Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on 31 January, 2014 | 4 Comments



Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten WhitePerfect Lies by Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen (2.18.2014)
eARC, 232 pages
Source: Edelweiss


3.5 Stars

Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them.

My Review

While this may not have left a lasting impression on me, I really enjoyed it while I was reading it. Kiersten White’s books are always a great distraction – I have no problem getting swept up in her storytelling! However, there was one big flaw this book had in my eyes: It was forgettable.

We all orbit the brilliant, chaotic burning of [Fia’s] star.

I still really liked Fia! She’s more of an antiheroine. Like I said in my review of Mind Games: She’s not really 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 filled with bitterness, regret, and anger. Maybe that’s why I like her! Side note: I found it interesting that Fia’s tapping was finally explained. I never gave it much thought, but now it makes sense!

The people we love are the ones with the power to destroy us.

I didn’t like James so much in this book. I understand that Keane is his father, but he kind of sympathized too much with the bad guy. There were times when I wasn’t really sure where his loyalties were, and I hate what he asked Fia to do in the end.

My biggest complaint about this book was that the timeline was a little confusing. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that both timelines were moving forward, just at different times. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t paying much attention to the date stamps in the beginning. Big mistake! Even so, it was hard sometimes to differentiate which parts happened in what order. 

I do have to say that the ending was pretty awesome! It was all coming down to the climax, and both timelines merged into that one big moment. There was a sense of desperation and that made for very fast pacing!

Overall Assessment

Plot: 3.5/5 
Premise: 4/5 
Writing style: 4/5 
Originality: 3.5/5 
Characters: 3.5/5 
World-building: 3.5/5 
Pace: 4.5/5 
Feels: 3/5 
Cover: 3.5/5 
Overall rating: 3.5/5

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Jessi (Geo)

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4 Responses to “Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten White”

  1. Yeah I totally agree with you about the time! I don’t know if I was the only one who noticed it, but Fia and Annie would be at the same place at different times, and it was so confusing. Like Annie would be doing something months before Fia’s point in time, where Fia had just done something that had happened two months after. It’s hard to explain, but I remember this one part where Annie was like “No Fia beat me to this thing again!” four months “before” when Fia had just beat her to it eighteen hours “before” or something which actually confused me so much. I’m glad that you still enjoyed this one, though, fantastic review, Jessi! <33

  2. Two of my co-bloggers both really enjoyed this one and said it was way better than the first one. I do like antiheroines so I think I might give Mind Games another shot (I DNFed that).

    Brilliant review! And I love all the blue :) <33

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