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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mind Games by Kiersten White: Mini Book Review

Mind Games
by Kiersten White
HarperTeen
ISBN: 978-0-06-213531-5
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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

 
The Good Stuff
  • Fascinating and unique premise
  • Enjoyed the bond between the sisters, both of them wanting to protect the other was a nice change of pace for someone who spends her day trying to keep her kids from killing each other
  • White's delightfully snarky sense of humour (wish there was so much more)
  • Liked the ending  (may check out the sequel)
  • James is an intriguing character - want to know more about him
 The Not So Good Stuff
  • I wanted so much to love this, as the premise was intriguing and I love Kiersten, but just couldn't get into this one
  • Repetitive - this might have worked better as a short story
  • This could be a fantastic book with more time and energy - think it was churned out too fast
  • Didn't feel connected to any of the characters 
  • Jumpy and vague
  • Almost gave up on this one on many occasions
 Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I'd really like to look at your brain," Adam says.
I snort. "That has got to be the weirdest thing anyone has ever said to me."

“Their smiles are lies.
Most smiles are.”

“If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does anyone give a crap?" I mutter.” 

2.5 Dewey's

I won this from HarperTeen on Twitter - Sorry guys I really, really, really wanted to love it.  Don't worry Kiersten, I will still scoop up your next book, this one just wasn't my cup of tea.

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