappo
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Kelly
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
(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
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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
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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, Clarity (Clare) Fern is starting school again and adjusting to a few new things. Number one is her new-found popularity with the cool kids. Second is that two attractive, available guys are trying to win her favour. Clare has always been on the outs because of her fami
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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
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Dominique Cheung (The Book Vault)
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Sharon
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
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~Tina~
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Jenny
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
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.
Jennifer Armentrout
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
shre ♡
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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!
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
Tânia
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
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
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Casey
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Yogesh Yeeshu
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
Clare still lives at home with her family of psychics, but this episode emphasizes suspense more than the supernatural. She’s torn between ex-boyfriend Justin and hottie newcomer Gabriel (and will decide between them by the end of the book), but now she’s more interested in her new friend Mallory and the disappearance of a local girl. Her mom forbids her to help with the case, but Clare can’t stop herself from investigating. Mallory, a formerly shy girl who seems to be coming out of her shell, s ...more
Učitaj se!
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished
I can see why the publisher gave up on this series. :/
Dark Faerie Tales
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-emmy
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 friends.
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Smash
Read this review at Smash Attack Reads

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-point voice 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 bu
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Liliana
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

Clarity has gotten even more famous after what happened during the summer, with all the murders and how she helped catch the killers. That book was amazing, by the way, and this one was no different!

I had read a particularly disappointing book before this one, but I knew I could count on Kim Harrington to deliver an amazing read and cheer me up! Perception was actually kind of creepy, seeing as how Clare has a rather obsessed stalker... So creepy! At first Clare di
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Nafiza
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-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
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Kelly
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've said in other reviews that generally I read a book and either like it or don't like it and don't try to figure out why. For the sake of this review's quality, I'll try to break down why I hate this book.

Oh wait, I didn't hate this book. I love it. Love love love love LOVE!!!

In book one, the Fern family goes through some serious stuff. In some books, movies, shows, or what not, they'd just forget all about it in the next one. Like, oh, Dean dies in this episode? Don't worry, we'll bring him
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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
Rachael
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Clare Fern just wishes things could go back to how they used to be, when no one really knew who she was or what she could do. But after all the drama of last summer, when Clare was involved in solving a murder mystery, everyone knows all about her unique psychic abilities. Unfortunately, the last thing that Clare wants is this strange, sudden fame, where almost everyone in school wants to be her friend. She’d rather be left alone to figure out her own personal drama, particularly, what to do abo ...more
Justin
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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AtenRa
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Perception was a nice, easy crime/murder story, just like Clarity was. This time, a girl in Clare's school goes missing and later wounds up dead, which makes Clare decide to put her powers to good use and find the killer.

Obviously I cannot divulge any more information about the plot. If I tell you who the killer is, then what's the point? Besides, I thought it was really predictable so you'll figure it out if not from the start, then definitely from the first 50-60 pages or so.
As far as the char
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Mariya
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
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