Title: Mind Games
Series: Mind Games, #1
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Paranormance YA
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.
I bought and read Mind Games as soon as I heard about it. Two sisters who had extraordinary powers, Fia with her flawless instincts and Annie with her vision of the future…who wouldn’t, right? I was thinking it was going to be a nice change from all the erotica books and other paranormal books with vampires, werewolves, witches, demons, and angels I’ve been reading that time. I was really excited and looking forward to reading this book.
Mind Games was alternately told in Fia’s and Annie’s point of view from alternating past and present time periods. I usually don’t mind multiple point of views as long as they are distinguishable and easily recognized. In the case of Mind Games, I wasn’t very impressed. It was confusing at times and hard to keep up with. Adding the alternating past and present time periods didn’t help at all.
There were some things about Fia that I liked and some that I didn’t. I loved her power and the idea of her flawless instinct that as long as she doesn’t do anything planned, she will always be unpredictable and unseen by the seers. I also liked how she dealt with readers and how she freaked out feelers. I didn’t like her tapping, her random useless thoughts, her emotional breakdowns, and her whole personality. Enough said.
I tap my fingers(tap tap tap them) nervously against my jeans.
Tap tap tap I need to tap tap tap I need to get out of this car.
If Clarice is dead, she can’t be there when Annie gets shot.
That can’t happen now.
It won’t happen now.
Annie is safe.
Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe. Annie is safe.
It gets annoying, trust me. Moving on to Annie, I liked her more that Fia, but she was kind of boring. She was usually having flashbacks which was, like Fia’s random thoughts, pretty much useless for the story. I can’t really say much about her because like I said she was just usually having flashbacks or being boring.
Instead I think about everything in the whole entire world that makes me angry – There is a lot, oh, there is a lot – and I start singing Justin Bieber at the top of my lungs.
I also felt tricked thinking it was going to be an awesome story about actual mind games (the Fight Club movie was somewhat like a mind game movie to me) but no, it was more about lying, cheating, and controlling. There wasn’t much mind games at all. I also thought I was going to see an awesome and inspiring sisterly love where they protect each other and put each other first no matter what. It was said a lot, trust me, but there weren’t enough action to back it up from both sisters.
The only part I actually kind of liked that I thought was actually resembling to somewhat of a story (instead of the useless flashbacks and tapping) was the last chapter where it got better. That was an actual story, a good one even if developed better.
In summary, I was very disappointed with the story. What I hate the most was it had a lot of potential, only to be wasted on poor story and character development. The extraordinary powers and the idea of a sisterly love were awesome and it would have been great (and that’s the only reason why I’m giving it two stars), but because of poor development, it wasn’t and I’m sad to say I have no interests whatsoever in reading the next book.
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