Okay, so the main character in this book is sort of like Nancy Drew. Except she’s a very modern girl who lives in New York City and goes to this brainiac school. And wears the designer hand-me-downs she gets from her aging socialite grandmother who lives in the Waldorf. Oh, and she’s clairvoyant. And her name is Claire Voyante.
I know, I know, a psychic named Claire Voyante? Ridiculous. But, her parents are sort of ridiculous, Claire’s New York-born mom trying to almost out-French Claire’s French father. Claire doesn’t actually know she has psychic powers until she turns 15 and her black and white dreams begin to help her protect those she cares about from trouble, in particular her new friend Becca. Becca has a certain knack for attracting trouble, as a condiments heiress.
So I was totally hesitant when Lauren approached me to review her books. On one hand, I knew I’d seen her name before, attached to some sort of positive sentiment (although I wasn’t sure where). On the other hand, another reviewer mentioned “Gossip Girls” in a quote that is on her website and that’s not really my thing. Last time I decided to branch out and try a book compared to “Gossip Girls” – The Luxe – it didn’t really work out for me, and I came away disappointed. Lauren told me, though, that she promised not to be offended if I didn’t like them and I found the premise pretty interesting, so I decided to give them a go.
Reading the books was totally the right choice. I found Claire completely charming and quirky. Yes, there were socialites involved, but they were aging socialites, not catty, promiscuous teenagers. Instead I found a smart, witty girl who was determined to do what she could to make sure her friends came to no harm.
P.S. Lauren will be back on Monday in a guest post, to tell you a little more about Claire!
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