February 11, 2013

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Release Date: February 19, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 256
Series: Mind Games
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Review Source: Edelweiss


Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.

My Thoughts:
This book has a perfect title because it is definitely filled with crazy mind games. There are flashbacks and hints and all kinds of craziness going on as you slowly begin to figure out what exactly is going on. This makes ‘Mind Games’ a pretty difficult book to review, because the greatness of the book is in reading it and unraveling what exactly it’s about and what exactly has been going on. The book is short and it packs a punch. There’s murder, corruption, characters with abilities, sisters, complex relationships, and -- this has to be mentioned -- some very hot boys.

If you’re looking for a book with a concrete plot and an easy to follow narrative then ‘Mind Games’ is not the book for you. The multiple POV (though Fia is definitely the star of this book) and the non-linear narrative make this book great, but they also make it a bit of a “thinking book”. I wouldn’t say it’s confusing or challenging, it just requires some effort to figure out the order of events and to keep track of everything that’s happened. If you can handle a book that’s a bit more conceptual and psychological then I highly recommend this one.

While this review is vague I hope it piques your interest in the book. ‘Mind Games’ truly shows Kiersten White’s strength as an author. The book is SO different from the Paranormalcy series, and yet they do share an insanely interesting concept with a shady organization at the centre and some fabulous strong female characters. ‘Mind Games’ is a pretty incredible start to a new series, and I am intrigued to see where the next book will take us.

The Cover:
LOVE it!!

Rating:
[4/5]

Find Mind Games by Kiersten White on Goodreads, Book Depository, & Amazon.

15 comments:

  1. I really liked the different style of this book and found it mostly easy to follow except for sometimes keeping track of time. It's a very interesting start to a new series and the boys were pretty great :)

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    1. Exactly, I found it very unique and interesting, just not the type of read you would pick up if you were looking for something light/fluffy.

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  2. Woohoo! We were kind of lukewarm on PARANORMALCY, but we love Kiersten's concepts and humor, so we're glad to hear that MIND GAMES is a good read. We have an ARC of it beckoning to us now... ;)

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  3. I really enjoyed Fia, and the story, glad you did too.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  4. I'm holding off reviewing this one because I still want to call this a mindf*#@
    because it WAS! After seeing how White is able to switch from such a cotton candy (but really good) series to this one, I'm even more excited to see what she writes next (Egyptian gods? Yes, please!).

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    1. "mindf*#@" is definitely the way to describe this, haha

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  5. This book sounds like a challenge, but the good kind!! :D

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  6. I am not so great at thinking books. I still think this is a great premise but I am worried it might not be for me. Boo!

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    1. It's super hard to say. I don't consider myself a fan of "tough books" either...

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  7. Great review! I agree, this is a bit more challenging than her Paranormalcy books, but so worth it! Can't wait for the next book! :-)

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  8. This sounds like a very fun book, like it makes you think a lot. I didn't have the best of luck with her other series, but I'm hoping to enjoy this one!

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    1. Well it's definitely very different, so I think it will appeal to different readers.

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