Monday, February 10, 2014

Review: Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)
Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White
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.
Publishes in US: February 18th 2014 by HarperTeen
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: Harper Teen
Series? Mind Games #2
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    I wanted to read Perfect Lies because I enjoyed Mind Games, the first in the series. I liked Fia and Annie and their sisterly protective relationship and wanted to know what would happen next. 
    The beginning was especially confusing for me because there was little to no recap and I did not remember many details from the first besides what I mentioned above. I was thrown a bit throughout the whole book because of the time jumps when it goes from one perspective to the other as well. 
    But other than that, I was pleased to see that the love and fierce need to protect the other was still being developed and displayed in this one, even though the sisters are apart and working on same thing in different ways with different people. 
    The new characters, especially Pixie really entertained me and I was glad for the distraction it provides for Fia, and how she keeps her on her toes as they form a friendship but Fia still has to decide if she can be trusted. 
    I also really liked the romance that bloomed with Annie and a guy I won't mention or it will be a spoiler. They jumped to making out pretty quickly, or maybe it just seemed that way with the time jumps. But it didn't completely come from nowhere, and I think that it gave a lightness to the story where it is otherwise pretty dark. 
    James is still a big enigma and I couldn't be sure if he could be trusted. I do know that he makes Fia feel both loved and comforted--happy, while at the same time unsure and wary of his motives and why he is gone all the time and what he may be keeping from her when he doesn't talk much. 
    The action was nice and I like how they added a bit more on Annie's end by teaching her how to defend herself, something that I am wholeheartedly for especially when disabled or with a disadvantage. I figured it was also foreshadowing that she would use her new skills to help reunite her and Fia or to save a new friend. 
    I will say that it kept my attention and it was a quick read. 
    I feel like the ending was good, but I am hoping that there is another book, but not sure that there actually will be. I think that things were left a little open ended for me, even though you could argue that everything was tied up well enough. 

Bottom Line: Good sequel if a bit confusing.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would you chose perfect instincts or seeing random pieces of a could be future?
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  1. I don't appreciate lots of excessive recap, but I do like when we're reminded of things. I'm glad that you enjoyed it, but I'm sorry you didn't find it amazing. I kind of hope that I will love Mind Games because lots of my friends didn't and it's been so much time since I read those reviews that I wonder if my expectations have lowered and I don't expect to like it very much so perhaps it'll manage to surprise me. Great review, Brandi!

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed enjoyed Pefect Lies and that is was a fun and quick read, I know what you mean as far as recap, it's nice to have some- but not ton either. I like the sound of both books and hope I can get the chance to read them. Great review, Brandi!

  3. I enjoyed Mind Games as well. But I'm not too thrilled that you didn't enjoy this quite as much. I can understand why the beginning confused you but I tend to dislike recaps just because i consider them as fillers to bulk up the book. Anyway, looking forward to reading this regardless. :)

  4. I can't say it sounds like something for me

  5. I liked Mind Games because of James and Fia and going into Perfect Lies, I wanted to find out more about them. I don't think Perfect Lies was bad, it just that I didn't like it as much as MG. I just find Anna to be so frustrating and I don't connect with her.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

  6. The main thing I love about the series (though, I kind of hate a lot of it too) is the fact that you have no idea who to trust whatsoever, and there's always a shocker ending. Annie still kind of annoys me, but I liked her a lot better than I did in Mind Games, I found it a little less confusing than the first, too. But yeah, it's still confusing. They're quick and keep you reading, so there's that. Hmmm Perfect Instincts, definitely. Seeing random bits of the future is more of an inconvenience, I mean, you'll be obsessing over that one thing all the time, wondering when/where/what/who, etc. Though I guess perfect instincts is basically gut instincts, but it would be nice to KNOW you're doing the right thing. Glad you enjoyed it though! :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  7. Perfect instincts! Mine stink.
    I can't wait for this sequel. I loved Perfect Minds! Glad you enjoyed it despite the confusion!!

  8. I've not read the first book, but I really want to check it out :) The series has me so intrigued! Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  9. I have an arc of this but I still haven't read Mind Games so I'm not sure when I'll get to this one, but it does sound like a good series.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  10. Aw... sorry there was so much confusion. It seems like she has trouble with the sophomore book in a series. Still, will have to try this one.

  11. I think I mostly remember the first book but I might have to do a quick skim, so thanks for the heads up. I'm anxious to see how things go!

  12. This series is on my wishlist and I am so glad you enjoyed book two!

  13. I know some others havent' been completely satisfied with the ending, I have heard this is just a duology. Still I have a copy of both books that need to be reivewed so I am hoping for a good read.

  14. I was disappointed to hear there isn't going to be a third book, but maybe she'll change her mind. In any case, lovely review!

  15. Ooh, it's too bad Ms. White didn't give a few backstory details. Sometimes I don't like that authors give too much of a recap but to not have enough... Well, I'm glad you enjoyed it anyway, Brandi. Great review!

  16. I think I remember a lot of readers feeling confused by book one. I'm glad you liked this, but sorry it wasn't as good.

  17. I would totally choose perfect instincts if I was picking. I was also so confused when starting this book as I remembered hardly anything from book 1; thankfully the pieces started to come together and I ended up enjoying the reading experience overall.

  18. I can understand the problem with the beginning, it's the same for me, I really don't have a good memory.

  19. I had a few problems with Mind Games and I'm really curious to see how Perfect Lies plays out. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but like you I'll probably be confused in the beginning. I guess I'll have to refresh my memory first. Great review! I'd totally choose perfect instincts.

  20. Happy the series is doing good. Though I hate being confused when reading.

  21. I liked Mind Games, and I think I will be picking this one up too. :)

  22. I heard that it's a duo logy so we'll see I guess.

    I have this one and hope to get to it soon. The writing is odd but I enjoyed Mind Games anyway.


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