Mind Games by Kiersten White – 4 stars (out of 5)

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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 told through 1st person POV between sisters Fia and Annie. I’m a big fan of multiple first person POV and I felt it was done well here. Fia and Annie have two distinctive voices. I’ve read some reviews that hated Fia’s “stream of consciousness” pov, but I liked it. It reminded me a lot of Tahereh Mafi’s style in the Shatter Me series (which I love).

-The story is told in alternating POV and time. For example. there is a chapter told from Fia’s pov in the present, then in a flashback, then Annie’s pov in the present, then in a flashback. I really enjoy this style. Maybe because it reminds me of Lost (before it wasted 6 years of my life. Seriously, the end of Lost was horrible! I still get upset just thinking about it). I found the flashbacks informative and enjoyed reading them as if they were in real time instead of one of the characters explaining it in the present. I think this style also keeps the story from ever feeling too slow.

-I found both Fia and Annie to be likable characters and were pretty well developed. However, I felt like the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a little bit more, as well as the stories surrounding them. What is James really up to? Why does Eden not leave the school if she has the choice? How will Adam’s work really effect Fia, Annie, and others like them?

-Overall, I really enjoyed Mind Games. It was a quick and easy read and I was actually disappointed that it was over so soon. I’m definitely looking forward to the next in the series, due out in February 2014.

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