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Monday, February 4, 2013

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White
Expected Publication Date: February 19th, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 256 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Not Your Mother's Book Club
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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.
I'll admit that I haven't read any of Kirsten White's other books, but if they're anything like Mind Games I know I'll love them! Mind Games is a total roller coaster ride, switching between the POVs of the twins, Annie and Fia. While Annie's blind, she has the ability to see the future and Fia's abilities are unknown, but she's definitely special. Mind Games is just a taste of what's coming, but I'm really looking forward to whatever White has in store next!

The story alternates between Annie and Fia's POVs, as well as jumping between past and present. White does an awesome job of creating a clear voice for each girl. When Annie's narrating, the language is more mature and rational, but when it's Fia's turn, the words blend together creating an erratic tone that matches well with her thought process. I loved both sisters, but Fia's kick ass attitude and irrational behavior made her a little more interesting to read. Annie is pleasant enough, and I liked that she didn't let her disability get in the way of what she wanted. There is even a gorgeous, sexy love interest who is kid of a jerk, but I totally fell for him! You know how I love bad boys :)

The actual plot is mostly character-driven, involving chase scenes, fights, kissing, and lots of super powers. I loved the sci-fi elements, but the whole "damaged girl who is kick ass awesome and insecure" got old after a while. I also think that the story was too short. I know that there's going to be a second one, but I think it would have paid off more to combine the two books into one to make it longer and help explain some details more. By the time I was finished I was still a bit confused by some things. The best part of the book was definitely White's ability to switch voices so well. I could always tell who was talking without even looking at the chapter title. I did think some parts were a bit rushed and, as I said, some elements weren't explained, but since the story is told from the view point of two girls who are equally as confused, it was an understandable plot point.

Mind Games was a quick, exciting read and I'm looking forward to whatever she's got coming out next. I'm excited to learn more about Fia and Annie and their abilities and I really hope we'll delve deeper into this world of psychics. Hopefully, both sisters will get some therapy and work out their deeper issues so they can fight the bad guys together and stop complaining all the time. If you're a fan of thrillers and mind benders, you'll definitely enjoy this one. Mind Games is a good read for fans of Darkest Minds and Shatter Me.


  1. Love alternating points of views when they're done right. I've read Paranormalcy by her and it was quick and fun so I'm looking forward to this one. Great review! :)

  2. Good review. Been itching for this one.

  3. I love when books are told through alternating points of view, I'm glad to hear the author pulled this off so well. Great review! I can't wait to read this one myself =)

  4. "The actual plot is mostly character-driven, involving chase scenes, fights, kissing, and lots of super powers." -- Okay, this sounds like a great book! I'm definitely intrigued now.

    Fabulous review!

  5. This sounds like an intense ride and I love the alternating pov's. I love the idea of the fights, chasing scenes and super powers? cool.

  6. I only just saw the page count for the book right here where you listed itand I was all, "What?! It's so short!" so it's too bad that it FELT that way to you. Still, it sounds very interesting and a complete departure from Kiersten's Paranormalcy books. Hopefully I'll like it!

  7. I'm actually reading this right now, and I like it a lot, but it's honestly NOTHING like her other books. Her other books are more for younger teens and I didn't like them as much as I'm liking this book. Can't wait to finish it, great review Anna!

  8. I'm always up for some good fight and chase scenes =D I'm always iffy with alternate POV's. On one hand you get to hear from many different characters, on the other hand I always end up wanting to read one more than the other and rushing to get there. Great review! I can't wait to read this book! Even if it is to

  9. I'm going to be reading this one in the next month or two, and its nice to see you enjoyed it! I didn't realize there was much romance in this one, so that's a plus! Hopefully I'll be able to get past some of the holes that are left. Great review.

    YA Sisterhood

  10. I stopped after 50 pages. I thought it was seriously underdeveloped and I guess that's because it was drafted in 9 days. Though I'm glad you enjoyed it, Anna. Seriously.

  11. Glad to see you enjoyed this book! I've had my eyes on it for a while now. While I enjoyed the Paranormalcy series, I wasn't in love it, mostly because of the main protagonist. I didn't like her that much. But this one sounds AMAZEBALLS! Yet again, you've made me excited for a book :) Fantastic review!

    Millie @ Millie D's Words

  12. Great review! This one caught my eye immediately with its cover. I haven't read the other books by this author either. I think I'm going to like the characters in this one, although it sounds like they can be quite complainy teenagers.

    Ning @ DABR

  13. I'm definitely excited to read this one - it's great to know that the POV can switch and both characters have individual voices. I haven't read her other books either, but this one does sound good. Great review!

  14. I'm glad that you loved this one. I didn't care much for it, but I seem to be in the minority. I just didn't connect with the characters and I was expecting something fast paced and I didn't feel that. Awesome review!!

  15. I'd love to learn more about these girls and their abilities. Premises like that have always been fascinating to me :)

  16. I really love when books have alternating points of view, especially when they're successful and unique! I've heard some mixed opinions on this one, but I may give it a go. :)

  17. hm good to see that this is a quick one. I haven't been seeing too many positive things about it which was making me sad because I adore the cover (and I am a total cover whore) I think I will just have to pick this one up and see for myself. I like that the plot sounds pretty fast paced.

  18. yay! im SO glad you enjoyed this one!! I like the fact that it's alternating POV's! and i love when books are quick! Cant wait to start this one! Lovely review anna!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  19. This sounds like such a good read...and I love alternating POVs if well done...definitely a book for my wishlist!!


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