Mind Games by Kiersten White
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Series: #1 in Mind Games
Source: ARC from Publisher (Thanks HarperTeen!)
Page Count: 256
Author Website: Kiersten White
Pre-Order Book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
“My dress is black and itchy and I hate it. I want to peel it off and I want to kick Aunt Ellen for making me wear it.”
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by any means with Mind Games. I read Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, and it was a good read, but I didn’t finish the series. So many bloggers were raving about Mind Games and I have been wanting to read it for like six months or so. I put all of the hype out of my mind, as I’ve learned to do, and by the end of the book I was yearning so much for more!
The story revolves around Fia and Annie, who are sisters. Their parents died when they were young and eventually they ended up in a boarding school where they train girls with special psychological abilities. While it isn’t completely clear from the start what Fia’s ability is, she rocks it. Fia and Annie are one of my favorite sister relationships, I think. Fia will stop at literally nothing to keep Annie safe, and I just loved that about her.
Mind Games switches perspectives from Fia to Annie. I loved reading both of them, but Fia was probably my favorite. The way she thought was so relatable, even though the events in the book aren’t. I connected very well with Fia, so thank you so much Kiersten for such a real character!
Fia has a complicated relationship with every single character in the book, and James is no exception. Oh, James. I felt like he was a multi-dimensional character in every way. Heck, all characters in Mind Games are very multi-dimensional. Hooray for complex characters!
Kiersten’s writing in Mind Games was fabulous. I actually felt like I was inside the minds of Annie and Fia. They weren’t at all perfect, which attribute to their real-ness. This book has some seriously great character development!
Seriously, though. Go get yourself a copy of Mind Games ASAP!