Series: Mind Games #1
Published by HarperTeen (2.19.2013)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 237 pages
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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.
Not gonna lie, it took me two tries to start this book. Not because I didn’t like it, but I read the first few chapters, set the book down, and didn’t pick it back up again for a couple of months. I wasn’t even really that interested in it, but I’m trying to catch up on old review copies (I’m soooo behind it’s not even funny). But, I ended up being pleasantly surprised! After seeing so many ‘meh’ reviews, I didn’t expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. I didn’t love it, but it was rather enjoyable! I’m pleased to find that for once, I was the black sheep in a good way.
Something that really struck me about this book was that Fia is not a likable person. She’s damaged, out of control, and a bit hostile. She’s done bad things and has a dark side. She’s been into drugs and alcohol, tried to kill herself. She’s a badass fighter, but she’s not your typical heroine that you can look up to. She’s filled with bitterness, regret, anger.
I think that was what make me like this book so much. While it was an easy read without a whole lot of depth, it wasn’t light and fluffy. The characters had a dark side and did questionable things. They hurt and betrayed each other sometimes. Fia and Annie clearly loved each other, and they tried so hard to protect each other even when their best intentions were carried out in the worst way.
Because James and I speak the same language. He has lived a lie with every move and every choice and even every thought and emotion for years now.
James! Ohh, James. Even though he was a bit manipulative and very bad news, I kind of loved him. Probably because he reminded me a bit of Warner (a very watered down version of Warner, anyway), and I think that’s what attracted me to him! And the scene at the club was SO sexy! *swoons*
I didn’t really care about Adam, and yes, there was a bit of a love triangle. Adam was sweet and all, but was too vanilla for me and I found him rather boring. Team James all the way!!!
My feet are ghosts and my heart is a ghost and my dreams? I have no dreams. I am an idiot.
Kiersten White’s writing style is very unique. It’s kind of choppy sometimes, and has a lot of run-on sentences, but it works. For me, at least. It reminds me a little of Tahereh Mafi’s style.
The ending was crazy! What Fia did was brilliant, and even though it sucked, it was the best way. The end did leave things open – not a cliffhanger, necessarily, but it left me wanting more. Which is why I went and downloaded Perfect Lies right after finishing it!
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5