Book Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

June 4, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★½

Book Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten WhiteTitle: Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #2
Published by: HarperTeen on February 18, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 232
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two-half-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.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Paranormalcy, Supernaturally, Illusions of Fate

One Line: Not a very strong sequel, but it had its moments.

In My Opinion: Worth a try!

After really enjoying Mind Games, I was hoping for the same line of action and intrigue with the sequel. While I did enjoy some parts, for the most, it just didn’t feel the same. The book is told from both Annie and Fia’s perspectives at different times before a “big event” is supposed to occur. Honestly, as much as I tried to keep up with the time frames, it was all over the place so I eventually didn’t bother noting the timing of each chapter because it didn’t do anything for me except annoy me. I’ve read other dual perspective/time frame changing types of books, some times it works for the story, other times it detracts from it. In this instance, I felt like it didn’t work for me.

As for the sisters, as much as I sympathized for Annie in the first book, I really didn’t care for her in this one. She just felt so weak to me as a character and didn’t really do anything. Sure, the visions moved the story along for a bit and she stepped it up at the end, but I really didn’t see, or perhaps I wasn’t paying much attention to her as her parts were kind of boring, much change and development with her character to account for how she acted in the end. And Fia. I loved her in the the first book, but sadly, she kind of annoyed me in this book. I loved her quirkiness, skills, and love for Annie, and while you do see some of that here, much of the time being in her head was driving me insane. She had this crazy attachment to James, among various other obsessions, that just grated on my nerves. Maybe because it’s been awhile since I read the first book, but I just couldn’t understand why she was acting so weird and why she did/thought some of the things she did.

I suppose the somewhat surprise ending made up for the lackluster feel of the rest of the book. The two timelines finally merge and things come together effectively, but by that point I was just done with the story in general. While this wasn’t a terrible read for me, it definitely wasn’t what I was hoping for. If you enjoyed the first book, you still might want to give this a try. I know plenty of others who read this and loved it just as much as the first. All in all, I’m still a fan of White’s writing style and creativity, even if this particular book wasn’t a hit for me.

About Kiersten White

The New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy (Paranormalcy, Supernaturally, and Endlessly) is available now. Mind Games and its sequel Perfect Lies are also out, staring at you from a bookshelf. Intensely. An Egyptian mythology-based standalone, The Chaos of Stars, will keep you company on cold, dark nights. And Illusions of Fate, a dreamy historical fantasy, wants to be your new boyfriend. It’s a really good kisser.

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