Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) 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.

Mind Games was a quick read. It starts with action and keeps up the fast pace throughout the book.

Sisters Fia and Annie are gifted. Annie sees. She is blind except when she randomly gets glimpses into the future. Fia survives. She has her gut feeling that tells her what to do in certain situations. And the feeling is never wrong. From picking lotto numbers, to fighting, to knowing how to get out of a dangerous situation -- her instincts can lead her through.

After their parents die, the sisters end up at a school for gifted girls like themselves. (Only without Professor X and wolverine/and this school is for girls only). Here, the school harvest the girls talents and force them to do horrible things to benefit the school and its owners.

Annie and Fia will do anything to protect each other from harm. Knowing this, the school traps Fia and her flawless instincts into doing their dirty work with the threat of doing harm to Annie.

This story is told from two POVs. I actually enjoyed Fia's point of view more than Annie's. Mostly, because Fia was strong-willed, spontaneous, and her chapters usually had more action.

The story also jumps back and forth between the past and the present. The jumps help piece together some information that was missing and build tension. But the start of the flashback chapters always bugged me because I wanted to know what happens in the future.

Things coming in threes for Fia. Threes. Threes. Threes. The writing of this could bother some, but it didn't bother me -- I actually found it a creative way for Fia to express herself.

And I love the two main love interest. The love triangle really wasn't a problem, because Fia was focusing ainly on protecting her sister. However, it is there a bit, and I am not actually sure which team I am on. James is dangerous and your typical bad boy --and even though Fia's gut tells her no a lot -- something in her heart says yes (Isn't that way with all bad boys?). Adam is the exact opposite -- he's warm, smart, safe, and he has hope. He can make her actually laugh and relax.

All the other characters, I really didn't care for and didn't get to know to well. They weren't extremely fluffed out, but I was okay with this since they were mainly "negative" or "bad guys" characters. But it works with the tension because even now, I am not sure which characters to trust.

This book is not necessarily a heartstopping thriller, but it definitely kept me glued to the pages. (And there were a couple points that made my heart race with anticipation). I enjoyed this read a lot, and seeing as how it ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger, I am excited for the second one to be released.


  1. Ohh I hadn't heard of this one yet. Definitely have to put this on my list to check out!

    1. It is quick, fun, amd at times gritty reads.