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I Belong

Review: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Title: Mind Games

Author: Kiersten White

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Mind Games (Book 1)

Publication Date: February 19, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 256 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062135317 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062135315 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kayla


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.

Quick & Dirty: Two sisters, both broken and fighting for each other’s well being, are controlled by a company that uses girls like them as spies. A nonstop action fantasy that will have your mind reeling.

Opening Sentence: My dress is black and itchy and I hate it.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This psychological thriller is cleverly written from the conscious of a girl who has perfect instincts and her blind sister that can see the future. Fia and Annie are each other’s weaknesses. Fia can’t escape the so called school that uses her ability as a spy because her sister is stuck at the school. Annie can’t leave the school for fear they might do something even worse to Fia. Both depend on each other, but both can’t live freely unless the other one is gone. Narrated from both Fia and Annie’s point of view in the past and present, this story has everything you could ever want in a paranormal book.

Kiersten White’s style can only be described as the actual thoughts of a teenage girl. No average person speaks to themselves in complete sentences, so neither does Fia. Our minds repeat things unconsciously. So does Fia’s. Annie’s mind goes a mile a minute worrying over her sister, and so does the text. This is what I loved about White’s writing. It’s similar to Tahereh Mafi’s style of writing, although not always so broken.

Not only is the writing superb, but the plot is intricate and you will never see the end coming. Fia is so much more than the girl in the very first chapter. She’s broken and torn and tired, but she refuses to leave her sister behind, even if it will be the end of her. With perfect instincts, Fia can be used to choose the best stocks, fight (and always win) and even kill. Her ability allows her to escape the sight of those who can see the future, and she uses that to her advantage. Fia is well developed and usually is the one that gives you no clues into what will happen next.

Annie, on the other hand, gets on my nerves. Everything she did in the past was for herself and not even thinking about Fia. As someone who is blind, but can still see what the future gives her glimpses, Annie isn’t as useful has Fia. She may be the only one who can see her sister every now and then, but she’s also the leverage the school has over Fia. Although she tries to fix what happened in the past, everything she does seems to contradict whatever Fia does to protect them. By the end of the book, I appreciate her, but it takes some time for me to not want to scream at her to wake up to her surroundings.

Overall, I loved this book – from the characters to the plot to the clever writing. BUT there is a cliffhanger at the very end that I am very frustrated with, but it isn’t quite torture. Yet another year to wait for the next installment…

Notable Scene:

“You’re okay,” I say, my shoulders slumping with relief. No, not relief yet. I turn and Sandy blond has his phone out, so I use the stun gun on him too. He goes down faster than Cole. Dark hair is pale and vacant with shock, holding his leg, totally unaware of anything around him. He needs better training.

I drop that stun gun into my purse and pick it up off the ground, then turn back to Adam. He’s staring at me funny. Well, why wouldn’t he be? I’ve shown him what my hands can do, and a small, worn-down part of me mourns that he won’t think he wants to hold them anymore. I feel like I’ve lost something, but that’s stupid. I lost it all a long time ago.

“I thought he shot you,” I say.

“Fia,” he says, his voice strangled. He’s not meeting my eyes, looking down instead. “He shot you.”

I look down, too, and he’s wrong, there are no holes in my body, but then I look to the left and my blue sleeve is soaked dark with blood and then burning (Horrible ripping tearing burning) comes, focused where the bullet went through my upper arm but radiating out through my whole left side.

Well, crap.

Mind Games Series:

1. Mind Games

FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Mind Games. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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