Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White @HarperTeen

Mind Games by Kiersten White
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published: Feb. 19th, 2013 by Harper Teen
Source: Amazon Vine
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.

Mind Games was a super fast and intense book that I finished in a couple short hours and felt satisfied with when I closed the last page.  I liked the characters and felt like they were fleshed out pretty well, I loved how the author was able to portray Fia’s emotions so well since she’s a bit erratic and emotionally all over the place.  I think she did a great job of really bringing her to life for us.  I liked that the book is about sisters and brings that family closeness even though they have their issues, it’s mostly in regard to their situation as they love each other unconditionally, no doubt.   I also enjoyed the plot and while initially I would say it’s not terribly unique, I did find that the author most definitely made it her own and unlike any other book that may be considered similar (that I have read anyway).  There’s also kind of a bit of romance, but I’m not yet sure about my thoughts regarding that.  I think I like it even though there’s a possible love triangle, it hasn’t really come to that quite yet.  I’m unsure who to trust and I definitely don’t trust my instincts.  I actually really liked one of the boys but the other boy was not on the page much and we didn’t get an opportunity to know him, so I don’t think it’s fair to pick just yet.

This was definitely an interesting read and I never felt sure where things would go.  It alternates between now and a time in the past so we’re learning about what led up to now.  I’m not sure if I cared for this because each time I got immersed in the story I was thrown into another time and situation.  I appreciated learning more about it, and I’m not sure it could have been done any other way, but I wish I could have gotten immersed in the story and just stayed there.  This was a minor issue overall though.  I also particularly like Fia’s ‘ability’.  It’s something that felt real to me.

The book had a pretty good conclusion.  It was a bit of a cliffhanger but wasn’t a real frustrating one, just one that has me anxious to read the next one and see how things go.  While this book was much different from the Paranormalcy series, I felt like her ability to right characters was once again showcased.  Whether you read her previous books or not I definitely recommend this book!

Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. I’m happy to hear that there is a normal family in this book. That’s something I often miss in the YA books. I like the sound from this story and after enjoying her other series, I can’t wait to read this one too! Nice review :)


  2. You’re so lucky to have gotten an ARC. I’m very interested in reading this after reading your review. It sounds really different from the Paranormalcy series. Thanks so much for spotlighting it.

  3. The two girls were so very different but I appreciated both. I kind of wish this was a standalone…not sure why but I wanted it to be all-encompassing, rather than yet another series. Very enjoyable!

  4. Oh wow. I just read a way less- enthused review for this a few minutes ago. The reaction to Mind Games seems to be split down the middle.
    I’m glad you liked the bookmark, Candace. Great review!

  5. Oooo I like that you’re not sure you can trust your instincts with some of the boys in this one Candace, that makes me really want to pick this one up! I’ve read some mixed reviews, but I’m glad to see you liked it so much as we are typically of a similar mind on books:) Looking forward to giving this one a try!

  6. Andrea, isn’t that weird when we see such opposite reviews in a close period of time. That recently happened with a book I really wanted to read but the reviews were all over, I had no idea what to think. This book wasn’t perfect by any means, I found myself really enjoying it.

    I think you’d like this book. It might not be wowee, wow, wow book, but it’s definitely one I really enjoyed.

    Angela, Yeah the time switch is one that I don’t always love. It’s hard to say cause we NEED to know the other stuff too.

  7. We are review twins today!! You liked it much more than me though lol!! I really wanted to, but so many things bothered me about it. I liked the action and I thought the story was interesting, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Great review!!

  8. I’m starting this tonight because it’s on my schedule, but up until now, I wasn’t very optimistic about it. Still, your review was somewhat comforting. I don’t know that I’ll like it, exactly, but at least there’s hope.
    Thanks for that, and can’t wait to compare notes.

  9. Well fast paced, entertaining and all that sounds good. I am glad to hear this was overall a good read and that the cliffhanger wasn’t too dastardly.

  10. I still want to read the Paranormalcy series. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to them yet. Now, she creates another series I must read. Love that it is fast paced and the cliffie isn’t too horrid (although I still hate them!). :)

  11. I like books that deal with family situations. it’s a nice change from a lot of YA, especially in books that are not contemporary. I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but I do hope to soon!


  12. I LOVE intense reads! Those are the ones that get me turning pages, anxious to see what happens next! I’ve seen some mixed reviews on this one so I am glad to hear you enjoyed it! I look forward to reading it too! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  13. I loved your review Candace. I like the idea of one of the character’s having visions of the future. I like books that keep me guessing and I haven’t figured out the whole story before it plays out. (Like the Mara Dyer Series) Overall, this sounds like an enjoyable read :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  14. Oh I agree! The time jumps made it a little difficult to fully get connected with the story.
    But. I loved the rest of the book and especially Fia! The romance part was done really well and just like you I am at a loss at who to trust!

  15. I really like not being sure where the book is going to take you. I get so bored with predictable storylines. It’s nice to not be 100% sure. I still need to finish the Paranormalcy series too.

  16. This sounds like something I would like. I like that you felt satisfied when you finished the book. The way a book ends makes it or breaks it sometimes for me. I don’t mind cliff hangers, as long as they aren’t too bad. Nice review!

  17. I’ve actually seen a lot of really positive reviews about this one! I’ve had my eye on it because of the recent reviews that I’ve read. I love a story that builds the characters well. Love this review. :)

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