Monday, February 24, 2014

Mind Games by Kiersten White [Review]

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Mind Games by Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: December 3, 2013
Hardcover: 237 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher - Edelweiss
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I was not the biggest fan of Kiersten White's Paranormalcy trilogy.  I found it a little too cutesy for my taste.  So I was a little hesitant to read this book, but the description was enough to pique my interest.  And I was so glad I gave it a chance.  It was nothing like Paranormalcy.  Gone was the pink taser and quippy heroine.  Instead, it was dark and frenetic with emotionally fragile psychic teenagers.   This darker, edgier story is much more my style.  I also like how rapid-fire the plot was.  At only 237 pages, White does not spend a lot of time going into depth about the school or background information on the characters.  Sometimes this was slightly disorientating, but I realized the point of the story wasn't really WHY the school was training spies.  It was really more about the sisters, Fia and Annie, and their relationship with each other.  And how they take care of each other despite everything going on around them.  And what is the ultimate price they will pay to keep each other safe.

I was particularly impressed with how well White wrote her two POVs.  You could easily distinguish between the two girls.  I really liked being in Fia's head.  She was definitely the more interesting one to me, especially as her mental state starts to deteriorate.  I loved the idea that she had perfect instincts.  I have not read any books with that kind of psychic ability.  It made Fia unpredictable and changeable because was always acting on her instincts.  I never really knew what was going to happen.

Overall, I really liked this book and cannot wait to read the sequel to figure out how it all ends.

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Mind Games
2. Perfect Lies

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