Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

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.
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Publishes in US: Feb 19th 2013
Source: HarperTeen via Edelweiss
Series? Yes. 1st in Mind Games Series, the 2nd is untitled and releases in 2014

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     I was drawn in from page one of Mind Games, and I loved every second of it. Fia is exactly my kind of character that I love to read about. She can take care of herself, and she kicks butt. Her one weak spot is what makes her from being evil though, because even when she does things she shouldn't she always does it to protect her blind sister Annie. 
    Their bond is so complex and I loved getting the dual narrative to see where both were coming from in their decisions and how much they really would sacrifice for the other. I think its well written and the epitome of what sibling relationships should be like. Sure everything is not always peachy but that would also make it unrealistic. 
     The people that Fia is working under and at first took Annie under their wing is well thought out and is not one dimensional. They all have different motives, and it took me a bit to grasp on at what they are after, and especially how James played into everything and I am sure that even the things that I think I know will be shaken in the next book. 
     Adam is a great addition as well. I thought he was just an introduction at first, but then I saw all of the threads that he was weaving into the plot and I cannot wait to find out how else he will play into it. 
    The only thing I have to complain about is the timing of the flashbacks. I understand why they are important and what they add to the story, but at times, especially at first, I felt like it was pulling me out of the action and it took me a bit to get back into it. 
     Overall though, I loved it and Kiersten has created an intriguing world that I can't wait to find out more about. 
     Bottom line: Well done paranormal that left me wanting more of the plot, mystery, action, and especially more of Fia.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Who would you give up everything to protect?

37 comments:

  1. Oh I've been looking forward to reading this book since I first saw it. I'm glad you like it despite the seemingly interrupting flashbacks. Sometimes that make for a choppy read.

    Wonderful review!

    Joy

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  2. Sounds good. I'll add it to my list. Great review!

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  3. I love the sound of Fia and the flashbacks have me curious. So glad this one grabbed you.

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  4. I've heard a lot of mixed opinion about Mind Games, but glad you enjoyed it.

    I have a small question, can we find a little romance in this book?

    Nice review. :)

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    1. There is some but not a ton. I think the next will prb have more.

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  5. I have an ARC of this and can't wait to get to it now! I still haven't read her Parnormalcy series, but I hear it's great.

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    1. I haven't either actually. Keep meaning to but not enough hours in the day.

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  6. I agree about the flashbacks. I didn't they were used as well as they could have been. This didn't entirely work out for me in the end, but I'm glad you liked it overall. Great review!

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    1. Thanks. Maybe the next will be a bit more smooth with the flashbacks or they will be gone

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  7. This is probably the book I am most excited for in 2013.

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    1. Hope you get to read it soon. I would lend if it wasn't a earc.

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  8. I'm seriously pouting right now :( I want to rad this so bad! lol Lovely review, now I'm really looking forward to reading this even more. Edelweiss hates me lol

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Keep trying. They didn't like me at first. Make sure to have your stats and everything on there.

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  9. Great review! I have a copy of this too but I haven't read it yet. Fia sounds like an awesome character! :D I can't wait to see what Mind Games is all about!

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  10. Yay -- so happy to read some positive reviews for this. Can't wait to read it!

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  11. Oh no! I haven't read her first trilogy and I want to and now she has gone and wrote another book that makes me curious. Yep, I'm really going to have to check out this author!

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    1. I haven't gotten to the first trilogy either. No worries

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  12. The flashbacks seem interesting... I am glad the characters are not one-dimensional. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Flashbacks were intersting, just at weird spots.

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  13. I would give up everything to protect my husband and kids.

    I didn't think I would like Mind Games, but yours is the second review today to make me second guess that!

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    1. I think it is for some but not others. Maybe from the libary?

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  14. I love books like this but always want to see reviews first as if not written right I always find they disappoint. Glad to hear this one didn't!

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  15. I also really loved Mind Games, I thought the writing style was great :) I would give up everything to protect my family, great review!

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  16. This might be my next read since I have sitting here waiting to be picked up. I'm so glad you liked it, I'm much more excited to pick it up now!

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  17. Ah this cover is just too gorgeous! Must read now!!!!!!

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  18. First review I've read of this. Sounds like one good start to a series!

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  19. This one is on my TBR shelf. I really enjoyed reading your review of it! To answer your question, it would definitely be my son, my sister (also named Brandi), well- basically family. And my cherished friends. Old follower :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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  20. Flashbacks can really be done wrong. I always worry about those. I look forward to reading the book though! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  21. Wow! You've read this already? So jelly. I haven't read any of Paranormalcy books but I think Mind Games is totally right up my alley. And yay to double POV! :D

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    1. I love dual POV.
      I haven't read 1st trilogy either

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  22. Ohh great! Glad you enjoyed Mind Games. I really liked Kiersten's Paranormalcy series:)

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  23. Ohh, great review :D Glad you loved this book. <3 A lot of people seem to like it :) Maybe I will too ;p Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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