Mind Games by Kiersten White

June 21, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 4

mind gamesTitle: Mind Games [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: eARC
Pages: 237
Release Date: February 19, 2013
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: One of those character-driven novels that will have you glued to the pages.

About the Book: 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.

Mind Games is one of those books that easily surprises you and blows you away with its awesomeness. I was pretty intrigued with the synopsis and I have to say the story kind of grabs you right from the first page. The concept, a company who uses girls with special powers to do their bidding, is pretty cool in itself, and I really liked how White laid it all out. What’s even more, I was really drawn to the characters, especially Fia.

I think what I liked most about this was the relationship between Fia and Annie. From beginning to end, their love and loyalty to each other was incomparable. Yes, they had some selfish moments and their circumstances definitely put some strains on their relationship, but their bond was strong and I really appreciated that aspect of the book. Annie is basically the innocent, naive, “weak” one and I didn’t really like her most of the time, but she has her moments. I think she became a stronger and more likable character as the story progresses, whereas I really liked Fia from the start. She’s kind of wild and crazy, but after everything they put her through, it’s understandable, and also, necessary. Fia is such a strong, determined, fierce female character and I loved being inside her head. Oh, there was one scene where Fia does something CRAZY in order to protect Annie that totally shocked me. I loved it!

Oh, and that ending?! Brillant! I kind of saw it coming, but not until right before it happened. And I loved it! I’ll admit, there were a few lulls here and there, particularly with Annie’s chapters, but I still really liked the story overall. The plot was very well done and you can tell that things are only just getting started. You’ve got a good amount of action and drama with a little bit of romance mixed in. I definitely enjoyed this one and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

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