Mind Games by Kiersten White

MindGamesTitle: Mind Games

Author: Kiersten White

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 237

Rating: 3/5

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.

To be honest, I was kind of expecting to hate this book. I was a fan of Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy trilogy, but by the time the third book rolled around I felt that I was outgrowing it a bit and ended up looking less favourably on it the more I thought about it. I read some bad reviews of this book as well, so I really didn’t think I would like this. I mostly read it because it was short and had been on my to-read shelf for so long. So, imagine my surprise when I kind of liked it. It was great literature or anything, that’s for sure. But a pretty quick and mindlessly enjoyable book, at least half the time.

I preferred the younger sister, Fia, over the blind Annie, and it made me feel a little bad about getting so annoyed with a YA character that actually has a disability, but her blindness definitely wasn’t the issue with me. Annie was just annoying to me because she seemed a bit too obsessed with her sister, especially with her drinking habits – every time her (admittedly underage) sister drinks alcohol or is in a situation where she might drink, Annie flips out. About halfway through the book, I was just rolling my eyes and trying to get done with Annie’s sections as quickly as possible.

The world-building wasn’t the greatest – I was often left a bit confused as to what was happening and how things worked. Fia was really screwed up, but she was interesting to read about and I didn’t care about the confusing world-building as much when it was her chapter – at least, when something was happening with her.

So, this wasn’t a great book or anything, but it was pretty enjoyable for a quick read. There are a lot of things that could be improved, but it was interesting enough that I plan on checking out the sequel. I’ve definitely begun to outgrow White’s writing, but it still works for a quick and fluffy read.

3.5stars

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