Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Minds 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.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 237
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 17

They said Mind Games was going to be a heart-wrenching thriller that will carry you through from beginning to end at breakneck speed. They said it would be filled with Kiersten White's stellar wit. They said there would be an unforgettable heroine and a sexy bad guy/good guy. They were right. 

I loved this book. I love all of Kiersten White's books--but I loved Mind Games. It was a fast read, but it wasn't a careless, quickly thrown together read that's perfect for a mindless Sunday afternoon. This book had depth. Whether White intended for it to or not, it did. Also, the fact that the chapters alternate between different characters and different times is quite impressive. 

Now, at first I was like psychological thriller! Yes! And then was like wait, but also supernatural elements? Seriously? This book is going to be fake...But no. The supernatural elements only made the book more. psychologically. mind. boggling. The fact that nothing in the main character's head, her true emotions and feelings and thoughts, could never be thought or planned due to mind readers made the book's conflicts all the more interesting and also made Fia's, the protagonist, personal issues all the more deep. 

And Fia. Unforgettable. I only saw her life in 237 pages, but her fierce loyalty to her sister, Annie, and her badass-ness mixed with the innocence of never being kissed is a fun combination. She's all over the place. You question her sanity and you feel bad for her, but you know she can take care of herself. You never doubt it. Annie, her sister, also has her shining moments. The fact that she's blind makes her chapters take on a different tone. A sweeter, slower tone. And then you're thrust back into Fia's rip-roaring head. I loved the contrast. 

Talking about Fia never really being kissed, this book still has steamy, sexy moments. Yes, believe it or not. And there is eventually kissing. I think that makes this book perfect for all ages of young adult readers. Beginners and enders, anyone can enjoy this book. It teaches a good lesson that you can be so extremely badass and only have had one kiss. Fia has trouble sticking on the path that she knows is right, but her struggle makes her human. By giving her both far away struggles and every day struggles, White brings her down to our level, where we can relate. I liked that contrast too. 

Another thing you'll like (love)/(hate) is James. But I won't get into him because he's a surprise. ;) 

And Adam, you'll like him too. 

I didn't love the first couple chapters, but after I was past them (because rarely are they the best part of the book) I couldn't put the book down. it. Seriously. And then come talk to me and we'll gush about it. 

*We already gave away our extra copy, otherwise I would share the love!

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Happy reading!


  1. "We already gave away our extra copy, otherwise I would share the love!"
    Here's the part where I fell slightly guilty.

    I am glad you liked it so much, Rachel!
    I didn't like Mind Games as much as I hoped I would. I love a good psychological thriller, but the alternating viewpoints AND time just left me confused and the story feeling disjointed half of the time. Most of the time, I didn't care about Annie and only wanted to read about Fia. Maybe the sequel will work better for me...
    Despite my gripes, it WAS a very fast-paced read.

    And yet I am still hogging the ARC you sent me because it looks great on my bookshelf. (in my defense, I am lending it to a friend)

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

    1. No we're so glad you won it!! You know, that was my one complaint that the beginning was a little *too* confusing. After that it got much better for me, but I would agree that I enjoyed Fia's chapters much more than Annie's.

  2. I REALLY loved Mind Games!!! Except that I totally agree that Fia's parts were way better to read!! Great review. =D

    Fly to the Sky @ Read Books and Live Green

    1. YAY! Mind Games love! Thanks for stopping by the blog! =)

  3. I definitely want to read Mind Games I have heard so many wonderful things about! It is getting higher on the TBR now!

    1. Oh! Do let us know what you think once you've read it!


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