Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Positive Perception

Perception by Kim Harrington

* Book will be released March 1, 2012
ARC read via Around The World ARC Tours
4 out of 5 gnomes
Clare Fern is an ambitious snarky character who tends to get involved with and attract some very interesting characters.  She's from a family of psychics which of course makes many see her as a freak but things have changed a little since the outcome of the first book.

I love how the books in this series start out.  Right away you know that something horrible is about to happen and then in the next chapter you start however many days before the event and work back up to it.  It's a nice attention getter right off the bat and will leave you guessing as to what exactly is going on.

Kim Harrington seems to be a master at creating red herrings.  The first chapter is a great example of one just because of the use of a single pronoun.  I also had a hard time figuring out the bad person because of all the twists and turns

Two very hot guys are interested in her but she's just trying to see if she can stand to be friends with them instead.  There's also a potential third love interest but Clare doesn't seem to notice him, I have to wonder if that will change in the next book.  She finds it hard to choose, though I think that it's a pretty clear choice.  I always thought that it was clear who she was going to choose especially after a rather traumatic incident in the book.  I was pleasantly surprised and happy with the decision that she made at the end of the story.

I like how close she is to her family and how protective of them she is.  Perry her brother is still a little shell shocked after the events of the previous story.  He has some intense problems in this book too and you have to wonder what his next move will be.  Having a telepath for a mom has to be tricky but I do wish that Clare would have confided in her more.

The end of the book was great because just when you think everything is going okay you're in for a big surprise.  I was impressed with the teamwork that she has to use to get out of trouble in the end.  I figured out who the bad person was just a little bit before Clare did and wow what a creepy big bad this turned out to be. 

Overall a really fun mystery series with plenty of twists.  It'll be great to see what Clare accomplishes in the future and where the series goes from here.

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