Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

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Mind Games
by Kiersten White
Published February 2013
Source: Borrowed
4 out of 5 

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.

Mind Games is really hard for me to write about. While reading it I couldn't put it down. Now that I've finished it I keep thinking about it, but not just in good ways. After seeing multiple "eh" reviews, I'm happy to say that this one exceeded my expectations. My only complaint is that I wish there was more.

Mind Games is unlike any other book I've read. It alternates between the POV of two sisters, Fia and Annie, as well as between the present and the past. I really enjoyed the way White formatted the alternating POVs and times. The frequency of alternating dates as well as POVs kept me interested the whole way through. 

I think my biggest problem with Mind Games was the lack of character connection. I felt for Fia and Annie, and I understood their motivations, but I didn't really connect with them. I wish that White had explored their backgrounds a little bit more in the beginning. I felt a little bit too thrust into the middle of things, and I think if there had been more backstory it would have made it easier to connect with them for the rest of the books.

Mind Games is short, and it moves really fast. Think kind of along the lines of a Lisa McMann novel. However, I think the novel went too fast. Though I enjoyed myself immensely while reading, on reflection it's hard to remember everything that happened.

Despite the negative things I mentioned above, I really did enjoy Mind Games. I will definitely be picking up the next books in the series.


  1. I wanted more back story for the MCs as well-I loved that they were sisters and I was able to imbue that relationship with a lot of meaning since I have my own sister but I think it could have been a lot deeper.

  2. I LOVE Kiersten White's Paranormalcy trilogy, so I bought this one right when it came out. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, and I think I'm hesitant to read it because it's so short. I generally do not enjoy books that are under 300 pages nearly as much as longer ones because I feel that character development suffers with really short books. I'm afraid of not being able to connect with the characters with so few pages, a problem you mention that you had with this book. Great review!


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