Mon, January 28, 2013

Mind Games by Kiersten White Review

Mind Games book cover

Mind Games book cover

Mind Games
By Kiersten White
Publication date: Feb. 19, 2013
HarperTeen, 256 pages
Source: Borrowed from Jillian <3 <3 <3

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Oww…my head hurt a little after I finished Mind Games by Kiersten White. In a good way!

This story is told from Fia and Annie’s points of view. Things bounce around in time periods and it takes some time for all of the bits and pieces of the story to come together and align in one big picture. It made for a slow read…but it was also super cool! Like I was putting together the pieces of a puzzle while I read. And then when they all got into place it was just like, “Oooooh…NO WAY!”

Did I connect to the characters a lot? Not really. But the storytelling and structure was so smart and enjoyable that I didn’t totally mind. I like it when books are one step ahead of me! Kudos to Kiersten White for going a different route – it’s not as funny/girly as her Paranormalcy series, but is very intriguing in its own way.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: family, kiersten white, paranormal, psychological
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  1. DannyBookworm said:

    Nope it’s definitely not as funny and light and sparkly as her Paranormalcy series! But still, I enjoyed this darker and edgier tale.

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  2. We Heart YA said:

    Ooo, very cool. PARANORMALCY was a little too “light and fluffy” for us, but we like Kiersten’s ideas and humor, so this might be a better fit for us. Good thing we have the ARC in our TBR pile!

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  3. Blythe Harris said:

    Oh, I’m glad you liked this one, Anna! I personally wasn’t a fan – the author’s writing style didn’t work with me, I thought it was a bit juvenile and that it didn’t fit well with the tone of the novel, and I didn’t like any of the characters, but I am glad that you ended up liking it overall even if you didn’t connect with the characters, either.

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  4. marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said:

    I always like it when I get a warning that it may be a slow starter. But I think I’ve discovered that I really like books that people call slow that slowly unravel a story. I’m even more excited and curious about this one now

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  5. Alexa Y. said:

    I love smart storytelling! I usually like connecting with characters, but if the story is good, I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy this one!

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  6. hannah C brown said:

    Sounds really cool but it also sounds like the kind of book that would confuse me….

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