Title: Perfect Lies
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Mind Games (Book #2)
Publication Date: February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 232 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062135848 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062135841 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.
The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.
But Annie’s visions of the future can’t show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia’s first love, Fia knows he’s hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other – but that may not be enough to save them.
Quick & Dirty: This was an amazing sequel full of suspense, romance, and mystery. I found that I couldn’t put the book down and would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quick intense read.
Opening Sentence: ANNIE.
For years Fia and Annie have been manipulated and forced to do things that they would never choose to do themselves by the Keane Foundation. With mind readers and seers watching their every move they knew that escape would never be possible until they found unlikely allies. Annie faked her own death and is now working with the Lerner group to try and save other girls like her. They also want to destroy the Foundation and stop them from destroying anyone else’s lives like they did to her and Fia.
Fia is working with James Keane. The boy she has fallen madly in love with, but can never fully trust. He claims he wants to destroy his father and everything he has built, but Fia knows that he keeps things from her. She is keeping things from him too. Is that how love is supposed to work? Fia is more confused than ever and she is afraid that her perfect instincts aren’t so perfect after all. The only person she can rely on is Annie, but even that might not be enough to save them both in the end.
I loved Annie and she grows so much more as a character in this book. In Mind Games, she always seems so helpless and she is constantly feeling like she is a burden to everyone. I was happy that in this one she really steps up her game and becomes a vital part in all the action. She learns to use her weaknesses to her advantage and she goes from being the incompetent blind girl, to a true heroine. I loved watching her experience everything and I thought that she was a wonderful character. For me, she became the sister to rely on and admire for her strengths.
Then there is the fierce and crazy Fia. She is suppose to have perfect instincts, so how could she ever make a wrong decision, but it seems that she can’t make a right one either. She is so lost and confused; she doesn’t really know what or who to believe. Annie is finally safe so Fia no longer has to fight to keep her protected, but without her she has lost her drive to go on. She tries to rely on others to help fill the void that has been left in her heart, but there is no one she can fully trust. Watching how broken and vulnerable Fia became really pulled at my heart strings. She was able to really pull at my emotions and if possible, make me like her even more.
Perfect Lies was a phenomenal sequel packed with action, romance, mystery, and suspense. I was lucky to be able to read this series and I am happy to say that this is my favorite Kiersten White book, and I love everything she writes so that is really saying something. Like Mind Games, the story is narrated by both sisters and it is told from different time periods. Some parts are just days ago and some are months ago, but it is all leading up to the epic ending of the book. I found this style of writing very captivating and it kept the suspense running high through the whole book. While reading it you really have no idea what is going to happen and who you can trust, which just made me want to keep reading. Another thing I really liked about these books is that they are fairly short, so they are quick to get through, but I in no way felt like anything was ever rushed. The pacing was spot on and I ended up finishing both of these books in one day. This is the ending of the series, which makes me sad because I loved the characters so much, but I felt that the ending was done very well. It is left slightly open ended so maybe someday White may come back to this wonderful story she has created. Suffice to say, I loved this series and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a fun intense read.
“You want to do something tonight? Or do you have plans with Peachy Keane?”
James would hate that nickname. I’ll have to use it. I feel a little better today. More patient. I roll my eyes, the word sticking in my head like one of my taps. Awful word.
The main office door opens and a woman walks in. “Afternoon,” she says, her voice low and sleepy.
Pixie pops her gum loudly, then pushes a button under her desk that opens the door to the hall. The woman goes straight back.
“We should see a movie. Movies are quiet. People don’t think much during them.” Pixie’s voice buzzes at me, but I can’t quite focus on it.
Something is wrong. Very wrong. SO WRONG.
Mind Games Series:
0.5 Annie and Fia
1. Mind Games
2. Perfect Lies (February 18, 2014)
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Perfect Lies. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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