Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games by Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: February 2013
Pages: 256
Source: e-book from Edelweiss
For: Review
Series: Mind Games, Book 1

Fia has an uncanny ability to make the right decisions. Annie sees visions of the future. The two sisters, left orphans at a young age, are taken into an unusual school for girls with their kinds of talents. What they little expect is for that school to use their talents for their own purposes. Now Fia is trying to protect Annie, no matter the cost.

Things I Liked:
What a crazy ride this book was!  I got really immersed in Fia's mind, though it was not a place I wanted to hang out.  I loved that we got to see from Annie's point of view too, because she made it more palatable to be with Fia.  I could only handle so much of Fia's stream of consciousness style.  The book has a twisty plot and crazy ideas and is not a happy ending kind of story.  Which made me like it even more.  Also, it felt like a stand alone, which also made me happy, though I understand there are to be sequels.  I loved trying to figure out what was going on, who was doing what, and why it was all happening.  I got answers to most of those questions.

Things I Didn't Like:
It got a bit confusing with all the stuff going on - the multiple perspectives and the mysteries.  At times I was completely lost, but I think I mostly just enjoyed the ride.  I was swept up in the action, in broken Fia and I especially liked the ending, which seemed just about right, if a bit sad.  Really interesting, but hopefully will get a touch more polish in the final version.

Honestly, not sure I've read anything like it.  Maybe a little like the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

s-factor: !@
no f-bombs that I recall, but some swearing

mrg-factor: none
though some sensual moments

v-factor: ->->
Fia does fight and kill and she is ruthless

Overall rating: ****

What did you think of this unusual book?

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  1. I'm about 50 pages into this and liking it so far. It feels like a cross between Variant by Robison Wells and Divergent. I wonder if I'll feel differently by the end. :)
    And good to know it doesn't end happy. After reading the Paranormalcy books, this definitely has a different feel.

    1. It is kind of like Variant meets Divergent! Hope you enjoy it, it's definitely different from Paranormalcy!

  2. I'm so excited you liked this! I want to read it so bad and this makes me even more excited to read it!

    1. I hope you get to it soon - and enjoy it as much as I did!

  3. I'm excited to see a good review for this! I've seen so many bad ones and I love Kiersten White. Can't wait to read it too :)

    1. Yeah, I've seen some of the bad ones too and I can see their points, but I was just entertained from beginning to end!

  4. I got this one when she came to sign with the dark days tour. I'm excited to get to it.

  5. I just got this from the library but I'm a little afraid to try it because of how confusing everyone states it is. I'm not really up for a confusing book any day of the week so I'm just not sure.

    Thanks for the great review though!

    1. I'm not sure I was that confused by it, but it does seem to kind of jump around. Eh, hopefully you'll get a chance to try it sometime!

  6. I felt the exact same way about this one. It wasn't all that original and it was definitely a little confusing, but mostly, I just found it to be a fast, entertaining ride. Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Sometimes it's best to just stop analyzing and enjoy the ride :)

  7. I can't decide if I want to try this one yet! I've heard such great things about the Paranormalcy, and knowing it's completely different kind of scares me. :)

    1. It's definitely very different from Paranormalcy, but I'd still give it a whirl, knowing it's not at all similar.


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