Feb 6, 2014

Mind Games by Kiersten White Review

Mind Games by Kiersten White
(Mind Games #1)
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen; 237 pages
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.

*SLAP*  That is the sound of me hitting myself in the face for waiting so long to read this book!  Oh my goodness I really loved this book, and if I hadn't had to go to work the next day after I started reading, I would have finished it in one sitting.  Yes, this book was that good!

I was very hesitant in picking up this book.  It had been on my radar for awhile.  I had been told by friends that it's either hit or miss.  You either love it, or you hate it.  It depends on your style of reading.  Yes there are flashbacks.  Yes it's told from two characters points of views.  But I didn't find this confusing at all because the book is so short.  It's under 250 pages, so honestly I had no issues with keeping track of the shifting point of views and timelines.  I really felt like I was reading two stories in one.  And both stories kept me intrigued, and I loved both main characters.

Mind Games tells the story of two sisters, Sofia (Fia) and Annie.  Both sisters have paranormal abilities.  Fia has an uncanny ability of having perfect instincts.  She's the type of person that could predict lottery numbers.  Annie is blind, but occasionally she has flashes that allows her to see into the future.  These sisters are tight.  They are very close.  And I don't know if it's because I have recently seen the movie Frozen, but it's so nice to read a book with a close sibling bond.  The young adult market is flooded with romance.  It's a nice change of a pace to see someone risking it all for a sibling.  Not that there isn't romance, because there is.  But the main story line involves the bond between two sisters.

This is a story that needs to be told first person.  Seeing inside Fia and Annie's mind is just sheer brilliance.  Amazing.  The story flows so nicely.  I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if it was told from third person.  I needed to feel Fia's pain and suffering.  I needed to feel Annie's frustrations and fears.  Also I found both girls to be extremely likable.  I embraced Fia's snark.  I didn't find it annoying or unnecessary.  And Annie's guilt about not being able to protect her sister, even though she is older than she is really translated well to paper.

I cannot wait to read the sequel Perfect Lies!  If it was anything like Mind Games, I know I will just love it!

1 comment:

  1. Too much to read; so little time!


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